Understanding how your employees learn can help you make the most of your training and education investments. One quality that most of the world’s most successful people share is a commitment to lifelong learning. To maximize your organization’s productivity and excellence, as well as employee engagement and loyalty, it’s essential to promote learning. Now a new report with insights into how people learn can help you make the most of your education and training investments. … [Read more...] about Want Highly Skilled Workers? Know How They Learn
Culture & Leadership
Old ideas could be dragging down your culture and hurting engagement, retention, productivity, and morale. Are there elements of your culture that are sabotaging the health of your organization, costing good employees, and hurting productivity? Some of these may be leftovers from 10 or 20 years ago when they were considered acceptable, maybe even essential. However, the move to a more person-centered, tech-savvy workplace has rendered these ideas obsolete and, in some cases, dangerous. Read on to see what “landmines” your culture may be hiding. … [Read more...] about Is the Past Keeping You from Thriving in the Future?
Use this opportunity to increase awareness, share resources; your actions could be life-saving. Suicide is on the rise. Over 45,000 people die by suicide annually, and this is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Although suicide prevention focuses mainly on identifying people with mental health conditions and providing appropriate interventions, there are many additional opportunities to educate and help people. September, which is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, is the perfect time to help break down the stigmas and stereotypes about mental health issues and increase awareness among your employees. The results could save lives. … [Read more...] about September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Looking ahead, employers will need to step up their efforts to balance person-centered workplaces with cutting-edge technology and automation. The first leaf has yet to fall and winter coats are still in the closet, but smart organizations are already looking ahead to 2020. They know that they will have to be less centralized, more mobile, and more flexible than ever; and they are strategizing to adopt the latest technology, attract the best younger workers, and employ cutting-edge training tools and resources. Read on to learn about how you can prepare for success in 2020. … [Read more...] about Expect Some Surprises, New Challenges in 2020
If you think you know your job candidates and employees by viewing their social media postings, think again. According to a new survey, people are using a variety of tactics to hide social media posts about their activities, interests, and beliefs from employers. Of over 2,000 respondents, 84% say they believe social media regularly impacts hiring and other employment decisions; and one in five say they have posted material that they believe could jeopardize a current or future opportunity. As a result, nearly half (43%) say they enable privacy settings to keep social media posts and information from employers; and 40% have created an alias or alternate account. … [Read more...] about Survey: Prospects and Employees Seek to Hide Lives, Feelings, Beliefs from Employers
This is the trait that defines a top-performing, highly productive, and innovative team. Here’s how to get it and keep it. Several years ago, Google conducted a study and found that one characteristic above all others enabled teams to thrive. That trait is psychological safety, defined generally as the shared group space where team members feel safe to take risks and speak freely without fears of being judged, rejected, or dismissed. However, psychological safety can be challenging or even impossible to maintain if the organizational culture doesn’t support it. Read on for ways you can create psychological safety that lasts and takes your teams to new heights. … [Read more...] about Do Your Employees Feel Psychologically Safe?
It’s time to make sure you have tools, skills, resources to help workers deal with disaster—whether it’s around the block or across the country. The mass shootings this past weekend likely have had an impact on your employees. Some may be sad, others anxious or angry. Even when a tragedy doesn’t affect people directly, they often feel pain—either because of their empathy for the victims or because it opens wounds regarding their own experiences. Compassionate leadership during times of tragedy doesn’t just ease suffering; it sets a tone that enables people to recover more quickly from future setbacks. It increases colleagues’ connections and loyalty to each other and helps them see leadership as being on their side. All of this has a positive impact on the culture, atmosphere, and functioning of the organization. Read on for steps you can take to ensure employees feel supported, heard, and empowered in the aftermath of tragedy. … [Read more...] about How to Support Employees When Tragedy Touches Their Lives, Hearts
Experts share best practices for taking organizations from poisonous to positive. If you or your colleagues dread going to work, you’re not alone. In at least one survey, 25% of respondents say that a toxic work environment is a serious problem and causes more lost productivity than distractions, “lazy” colleagues, poor managers, and meetings. You could have a toxic workplace and not even realize it; but the good news is that you can take your organization from poisonous to positive. Read on for signs of a toxic workplace and what top executives say you can do to build lasting change. … [Read more...] about Detoxify Your Workplace for Greater Engagement, Retention, Productivity
Focus on employees’ strengths over weaknesses for an empowered workforce. Much is made of helping employees discover and correct their weaknesses. That approach has very limited utility. It often creates defeated, deflated employees unable to add much value to the organization. Read on to learn about another approach leaders can use to create higher levels of performance and productivity by leveraging strengths. It is important to start by reviewing the significance of emotional intelligence. This is the ability to “motivate oneself and persist in the face of frustrations, to control impulse and delay gratification, to regulate one’s moods and keep distress from swamping the ability to think, to empathize, and to hope,” according to author Elizabeth D. Hutchinson. It is a critical factor for leaders who want to shift attention from deficits to strengths. It gives these leaders a deeper understanding of human interactions; and it helps them begin to focus their concerns on … [Read more...] about Creating a Strengths-Focused Organization
Workplace stress is an ongoing problem, but you can help a lot with a little effort. Workplace stress has been getting a lot of attention lately; but according to at least one survey, this is still a significant problem for employees despite efforts to address it. The report from Comparably showed that more than half of workers feel stressed out at work, and many of these say they’ve been run ragged on the job. Interestingly, entry-level workers report more burnout than employees with years of experience. Read on to learn about what specific issues cause stress for employees at various levels and how you can help. … [Read more...] about Study: Unclear Goals, Long Hours Hurt Employees’ Health