negative work experience

The Keys to Overcoming the Negative Work Experience

Conservative estimates claim we spend a third of our lives at work. The unfortunate reality, for many workers, is that the experience of work is marred by negativity. Stress, poor management, distrust of leaders, and the unrelenting pace of change, are just few of the reasons for this. One of the most significant contributing factors to a negative work experience is a mismatch of management practices to employees’ expectations…. Read More»

psychological consulting

Psychological Consulting: A Partnership for Emotional Fitness

We sought out the expertise of Dr. Emily Anhalt, who referenced Dr. Freeman’s research study in her 4-part series on “The Emotionally Fit Founder.” She describes emotional fitness as “an ongoing commitment to looking inward, processing through difficult emotions, and working toward self-awareness and self-improvement.” … Read More»

strengths-based approach

Strengths-Based Approach to Better Productivity and Workplace Culture

A common job interview question we’ve all either had to answer or ask is, “What are your weaknesses?” Prospective employees spend time agonizing over how to answer this question in a way that turns their weaknesses into strengths. Let’s flip the question around: “What are your strengths?” Their answers might be more confident and spirited. Companies that use a strengths-based approach to hiring and keeping current talent can enhance strengths, innovation, and productivity…. Read More»

proactive measures

Proactive Measures: Critical Success factors for the Future of Work

Proactive, personal involvement is becoming essential for your team’s advancement, workforce, and business, as well as your own work and career. As a result, self-awareness and emotional intelligence are becoming critical success factors to facilitate individually-sensitive, informed decision-making in the emerging, talent-focused, Future-of-Work environment…. Read More»

social business design

How Social Business Design Theory Improves Retention and Innovation

CEOs and entrepreneurs across the country are asking the same question: How do we engage and retain our top talent? In a recent survey, Future Workplace partnered with Beyond and found 56 percent of HR workers look to enhance their employees’ experience by investing more in staff development and training. Other companies, such as IBM, are investing in people analytics, which provide an idea of when key employees may quit. Managers then use that data to nurture those team members and encourage them to stay. While these strategies may help retain employees (and are certainly more effective than reactionary strategies), I believe the best way to enhance the employee experience and boost retention is through social business design theory…. Read More»

organizational learning

Organizational Learning: How Conflict Tolerance and Vulnerability Boost Results

Learning the past tense of the verb “to eat” in French is (likely) easier than learning to be a more approachable supervisor, or re-evaluating your positions after a heated argument. And learning how to solve an algebraic equation doesn’t necessarily force you to rethink your place in the world. While I’ve met a few people whose lives were changed by vibrant math teachers, for most folks, math class didn’t lead to dramatic self-re-evaluation…. Read More»

feedback

Feedback: This Is The Positive Environment Your Employees Want

Your employees are tough enough to handle a few negative comments. Quality employees welcome it. Really, how else could they grow personally and professionally without a few critiques? So, it’s no surprise two-third of employees who responded in the What’s New In Employee Management Trends report by my company, Quantum Workplace, want immediate feedback – even when it’s negative…. Read More»

drama-based culture

Ten Secrets for Eliminating a Drama-Based Culture

Zero tolerance for drama doesn’t work. In fact, it might be one of the most obvious signs of a drama-based culture because it reflects a misunderstanding of the purpose of conflict. Drama is what happens when people struggle against themselves or each other, with or without awareness, to feel justified about their harmful behavior…. Read More»

employee commitment

10 Rules for Recognition That Increase Employee Commitment

Management malpractice, managers’ actions that don’t lead to positive outcomes for the company and its people, can be overcome. Practicing recognition that incorporates the above rules will position you to achieve greater results in your business and increase employee commitment. Your employees will appreciate it, too…. Read More»

role clarity

Role Clarity: Why Role Setting Should Always Precede Goal Setting

Growth has many wonderful consequences – more opportunity, more reach, more influence, more volume, and more! The truth is, there are also more challenges with a rapidly growing enterprise. The systems, methods, processes and even the structure of a simpler day can falter under growth. These are good problems to have, but they are problems nonetheless. Sometimes people lose role clarity…. Read More»

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