sustainable excellence

Sustainable Excellence: You Need to Huddle Up to Win Big

Just like anything of lasting impact, huddles require dedication and commitment. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to get everyone bought into the concept. Likewise, you’ll need to experiment with the flow and pace of your huddle to fit your company’s personality. Emphasize that huddles are not being implemented as a flavor of the month program…. Read More»

team mental health

Eight Ways to Support Team Mental Health and Wellbeing

To close out the final series of posts supporting Mental Health Awareness Month we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share policies, philosophies, resources or programs they have successfully implemented to support team mental health and the well-being of the people within their company. It’s encouraging to know that organizations continue to make positive strides towards raising awareness and supporting workplace wellness…. Read More»

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Boost Productivity by Promoting Employee Physical and Mental Fitness

Your employees’ physical and mental health has a direct impact on your company’s culture, productivity and bottom line. According to a study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, productivity losses from depression costs the U.S. economy $5,524 per worker each year with an additional $390 lost as a result of depression-related absences. Employers can, however, take proactive steps to boost productivity by promoting employee physical fitness and mental health…. Read More»

team accountability

Your Mission Statement Holds the Key to Boosting Team Accountability

You spent a lot of time constructing an eloquent mission statement — one full of promises and overflowing with trendy jargon. Top management applauds it, and clients appreciate it. But do your employees see it merely as rambling, meaningless verbiage? Less than 50 percent of the nation’s workers feel motivated by their employers’ core value statements. And that disconnect between what workers need and what they get is causing a catastrophic drop in team accountability. The people who are most important to your business’s success deserve a mission statement that’s more than a snappy sound bite. Your core values must resonate at every level, providing dependable anchors on which personnel can rely.
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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»

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