team bonding

9 Fun Ways to Promote Team Bonding this Summer

And just like that, we’ve traded our scarves for sunglasses, and switched our Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Unicorn Frappucinos. Summer is officially here… again! While summer creates unique opportunities for team bonding activities, happy hours and Nerf gun battles are not everyone’s cup of tea. What constitutes fun varies depending on the unique personalities in your group, but the benefits of disconnecting from work (and connecting with team members) shouldn’t be ignored. So step away from the daily routine, take advantage of the good weather and find something fun to keep the ties between your team members strong! Capitalize on the positive energy that spills over from the experience and find ways to keep the momentum going when you’re back in the office! Our friends at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) are filled with great ideas so we asked them to weigh in on their summer plans.
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Negative Feedback: Turning a Negative into a Positive [Infographic]

With summer come thoughts of sunny beaches and lazy days filled with sunscreen and exotic, tiny-umbrella-adorned drinks. At least, that’s where our thoughts are. First we have to deal with Mid-Year Performance Reviews. Although reviews are becoming a thing of the past, replaced by more frequent, regular feedback, they remain in widespread use. They also remain a significant source of stress for managers and employees alike. That stress stems primarily from our discomfort expressing and accepting negative feedback…. Read More»

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Inspire Uninspired Employees: How to Spark Motivation

Does it sometimes feel like you’re wasting your breath trying to inspire uninspired employees? Managers make their best attempt at coaching employees to harness their own sense of motivation to achieve their personal and professional goals. But many tactics aimed at motivating uninspired employees have one major flaw: they don’t account for the person and the impact emotions, feelings, thoughts, and mindset have on their ability to feel drive.
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open communication

How to Strengthen Your Team with Intentional and Open Communication

I once worked in an office where, at some point along the way, management instituted the policy that creatives shouldn’t communicate directly with managers in charge of client services. Staff managers were interlocutors with whom we creatives communicated with client services. As a result it took hours, and sometimes days, to perform tasks we could have done in minutes. Let’s just say the system was flawed because, without open communication, it created frustration…. Read More»

engaged companies

Four Things Only Highly Engaged Companies Understand

Imagine your workplace utopia. Is it one of the more engaged companies? Are you picturing Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship? Napping pods, pop-up cafes, and gyms? Some trending startups even have in-office beer kegs. While I can’t deny naps and endless streams of coffee sound enticing, their efficacy for truly engaging employees may not be as high as you think. These fun perks seem interesting at first, but after a while the novelty wears off, and companies are left with napping, smoothie-drinking, sandwich-eating disengaged employees. Here’s how to go beyond on-the-surface perks and dive deep into building a strong employee engagement foundation…. Read More»

How to Create a More Personal, Productive Workspace

When you think of your workspace, you probably think about a featureless desk you labor at every day. The truth is, you spend more time at your desk than anywhere else except your bed. And just as an uncomfortable bed means you won’t get good sleep, an uncomfortable, impersonal desk means you won’t be productive. Get more out of your work hours by creating a more personal, productive workspace…. 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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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»

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»

engaging millennials

Engaging Millennials: Unleashing a Generation in the Workforce

Millennials is a strange word people use – often with some derision – to refer to a younger generation of workers. Many falsely believe they’re different from other generations, and that something might be wrong with them. What’s probably driving much of this sense of enigma is that Millennials are less engaged at work than […] Read moreRead More»

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