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»

gig economy

Embracing the Future: Surviving and Flourishing in the Gig Economy

If you’ve been following the trends in the HR world, it’s likely you’ve heard the phrase “gig economy” tossed around in more than a few publications. So what is a gig economy and why is it getting so much attention? A quick Google search provides the following definition: A gig economy is a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. … Read More»

peak performance

12 Ways to Stay Energized and in Peak Performance Mode

As an entrepreneur, you face a similar crisis. There’s so much to do, and so much depends on you. It’s easy to forget your energy is a finite resource as well. After all, your employees aren’t the only ones who need to recharge. To maintain peak performance, you need to find ways to renew your energy and commitment. The Young Entrepreneur Council is here to help…. 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»

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