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Experience Needed ??


 

It’s hard to believe that I’m entering the 35th year of my career. I can distinctly remember the challenge of finding my first job. You see, I was trying to land a role in the newly renamed field of “Human Resources” before the internet was anything to be reckoned with. In fact, I went to a library on the campus of Ohio University at the beginning of my senior year and found a book called The Million Dollar Directory. It was a list of companies and their profiles. I picked out a list...

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Productivity, Wellbeing, and Mental Health


 

There is no shortage of advice about the “best” approach to productivity. Yet somehow, many of us feel that we are doing both too much and not enough. Productivity stress can even affect our sleep and our mental health.

The experts are very sure of themselves - but their advice is often contradictory. 

“The best place to work is the office.” “The best place to work is home.” “The best place to work is the coffee shop.”

“The best way to work is the “Pomodoro.” “The best way to work is...

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The Looming Talent Pandemic

 

Is your Organization Prepared?

With vaccine penetration approaching herd immunity levels, businesses rebounding and re-opening, and more optimism around a “return to normal” there is yet another pandemic looming that threatens business: A talent pandemic.

The covid aftermath is impacting the enterprise’s most precious asset – its core talent. And top talent has an evolving, if not yet fully clear, framework of how they are defining their expectations for the new workplace. How companies recognize and address this will determine their ability to recover and move forward.

The Issues:

“Burnout” –...

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To Return or Not to Return?

 

 

Now that COVID-19 concerns are starting to fade and more people are getting vaccinated, many employers are anxious to get back to some sense of normalcy. But they are struggling to get workers to return to the office with a chorus of employees saying, “Why do I have to?”, “I mean really, why should I?” and “If we can get the same job done remotely, why can’t we just continue to work from home all...

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Empathy for You Cancels out Empathy for Me. So, What Gives?

 

 

The other week, I posted information on #stopasianhate to my personal Instagram, hoping to educate and elicit empathy among my peers. I was taken aback when a former classmate asked me to stop these posts because they made social media less “fun.” Instead of empathizing with my sorrow, he was asking that I empathize with his annoyance. What gives?

Why we choose not to empathize

Empathy is such an incredible cure, yet studies show that we have a robust preference to simply avoid it. Why? Sure, empathy takes some cognitive resources,...

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The Great Engagement Tug of War

 

 

It's been a while since there has been a topic that has lacked decision in a way the post-pandemic workplace continues to. Will we return to the office? How often? Will there be parameters for hybrid models? Each region, industry, and individual organization seems to have their caveats that are ping-ponging policy.

As we discussed last month, the interpretation between policy and organizational strategy creates a huge opportunity for partnership between HR and Business Unit Leaders. Additionally, we'll see a continual reliance on technology as the backbone to guide culture and engagement. We all want to see our co-workers again....

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The Big Picture: Trust Is the New Employee Experience

 

Over the past few years, the employee engagement market has slowly but steadily shifted towards the Employee Experience.

Companies now understand the importance of winning the talent war as their best competitive advantage.

They must also tackle the unfortunate national constant of declining productivity. The best experience for employees keeps them engaged, productive, and dedicated to their customers’ satisfaction. But one size doesn’t fit all. Each company must design its own employee experience in alignment with its strategy and brand.

The Employee Experience market ($15 Billion markets in early 2021) mirrors...

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8 Simple and Cost-Effective Ways To Recognize and Reward Employees

 

What are some simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward employees?

To help your company find new ways to recognize and reward your employees, we asked HR experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From crafting social media shoutouts to celebrating work anniversaries, there are several simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward your employees.

Here are eight simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward employees:

  • Craft a Social Media Shoutout
  • Offer Time to Recharge
  • Create an Ongoing “Pass the Trophy”
  • Look After Their Holistic
  • ...
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Confidently Writing About Yourself

 

 

I recently helped a friend prepare for a promotion conversation, and another friend update his “About” section on LinkedIn. Both said to me, “Ugh… I hate writing about myself. It’s so hard!” I totally understand this sentiment.

I used to feel that way myself a few years ago. It took a lot of practice through speaking engagements, podcasts, and updating my own resume and LinkedIn profile that I got comfortable using my voice to confidently describe what I do and the value I bring. (Check out my blog post on what...

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Keys to Crafting Content That Captures Attention

 

It’s a familiar but frustrating scene for internal communicators: We invest countless hours researching, writing, revising and posting content, but employees don’t seem to be receiving the message.

So what’s going on? Why isn’t the content getting through?

To find the answer, I gathered input from more than 3,000 employees spanning multiple industries, job types and geographic regions using focus groups, in-depth interviews and surveys.

According to employees in the study, the secret is simple: Tell them about the topics they’re interested in and protect their time.

While that sounded easy...

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