Culture

Are Your Company’s Cultural Practices Truly Competitive?

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As companies across the U.S. throw their hats into the ring for a spot on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list this month, you may be turning a curious lens toward your own company’s cultural practices. Do you know whether they measure up as ones that would be considered “great?”…

Workplace Culture is THE Key to Creating Better Employee Well-Being

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Without a thriving workplace culture, organizations may suffer from employee disengagement, stagnant business practices, uninspired products and services, and decreased financial performance. An important component of building a thriving culture – and improving the bottom line – is creating the conditions in which employee well-being can also thrive. You’ve probably heard the quotation from the…

How Frequent Turnover in Top Leadership Can Turn an Organization Toxic

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A few months ago Amtrak faced the worst train accident to ever hit the northeast corridor. Though still under NTSB investigation – it is likely that no one single issue caused the crash. It was a sequence of events that lead to the Amtrak disaster, and not all of them occurred onboard the…

3 Keys to Motivating Multi-Generational Teams in the Workplace

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Today’s managers’ face a unique challenge — motivating a multi-generational workforce. For the first time in history, there are four generations making up our nation’s workforce. With Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennial (Generation Y) employees on the same team, a one-size-fits-all method to management and motivation simply isn’t effective. To manage…

5 Better Things to Do Than Have Status Meetings

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What’s a good staff meeting? This is such an important topic that any effective manager needs to really get it right. Here are some questions I get: What should I be doing with my staff as a team? How should I organize my staff meetings? What are the right topics to discuss? What is…

It Will Be Worth Your While to Make Sure Employees Get Enough Sleep

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some 41 million workers in America aren’t getting enough sleep. We already know that American workers take fewer vacation days and work longer hours than their industrialized counterparts around the world. But when nearly a third of your workforce is showing up to work sleep-deprived…

Leadership 101: Do Your Daily Interactions Command Respect and Trust?

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I had a recent interaction that got me thinking about how people show up in the world so differently, and how the way we show up tells others about who we are. While it’s important for anyone who cares about their career, reputation, and effectiveness to reflect on how they come across, it’s…

Trying to Copy Another Culture, Like Zappos? How’s That Working Out?

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I want our company to be just like Zappos! No you don’t. First, Zappos has a very strong culture, of which, most people couldn’t handle or wouldn’t like. They hire very specific talent based on this cultural fit and desire to be in their certain culture, it’s not for everyone. Now drink. Yep,…

Why I Struggle With Workplace Parties (Especially When HR Plans Them)

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Does it strike you as odd that the July/August HR Magazine features a seven-page article titled 25 Fun & Easy Ways to Boost Morale? On first glance, this looks pretty neat. The writer crowd-sourced ideas on social media and shared them in the article. The ideas range from movie tickets to time off…

6 Ways The Best Leaders Innovate and Bring Great Ideas To Life

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Ideas are incredibly valuable assets for leaders and for organizations. One of the most effective competitive strategies you can leverage is to improve your products or services. Often, this is easier said than done, and even when you are successful, you’re challenged with achieving innovative, breakthrough results on a continual basis to remain…