Culture

3 Steps to Making Feedback A Habit

The strongest way to make a new culture stick is by transforming new behaviors into regular habits. To really make feedback a part of your culture, follow these steps: 1. Training First, really make sure the behaviors your employees are forming are the right ones. You don’t want people to get into the…

A 5-Hour Day Works For This Company, Can It Work For You?

The American workforce has become lazy. I estimate, conservatively, that knowledge workers are four times as efficient as they were 20 years ago. That’s why I moved my company to a five-hour workday about a year-and-a-half ago. We work 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no lunch; then, we leave. For a beach…

What Happens When You Let Employees Design Their Own Jobs?

At this digital advertising firm employees are encouraged to constantly re-evaluate their interests — and their jobs. Recently named the fastest-growing company in Richmond, Workshop Digital was formed when Co-Founders Andrew Miller and Brian Forrester merged their two digital marketing firms. The 25-person company specializes in the competitive field of search engine optimization…

Is Your Culture the One You Want?

What’s the condition of your organization’s culture? Every organization has one. From a small business to a multi-national, it’s got a culture. From a team to a department to a division to a region to a country, it’s got a culture. Usually the culture of a business happens by default, not by design….

What Are Doing About Your “Workplace Prisoners”?

Recognize This! – Motivating employees requires more than compensation, which can create “prisoners.” Instead, companies need to emphasize a richer employee experience. There is an interesting “iceberg” effect when it comes to employee motivation. Company leadership tends to focus on what is immediately visible, both for top talent and for severe underperformers for…

Work Martyrs Are Poisoning Your Culture

Work martyrs are popping up in all industries. When you’re in an industry already known to be demanding, like medical sales, these martyrs could be ruining your reputation. This could scare high quality candidates away due to a higher rate of reported work-related stress. Having work martyrs in your office — people who…

Groupthink – The Fastest Route To Nowhere Special

You’ve been there, sitting in a meeting while your boss is explaining a new policy the team needs to follow because someone in the corporate headquarters who doesn’t do your job every day said so. Sitting there listening to the instructions, you look around the room and notice everyone nodding their head in…

Why We Ask These 5 Interview Questions and Why You Should Too

The best candidates have qualifications that are more than skills-deep. Discovering these qualities in the interview process is difficult. But moving past impression and into reality is crucial to hiring the right people — people who not only have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job, but also the abstract qualities…

The Case for Collaboration in Sourcing

It’s happened before. You’re at your desk just staring at the computer screen, willing it to give you an answer. You’ve Googled “creative sourcing strategies” and come up with nothing new. You’ve Booleaned and Facebooked and Tweeted. And now, you just want to give up. As recruiters/sourcers, we are skilled in Internet research…