Articles tagged 'Company culture'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Coping With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

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Editor’s note: This is the last Weekly Wrap for this year. We’ll return again in January 2015. 

Everyone knows that the end of the year holidays are the most stressful time of the year, and that makes for the most stressful season at work as well.

But, just how stressful is it? A new survey from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Pulse tried to find out.

According to the recently released report Tis the Season For Stress: The Holiday’s Impact on Employees’ Health & Happiness (& What It Means For Employers), here is how stressful it seems to be: Read more…

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The No. 1 Reason You SHOULD Always Drink at Office Parties

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

My dear friend Tim Sackett believes that it’s risky to drink at office functions.

You might say something stupid. You might look foolish. You might put your job on the line. And those are all true if you’re a functional idiot. If you can’t cross the street without holding your mama’s hand, you shouldn’t have a drink at office parties.

If you are like the rest of the world, though, having a drink or two at an office party isn’t a big deal. If anything, it can be a lifesaver. Read more…

HR Insights

Building a Case For Both the Business AND the Value of HR

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Have you noticed? HR is making headlines!

We’re in Fast Company, Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. We’re in dozens of business books hitting the market, providing competency models, new analytical tools, and metrics that will help us to gain the credibility we would like to have.

We are all over LinkedIn, in groups, in discussion threads and in “The Pulse.” Prominent business thinkers like Ram Charan are opining on the profession, and suggesting how it can be “fixed.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

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Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

It’s the Holidays! Don’t Make Employees Be Naughty Instead of Nice

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When I was a kid, we had a name for those other kids who were always causing trouble — instigators.

Confusion, noise, and conflict swirled around these rabble-rousers who, when they weren’t actively making bad stuff happen, were darn sure taking advantage of its presence.

Unfortunately, some of these provocateurs grew up and were eventually promoted into management.

Crap. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Today’s Most Important Strategy: Building a Culture of Agility

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What company in the world has not been going through sudden shifts from major, disruptive change?

Consumer technology companies, health care companies, automakers, and smart phone manufacturers are among industries whose very foundation is more like shifting quicksand. To survive and grow, and even regain competitive advantage, many companies are grappling with ways to transform their businesses in the face of radical change.

They are responding in many predictable and time-tested ways: Changing CEOs and leadership teams, shifting strategies, rolling out new product lines, amping up innovation, cutting costs and restructuring. Read more…

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The No. 1 Reason You Should NEVER Drink at an Office Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

An old Tibetan monk once said: “A drunken mouth speaks a sober mind.”

I don’t know if that was actually said by an old monk or just something someone’s grandfather said, but in terms drinking at an office function, it rings as true today as it did when whoever said it, said it.

The ironic part of the statement is that people will go to great lengths to say the opposite. “Oh, Tim, please understand I didn’t mean that you are completely incapable of everything – it was the whiskey talking – I don’t really believe that.” Read more…

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Gift Giving at Work: A Little Thoughtfulness Can Go a Long Way

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

We’re all familiar with the old adage that tells us it’s the thought that counts during the gift-giving season, and that certainly holds true for reward and recognition programs.

However, we can get sidetracked during the holiday season thinking about the rewards that are coming to us, which is presumably how that old adage got started in the first place.

No matter how you intend to reward your employees over the holiday season, putting a little thought into it can go a long way. Read more…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

Work Friendships: They Improve Productivity and Job Satisfaction

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Following on my post yesterday (What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated) about global employee research showing that “appreciation for my work” is the most important job aspect for employees, I wanted to share the findings of the Globoforce 2014 UK and Ireland Workforce Mood Tracker survey.

The findings are consistent with what we see in the U.S., with employees highly valuing relationships at work but feeling unsupported by the organization in building those relationships more deeply.

This year’s survey shows that organizations would benefit greatly from celebrating their employees’ dedication to the company, as well as the strong bonds people form while at work. Read more…

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Should Your Ultimate Goal Be a Union-Free Workplace?

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By Howard Mavity

Last week’s NLRB Purple Communications decision about employee emails combine with the announcement by the National Labor Relations Board of the so-called “quickie elections” process, is going to stir up employers.

You should expect a bevy of marketing communications trying to sell you seminars and packages on how to remain “union free.”

I want to pose a bit of a contrarian idea.

Why would an employer focus on being “union free?” Do you devise your other business strategies by simply opposing your competitors? Read more…