Articles tagged 'Company culture'

Culture, Talent Management

How I Got Zapped, or 3 Keys to Zappos Cultural Success

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Last week, I had the privilege of taking a behind the scenes tour of Zappos and speaking with several of their top leaders. ]

Mine was not the popular tour advertised on their website, but rather a real peek behind the curtain to see the wizardry of this renowned workplace culture phenomena and iconic brand.

I’ve read Tony Hsieh’s bestselling business book, Delivering Happiness, and have seen some of the clever Zappos employee videos on YouTube, so I wasn’t shellshocked by this very non-traditional workplace environment.

The converted city hall building in downtown Las Vegas that serves as Zappos headquarters radiates individuality and personality with a spattering of controlled chaos thrown in for good measure. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

How On-the-Job Distractions Can Actually Drive High Performance

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It sounds counterintuitive, but an office environment with the right mix of distractions is actually a part of a high performance culture.

The reason is simple – we don’t have the mental endurance to consistently work straight through the business day.

Supporting this, research continues to show that adding breaks to your workday is essential for staying productive. Further, not only does it protect you against burnout in the short and long-term, it also enhances your ability to innovate. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Reddit Pulls Back Remote Workers Despite New San Francisco Law

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More than 1,200 high tech start-ups and household names from Yelp to Salesforce call San Francisco home.

Web phenom Reddit, the self-styled “front page of the Internet,” is small but influential. It became its own lead story last week as word leaked out that it had offered its numerous, and in many cases long-term remote employees, the choice of relocation to San Francisco headquarters or a “generous severance package.”

The move-here-or-move-on edict did not seem tied to performance issues, the collapse of collaboration or imminent financial or competitive peril. In fact, the high-flying firm had just secured a $50 million investment from a group of tech funders (unrelated to this policy, we are told.) Read more…

Culture

Workplace Values: It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It

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In the last 12 months, the topic of values has caught the imagination.

Putting values at the center of everything your organization does can make all the difference in engaging and motivating employees and customers.

It is a year this October since our book about organizational values, The 31 Practices, was published, and I wonder if you’ve noticed the increasing focus on values all over the world since? Read more…

Talent Management

It Takes a Workforce “Posse” to Help Make the Stars Shine

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I’ve found yet another good executive interview featured in the New York Times Corner Office column.

This one is with Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation, which “recruits and trains students from public high schools to form teams to help them succeed in college.”

This is quite an interesting organization with a purpose I’m happy to support and publicize. But there’s value for us in the workplace, too. In this brief interview about her approach to helping at-risk teens succeed in college, Bial offers three lessons any of us can apply in our organizations, today. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

When You Tell an Employee That “Family Comes First,” Do You Mean It?

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At this organization, family comes first.”

This phrase is used so commonly by companies recruiting employees that its weight and meaning have almost disappeared. Don’t get me wrong. The words carry the most noble of intentions. But this is one of those claims that’s often uttered and rarely embraced.

In honor of National Work and Family Month, which is being celebrated throughout October, it’s time to take a look at whether we – as business owners – are living up to our end of the bargain. When we tell employees “family comes first,” do our actions really match our words? Read more…

Talent Management

It Takes a Little MAGIC – Leveraging the 5 Keys of Employee Engagement

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To become an engaged employee, you first need to have the basic elements of job satisfaction. These include pay, benefits, tools and resources, and a safe working environment.

Once you are satisfied with these elements, you can fully engage in your work. Our research shows that the five keys to employee engagement include: Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Big Disconnect: Study Shows the Gap Between HR and Employees

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ADP recently released a report which, based on data they’ve collected from several studies, examines the causes and implications of a persistent disconnect recorded between HR’s and employees’ perceptions.

The topic is an interesting one: Despite the vast improvement in and efficiency of communications tools and processes that we’ve witnessed over the years, employees and HR departments have seemed to maintain notably differing perceptions on many key human capital management effectiveness issues.

This disparity holds true globally, and in companies of all sizes. ADP has noted this trend in three of their ADP Research Institute global studies in 2013: Quantifying Great Human Capital Management, Employee Perspectives on Human Capital Management, and HR 360. Read more…

Future of HR, HR Management

Is This Really How the World of HR Will Look in 2022?

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The world of workplace rewards in 2022 may feature scary aspects where constantly-monitored employees are overworked, paid only for performance and pitted against each other, only to be discarded if found wanting, according to a major survey.

An alternative prediction was that the employer of the future would be dedicated to enriching individual worker talents and fulfilling personal interests while minimizing environmental impact. The third possibility described a world featuring networks of independent contractors cooperating in virtual work relationships.

These predictions came from PwC, the consulting firm that polled 10,000 people in the U.S., UK, Germany, India and China and over 500 HR managers across the world for this report. Read more…

Talent Management

Friends at Work Make For Happier Employees – and a Better Bottom Line

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 With my mother dying earlier this year, I have been reminded of the importance of friendship.

My pals have played a crucial role in supporting me, helping me grieve, cheering me up.

Several of these life-affirming friends are from work, including a group of buddies that dates to our work together as newspaper reporters 15 years ago.

Indeed, at a time when Americans have fewer friends than they used to, the workplace is a fertile field for growing these valuable ties. And companies can do a lot to water that social soil — resulting in happier employees and a healthier bottom line. Read more…