The new work life balance: We’re not working more, just differently
I saw this today on Cindy Krischer Goodman‘s Work/Life Balancing Act blog, at the Miami Herald, and I was intrigued by her perspective on the changing nature of work and workplaces.
Here’s a little of what Cindy said
The longer I write about work-life balance, the more I hear and see that technology challenges are universal. From CEOs to sales persons, today’s workers are trying to build balanced lives by battling the impulse to stay connected 24/7. Checking work emails on our tablets or smartphones in bed or at a bar makes us feel like we’re working all the time. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Bending iPhone6‘s? Derek Jeter’s last home game in Yankee pinstripes? Attorney General Eric Holder to resign?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was the one stealing the headlines yesterday — err, doing something that I decided to be most blogworthy. Read more…
“Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.” — Jim Halpert, character on the TV series The Office.
Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink.
Some people forget that work is just a part of life — you’re not supposed to live to work — and they become consumed by it. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.
Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”
This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.
Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…
I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.
Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:
- The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
As the authors of the Harvard Business Review article, Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent, point out, diversity is an almost universal value in corporate America today.
However, the authors’ research proves employees still feel pressure to hide or “cover” some aspect of their individuality which they feel makes them different.
Examples of aspects which employees feel the need to cover include downplaying one’s age, their ethnic background, parental status, or physical disabilities. Employees want to blend into the crowd so as not to stand out. Read more…
I think there is an epidemic in our society, and I’m going to blame Apple.
Sure other cell phone companies do the same thing, but Apple was the one who really made this such an issue.
Last week, Apple released the latest version of the iPhone and the entire world stood in line to get the latest phone.
I have a iPhone 5s; the new version is iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apparently, my iPhone 5s is now garbage. It’s not, but Apple wants me to think it is, so I get the new version. Read more…
Do you have friends at work? What about a best friend?
Do you think this is too “soft” a question to be asking about the workplace environment?
Having friends at work matters – for many reasons:
- It increases employee engagement. Gallup asks just 12 questions to gauge employee engagement and one is “I have a best friend at work.” Read more…
In 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch because of a failed O Ring that employees of NASA had earlier highlighted as a risk. Investigation into the tragedy revealed that NASA’s employees tried to sound the alarm before launch.
For various reasons, they were not heard and seven people lost their lives.
The story of Challenger has been studied and dissected by every business school class, as an example of how the culture of silence is an overwhelming threat to an organization. Read more…
Oxford Economics and SAP recently released the report Workforce 2020: The Looming Talent Crisis aimed at understanding the opportunities and challenges of the evolving workforce. The research is based on survey responses from over 2,700 executives and more than 2,700 employees in 27 countries.
Understanding the core characteristics of “the new face of work,” as SAP puts it, is an important step in recognizing the opportunities and challenges that will come with it. SAP and Oxford Economics’ research identifies several key characteristics of the 2020 workforce, including that it will be an increasingly flexible one. Read more…