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Turnover Is At Highest Level In YearsRead the rest of this entry »
Seems like every other week we see another survey declaring that some big percentage of employees is looking for a new job. In January, The Muse said 58% of its mostly under 34 survey takers were plan to change employers this year. Another survey said two-thirds of workers would outright quit if their work became less flexible. We've even seen more than one survey with clickbait headlines predicting three-quarters of ...
Make March Madness a Bonding TimeRead the rest of this entry »
Basketball crazy fans will be filling out their brackets and keeping up with developments to the tune of about 25 minutes a day during the 15 work days leading up to the NCAA finals on April 8. Collectively, all this March Madness will cost employers $13.3 billion in lost work time, says global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
With the help of HR, managers will ...
Healthy Conflict Is Key to GrowthRead the rest of this entry »
As we all know, teamwork depends on, well, teamwork --working together cooperatively to achieve a common goal. That doesn't mean great teams are conflict free. The truth is, a team or a workplace without conflict is a place where innovation and change have a hard time taking root.
Amy Gallo made that point in her SXSW (South by Southwest) talk last week in Austin.
"It’s possible to be too ...
Misfits May Be Just the People You NeedRead the rest of this entry »
Last year's "The Incredibles 2" grossed $1.2 billion, was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe and was named the Best Animated Film by the National Board of Review.
As incredible as that it is, what's more incredible is that none of that would have happened if it wasn't for a band of disgruntled misfits.
The New York Times tells the story of how Pixar director Brad Bird ...
When You Can't Get Both, Soft Skills Beat Out ExperienceRead the rest of this entry »
How important are soft skills? More important than qualifications and the right experience, say 75% of adults in an online survey.
If the "perfect" candidate can't be found -- and that is so often the case -- then the job should go to the person who has good personal, communications and time-management skills, is enthusiastic and is reliable, rather than to someone without good soft skills, even if they meet all the ...
Noisy, Disruptive and Now, Not Even CollaborativeRead the rest of this entry »
Here's another blow against open floorplans: they don't improve face-to-face collaboration.
That was one of the leading reasons why companies tore out partitions and even eliminated assigned workspaces. It didn't hurt that open offices also cost less to furnish, a reason tech startups adopted the concept.
But then studies began to find these offices were noisier and that workers experienced more disruptions and higher levels of stress. The belief was ...
Survey: 2018 Raises Were 3% Or LessRead the rest of this entry »
Retention's a big problem. Turnover is on the rise. And attracting talent -- any skilled, qualified applicant, let alone top tier talent -- tops most employers' list of workforce challenges.
Despite all that, the latest report from PayScale two-thirds of employers gave raises last year of 3% or less. In fact, says the survey from PayScale, just over a quarter gave less than 2.5%. Considering that the Consumer Price Index for ...
Three Myths About TeamworkRead the rest of this entry »
Putting together the best, brightest and most productive of your employees is no guarantee you've built a successful team. Just look at the 2004 US Olympic basketball team, which had the best NBA players yet barely managed to eke out a bronze medal.
As Business Management Daily points out, it's a myth that outstanding employees always make exceptional team members. It's true sometimes; it's equally true that star employees, like ...
The Important Contribution of the Modern ElderRead the rest of this entry »
Older workers have an important role to play in today's workforce.
Generational diversity, says author and entrepreneur Chip Conley, is immensely valuable because of the contribution that older workers can make. It's not just that they have more experience and knowledge, it's the wisdom they bring.
In a discussion on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show on SiriusXM , Conley made that point that age alone does not confer wisdom: "Wisdom is ...
Opioid Use Is Covered By the ADARead the rest of this entry »
Opioids have been front page news this last year as the nation struggles with an addiction epidemic that claimed 47,600 lives in 2017. Many of those deaths -- 17,029 -- involved the use of prescription opioids. That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from opioid substance use disorders.
The issue has become particularly acute for employers. One survey found 70% of employers reporting ...