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Who Is Managing Your Culture Right Now?

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How often is culture on the agenda of your management team meetings? Who is proactively identifying tensions that have emerged between your existing culture and the new demands of this 2020 world?

Building Your Culture Change Muscle

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A lot of us are sitting in a big pile of unknown right now. A year ago, it felt like we could project our lines out into the future with a relative sense of confidence, but not so today.

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Time to Level-Up in the Remote Work Environment

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In terms of adjusting to remote work, most of us are moving from stage one to stage two: from “triage” to “transition.” We have our home office set up, maybe boosted our bandwidth a bit, and we don’t make that important point in the zoom meeting while remaining on mute.

Webinar Tomorrow on Managing Conflict

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We’re partnering with Commonwealth Payroll and HR to deliver a webinar tomorrow, noon eastern time, on Managing Conflict During a Pandemic. Below is the description and the registration link. Please join us!

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

We stand with #blacklivesmatter

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As our cities are rocked with protests, we at Human Workplaces stand in solidarity with the #blacklivesmatter movement. All of our work is about helping organizations truly understand and empower the individual human beings within them.

Online Conflict Resolution Training [NEW]

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When everyone shifted to remote work, I predicted that internal conflict would be on the rise. It’s a natural result of people communicating less, and, as one HR friend of mine reported, the “prickly” people seemed to be getting even “pricklier” after everyone went remote.

Come See Jamie Speak on Culture: Spring Conference Season

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March, April, May is always a busy time for Jamie’s speaking, and this year is no exception, as you can see from the list below.

Hey Zoom - here are some features people want!

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Now that we’ve all been thrust into videoconferencing all day every day, to the point where “zooming” is a thing that might end up as the Merriam-Webster word of the year, I put a call out to my friends on social media (thank you for your responses!!)

A Culture Play to Encourage Risk Taking: The Pre-Action Review

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I attended’s Surge virtual conference the other day, and got a gem of an idea from one of the sessions.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

Your Culture Is Right Where You Left It (and that might be a problem)

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Photo by Hamish Duncan on Unsplash. A lot of organizations are feeling perhaps a slight bit of relief that they’ve made it this far through this crisis.

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[Download] Culture Plays for Returning to the Workplace

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As the discussion shifts towards opening things up again, we’re all suddenly realizing that going back to the physical workplace is not going to look like it did before—at all.

Reminder: The Need for Leadership Is Not Unprecedented

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Just a quick reminder that despite the number of times you’ve read the phrase “ unprecedented times ” in the last few weeks, there is a lot going on right now that is not new: Adapting to change Figuring out ways to solve problems and create value Building capacity for leadership.

What I Learned from 1.15 Million Culture Assessment Data Points

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I started March of this year bracing myself for a three-month gauntlet of travel to client sites and conferences. It happens every spring, actually. Thanks to the pandemic, of course, that’s not happening this spring.

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The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Staying on Top of Culture Right Now

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A financial analyst on CBS News used a great phrase the other day when discussing what businesses are going through right now: triage, transition, transformation.

An Important Lesson in Culture Change

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This post by Jamie Notter was originally written for here. ————————- As I write this, the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing a lot of workplaces for a loop.

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[Download] Culture Plays for Better Remote Work

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We’re all feeling it - the sudden shift to mostly remote work can cause some friction in your culture.

Get Your Remote Employee Health Check

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Jamie and Anup Surendran at QuestionPro (our culture assessment partner) hosted this quick webinar to share Question Pro’s new free Remote Employee Health Check assessment. Here’s the recording if you’d like to check it out. It's a quick webinar--about 30 minutes.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Announcing a New Conflict Coaching Project

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I just finished a six-month coaching project with a CEO that focused specifically on conflict resolution.

Expanding on the "Culture-As-Operating-System" Metaphor

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If you know me at all, you probably know I like metaphors, and a popular one when it comes to culture is the idea that your workplace culture is like an operating system, or OS: it dictates what can and can’t happen in your organization, just like an OS sets the rules and boundaries for what can and can’t happen in a computing environment.

Surviving the Upside-Down

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Are you planning your online programming for the next few months? Need to replace cancelled in-person activities with some engaging webinars? Looking for a speaker for an employee town hall? We can help.

Using Employee Net Promoter Score as Part of Engagement and Culture Work

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Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is gaining in popularity as an important workforce metric. We’ve been using it as the final question in our culture assessment since the very beginning (2016 in our case), and you’ll find it in other platforms as well.

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Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

Introducing a Maturity Model for Culture Management

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Just a few decades ago, workplace culture was stuck in the background in management circles—it was either ignored, or treated as a “nice-to-have” feature.

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The Role(s) of the Consultant

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I learned early in my career that there are many different kinds of consultants, and I’m not talking about the various areas of expertise.

Culture-Based Management

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A colleague asked me a great question the other day: What’s the biggest thing leaders are NOT seeing when it comes to culture? These days, I think most leaders understand the importance of culture, and that wasn’t as true a few years ago.

Understanding the Shift from Employee Engagement to Employee Experience

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Last year at this time, Maddie and I were putting the finishing touches on our book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. One reason we tackled the employee engagement topic is because our huge, collective failure to improve engagement over the last two decades.

COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.

Does Everyone on Your Team Define Collaboration the Same Way?

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A few years ago, Maddie and I did some work with a senior leadership team, and one of the key issues they wanted to address was collaboration (at the senior team level).

Analyzing Culture Patterns in Mergers and Acquisitions

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When you have a complete set of culture data set from both organizations in a merger, you will be able to see—in advance—where the potential areas of friction will be. Consider the issue of collaboration.

Leveraging the Technology Behind Employee Experience

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In my recent Forbes article , I talked about integrating your culture data with your employee experience data.

I can't make you love me: the truth about employee engagement

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There are a lot of definitions of employee engagement out there, and they’re all missing the mark. It’s not that they are inaccurate—it’s that the way we define engagement is making it harder, ironically, for us to solve the problem of disengagement.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Empower Managers and Teams

Adopting an Employee Voice model empowers managers and teams to keep driving engagement and action. As teams continue this collaborative dialogue, they build both the muscle memory and the motivation to continue forward together. This exponentially hones their collective intelligence and expertise

Catch Me Speaking Here in DC

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With all the speaking I do, it’s actually rare for me to be doing three appearances here in the DC area over a two week period, but that’s about to happen! On Thursday, June 6, I’m doing a session for a group of COOs who are part of a forum organized by CEO Update.

It's Time for a Culture Management Maturity Model

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The Secret to Culture Change Is Really Quite Boring

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You know how sometimes you get this image in your head of how hard or painful something will be, and then when you finally face the challenge, you discover it’s not so bad? That huge thing you’ve been dreading for months, turns out to be just a regular thing, requiring regular effort.

Getting Past the Lip Service around "Human" Workplaces

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). I can’t believe that it’s been EIGHT years since Maddie and I wrote our first book, Humanize.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.