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Creating an Organization That No One Would Ever Want to Leave

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I was talking to a small company in upstate New York yesterday about possible culture work, and in the course of the conversation, the prospect stated what I think sums up the fundamental desire of leaders who are now turning their attention to culture.

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I Know Why Your Big Decisions Are Going to Fail

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Think about the biggest decisions your organization makes: Key strategic moves/investments Hiring a significant number of new staff Moving/redesigning office space “Digital transformation” (translation: switching/deploying major tech platforms).

It's Time for a Culture Management Maturity Model

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Last week we received our first-ever RFP for a staff culture project, and I treat that as a marker of just how mainstream “culture” is becoming in the management world.

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.

Candidate Screening Simplified

Speaker: Allen Samuel, Senior Sourcer & Serial Entrepreneur

When it comes to finding the right candidates for your company, you want to ensure that they are a good “fit.” By having an understanding of the job description, accurate skillset criteria and a short conversation with the hiring manager, you will be armed with the resources to quickly and effectively convert potential candidates to new hires. Join Senior Sourcer & Serial Entrepreneur Allen Samuel to learn the steps you should be taking in your candidate screening process.

Managing Sub-Cultures

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One of the paradoxes of culture is that they are simultaneously centralized and decentralized. That is, while there should be a consistent, singular culture in your organization, you will also invariably have different subcultures that emerge.

Increasing Engagement Does NOT Improve Your Culture

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I think a lot of people focus on improving employee engagement because they want to create a strong culture. Think about it: if you’re “average” (according to Gallup research), only 34% of your employees are highly engaged.

The Hidden Cost of Culture Friction

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I was on a call last week with Paula, our new SVP of Business Development , and we were talking to a possible client in Texas. During the conversation, the senior executive on the call asked us a fair and important question: Why should we invest in culture work?

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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.

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.

Technology does not make Digital Transformations Effective - People Do!

There is no doubt that digital transformation strategies are technology driven; however, that is not the only factor. The human element is still relevant - in fact, it is necessary to succeed in the digital era.

How Do You Know If You're Doing Culture Right?

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In pretty much every part of our organizations, we build in a component of evaluation. We run programs, and then we ask participants what they think. We hire employees, and we ask managers to rate their performance annually.

How Does Your Culture Foster Connection?

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). One of the fundamental tenets of traditional, 20th-century management is the division of labor. While the concept goes back much farther, division of labor was critical to the “revolution” part of the industrial revolution.

Do you have a culture team?

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One of the key (and simplest) ways to ensure that your culture is something you can continuously manage and improve (which you should, btw, otherwise your culture will decay over time despite all the work you might have put into it) is to set up a cross-functional culture team.

Data maturity through 3 lenses - strategic, operational and cultural

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I don’t do as much speaking as I used to, but when I say yes it’s to the really awesome conferences that have a different take on things.

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5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Knowledge Economy? Sure. What about "The Collaboration Economy?"

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Gig economy. App economy. Knowledge economy. Sharing economy. On-demand economy. Entrepreneurial economy. We call this era a lot of things. How about the "Team Collaboration Economy?" Here's why!

How should you even define "culture?"

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From here: Culture has been a real focus for many years. I think organizations are realizing that, while we describe culture a lot of different ways, it really boils down to the nature of the relationships between the people in the organization. Let's dive deep on this for a second or two.

Culture Tools Primer

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This post is an excerpt from The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. It discusses a variety of what we call “culture tools” - technologies, software, services and providers that can help move the needle when you’re starting to implement culture plays.

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Here would be an idea: Stop promoting a s

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Emma Seppalla , a PhD over at Stanford (she's the Director of their Compassion Center), is also the author of an upcoming book, The Happiness Track. Today, she took to Harvard Business Review to write another in the increasing line of "Hey, this is why all this culture stuff really matters!"

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

The Brass Tacks of Culture Management

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I’ve been saying for a while now that we need to make culture management “a thing.” You wouldn’t consider running an organization without having your financial management systems, processes, and people in place—yet it’s apparently okay to ignore culture for years, simply because you are too busy.

Tips for Managing a Successful Remote Workforce

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This is a guest post by Maddie Davis of Enlightened-Digital.com. ——- Connecting with one another is easier than ever in today's tech heavy world. As more jobs become centered around computer tasks, companies are adjusting their internal policies to work in favor of remote employees.

Turning Employee Experience Data into Operational Excellence

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Jamie hosted a webinar with Charlie Judy, with whom we created our culture assessment the Workplace Genome, last week. It was a really good one - here’s the replay if you’re interested in learning more about our approach.

Focus on productivity, not wellbeing (really!)

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Just came across this great article about a company that has implemented a 4 day workweek (which is what we would call a “play” in your Culture Playbook). The crux of success for them? Focus on productivity, not wellbeing.” Barnes says there are a few simple steps to follow to achieve a successful transition, and the cardinal rule is this: Focus on productivity, not wellbeing, when explaining the policy. A four-day week could make employees happier.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

Why aren't workplaces more humane?

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Well, first, how do we know that work isn’t humane? good place to start. We’ve had work called “shockingly inhumane” by Stanford Business School, which came through in an article called “The Workplace Is Killing People And No One Cares.” (Fun Fun title.) We’ve also got stats about 85% of people globally not liking their job. That’s a bit better than “inhumane,” but not per se much better. So if we can agree that certainly at least a percentage of jobs are not humane, well, why is that?

A review of The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement

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Review by Karyne E. Messina, Ed.D Author of Misogyny, Projective Identification and Mentalization: Psychoanalytic, Social and Institutional Manifestations Read more reviews on Amazon here ! ————- This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who manages, supervises or participates with people in a work environment of any type.

This one quote can kill employee engagement

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Employee engagement activities: how relevant are they and what does that even friggin' mean? Let's dive into this for a second but keep it somewhat short so that it's consumable by a Temple of Busy-loving middle manager. I think we need to understand two basic facts (issues?) about standard business to get at this idea of employee engagement activities: The first is a misunderstanding of what profits are and represent.

Jamie Notter joins the Forbes Coaches Council

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We're excited to announce that Jamie has been accepted into the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

Improve employee engagement: The "community of strategy"

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I doubt many executives really care about their company’s employee engagement model — much like how most employee engagement action plans seem to be complete BS. You can argue, and probably successfully, that employee engagement is a consultant-driven scam. ) I’m not necessarily knocking any of these concepts, by the way. Most people who come to run companies are beholden to a specific group of stakeholders, and those stakeholders would like to discuss money and growth — not employee engagement.

Lots cooking already in 2019!

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Hear ye, hear ye! We’re kicking off 2019 with a bang. Here’s some of what we’re up to. Our new book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement , is coming out January 31! Woop woop! It’s available for pre-order now. Want to know more? Here’s the boring-but-necessary press release :) Here’s an awesome interview Jamie just did for the Future-Proof podcast. Want Your Employees to Feel More Engaged on the Job? New Book Says This is the Secret Weapon (Washington Exec) Intrigued?

Would a "compassionate culture" mean more profits?

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Emma Seppala, a professor at Stanford, has a book called The Happiness Track. One of the most popular things I've written in the past few months, 'You'll Never Have A Good Work Culture Unless You Stop Promoting A s,' is rooted in some of her research too. Now she's got an excerpt from her book over at Wharton's website, entitled 'Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest.'

WHAT IS THE WORKPLACE GENOME?

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IT’S A BETTER CULTURE ASSESSMENT At Human Workplaces, most of our culture consulting projects start with the Workplace Genome® culture assessment as a first step. Our choice of this assessment is biased, of course, since we created it, together with our partner and HR expert, Charlie Judy, in 2015.

Why All the AI Research You’re Reading is Dead Wrong

Speaker: Ben Eubanks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory

While we may be “people” professionals, it is part of our job to understand AI and how this technology can enable us to make smarter decisions and develop more efficient processes. Join Lighthouse Research & Advisory Principal Analyst Ben Eubanks where he will discuss how AI can be used for HR and recruiting processes, including how to create more human interactions and engagement through the strategic application of technology.