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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 Connection Between High Valyrian and Workplace Culture

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I watched a TED talk the other day given by a linguist who was talking about the value of learning a foreign language , including a language that he created, High Valyrian, for the TV show, Game of Thrones.

If You Want Change Agents, Then Understand "Agency"

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If you boil it all down there is a simple truth that applies to every organization: As you move through life, your organization will need to change, and that means people will need to change behaviors, and that will require internal “change agents.”

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Culture Change Won't Work If It's Invisible

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In my previous post , I made the point that culture change is not always a big, dramatic, new program that is announced with much fanfare.


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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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You Won't Improve Engagement with Slide Decks

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One of the biggest problems with our current approach to employee engagement is our never-ending focus on pain points. All engagement surveys seek to draw out pain points—the questions that have the highest percentage of “unfavorable” responses are the ones we focus on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

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!"

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 ——- 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.

Strategic Recruitment Marketing Made Simple

Speaker: Andrew Levy, Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing Senior Director, Employera

By streamlining your marketing efforts through simple mindset shifts and automation, you will be on your way to a more efficient talent acquisition process. Join Employera’s Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing Senior Director Andrew Levy as he discusses how to analyze your current marketing practices and transform them to ensure your candidates turn into 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.

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.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

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