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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.

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!"

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.

The 2019 PayScale Wage Index

No matter your industry, it's crucial that you stay up to date on the current compensation trends. The PayScale Index will let you do just that - it tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in 19 job categories. Get the report today, and start taking advantage of these crucial insights.

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.

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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?

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.

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.'

The Key to Strategic HR: Process Automation

Do you want to automate your HR processes, but don’t know where to start? In this eBook, PeopleDoc explores which processes benefit the most from automation, and how an HR Service Delivery platform can help get things off the ground.

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.

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?

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.


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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.

Simplify Your Background Check and Compliance Process

Staying compliant in your hiring process starts with a rock-solid background check process. Having a consistent program that documents compliance policies and mitigates risk is a necessity in today’s fast-paced hiring landscape. Join Curt Schwall, Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at EBI, and learn what it takes to run a top-notch background check program that ensures you stay compliant.

As Seen on

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Here are Jamie’s posts on Forbes: February 5, 2018 Employee Engagement is a Lagging Indicator of Culture I once heard an author describe the “crisis” of disengagement among employees in our workforce as “a disease affecting the central nervous system of our economy.” And he’s right. There are many different measures of employee engagement out there, but pretty much every report I have read… READ MORE.

Upcoming Speaking: Fall 2018

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I’m about to start the Fall speaking season, so here's where you'll find me in the coming weeks/months (and if I'm visiting your town, reach out and we can have coffee or something!):


Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace

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We are super excited to share with you our brand new Generations on-demand course. This is based on a really popular 4-hour in-person training that Jamie has been facilitating for a couple of years, and we’ve been wanting to figure out how to make it accessible to more people. So ta-daa! Here it is.

From Traditionalist to Futurist

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Inherent to the culture assessment we created (the Workplace Genome ) is a scale that doesn’t use any kind of good/bad or favorable/unfavorable scale. Instead, scores are presented along a scale of traditionalist to contemporary to futurist. Here’s what we mean by those terms. Traditionalist means aligned with traditional management, which refers to management practices that embrace the command-and-control approach that was established and perfected during the 20th century.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Speaker: Claire Beatty, Editorial Director - Asia, MIT Technology Review Insights

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Managing Conflict with Confidence: New Online Course!

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We are excited to announce our latest online training program over on our WorkXO Solutions site: Managing Conflict with Confidence: 8 Tips for Better Conflict Conversations. Many of you know that my background started in the field of conflict resolution.

Creating a Culture of Fundraising (Webinar)

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Join me next week, Thursday January 11th, at 2pm eastern time for a webinar I am delivering for the Foundation Center about creating a culture of fundraising. At the heart of all organizational capacity building is workplace culture, and nonprofits and foundations are no exception to this rule. The problem is that culture is usually thought of as being about high-level values and concepts, but in reality it’s made up of a complex network of behavior-focused cultural building blocks.

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Upcoming Appearances

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The early spring is always one of the busiest when it comes to speaking. Here's where you'll find me in the coming weeks/months (and if I'm visiting your town, reach out and we can have coffee or something!):

Culture Management is a Thing

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Check out my guest post over on the awesome Talent Anarchy blog. This is the first post where I laid out the basic argument for making "culture management" something we take more seriously inside organizations. I think this is particularly important for HR, who often spends time either asking for or wishing for a "seat at the table" with the rest of the C-suite. Maybe you should stop asking/wishing and start just DOING culture management. That seat might open up quicker than you think.

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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.


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It’s out! It’s out! The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement This book will teach you: How to define employee engagement in a way that connects directly to what makes both your organization and your employees more successful.

Employee Experience Must Mirror the Customer Experience

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I can’t remember what event I was at, but I remember the comment, “Employees aren’t the same as customers.” It’s true, they aren’t the same. But today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminds us that, on some level, they do expect the same experiences. .

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How to Get and Keep Buy In From Senior Management

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During last year’s HR Technology Conference , one of the speakers said something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. They said that we have to not only get buy in for our ideas and projects but keep it. Totally makes sense. But in reality, how often do we actually do it?

HR as a “Prediction Machine”


A web search on “AI in HR” reveals a mind-boggling array of possibilities. For example, AI can choose candidate sources, predict candidate performance, offer coaching and learning, and even suggest employee pay levels.

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.

FREE Learning Opportunity: Kronos Spring #HR and #Payroll eSymposium

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(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos , a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. For the second consecutive year, Kronos has been named one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. Many congratulations to them!

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How Neurodiverse Employees Move Your Business Forward


A good friend from my home country of Scotland always struggled to keep up with his peers in school. But he also succeeded where most people would have failed.

Social Media Background Checks: Are They Okay – Ask #HR Bartender

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I knew that today’s title will get your attention. . I’ve been waiting for someone to send me this question! I’m sure this reader’s note will resonate with many: I have a question regarding social media.

Redefining HRIS Migration Success


By 2021, CIOs will be as responsible for culture change as CHROs. This recent prediction made by Gartner clearly demonstrates how IT’s role is evolving from that of an agent who “gets things done” to a more strategic partner who thinks critically about loftier organizational goals.

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.