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Looking Beyond the Great Resignation

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The Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffle, The Great Migration. The media is awash with coverage about stats that indicate workers are on the move in numbers previously unseen in the U.S. labor market.

11 Ways to be a Giver at Work

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In the New York Times bestselling book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success , author Adam Grant makes the case for being a “giver.” He writes, “Givers don’t wait for signs of potential.

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Leading the Overly Self-Critical Employee

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“She’s hard on herself, but it’s because she demands excellence. ” “The team is relentless in their pursuit of perfection.” How many times have you heard others – or said something similar – and meant it as a compliment?

Should You Give Advice or Coach?

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“Hey, I need a sounding board. Can I run something past you?” This is pretty typical at work, especially if you’re a leader. But what if you’re not in a position of titled leadership? If you’re an individual contributor, congratulations! Somebody sees you as a trustworthy confidant.

Recruiting From Within: Expand Your Talent Pipeline While Driving Retention

Rethinking your internal employee career strategy can help you fill critical roles and retain your best talent. This eBook highlights the benefits of internal migration, outlines how to execute a virtual recruitment strategy, and provides tips to promote internal migration.

The Best Way to Foster a Learning Mindset at Work

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As a leader, what’s the best way to foster a learning mindset in your employees? Become a habitual learner yourself. Start by asking yourself, what’s the most significant thing I’ve learned in the last 10 days? By “learning,” I don’t necessarily mean attending an educational event.

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How Leaders Can Help Employees “Give It a Rest”

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After nearly two years of the grief, trauma and anxiety of living through a pandemic, it’s no surprise that most of us are tired and have brain fog. Many workers report a feeling of languishing and it shows no signs of abating.

4 Key Skills Employees Need for the Workplace of the Future

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I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce Study. All opinions are mine. What are the top skills that the employee of the future needs? A recent study commissioned by Spherion and conducted by Harris Poll aimed to find out.

Can Companies Truly Offer the Work Flexibility that Employees Crave?

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I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce ® Study (EWS). All opinions are mine. When I was a kid, the cartoon The Jetson’s featured flying cars. Decades later, we still aren’t flying around like George Jetson. All that time ago, humans could envision individual air transport, but it’s not a reality yet.

The Perfect Corporate Culture Doesn’t Exist

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Have you ever noticed how pervasive “perfection” is in our language? The phrase “perfect storm” is used to describe a “rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.”. Baseball pitchers strive for throwing a “perfect” game.

Helping HR: How to Win Management Buy-In for Technology and Policies

Speaker: Steve Pruneau - Chief of Consulting Operations and HRIS solution architect at Free Agent Source Inc

During this informative webinar, Solution Architect Steve Pruneau will share his thoughts on how to get management support and assist your organization in reducing self-inflicted waste and dysfunction.

At What Age Are Millennials Ready to Lead?

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m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (EWS). All opinions are mine. When are employees ready to step into leadership roles? Although there is no definitive “right” answer to that question, it’s one that employers increasingly grapple with.

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Social Recruiting – It’s Time to Get on Board

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I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”) All opinions are mine. What does the rise of social recruiting mean for the future of HR? The way that companies attract qualified job applicants continues to evolve at lightning speed.

Want Great Ideas from a Team? Flip the Script

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When you lead a team, great ideas are the lifeblood of innovation and productivity. Let’s say you have an idea that you’d like to toss out to your team. How can you get the folks to speak up and help you discern the idea’s viability? Nobody wants to waste time on a stinker of an idea.

What’s Your Trust Building POV?

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Welcome to Trust-Building Thursday, a new series on The People Equation. Each month, we’ll explore trust in the workplace and offer practical tips for building trust with your boss, colleagues, peers and team members. You can see other installments of the series here. When I was sixteen, my family moved across the state. It was the first time we’d ever moved; it was a leap of faith on my parents’ part that we would all adjust to our new surroundings.

Preserving Culture in the Digital Workspace: A Conversation with An Employee Relations Expert

Speaker: KristyAnne Thompson Boyd, Head of Employee Relations & People Operations and Member of the Forbes HR Council

Recently, scheduling 1:1 time for any HR process -- or even a quick check-in -- is bogged down in a back-and-forth scheduling. So how can we reform our processes and eliminate this feeling of missing an integral part of the employee experience?

Trust in Leadership Affects Employee Retention #EWS2014

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I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study. All opinions are mine. This is the final in a series on Spherion’s research project, the Emerging Workforce Study 2014. Over the past 15 years, Spherion has surveyed employees and human resource managers on critical workplace topics to determine the trends that shape the work environment.

Are These Mistakes Ruining Your 1:1 Meetings with The Boss?

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Are you getting the most out of your 1:1 meetings with your boss? If you leave these meetings thinking, That’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back then it’s time to evaluate how to make things better.

Taking the Dread, Fear, and Loathing Out of Career Conversations

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Do you dread having “the career chat” with some (maybe all?) of your team members? You know, the one where Emily says, “I just finished my MBA and want bigger challenges. I’m ready to move up” and there are zero promotional opportunities for her.

Communication Tips to Help Leaders Expand Their Reach

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Leadership communication tips are found in unique places, if you know where to look. Case in point: my friend Becky Robinson , who runs a digital PR and Marketing agency, published a book titled, Reach: Create the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book or Cause.

Upskilling HR: Future-Proof Your HR Career

Speaker: Jeanne Achille - CEO, The Devon Group

In this webinar, Jeanne Achille will explain why HR needs to take time to gain the knowledge that will ensure organizational resiliency and employee retention.

3 Things Every Leader Should Ask at Update Meetings

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Leaders, do you want a simple, easy-to-remember process for staying up-to-date with your team’s workload? Here’s an idea I heard from my colleague Sally. She said it was OK to share with my blog readers, so, thanks Sally!).

5 Tips for Launching Your New Leadership Job

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When you start a new job, what’s your plan for getting acclimated to your new role? Do you even have a plan? Throughout the years, I’ve observed leaders – either coming in from the outside, or transferring departments – launch their leadership journey.

Workplace Hybrid Configuration or Culture?

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Does your workplace have a hybrid configuration or hybrid culture? The Great Place to Work blog offers the distinction and it’s an important one for leaders. A hybrid configuration is one that pays attention to the mechanics of hybrid work models – who works from home, who works on-site and so on.

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Beyond Your Ears: The Many Ways Leaders Can Listen to Employees

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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash. As a leader, you know the importance of listening to employees, be it knowing when to shut up or creating a speak up culture. Leadership listening is an interpersonal endeavor – two people engaged in dialog to achieve mutual understanding.

Retention Roadmap: Ways to Reduce Talent Turnover in 2022 and Beyond

Employees are now embracing lifestyle over work – with many migrating to other jobs to find opportunities that better align with their priorities. How can you retain your top talent? Get tips to keep your global employees happy, engaged, and productive.

The KISS Model of Leadership Development

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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash. Has developing future leaders at your company become a complex web of activities?

How Shutting Up Can Make You a Thought Leader

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Who do you consider to be influential thought-leaders in your organization? Is it the talkative people who contribute incessantly? No, these non-stop talkers probably don’t have your deep respect.

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Leadership in the Hybrid Workplace

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Is the hybrid workplace here to stay? A behavioral scientist named Jon Levy wrote an article in the Boston Globe (gated access) that essentially said, “Nah, I don’t think so.” And the internet blew up. (As As it does.) Whether he’s correctly called it or not remains to be seen.

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People Ethics

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Welcome to guest author John Stanko, who, along with Jim Dittmar, have written a new book launching later this month titled, The LEADERS Model: Essential Practices for Today’s Leaders. Jennifer. Guest post by John W. Stanko.

The Power of HR & Automation: How to Keep the “Human” in Human Resource Management with Technology

Speaker: Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG

Shifting existing teams over to new digital processes during remote times can be a challenge, especially when teams are focused on maintaining the ever-illusive sense of "culture." Join Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG, for this indispensable discussion on the future of work and HR tech.

Small Daily Actions Add Up to Big Wins in Leadership

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Image credit: Unsplash – Micheile Henderson. I’ve said it before. Leadership is a tough gig. And it doesn’t help when you are bombarded with messages telling you that the path to big wins in leadership come from big, bold risk-taking. Sure, leaders achieve when they think big.

The Go Big or Go Home Myth of Leadership Risk-Taking

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flickr. There’s a narrative in the business world that says leaders must take bold risks ( BHAG , anyone?) to garner business success. And while audacious goals do indeed require boldness, there’s an underbelly to this mindset.

What Leaders Need to Know About Trauma in the Workplace

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Editor’s note: To what degree has the “collective” trauma of COVID-19 seeped into workplaces around the world? And what do leaders need to know about trauma in the workplace? The People Equation reached out to psychiatrist and trauma expert Dr. Mark Goulston to learn more.

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You Aren’t a Perfect Leader. But Your People Still Expect It.

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If you’ve ever held a leadership position, you’ve probably already figured this out: you are held to a higher standard. You are expected to be more. More authentic, more compassionate and most importantly, more ethical than the average working Joe or Jane in your office.

Employee Engagement 2.0: Using HR Tech to Supercharge the Employee Experience

Speaker: Rayanne Thorn Krueger - Founder & Lead Strategist of Never Enough Media, Producer & Host of HR Latte podcast

Join Rayanne Thorn Krueger as she discusses why the Great Resignation continues to be a source of concern for businesses and what you can do about it right now.

Effective Meeting Leaders Set the Right Expectations

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People hate meetings. This is not earth-shattering news. Many of the complaints are legit: meetings are unfocused, too long, or unnecessary. Some of the complaints are humorous (but still true.) One of the lesser-mentioned reasons that merits consideration is meeting purpose.

Analysis: Key Themes in Leadership Trends for 2021

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Image by moritz320 from Pixabay. We’re nearly through the first quarter of 2021 so I decided to take the pulse of what industry analysts and thought leaders are saying about the state of leadership this year.

People Equation Factors in Successful Organizational Transformation

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Unsplash. What makes for a successful organizational transformation? According to consulting firm McKinsey’s latest research , there are several key success factors.

How Do Leaders Create Continuous Improvement?

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I asked my readership, “How do leaders create continuous improvement?” It turns out there are many ways to interpret the meaning of continuous improvement.

Your Global Compliance Playbook: Onboarding Best Practices

A well-structured onboarding process plays a vital role in welcoming new employees and helps them quickly become productive, engaged, and loyal. This guide offers key practices to compliantly onboard your new international remote workers.