How employee wellness varies across generations: The rush to meet worker needs

How employee wellness varies across generations: The rush to meet worker needs

Establishing a strong employee wellness program is critical for employers, yet with more workplaces featuring multi-generational workers, reaching balance remains a challenge. Source: Thompson Reuters Before 2020, managing employee wellness was already seen as a challenge and one that could impact employee engagement. Indeed, it seems that engagement and wellness are ineradicably linked, according to one recent study, which suggested that “employee engagement positively relates to wellness because engagement is noticeably lower among employees experiencing low or very low physical, financial or emotional wellness.” Further, the impact of wellness and engagement in differing generational cohorts has been under-recognized. It is no secret that Gen Zers and young Millennials, who as […]

Looking for the Hire Power – How Companies Can Win the Battle for Talent

Looking for the Hire Power – How Companies Can Win the Battle for Talent

The global talent shortage that began before COVID-19 entered our lexicon has only accelerated thanks to the pandemic. Companies that can successfully manage the labor market have a competitive advantage over other organizations that are falling short in the battle for talent. Source With 69% of employers around the world reporting they cannot find the workers with the skills they need, the recent ManpowerGroup report, The Great Realization: A Look at the 2022 Labor Landscape, finds whoever holds the talent holds the future. The talent shortage challenge is a complex issue with no easy answers. Several factors are at play, including: Shifting demographics (including shrinking birth rates) Reduced mobility across borders […]

Toxic workplace culture is the top reason people quit their jobs. Here are 26 signs you have a bad boss fueling your unhappiness.

Toxic workplace culture is the top reason people quit their jobs. Here are 26 signs you have a bad boss fueling your unhappiness.

Toxic workplace cultures, often driven by bad bosses, are a top reason people quit their jobs. The Wolf of Wall Street/Paramount Pictures Source A top reason people quit their jobs is because of toxic workplace cultures, per MIT.  Bad bosses fuel toxic workplace cultures by gossiping or ignoring your viewpoint. If you don’t quit, there are some ways to mend your relationship like trying to find common ground. Workers are quitting in droves, and bad bosses have a lot to do with it. Between April and September 2021, more than 24 million American employees quit their jobs, an all-time record. MIT researchers investigated why and found, in a study, that the top reason […]

How to Get People to Actually Participate in Virtual Meetings

How to Get People to Actually Participate in Virtual Meetings

One of the most challenging aspects of a virtual meeting is keeping people’s attention. It’s important to be thoughtful about how you engage attendees. In the first minute of your meeting, help participants experience the problem you want them to solve by sharing statistics, anecdotes, or analogies that dramatize the issue. Then emphasize shared responsibility for solving it. Define a highly structured and brief task they can tackle in small groups of two or three people and give them a medium with which to communicate with one another (video conference, Slack channel, messaging platform, audio breakouts).  Then have the groups report out. Never go longer than 5-10 minutes without giving […]

Secrets of engaging remote meetings

Secrets of engaging remote meetings

During the remote meeting Source 1. Introduce everyone The video camera doesn’t show every speaker throughout the meeting. Some software shows an icon or picture of who is involved in the meeting, but it is good practice to introduce everyone attending. Managers at OnPoint Consulting post pictures of attendees on the wall when the video is not used, because people are more willing to participate and are more open when they know who’s on the call. The most important step for increasing meeting engagement in my opinion is for the meeting host to ensure that all attendees are introduced and announced at the meeting, including their role (obviously if there […]

How to Use Aromatherapy at Work for Increased Productivity

How to Use Aromatherapy at Work for Increased Productivity

There are some things that you probably cannot change about your work environment. Among these things are the office lighting, the noise level, the furniture layout, and the color of the walls. However, you can definitely take steps to improve your office environment without having to request a work order. One way to do so is to use aromatherapy for productivity. Source Skeptical? According to Entrepreneur magazine, “Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity.” This is because olfactory bulbs directly connect to the areas of the brain that process learning and emotions. For many people, aromatherapy can even lower blood pressure. By harnessing the power of scent, […]

Πώς να περάσεις δημιουργικά τις φετινές γιορτές;

Πώς να περάσεις δημιουργικά τις φετινές γιορτές;

Τί είναι οι γιορτές; Όμορφες στιγμές, αληθινές και ζεστές. Και αυτές οι στιγμές είναι που μετράνε πολύ περισσότερο από τα πλουσιοπάροχα τραπέζια και τα φανταχτερά στολίδια και τραπεζομάντηλα. Ας δημιουργήσουμε και φέτος στιγμές. Στιγμές που θα υπάρξουμε μέσα τους, συνδεδεμένοι με όποιον τρόπο μπορούμε με αυτούς που αγαπάμε μέσα από την καρδιά μας. Ας κάνουμε κάθε στιγμή να μετρήσει, ας της δώσουμε την αξία που της αναλογεί. Το στοίχημα είναι να μετατρέψουμε το διαφορετικό, το πρωτόγνωρο για πολλούς από εμάς, σε μία θετική εμπειρία. Στολίστε το σπίτι σας Έστω και αν είστε μόνοι. Κάντε το για εσάς. Αφιερώνοντας αυτές τις γιορτινές μέρες στον εαυτό σας! Γιορτάζοντας τις νίκες του! Φτιάξτε […]

How To Attract People Back To The Office In 2021

How To Attract People Back To The Office In 2021

As we look towards a post-pandemic future, many employers are making plans to bring their teams back to the workplace. But with over a year of home working under our belts, we’ve solidified new ways of working in our homes and as such, many team members are reluctant to return to the office as we know it. Source The key to attracting employees back to the workplace is gaining a fundamental understanding of what people liked about working from home, as well as what they disliked, and integrating the common themes into your workplace. In a nutshell, learn from the lockdown experience to create a mutually beneficial workplace for businesses […]

“Pandemic posture” hurting your back? You can fix it!

“Pandemic posture” hurting your back? You can fix it!

Here’s what to do if you’ve developed back pain from poor posture habits picked up in the last year. Source Move over, “Quarantine 15.” That term, coined for pandemic-era weight gain, isn’t the only catchy phrase from this challenging time. Now there’s “pandemic posture,” referring to poor posture from slouching at a desk or on a couch during time at home — and it brings lots of back pain complaints with it. We asked Dr. David Binder, a physiatrist and director of innovation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, about this phenomenon and what to do if you’re experiencing it. Q. Is “pandemic posture” real? Dr. Binder: Yes, we have seen increased […]

Digital minimalism 101: How to clear out your digital clutter and find focus and calm in 30 days

Digital minimalism 101: How to clear out your digital clutter and find focus and calm in 30 days

“How do you simplify your digital life?” is quickly becoming the question of our generation. Between packed calendars, overflowing inboxes, and the constant pull of social media and news (and Netflix) it can feel like how you spend your time online isn’t really up to you. Source But what if there was a way to use your technology without feeling used by it? The answer is Digital minimalism. Coined by author and computer science professor Cal Newport in his book of the same name, Digital minimalism is a philosophy of technology use based on the understanding that our relationship with our apps, tools, and phones is nuanced and deserves more […]