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The Innovators May 12, 2022
The Great Reshuffling is Teaching us to be Better Empathizers, Employers, and Employees

These are not easy times for HR professionals. Employees are resigning in droves, and there's no single reason why. Some are chasing higher paychecks in an unprecedented hot market, others are jumping ship for promises of quick advancement, and some are radically making 180-degree career changes to pursue their dreams after surviving the pandemic. But is there something larger at work as...

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The Innovators May 10, 2022
How to Improve Productivity and Work-life Balance with a Fully Remote and Distributed Team

Remote work has been a trending topic since the beginning of 2020, and for a good reason. The challenging circumstances of the last two years have caused unemployment rates across the globe to spike, while those who remained employed adjusted to working from home during lockdowns. And if there's a positive takeaway from this, people came to enjoy the flexibility of working remotely. An...

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The Innovators Apr 7, 2022
Understanding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Employee Motivation

If you're an employer, it's important to understand the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic employee motivation. Intrinsic motivation comes from within an employee, while extrinsic motivation comes from external factors, such as rewards or punishments. ideally, you want to create an environment that fosters intrinsic motivation, as employees who are intrinsically motivated are more...

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The Innovators Oct 29, 2021
The Great Resignation: How Employers and Employees Should Prepare

You have probably heard a lot about the Great Resignation or "turnover tsunami" as a threatening trend for employers everywhere.  The trend is real: People who stayed put during the uncertainty of the last year have spent months reconsidering career goals, prioritizing work-life balance, and exploring alternative career paths.  And, now, as the world begins to return to normal, many...

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The Innovators Oct 4, 2021
4 Philanthropic Benefits Your Employees Want

If you're looking to improve your hiring efforts and appeal to a wider range of candidates, offering the right benefits is critical. You might think of benefits as things like health insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) matching — and these are excellent recruitment and retention tools! But there's an entire category of employee benefits you might be overlooking: philanthropic...

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The Innovators Sep 30, 2021
Welcome to the Outcomes Era. It's Time to Update Your Management Methods.

The pre-2020 workplace is no longer sufficient for employee success — nor is it sustainable. Indeed, far too many businesses are stuck in the Industrial Era, where managers obsess about the details of their employees' days. But the most successful organizations have embraced the Outcomes Era, in which leaders forget those meaningless details and focus on results. Those businesses that...

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The Innovators Sep 27, 2021
3 Ways to Keep Morale High in the Era of Hybrid Work

Many businesses across the US had planned to reopen their offices this summer — but the surging Delta variant has forced many employers to postpone. Now, we're seeing a wave of adjustments as business leaders create new plans to move forward with remote and hybrid work. Some businesses, like Google, are planning to cut compensation for individuals who plan to work remotely permanently....

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The Innovators Sep 24, 2021
Why It's Important to Make Sure Your Employees Have Fun at Work

Work has historically been oriented toward the activity of, well, working. If we carried out the tasks and responsibilities we were hired to perform as expected, we were paid. If we did our work well over time, we got paid more. If we came through with good work for long enough, perhaps we got promoted. If we wanted to have fun in life, we did that in our personal lives, pursuing hobbies and...

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The Innovators Sep 22, 2021
3 Ways to Promote Employee Engagement Amid the Great Resignation

Gallup's State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report has troubling news for employers: 48 percent of American workers are actively looking for new job opportunities or at least keeping an eye on the market. Gallup also reports that only 34 percent of U.S. workers are engaged, signifying widespread discontent in the workplace. With many employers facing candidate shortages, replacing...

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The Innovators Sep 21, 2021
Most DEI Programs Exclude People With Disabilities. Here's How Your Company Can Change That.

More companies than ever are creating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to recruit and retain the best employees from the widest talent pool. But one group often goes overlooked in these initiatives: people with disabilities. Currently, only about 18 percent of people with disabilities are employed. That leaves a lot of untapped talent ready, willing, and able to work. By...

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The Innovators Sep 13, 2021
Want to Boost Innovation? Cultivate Employee Networks

Ninety percent of executives claim that long-term organizational success depends on developing and implementing new ideas. But innovation is difficult, especially in large organizations designed for efficiency and consistency. Most proactive innovation efforts fall short of expectations. Few programs result in the ongoing innovation needed for business growth or adapting to rapidly shifting...

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The Innovators Sep 9, 2021
The Most Important Thing Your Company Can Do Post-Pandemic: Get Creative With Employee Benefits

Welcome to the aftermath. The dust is beginning to settle; the world is beginning to open back up. We're slowly adapting to the dawn of a new day. That said, the labor market has been decisively affected by the pandemic. No one can seem to find hourly workers. People are quitting their jobs in droves. You can work from anywhere, including the top of Mount Everest, as long as the Wi-Fi is...

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The Innovators Sep 1, 2021
Employee Mental Health: What Employers and Recruiters Need to Know — and Do — Now

Across the country, businesses of all sizes are striving to adapt their recruitment and retention practices to the new normal of the post-pandemic job market. Several factors precipitated the ongoing Great Resignation and mass movement of employees to new jobs, and they are invariably tied to the effects of the global pandemic on employee mental health. When the pandemic started, leaders...

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The Innovators Aug 31, 2021
5 Keys to Implementing a Development-Centric People Strategy

Your company may be among the growing number of employers today that have incorporated learning and development conversations into their hiring strategies. If so, you likely understand that millennial and Generation Z candidates see an employer's commitment to their professional development as a key consideration when weighing job opportunities in this very highly competitive labor...

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The Innovators Aug 27, 2021
Why Well-Being Is a Business Imperative in the Hybrid Workplace

The resolution of the ongoing pandemic seems increasingly difficult to anticipate. Hopes of an end are glimpsed and dashed in turn, with restrictions and precautions constantly changing. But there is one prediction we can safely make: The future of work is hybrid. Not only are global conditions ripe for the rise of a hybrid workforce, but employees are also vocally expressing their...

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The Innovators Aug 26, 2021
How the Pandemic Changed Employer Attitudes Toward Redeployment, Severance, and Workforce Transitions

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered widescale workforce restructurings across all industries, leading the unemployment rate to skyrocket to nearly 15 percent during the height of the crisis. As millions lost their jobs, organizations became the subject of intense public scrutiny regarding how they conducted layoffs during this tumultuous time. Employers realized that how...

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The Innovators Aug 24, 2021
Why Employees Don't Know the Company Mission — and How to Fix It

The modern-day workforce is mission-driven. In fact, more than 80 percent of American workers rate meaningful work as a top priority in their careers. But how many employees can accurately describe their company's mission? Can you? According to the 2021 Mission Alignment Index (MAI) from my company, Gtmhub, about one-third of the world's largest companies fail at mission alignment....

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The Innovators Aug 19, 2021
What's Next: How the Lessons of the Pandemic Will Steer the Future of the Workplace

While many of us are more than eager to shake off the weight of the pandemic, many of the lessons we've learned throughout the past year and a half will prove incredibly beneficial as we grow into the post-pandemic future. Now that companies are quickly shifting to hybrid and in-person environments, leaders must not forget everything they learned during their brief but transformative...

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The Innovators Aug 18, 2021
Most Leaders Lack Visibility Into Their External Workforces. Here's How to Get It.

While businesses have long acknowledged the importance of the external workforce, COVID-19 shone a spotlight on that workforce's remarkable capacity to lend businesses flexibility in times of profound disruption. External workers — often referred to as "contingent workers," "gig workers," "freelancers," "contractors," and "temporary staff" — constitute a growing portion of the overall...

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The Innovators Aug 17, 2021
The Power of Putting People First: How to Win C-Suite Buy-In for Employee Training

In the words of Richard Branson, "If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients." Proving that fact to the rest of your organization might be challenging, but it will pay off — literally — in the long run. Research from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) found companies that spend the most on employee training have 218 percent higher income per...

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The Innovators Aug 10, 2021
Paying Your Employees in Crypto? It's Not as Weird as It Sounds.

Cryptocurrency is one of the biggest trends in the world right now, and many workers are interested in how cryptocurrency can be used in their lives as both a medium of exchange and a potential investment. On the employer side, paying in cryptocurrency could actually make compensation easier, especially if you hire employees from around the world. Here are a few things to think about as...

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The Innovators Aug 6, 2021
3 Reasons Why Coaching Shouldn't Be Reserved for the C-Suite 

As we start to navigate a post-pandemic world, businesses are asking, "How do we build winning teams that last?" As a population, we've just experienced perhaps the most transformative year of our lives. The pandemic has forced us to weather storms we never imagined. While it impacted all of us in different ways, the youngest generation has arguably borne the brunt of this tumultuous...

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The Innovators Aug 5, 2021
Sexual Harassment Prevention That Actually Works: Recurrent, Specific Training

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many companies have taken steps to establish or update their sexual harassment policies. However, these efforts are by no means coordinated or nationwide. In fact, only 17 of the 50 US states have legal mandates in place that require employers to provide employees with sexual harassment training. With so many companies in the US still treating sexual...

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The Innovators Aug 3, 2021
What Can Mushrooms Teach Us About Leadership? A Lot, Actually.

Mutually beneficial relationships form the backbone of highly evolved ecologies, like the communities found inside anthills and beehives. And these relationships form the foundations of healthy organizations, too. When business leaders look to nature for inspiration, they'll often find lessons on how to run a thriving company in some of the most unexpected places. For example, consider the...

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The Innovators Aug 2, 2021
Getting Hybrid Work Right: Listen to What Your Employees Really Need

For companies around the world, the shift to hybrid work is just beginning. As employees head back to the office part-time, business leaders and HR teams must be intentional about their hybrid work strategies in order to monitor and adapt to new challenges as they arise. Right now, employee engagement is the main challenge for many organizations launching their hybrid workplaces. How can...

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The Innovators Jul 26, 2021
How Organizations Can Support the Success of LGBTQ+ Talent in Corporate America

2020 threw us all for a loop. As the workforce went virtual overnight, traditional approaches to attracting and retaining talent were upended. There were no more in-person interviews or on-site visits, no more face-to-face meetings, and definitely no more water-cooler conversations to get to know your colleagues. Over the past 18 months, we've also witnessed the escalation of conversations...

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The Innovators Jul 22, 2021
What Working Moms Want: 6 Must-Have Benefits

There's no denying the importance of a gender-balanced workforce. From greater profitability to access to a wider talent pool, companies that strive for gender diversity can reap a host of powerful benefits. However, thanks to the pandemic, many women — and working mothers in particular — have left the workforce, and they're not necessarily anxious to return. In fact, when TopResume...

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The Innovators Jul 21, 2021
Unlocking Opportunities for Black Software Engineers

Interviews unlock opportunities and change lives. Unfortunately, the data indicates that Black software engineers have been mostly kept out of the highest levels of tech and not afforded access to the career opportunities that interviews create. Many access gaps prevent aspiring Black engineers from entering the tech industry, including limited access to technology and interview...

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The Innovators Jul 15, 2021
Listen and Learn: How to Support the Mothers and Caregivers in Your Workforce Post-COVID

Even before COVID-19, women were disproportionately shouldering caregiving responsibilities — and that situation has only worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a survey of 500 HR leaders conducted by Lattice, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they saw women take time off or reduce their hours to help with homeschooling and childcare. By comparison, only 60 percent of...

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The Innovators Jul 14, 2021
Can't Get No Respect: Study Reveals the Most and Least Valued Company Departments

Most companies say that all employees and departments are valued equally – but is that really true? Research suggests the answer is: not exactly. A recent study from Skynova looked into just how valued certain departments feel. The survey of 1,010 employees from various organizational departments asked participants about how they think their superiors and peers view them. The results...

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The Innovators Jul 13, 2021
New and Old Normals: Finding a Common-Sense Balance for Post-Pandemic Operations

We didn't know it at the time, but March 2020 was a tipping point in the history of work. The COVID-19 pandemic hit, and public health mandates and social distancing requirements forced many offices to shut down and switch to remote work. Though this wasn't the first time people had worked from home, never had so many people collaborated from outside the office before. More than a year later,...

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The Innovators Jul 12, 2021
Employee Relations Aren't Just HR's Problem: How to Empower Managers to Help

Many companies do a great job of upskilling their leaders and managers so they can function effectively — but managers don't always receive training in employee relations. That can cause trouble, as employees don't always turn to HR when issues arise in the workplace. In fact, many employees go to their managers first. According to HR Acuity's 2019 Employee Experience Survey, 67 percent...

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The Innovators Jun 28, 2021
How — and Why — to Track Your Employee Training Program

Training is a vital part of any business's long-term growth plan. In fact, a study from the American Society for Training and Development found that organizations that invest the most in employee training have 218 percent higher income per employee. And to make matters even better, employees actually want to be trained. In a 2017 Randstad US survey, 82 percent of employees said lifelong...

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The Innovators Jun 25, 2021
Great Customer Service Starts in the HR Department

Good customer service is like art: We know it when we see it. And we instinctively return to brands that promise — and deliver — frictionless, consistent, and positive experiences. The businesses that do this usually bear the hallmarks of a solid service culture: responsive leadership, accountable call-center representatives, and an overall sense of trustworthiness at every...

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The Innovators Jun 23, 2021
The 4 Traits of Leaders Who Drive Employee Engagement and Retention

When we look at the workplace today, we see a very different environment than it was just a few years ago. Teams are becoming more diverse, roles are becoming more complex, and work is becoming more dynamic. But is leadership evolving to accommodate these changes? There is a common combination of skills and attributes employers tend to look for in potential leaders, including...

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The Innovators Jun 22, 2021
FOMO, Burnout, and the Hybrid Workplace: 3 Things Managers Need to Know About the New World of Work

As US vaccination rates continue to climb and states lift restrictions and mandates, companies are starting to bring employees back to the office. But at the same time, employees are leaving the workforce in droves. Four million people quit their jobs in April, looking for better pay and work conditions. Many others are saying "YOLO" – "You only live once" – and quitting their careers...

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The Innovators Jun 21, 2021
8 Ways to Lighten Your HR Department's Load

Your HR department works hard. Maybe too hard. Business leaders often look to their HR teams to make work more efficient for the rest of the organization, but it's very likely that your HR department is itself crying out for ways to lighten its workload. You need to listen. Here are a few tips to help your HR department help the rest of your workforce: 1. Upgrade Your Payroll...

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The Innovators Jun 16, 2021
Learning to Trust Your Remote Employees: 7 Routines That Help

Let's face it: COVID-19 has changed the relationship between offices and knowledge workers forever. Companies that think they're going to force employees to revert to pre-pandemic work arrangements really need to think again. Of course, an employer can choose to be heavy-handed and reinstate mandatory office attendance — but those that do will experience a lot more turnover. And if your...

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The Innovators Jun 14, 2021
How to Build a Great Virtual Team, According to Behavioral Science

In-person interactions are a critical aspect of team-building, yet face-to-face contact is one thing that today's virtual workplaces simply cannot replicate. The lack of these interactions has a direct impact on team cohesion at both the individual team and companywide levels. As a result, organizational structures are changing from traditionally hierarchical models to looser and more...

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The Innovators Jun 11, 2021
The Office Isn't Dead, but It Must Be Reborn

Over the last 18 months, the way we work has changed almost beyond recognition. We have gone from spending eight hours a day in an office to answering emails in bed — and many have found the latter suits them better than the former. Now that the world is reopening, many workers have little desire to go back to the traditional office environments. In light of this, flexible work...

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The Innovators Jun 7, 2021
Maturity and Joy: the Neuroscience of Effective Leaders 

Our country is experiencing a maturity crisis. A rampant lack of emotional and relational maturity is having a devastating impact on culture, families, and the workplace. In a Harvard Business Review article simply titled "We Need More Mature Leaders," Richard Davis wrote, "At a time when we need solid, grounded leadership more than ever, we seem to be in short supply of adults who act...

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The Innovators Jun 3, 2021
The Influencer Leader: A New Approach to Management for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and other cutting-edge technologies are transforming how we work, which in turn is changing the profile of the workforce. As technology becomes more of a horizontal that affects every industry vertical, the workplace evolves in lockstep. The future of work will be...

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The Innovators May 27, 2021
Forcing Employees Back to the Office Could Spur a Retention Crisis. Do This Instead.

Companies need to think carefully about the decision to bring employees back to the office full-time. The flexibility of remote work is driving employee satisfaction and a healthier work/life balance. Take that away from employees, and it could have far-reaching impacts on everything from recruiting and retaining talent to employee productivity and innovation. Instead, HR executives and...

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The Innovators May 24, 2021
COVID-Induced Income Volatility Is Hurting Worker Productivity. This 4-Point Plan Can Help.

More than a year into the global public health crisis, questions remain about the scope of the economic recovery. To what extent has the pandemic exacerbated financial fragility among Americans? How are workers weathering COVID-induced financial disruptions? How is income volatility affecting the US workforce? Prudential recently released its Financial Wellness Census, which gauges the...

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The Innovators May 21, 2021
Succession Plans That Work: Follow These 3 Principles

When a C-level executive resigns from their post, it can cause widespread disorganization unless your company already has a succession plan in place. If we've learned anything from the last year, it's to expect the unexpected. Putting together a blueprint for the next in line is somewhat like hedging your bets. That's never a bad thing, and especially not when we're talking about executive...

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The Innovators May 19, 2021
Culture Makes Us Human: 3 Lessons for Building a Vibrant, Adaptive Company Culture 

What knowledge and skills do you need to build a strong, vibrant, agile, and adaptive culture where people achieve extraordinary results for your organization? During our combined 75 years' worth of research, teaching, consulting, and training, we have learned a few fundamental lessons about what makes a culture healthy: Lesson 1: Success Begins and Ends With Culture Most culture-building...

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The Innovators May 12, 2021
Employers, Let's Not Abandon All the New Habits We Picked Up During the Pandemic

I don't think anyone will be surprised when I say the coronavirus pandemic made us dramatically change how we work at Doodle. As a software-as-a-service company with offices around the world, we already had a good handle on virtual meeting culture. But even with this head start, moving to a completely remote work model came with new challenges. Thankfully, it looks like we might finally...

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The Innovators May 11, 2021
Customer Love: How to Take Your Business From Good to Great

Article by Simon T. Bailey Need to give your business an edge over the competition? Stop selling and start connecting. Customer love is the key. Going beyond the transaction is what keeps you in business. Only 4 percent of entrepreneurial ventures survive for 10 years. I'm proud to be among them, with 18 years behind me as a speaker, author, and coach. Before setting out on my own, I...

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