The Innovators Feb 13, 2015
Creating a Cool Employee Handbook That Staff Will Actually Read

Few would disagree that the typical employee handbook is perhaps the dullest document in the corporate library, even less interesting than the company accident book. But perhaps we being too hard on the humble handbook. It's just a reference manual, after all, and with its faithful index and numbered pages it does that job perfectly well, doesn't it? Maybe not: a study from...

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The Innovators Feb 10, 2015
Conducting International Business? Check This Out First:

Culture is a tricky thing. It can be hard enough to do business in your country, let alone to strike deals across international borders, where whole new minefields of unspoken assumptions, pregnant gestures, and deeply held beliefs await. Last May, I spoke with author and INSEAD professor Erin Meyer about the challenges of cross-cultural recruiting, but working with people from other cultures in...

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The Innovators Feb 9, 2015
3 Steps to a Dream Employee Appraisal Process That Makes Staff Soar

The performance appraisal process, that stalwart of modern performance management practice, now finds itself on shaky ground -- but why? Two separate studies from Cornerstone OnDemand and Globoforce show that just over half of employers feel that appraisal feedback is not fair or accurate, and Globoforce found that people who think appraisals are inaccurate are twice as likely to leave their...

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The Innovators Feb 5, 2015
'Fit-Friendly Worksite' Tips for Promoting Employee Health

Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) named First Green Bank -- a bank that "promote positive environmental and social responsibility while operating as a traditional community bank" -- a "fit-friendly worksite."According to the AHA, this designation is reserved for "employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health."  Looking at the workforce wellness...

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The Innovators Feb 5, 2015
4 Work Arrangements That Challenge the 9-5

The standard workweek is falling apart. Flexible work arrangements (FWAs) are on the rise, and the traditional 9-5 routine is being challenged by generations who want (millennials) and need (gen. X) more flextime. Forty-five percent of millennials tend to choose work flexibility over pay; many are going the freelance route to facilitate this. If your company is looking to attract millennial...

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The Innovators Feb 3, 2015
Practice What You Preach: Spreading Workplace Wellness Through Insurance Firms

Stress, as many of us know, can be a real monster. Among the havocs that stress can wreak on a body are headaches, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and heart disease, to name only a few. According to the American Institute of Stress, work is the No. 1 cause of stress for American adults: 80 percent of workers report feeling stress on the job, and 65 percent of workers say...

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The Innovators Jan 29, 2015
Do You Know How to Clone Your Superstars?

If you look at statistics on the predictive reliability of the hiring process, you'll find that the hiring process is, on average, about 50-60 percent reliable, if executed well. The point is that hiring is a bit of a gamble, and many would say that a 50 percent chance of success is unacceptable. Most employers should realize that, given the frailty of the hiring process and the hostile...

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The Innovators Jan 28, 2015
How to Empower Introverts in the Workplace

The idea that extroverts alone should lead the workforce is slowly fading away. Susan Cain's book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking and a wealth of research about how introverts do best in the workplace are actively reversing the myth that introverts are not as valuable to an organization as extroverts. Both types of people are equally capable of being great...

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The Innovators Jan 26, 2015
Forget Rec Rooms: the 3 Pillars of Real Company Culture

Let's play a word association game: when I say "company culture," what words come to mind? If you're like a lot of newbies in the talent world, you might be thinking "beanbag chairs," "happy hour," "free food," or "massage tables" (if you're especially indulgent). But if you're like Emmanuel Tahar, CEO and cofounder of research firm Cognolink, a few other, less sexy terms come to mind:...

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The Innovators Jan 23, 2015
For Businesses Big or Small, Employee Happiness Is King

Glassdoor recently published its list of the "Best Places to Work" in 2015. The company compiled two main categories: companies with 1,000+ employees (big businesses) and those with less than a thousand employees (small businesses). Looking at the lists, it's hard to ignore the rise of the tech startup: top contenders in both categories include Facebook, Apple, tech giant F5 Networks,...

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The Innovators Jan 20, 2015
3 Steps to Creating a More Creative Workplace

If you work in any sort of creative industry (like marketing, writing, advertising, or recruiting, to name a few), you've probably dealt with a lack of inspiration. Writer's block, indecision, apathy, or  a simple loss of focus can seem impossible to deal with in the moment. We can wait these hurdles out, or we can do something to spark the creativity we need to push through and get our...

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The Innovators Jan 14, 2015
'Fail Your Way to the Top': Learning the Don'ts of Entrepreneurship

As a cynic, I gravitate to the negative. Maybe that's why I so thoroughly enjoyed MJ Gottlieb's How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying. As you can probably tell from the cheeky title, this is not your average "entrepreneur's guidebook to success" -- this is a book all about failure, comprising 55 case studies that focus on "the most prevalent and destructive mistakes entrepreneurs...

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The Innovators Jan 13, 2015
Why Your Office Health and Wellness Programs Fail

Office health and wellness programs matter. Every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs can reduce health care costs for employers by $3.27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health-related absenteeism also costs the economy $84 billion in lost productivity every year. The CDC reports that...

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The Innovators Jan 9, 2015
5 Tips to Make Your Staff Excited About Coming to Work on a Monday Morning

You may be one of those successful, highly effective types who bound into the office on a Monday morning full of excitement and inspiration, ready to join an equally supercharged and hungry team. Good for you! You probably don't need to read any further; you're already golden. But given an 87 percent staff disengagement rate, it's likely that many of you preside over a workforce that...

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The Innovators Jan 7, 2015
Maybe Don't Gamify Everything

Another day, another argument in favor of gamifying your work environment: today, we published an item from our resident news writer, Joshua Bjerke, about "Let the Games Begin," a white paper from Perks.com that strongly supports gamification as a way to engage employees. "The word 'Game' is synonymous with fun," proclaims the white paper's landing page. I'm not sure that's always the case:...

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The Innovators Jan 2, 2015
Can a More Lighthearted Culture Boost Employee Engagement?

Many workplaces are going through a bit of a crisis. Staff engagement levels have been stagnating for many years, with the oft-cited Gallup poll showing that a massive 87 percent of employees are disengaged or actively disengaged, meaning they lack motivation, are unhappy, and -- in extreme cases -- are liable to spread negativity. There are many contributing factors to this disengagement,...

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The Innovators Jan 2, 2015
How to Spark Creativity in the Workplace

Having a stroke of genius isn't an everyday occurrence, but when you're a hardworking recruiter, hiring manager, or HR expert, creativity isn't something you can wait on. Whether it be the next great job listing or answering to the newest employment challenge, everything one does has to be inventive, interesting, and effective. This means that like any other artist or expert in their...

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