Whether you are an entry-level account executive or the CEO of your firm, one of the most important skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, is to be a good listener. But what does it mean to be a “good” listener and how can you use this skill to excel on the job?
During mergers and acquisitions (M&A), one aspect of the transaction that is often overlooked is an effective communications strategy to the audience most responsible for a company’s success: its employees. According to a recent report published by Deloitte, 75% of corporate executives and private equity investors expect M&A activity to increase in 2017, both in quantity of transactions as well as deal size.
From paid time off (PTO) requests to performance reviews, most HR professionals understand that communicating with employees can be challenging. You need to collect a wealth of information from your workforce—which often requires tracking down individuals and sending countless reminders—but you also need to avoid over-communicating so they aren’t bogged down under a flood of emails from HR.
There is so much written about Millennials and their supposed character traits: a sense of entitlement (e.g., expecting a promotion without “paying their dues”), a questionable work ethic (e.g., coming in late and leaving early), and a lack of loyalty (i.e., being job hoppers). Not all organizations are actually having these experiences with Millennial employees. However, I suspect that some hiring managers have a misconception about Millennials based on what they are reading versus actually experiencing it for themselves.
Fear-based work cultures are more common than you might think. In some cases, the culture stems from the top down, and HR leaders, despite their best efforts, are unable to make a dent in the systemic issue. However, in most cases, fear-based work cultures aren’t set in stone. Even the most unapproachable chief executives take heart when their culture receives negative reviews and publicity, and impacts their bottom line.
by Chuck Garcia, Climb Leadership Consulting “We reorganizing” “We’re restructuring” “We’ve hired consultants to conduct a people, process, and technology redesign.”
Once news of an impending reorganization hits a company, the environment of that company changes almost immediately. However, there are steps that leaders within the organization can take—before, during, and immediately following a reorganization—that can salvage the culture of the company and help those that remain to feel secure and invested in the company.
The skills associated with good management include communication, leadership, and expertise. However, a new survey is showing that most managers lack these skills. Strong communication skills are necessary at every career stage, but especially for those in leadership positions. How does your management team stack up in the eyes of your employees?
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. According to BLR’s 2015 Holiday Practices Survey, 32.6% of employers provide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid holiday. According to the survey, this percentage has grown slightly over the past few years (30.1% of employers offered it as a paid holiday in the 2012 survey).
by Anita Bowness, global practice leader, Business Consulting, Halogen Software As an HR professional, you know that a conversation about performance provides an equal opportunity for managers and employees to talk about what’s going well, what needs to improve, and how things are going in general. The challenge is, it doesn’t always go this way, […]