Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employer-required medical exams must be “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” That test can be difficult to apply when you’re dealing with mental or psychiatric examinations. A recent decision from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—helps clarify when you may require such […]
Offering work perks is a great way to attract and retain top talent, but what types of perks are favored most by employees?
Meetings. Ugh. The dreaded time suck of work life. Everyone complains about them, yet very few do anything to make them better. In fact, most of us are complicit in maintaining the status quo – that is, we’re bystanders, quietly allowing long, tedious, pointless meetings to perpetuate.
With all the research and data that exists today, it is hard to deny the benefits of having a learning and development (L&D) discipline within an organization. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that most leaders in mid- to large-size organizations include learning and talent development initiatives in their overall business strategy. Additionally, they […]
Have you ever heard of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis? If you have, the idea of environmental scanning will already be familiar to you. If not, it essentially is referring to the process of reviewing and analyzing the internal and external factors and trends that may affect your current and future actions.
Bias continues to be a big topic in diversity and inclusion, but there is more to culture change and changing mind-set than taking a test on bias. While understanding bias is one key to diversity and inclusion practices and behaviors, it can be used as a buzz word, “trend or flavor of the month,” or […]
In 2015, I changed my job title from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Eudaimonia Officer. I hypothesized that cultivating eudaimonia—the ancient Greek word indicating “human flourishing”—would make Widen one of the world’s best places to work.
The concepts and values of leadership have evolved over the years. While the ideas of “Be loyal to your employer and do what you are told,” “Get people to follow you,” or “Climb your way to the top” used to be the standard mode of operation, times have changed. The workforce today is not interested […]
Employers have high expectations for business and headcount growth in 2018, but a severe skills shortage in the fastest growing sectors could hinder plans, according to the 2018 U.S. Salary Guide from Hays, a specialist recruitment agency.
With employee engagement being such a covered topic due to the benefits it provides to strategy development and overall business improvement, you would think that statistics in this area would be booming – unfortunately, that’s not the case.