Look at the calendars of most managers and executives, and you’ll see they’re packed with meetings. Subordinates struggle to gain a little face time or get help with a tricky issue, and colleagues struggle to find time for collaboration. Their best chance is often scheduling a meeting several days or even weeks out, and even […]
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, our work environments, and the ways we interact with one another in them, have changed, likely forever. Before COVID-19, only 20% of Americans were working from home full or part time; today, it’s over 70%. A recent survey from Gartner suggests this trend isn’t going anywhere, even as […]
One of the most derided phrases in the workplace is “that’s not my job.” It’s been assumed that those who use this phrase are unwilling to help their colleagues for the benefit of the broader team and company and are indifferent to problems that don’t precisely fit their job descriptions. The lack of ownership captured […]
For many worldwide, forced isolation and the elimination of normal recreation and social activities mean more time to focus on long-ignored action items, meaning it’s time to revisit and revamp the to-do list. In general, many people maintain running lists of to-dos to track their open obligations.
One of the most frustrating situations for a manager is expecting a deliverable while the rest of the team looks around the room or points fingers. At the same time, it can cause a lot of tension when multiple staff argue over who has “jurisdiction” or decision-making authority over a given situation.
In HR circles, we talk a lot about the accountability each employee has with his or her interactions and interpersonal relationships. We talk about the individual ownership each person has. We talk about responsibility for culture in the workplace. Part of that accountability and responsibility involves owning the typically unintentional hurt or disrespect each person […]
How would your employees rate their leaders? A recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees in the United States sought to understand precisely how employees feel about their boss in a very detailed way. The report, called the “The Boss Barometer Report US 2019,” was created by Kimble Applications. I recently had an opportunity to go […]
Over the past few years, a trend in charitable giving has emerged across the nation. While individual charitable giving has decreased, corporate giving—both employee volunteerism and more traditional grants and monetary donations—has grown, with smart companies leveraging purpose-driven corporate social responsibility programs as a way to empower individuals and build stronger corporate cultures.
In part one of this article, we covered the roles and responsibilities of a plan fiduciary and evaluated the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule’s impact, even though full implementation has been delayed—extended to July 1, 2019. In this article, we’ll cover the exception to the fiduciary rule, as well as some steps […]
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.