Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
Good Results, but Abusive Work Environment
What can we learn from the recent news about Uber’s work environment? Is the market pressure that kicked off their problems making similar trouble for your organization? This piece ponders how abusive environments develop today. It’s worth some time to reflect on what Uber’s situation says about the modern workplace in general and what it means for our own companies. Read more.
8 Ways Managers Can Help Employees Respond More Positively to Change
Let’s face it. Training means change. We’re asking people to do things differently so it’s important for trainers to be good at change management. Here are several excellent tips for smoothing the resistance to training and its associated change. I especially like the tip to be honest – so simple, but so powerful. Read more.
Want a Better Workplace? Encourage Employees to Volunteer
If you’re considering a volunteer program for your team, take a look at this article. It has great data supporting the benefits of volunteering. And although the article doesn’t address it, as a trainer, you can encourage people to work on teamwork, leadership, and communication skills in a more relaxed and fun environment. Read more.
Increase Employee Engagement and Retention with Better One-on-One Meetings
This great piece offers practical advice for helping employees and managers get more out of one-on-one meetings. It includes links to blueprints for each that you can use as part of coaching training or your performance management process. Read more.
When Should You Say No to Gamification?
It’s tempting to turn all your training into video games. The software looks cool and fun, which makes it easier to get management excited about. However, many companies jump into gamification and end up just wasting money. Here’s a list of 5 common situations in which games will not help. Read more.
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