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Work Besties: The Secret to Modern Workplace Happiness

9 July 2024

Work Besties: The Secret to Modern Workplace Happiness

Author: Heather Nezich

Lately, there's been a surge in conversations about the importance of having a best friend at work. On platforms like Instagram and TikTok, the hashtag “#workbestie” has become increasingly popular. Research from Gallup consistently shows that employees who have close friends at work are more engaged and productive.

Do Your Benefits Support Employees Living in Permacrisis?

16 April 2024

Do Your Benefits Support Employees Living in Permacrisis?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Recent data from a study by MetLife reveals a concerning trend: employees are experiencing heightened levels of stress, burnout, and depression in the workplace. The pressures of the ongoing permacrisis state, compounded by financial concerns and persistently high living costs, have created a challenging environment for employees to navigate.

Cheers! The Revival of Happy Hour in the Workplace

12 March 2024

Cheers! The Revival of Happy Hour in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

In 1914, the concept of "happy hour" emerged when the U.S. Navy organized evening events for on-duty sailors, aiming to provide entertainment through food, music, and dancing. During the era of prohibition "happy hour" took on a different connotation. With the ban on alcoholic beverages, the term came to represent the clandestine act of enjoying a drink after work but before heading home, as noted by the Huffington Post.

Employee Appreciation Day is March 1st – What do Employees Want?

27 February 2024

Employee Appreciation Day is March 1st – What do Employees Want?

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 1st. Do you know what makes your employees feel appreciated? It might differ by generation according to a new report by Talent LMS.

4 Workplace Romance Policy Points for Employers to Consider this Valentine’s Day

13 February 2024

4 Workplace Romance Policy Points for Employers to Consider this Valentine’s Day

Author: Heather Nezich

Love is a prevalent theme on Valentine’s Day, and recent studies suggest that it often extends into the workplace. Despite the increasing trend of remote work, office romances remain common, highlighting the need for clear guidelines to mitigate legal risks and maintain employee morale in case of relationship breakdowns. Crafting realistic policies that align with your company culture and effectively communicating expectations to employees are essential steps. Here are four key...
The Election Year is Upon Us - Be Prepared for Workplace Political Discussions…or Worse

23 January 2024

The Election Year is Upon Us - Be Prepared for Workplace Political Discussions…or Worse

Author: Michael Burns

While it seems like elections and politics have been on-going rather than every two or four years, we are now entering the actual election year, and employers should prepare themselves to address possible employee dissent, rancor, or worse.

Strategies for Dealing with an Entitled Coworker

5 December 2023

Strategies for Dealing with an Entitled Coworker

Author: Susan Chance

Entitled is a word that we hear a lot these days. It is often thrown around casually to describe groups of people and individuals even when not necessarily a fair assessment. But have you ever had to work with people who are truly entitled? They could be a boss, co-worker, or perhaps a vendor or supplier.

Is Loneliness Impacting Your Workplace?

21 November 2023

Is Loneliness Impacting Your Workplace?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With remote work and the new reality of the workplace since the pandemic, employee loneliness has grown dramatically. Studies show that loneliness brings health problems, reduced productivity, turnover, and burnout. A BetterUp report demonstrates how the pandemic fractured workplace relationships — with 43% of respondents saying they don’t feel a connection to their coworkers.  Some 38% said they don’t trust their coworkers, and 22% said they don’t have a single...
6 Employee Types and How to Address Them

19 September 2023

6 Employee Types and How to Address Them

Author: Heather Nezich

Last week we looked at 10 Leadership Styles and How to Work with Them. This week we are looking at six employee types and recommendations on how employers should address each type.

10 Leadership Styles and How to Work with Them

12 September 2023

10 Leadership Styles and How to Work with Them

Author: Heather Nezich

Navigating various types of leadership in the workplace can be challenging. There are many contrasting styles of leadership – some easier to work with than others.

The Ripple Effect of Impulsive Employees

20 June 2023

The Ripple Effect of Impulsive Employees

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Impulsive employees can have a profound impact on the overall dynamics of a workplace. Their impulsive behavior is often driven by lack of self-control, emotional reactivity, short attention span, disregard for rules, and lack of accountability.

10 Toxic Traits to be Aware of in the Workplace

20 June 2023

10 Toxic Traits to be Aware of in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Do you work with employees who consistently exhibit negativity, criticism, and lack of support? Perhaps you have encountered a coworker who is unaware of the ways in which their actions affect you, or someone who frequently tells lies. If any of these situations resonate with you, it is likely that you have encountered toxic traits. It is crucial to be aware of the following ten toxic personality traits and remain vigilant in identifying them.

How One Negative Employee Can Sour the Bunch

9 May 2023

How One Negative Employee Can Sour the Bunch

Author: Linda Olejniczak

It just takes one bad apple…so the saying goes. One negative employee can have a significant impact on the work environment and the morale of other employees. Here are some ways in which a negative employee can affect work:

Dealing with Negative Feedback and Conflict

11 April 2023

Dealing with Negative Feedback and Conflict

Author: Linda Olejniczak

One of the hardest things about getting feedback is not reacting defensively. Defensiveness in the face of criticism is a perfectly natural response.  The quote, “listen to learn, not to react” is a great standard to live by.

Disconnected Leadership Fuels Toxicity and Employees Suffer in Silence

4 April 2023

Disconnected Leadership Fuels Toxicity and Employees Suffer in Silence

Author: Heather Nezich

Recent layoffs in the tech industry have intensified a climate of toxicity in tech companies according to 45% of employees, a new research report by TalentLMS and Culture Amp reveals. Employees are holding their leaders liable for the toxic work culture in their companies.

Personality Tests and Returning to the Office: What You Need to Know

28 March 2023

Personality Tests and Returning to the Office: What You Need to Know

Author: Emily Price

As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are planning to bring their employees back to the office. It is important to remember, however, that the pandemic has changed the way we work and interact with one another. As a result, many companies are looking for ways to ensure that employees are comfortable returning to the office and are able to work effectively with their colleagues. One way to do this is through the use of personality tests.
Toxic Work Environments are Harmful to Your Health

28 February 2023

Toxic Work Environments are Harmful to Your Health

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic work culture is the number-one reason employees leave jobs and is the cause for many employee health issues. A toxic workplace is an environment where employees are subjected to harassment, discrimination, or bullying. It can also be a place where the employee is micromanaged or has a hostile work environment. Employees often feel unsafe or uncomfortable causing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Work

28 February 2023

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Adulting is not always fun.  Instead of dealing with zoom meetings, deadlines, and endless emails, recess and taking naps seems like a far better deal.

Over a Quarter of U.S. Workers are in a Workplace Romance or Have Been in One Before

14 February 2023

Over a Quarter of U.S. Workers are in a Workplace Romance or Have Been in One Before

Author: Heather Nezich

Considering the amount of time we spend with our colleagues, romances and other relationships are bound to form in the workplace.  According to SHRM’s Annual Workplace Romance Survey, 75% of workers are comfortable with people at their workplace being involved in a romantic relationship, and 83% respect or would respect those who are in one.

Workers Who Escaped the Layoffs – Now What?

14 February 2023

Workers Who Escaped the Layoffs – Now What?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Organizations faced hard decisions in Q4, and the downsizing continues into 2023.  The question now is who the lucky ones really are. The employees who are left or the ones that got the ax?

Active Listening is Key to Good Management

8 November 2022

Active Listening is Key to Good Management

Author: Anthony Kaylin

There have been a number of studies showing that employees value and trust their direct supervisor’s messaging more than the 2nd line or even the CEO.  The direct supervisor is a constant in their lives and likely to experience what they experience when they hear upper-level leaders talk. In engagement studies, communication and trust are generally the lowest rated items.

Managers Are Spending 4 Hours a Week Dealing with Conflict

25 October 2022

Managers Are Spending 4 Hours a Week Dealing with Conflict

Author: Heather Nezich

A new report by Meyers-Briggs, Conflict at Work, reveals that managers spend an average of four hours each week dealing with employee conflict. The research investigates how people in the workplace see conflict today and what we can do to manage it better.

Dealing with Naysayers

18 October 2022

Dealing with Naysayers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Who wants to deal with employees always opposing or dismissing the actions of an employer?  No one wants to consistently hear negative feedback.  No one wants to hear “I told you so” either.  Yet naysayers play an important role in the organization, and if harnessed properly can add value to leadership messaging and actions.

Political Views Are Causing Office Toxicity

18 October 2022

Political Views Are Causing Office Toxicity

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a new survey by SHRM, one in five U.S. workers (20%) have experienced poor treatment in the workplace by coworkers or peers due to their political views. What happened to keeping political views private in the workplace? The 2020 election along with the pandemic has thrown civility out the window.

Are We Becoming Ruder in the Workplace?

27 September 2022

Are We Becoming Ruder in the Workplace?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

…or just more sensitive?  The election of 2016 opened the doors for filters to be filed away leading many employers to re-establish their work speech policies.  However, with the pandemic and work from home, it appears that rudeness is again creeping into the workplace.  

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