7 September 2021
Over the past year and a half, organizations across the country have seen a larger than normal exodus of workers. What makes this different, is that they aren’t always leaving for another better paying job. The pandemic caused many to rethink how they are living their lives. And one of those aspects is what they do for a living.
24 August 2021
Mindfulness means living in the present moment. It means being (intentionally) more aware and awake to each moment and being fully engaged in what is happening in one’s surroundings – with acceptance and without judgment. I recently took a “test” to discover my level of mindfulness; I didn’t do so well. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Like most leaders, I find myself constantly attempting to multi-task throughout the day. I go from meeting to...
10 August 2021
As employers struggle with how to return to the office I have seen varying viewpoints, all of which have some good points. In this week’s blog, I present two differing viewpoints. I think there are aspects to consider from each of them, and what you decide is dependent upon your office culture, the type of work you do, and employee sentiment.
27 July 2021
I read a lot and based on what I’ve read there is really no perfect day to consider an in-office day for all. A recent article on Wired says there are MTFers who prefer to go to the office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Another group is called WTFers – they prefer Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. And then yet another group, the MTWers, perefer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. I think it’s safe to say there is no real consensus on which days are ideal for...
13 July 2021
During a crisis, leaders are supposed to be the strong ones, right? But we are all human, all have emotions, and all experience stress. Just as employees can burnout, so can leaders. While a leader must persevere and lead an organization and its employees through a crisis, it’s OK to share vulnerability and empathy with your employees.
29 June 2021
2020 dramatically changed the workforce and workplace. The traditional business structure is fading away as employment preferences change and technology advances.
15 June 2021
With a majority of organizations creating a permanently hybrid workplace, it’s important to be sure that it is done right. The initial move to hybrid or remote work was done in a rush for companies that did not already have a remote work plan in place when the pandemic hit. If implementing a permanent remote work structure, now is a good time to review your plans and policies.
1 June 2021
By now I think we’ve all realized that hybrid work will likely be the new post-pandemic normal. Hybrid is a combination of working at the office and at home. It provides a nice balance for employees. ASE’s recent COVID-19 Return to Work Survey showed that over 34% of ASE member organizations intend to implement a permanent hybrid work model.
18 May 2021
I was impressed by the number of responses I received from my last blog, Sometimes You Need a Little Inspiration. Thank you to everyone who shared your favorite quotes with me. They were so good, I decided to share some of them in this week’s blog.
4 May 2021
Someecards.com is a great resource when you need a break from the seriousness of your day or a good laugh. Memes like “Nothing makes me appreciate a night out at a nice restaurant like my own cooking,” are easy to find. One of their most recent articles though, I found very inspiring.
20 April 2021
Two weeks ago I wrote about being stuck in a rut with meetings. In that blog, I discussed how to make meetings more engaging, productive, and equitable. Today, I am discussing the importance of paying attention to the quiet people in meetings. Those quiet people often have the most to offer – they just wait for the right minute to offer it.
6 April 2021
How would your team describe meetings in your organization? Inspiring? Fun? Productive? But what would the honest answer often be? Boring? Repetitive? Inefficient?
23 March 2021
Gen Z, ironically also known as zoomers, feel like they are missing out on career growth due to remote work. Born between 1997 and 2012, it’s those in their early 20’s that are facing these drawbacks to remote work.
9 March 2021
Employees are stressed out and need support from their managers. They are tired of the pandemic, tired of zoom calls, and for some…tired of working from home. And with vaccinations increasing and a small light at the end of the tunnel, many may be experiencing anxiety over the possibility of returning to the office.
23 February 2021
Can you believe it’s been nearly one year since the pandemic closed offices and forced remote work? We’ve all had to make adjustments over the past year. There have been varied levels of success with remote work, much of it dependent on how well the organization was able to adjust and embrace employees working from their homes.