Category Archives: Workplace Optimization

Complexity and Simplicity in the Workplace

February 2, 2015   

There’s an interesting paradox to be explored in organizations between complexity and simplicity in the workplace. Organizational life in the 21st century is definitely complex. Leadership guru Peter Vaill calls this new environment “permanent white water,” and with good reason. The pace and nature of change has both become increasingly rapid and increasingly complex. It’s […]

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Support Your Middle Managers

February 2, 2015   

Middle management is more often the butt of jokes than any other level within the organizational hierarchy. It’s a hard place to be for many reasons, but one that as many as 10.5 million American workers find themselves in at present. It’s worth remembering, however, that middle management represents a key time in the employee […]

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Increasing Productivity: Minding the Big Picture AND the Little Picture

January 31, 2015   

Most people would love to boost their productivity, and the management at your organization wouldn’t mind that at all either. Why does it seem so difficult? A main reason why many people fail to see results is because they don’t realize there are two different levels that need attention. Focusing on one to the exclusion […]

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Personality and Hiring: Introducing the Big Five

January 28, 2015   

How important is personality in the workplace? Think about how much time you spend at work. This is somewhere in the vicinity of a third of your time during the work-week, so yes, personality is important in the workplace. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, but a survey by digital learning designer Hyper Island […]

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Lessons from Lincoln: When Conflict is Good

January 22, 2015   

Most people don’t enjoy conflict, which is why in many cases conflict is avoided like the plague. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the workplace. Think about it – how often has conflict been dealt with openly in your experience as an employee? I’m guessing the answer is rarely, if ever. But when we […]

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Movin’ On Up: Millennials in the Workforce

January 17, 2015   

In my last article, I asked the question, Are You Ready for Generation Z?  I think many would have to answer that question with a firm no. After all, it seems many organizations are still trying to figure out how to manage their Gen Y workers, the so-called millennials. Well, while some of you are […]

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7 Free Ways to Boost Employee Morale for the New Year

December 23, 2014   

Employee morale and engagement may wane throughout the year, but perhaps one time of year employees seem to be most uninspired is right after the New Year. Employees have enjoyed the excitement surrounding the holidays, and as they head into a new year the winter slump tends to take over. So how do you start […]

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Give the People What They Want: Creating a Culture of Honesty

December 23, 2014   

Employees want honesty in the workplace. There’s no simpler way to state it. Employees of all generations are increasingly and overwhelmingly pointing to a culture of honesty as one of the number one things they seek in an employer. Gone are the days of closed door meetings, whispers and an environment shrouded in secrecy. For […]

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How to Look Beyond the Resume and Hire For Cultural Fit

December 16, 2014   

Corporate culture and cultural fit: two big buzzwords anticipated to make waves in terms of how companies recruit and hire employees in 2015 and well beyond. Innovators like Zappos and Quicken Loans already have a recruitment and hiring strategy not primarily focused on skills or experience, but instead personality. These companies look beyond the resume […]

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What’s On the Workplace Horizon for 2015

December 16, 2014   

The workplace, and more specifically talent management, are realms that rapidly change. As we look forward to 2015, many industry professionals are already thinking ahead and incorporating new trends and ideas into their talent management strategies for the New Year and beyond. A few of the trends expected to make a significant impact include: A […]

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