Would it help us build camaraderie and culture to create an inclusive “get-to-know-you sheet” to encourage our employees to develop stronger relationships? Honestly, our focus on culture is newfound. We know it’s important and want to develop tools that nurture it, yet some of our managers don’t fully appreciate how culture ties back to their responsibilities. Suggestions?
—Nervous Newbie, project manager, financial services, Cleveland, Ohio
Though some may be wary about employee fraternization, studies have shown that when companies encourage friendships among co-workers, the benefits outweigh any potential costs.Read More
To instill ethical behavior, organizations must provide incentives and encourage everyone to not only act properly but also to report violations.Read More
GM President Mary Barra expressed regret over the Cobalt’s safety issues; she stated that GM is now moving from a culture of cost containment to a culture of safety.
A firm has been on the brink of closure twice in the past 10 years. With a workforce that has been reduced from more than 10,000 to just below 3,000, there have been virtually no new hires in a decade. Today, through ingenious transition planning, the organization finds itself in a position to hire. This has been a challenge for IT where the old guard is now faced with a new breed of IT people current in all the latest trends and eager to make change happen. Any ideas on building the team?
— Old Guard, New Tricks, consulting, Ontario, Canada
If your goal is to do the minimum but to give your organization defenses in case there’s ever a costly mistake, then here’s a road map to get you started.
Companies continue to ask workers to do more with less. But there are signs that organizations have hit a tipping point and are starting to jeopardize their future success.Read More
These examples of teamwork and
esprit de corps aren’t just
feel-good Hollywood moments.
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hard-nosed business success.Read More
We have employees in a work area who are constantly bickering among themselves. They start rumors about each other, even though they've been warned of disciplinary action regarding their behavior. How close are we to completely losing our professional environment? — Frazzled, compliance and ethics officer, contracting and consulting, Madison, MississippiRead More
I have been given the task of defining the learning and development culture of our workforce (using Six Sigma tools). What type of questions should be included in our first employee survey? They need to be kept simple and to avoid "bias" in the responses. — Finding Who Are We, HR administrative assistant, manufacturing, Sydney, AustraliaRead More