Workplace Culture

Some Offices Designing Ways to Help Employees Move More

How a company sets up its office space can influence otherwise sedentary employees to get up and go, says Jonathan Webb of KI Furniture.

Several years ago, Jonathan Webb was thinking about how “active design” could improve the workplace. He meant it as a way to describe restructuring a workspace to promote the people inside to adopt healthier habits. A nonprofit called the Center for Active Design already uses the term to describe utilizing architecture and urban planning to improve public health. Its website…

6 Things Minorities Can Do to Stay Sane at Work

There are all sorts of little hiccups waiting to put a scowl on your face at work. Whether women and minorities choose leave that scowl in place or turn it upside down is a personal choice.

I think about happiness a lot. I don’t know if it’s on my mind because so many in the country and in the workplace seem to be unhappy these days, but how to be and stay happy gets a lot of my energy, and I don’t mind giving it. I ran across this Forbes article, “Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy…

Two Key Twitter HR Executives Leave the Nest

Twitter’s human resources and diversity leaders are leaving the tech company. How can companies transition smoothly after executive departures?

The 140-characters-or-less social media platform recently lost two major characters in early February, Jeffrey Siminoff and Renee Atwood. The tech industry has famously high turnover, despite the trendy perks and “great places to work” awards. While this is true of twenty-somethings just starting out their careers, it’s often the reality of higher positions as well. Any time a top executive leaves…

How Engaged Employees Can Help Protect Your Brand from ‘Fake News’

An employee advocacy program allows every employee to be a brand ambassador.

Engage and empower your employees with trusted information and they, in turn, will empower and help protect your brand. Last year the truth was challenged, changed and even disregarded. Opinions are being marketed as fact. The democratization of content distribution allows anyone to publish to the world. And social media has become a major source of news while also facing…

There’s a Thin Line Between Business and Politics

That line is so thin it’s see through, and all who claim the two must remain separate are being silly, ignorant or both.

Those of you who saw the popular 1996 film “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” starring Martin Lawrence and Lynn Whitfield will recognize the title reference. It was also a song by The Persuaders. I’m going to dig into the line between business and politics, but the love and hate bit works too because to feel one or the…

Defining What’s Fair in the Workplace

Nothing in the law requires the workplace to be fair. It only requires that you treat similarly situated people of different protected groups similarly.

Watch this, and then let’s talk about the word fair: . Like Louie in the clip above, I tell my kids this all the time. “Why can’t I stay up an extra half-hour? She’s not in bed yet.” “Because it’s time to go to bed. Tomorrow’s a school day.” “But it’s not fair.” “Why can’t I have ice cream, too?…

Trump’s Un-American Travel Ban and the Workplace

I am proud that members of my profession have taken a stand, appearing at airports at all hours of the weekend to help those detained and facing deportation.

I’ve had an internal debate all weekend long over whether I should blog about Trump’s executive order that bans immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends refugees for 120 days and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. Ultimately, I decided that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem, and this issue is too important to…

We Have Our Second Nominee for Worst Employer of 2017

Congratulations to Cleveland Hopkins Airport for attempting to intimidate staff members.

Our next nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 comes from my very own backyard — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Here in Northeast Ohio we take our snow removal very seriously, especially (we hope) at the airport, where an icy or snow-covered runway could cause disaster. In 2015, airfield manager Abdul Malik-Al complained to his bosses about his belief that…

Mindfulness to Stop Mothers from Losing Their Minds

Mindfulness may be an especially useful tool for mothers returning to work after maternity leave.

Mindfulness could aid new mothers returning to work after maternity leave. The concept of mindfulness is already becoming more prevalent in the employee well-being space. “For some individuals it may just give them the skills and permission to engage in healthier actions. To be able to get something done without being paralyzed by distractions,” said one Working Well source on…

Is Your Workplace Hiding Talent?

The film 'Hidden Figures' was a cinematic study in gender bias and race relations over the past 50 years — and a warning not to overlook the talented gems walking in plain sight in your workplace.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the film “Hidden Figures” yet, you may want to wait to read this. Oh, heck. Read it anyway. It’s so good you may not mind a peek behind the curtain.  I saw “Hidden Figures” during Christmas week. I expected it to be good, and it was. Taraji P. Henson (playing Katherine G. Johnson) and…