Workplace Culture

Talent10x: Emojis at Work and the Socially Responsible CEO

Workforce editors Rick Bell and Frank Kalman discuss corporate social responsibility and using emojis at work in this episode of Talent10x.

Rick Bell joins the Talent Economy podcast Talent10x, as he and Talent Economy Editor Frank Kalman discuss a recent study showing that being socially responsible doesn’t always benefit CEOs at poor-performing companies. The two also talk about using emojis at work and recap the final stretch of his week at the HR Technology Conference last week in Las Vegas. Listen here or…

Ask Not What Your Company Can Do for the Arts …

With the possible defunding of federal arts organizations, businesses must encourage and support artistic endeavors both internally and publicly.

A new study reveals that over half of surveyed companies think the arts promote creative thinking and problem-solving. Moreover, any human resources professional worth their salt knows that a successful workplace stems in part from a thriving culture — something the arts epitomize like nothing else. But the arts might soon receive a serious funding blow. In his upcoming 2018…

The Latest Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 is … the Nepotism Harasser

If you ignore pervasive and egregious harassment complaints because the accused happens to be your close relative, you might be the worst employer of 2017.

Just when I think I’ve hit rock bottom with my survey of the year’s worst employers … The EEOC reports that it has sued a downstate Illinois IHOP franchisee for sexual harassment. While the allegations are bad, what makes this case worse is the allegation that the store owner ignored his employees’ complaints because the accused harasser was a close…

Your ‘About Us’ Page Is About What?

Entire industries exist to message the mission. Whole departments are built to pound the point. Come on, people, words matter.

While reading a contributor’s story about technology and benefits, the author referred to a company I didn’t recognize. Given the thousands of companies occupying the vast space we call HR technology, that’s not unusual. I’ll usually add a short phrase defining the company’s business. We include it for large companies too, even though it seems obvious: HR consultancy Mercer, tech…

Hurricane Harvey Shows the Need for Employer Communication and Empathy

Disasters like the one gripping southeast Texas bring to light the responsibilities leaders have to communicate and empathize with their workforce.

Although he’d rather not be reminded of the blizzard that dumped 21 inches of snow on Chicago over two days in 2011, Adam Ochstein also shivers when he recalls the record-breaking chill when the city was hit by the polar vortex during the winter of 2014. When disasters strike, employers and HR leaders need to communicate and show empathy toward…

Modern Workspaces: Office Design Possibilities Open Up

In this exclusive video report, Workforce explores office design trends and how they can impact employee well-being.

Trends in office design are busting out of the cubicle and allowing employees to operate in open, collaborative environments. Workforce explores these employee-focused design trends in the video story “Modern Workspaces.” You’ll meet a leading office space designer and a wellness company that went from drab to dramatic after instituting a massive interior redesign project. Both offer unique insights on…

Creating Happiness: Creative Workers Claim to be Happiest at Work

Staffing firm Robert Half finds that creative employees are happier at work than those in more traditional industries, although ‘buttoned up’ industries can be incubators of happiness, too.

Kevin Synoga knows what it is like to work a creative job in a not-so-creative field, but is happy to be in the hard-working environment of his colleagues. Synoga, a graphic designer at a transportation engineering firm, sees happiness at work not solely in creative fields, although surveys show happiness and creativity are often paired together. A recent survey by…

There’s Still a Gender Gap. How It Varies Depends on Who You Ask

According to a survey, there’s a vast space between the views of men and women on workplace equality.

Although we’ve made significant progress toward gender equality in the past few decades, we still have a huge distance to travel to reach true gender parity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’ve come closer to equal pay, but haven’t reached it yet — from 62 cents on the dollar in 1979 to roughly 81 cents in 2011. The…

Millennials Opening the Doors to Communal Modern Workspaces

Gen Y pushes the need to create a balance between traditional corporate environments and make room for remote access employees that act as a second home for creativity, productivity and engagement through technology and collaboration.

Open office spaces can work, but they need a balance and it depends on the industry. When I accepted my first office internship at Human Capital Media, I asked many of my friends the same question: “What’s your office like?” I heard much of the same answer: an open office space. As the trend toward open office spaces hits the…

Hiring Basics Can Help Avoid a Bad Candidate Experience

Prospective employees have options these days. A poor experience in your hiring process could prompt them to turn elsewhere.

It is not breaking news that a bad hire can come with a high price tag — recruiting costs, training costs, man-hours and morale issues — not to mention the lost productivity. But there’s another recruiting misstep that could cost you as well, and it’s probably something you don’t often think about: poor candidate experience. While you as a hiring…