Workplace Culture

HR Is Getting ‘Intimate’ With Employees

It’s an undeniable trend: Employees desire the shift to 'employee intimacy' from 'please the boss.'

Human resources is going back to the roots of an employee-centric workplace culture — and it’s about time. According to Tom Haak’s HR Trend Institute, one of the major HR trends for 2018 is a switch from please the boss to employee intimacy. This trend is arguably the most important one HR has made since switching from personnel administration to…

Sending All Employees to Racial Bias Training Unlikely to Solve Starbucks’ Problem

Such training won’t change the culture imprinted on all of our minds where people of color are perceived as threats when they’re just going about their lives.

Once again, someone in an organization made a poor behavior choice whose harmful consequences were recorded and made public. This time it was coffee giant Starbucks, and once again, people are freaking out. Starbucks is freaking out so much, the company is investing millions of dollars to close 8,000 stores and send 175,000 employees to racial bias training the afternoon…

Livongo Acquisition of Retrofit Bolsters Consolidation Talk in Wellness Industry

In the health and wellness space, consolidation is brewing as more companies wish to broaden their offerings to address a larger range of health issues.

Digital health company Livongo Health announced April 17 that it has acquired Chicago-based wellness company Retrofit. Mountain View, California-based Livongo’s focus as a company has been to empower people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension to live healthier lives, while Retrofit’s programs address overall health concerns through healthy nutrition, exercise and weight management programs. “This type of agreement…

The Other Side of Diversity

One side says that employers cannot discriminate against minorities. The other says that employers cannot discriminate against non-minorities in favor of minorities.

Workplace diversity has two sides. One side says that employers cannot discriminate against minorities. The other says that employers cannot discriminate against non-minorities in favor of minorities. Some people call this reverse discrimination. I just call it discrimination. For example, Title VII does not define “African American” or “men” as protected classes; it merely says “race” and “sex.” Thus, if you discriminate…

3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace

Employees want to bring their whole selves to work. How can employers create this more employee-friendly work environment?

It’s official. We’re in a talent war, and employees are no longer conscripted soldiers — they’re volunteers. They’re with their company because they want to be. Although it’s counterintuitive, companies need to stop focusing on recruitment. Instead, they should focus their efforts on creating the type of environment employees want to work for — a more human workplace that embraces…

In the Era of #MeToo, Let’s not Lose Focus on the Me’s Other Than Sex

Don't forget that our laws make harassment unlawful if it’s based on membership in any protected class.

We’ve all done a lot of talking over the past six months about sexual harassment. We should not forget, however, that our laws make harassment unlawful if it’s based on membership in any protected class. A federal jury in Detroit just provided employers a very real reminder of this fact. It tagged Ford Motor Co. with a $16.8 million verdict. The plaintiff, a former Ford…

Inclusion Doesn’t Mean Including Everything and Everyone

Inclusiveness is not about thought policing. It’s also not about turning everyone into a liberal.

It’s a normal learning process for humans to apply our latest discovery to everything we encounter for a while. When my former neighbor’s young daughter learned about the physical differences between boys and girls, for days she did nothing but talk about anatomy and ask adults in the supermarket about theirs. When my dad learned about the cultural differences between…