Workplace Culture

Employee Loyalty Not for Sale

Lavish perks and trendy benefits are nice, but employees seek something much more basic from their bosses: sustained respect and honesty.

Faced with a red-hot job market, employers are offering perks like free ski passes, complimentary e-readers and on-site acupuncture to attract and retain quality employees. These benefits are certainly fun and may help attract top talent. Certainly, some people may jump at the chance to work at a firm that offers in-house yoga and spin classes. But there are organizations…

An Argument for a More Reasonable Bereavement Leave Policy

A flexible bereavement policy will repay you with the knowledge that when the grieving employee returns to work, he or she will be more focused on the task at hand and more loyal and dedicated to you as an employer.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about death. These past few days have been the first time I’ve had to deal with it on a family level as an adult. And there’s a lot to think about. And it’s not just the grieving, and the crying and the mourning. It’s also time. And not just the time we spent with…

Reshaping a Cynical Workplace Salutation

There are plenty of reasons so few workers are energized by their workplace. I lay blame at the feet of their managers.

During a visit with friends over the holidays I was privy to a conversation between their teen daughter and her uncle. She was complaining that her manager at a local pizza joint tells her to do something, then after she does it the manager tells her she did it wrong. Said the uncle in a too-familiar tone of resignation: “Welcome…

Branding Is Beautiful When It Comes to Company Culture

A new survey reveals a disturbing disconnect between employers and their workers regarding organizational branding.

Corporate culture is viewed by many workplace experts as vitally important to employees. But in a recent study by global communications and engagement company Weber Shandwick, only 19 percent of employees see a strong match between how the company represents itself and the actions they experience while working there. A new study notes the importance of branding to organizations. “We…

Talent10x: Sexual Harassment at Work in a Post-Weinstein World

Employment lawyer Jon Hyman joins podcast Talent10x to discuss the ways in which companies should be changing how they think about handling sexual harassment at work.

Frank Kalman and Rick Bell are joined by employment lawyer and Workforce columnist Jon Hyman to discuss what the latest wave of high-profile sexual harassment and misconduct allegations mean for the talent economy and business moving forward. Rick and Frank also discuss the workplace of the future where your boss is a robot, not a human. Listen here: Listen here…

5 Proven Strategies to Guarantee Your Diversity Initiative Produces Results

It’s not about doing the right thing, making others think you’re good people or keeping up with your competitors. Doing diversity right is about getting superior results.

Intent does not equal impact. Time and again I see organizations with good intentions embark on an enthusiastic endeavor to increase diversity in their workplace. Time and time again I also see their nonexistent to negative impacts, from failure to create lasting positive change to crash-and-burn disasters rife with unproductive conflict. Often it’s because they didn’t follow one or more…

Chief Diversity Officer: One of the Hardest Jobs in Technology

The role provides a unique opportunity to transform the composition of the workforce and the success of an organization.

Imagine a job whose requirements not only rely on improving product and increasing financial success, but also span across hiring and influencing corporate culture. While a chief diversity officer might not be the first job that comes to mind, it plays an increasingly crucial role in company output and financial success. According to a 2015 McKinsey report on 366 public…

It’s Not #MeToo That’s Killing Your Work Holiday Party. It’s Your Workplace Culture

Your holiday party is a reflection of your year-round culture as an employer.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham recently asked if the #MeToo movement is ruining the office holiday party. “Is the #MeToo movement becoming a spoiler for this season’s Christmas parties? … I can see this year it might a little less festive. No alcohol and no fun and no lampshades and no nothing, and, I don’t know, maybe that’s better. Is this just killing…

5 Minutes of Management: Bonus or No Bonus

Many workers often look forward to during the holiday season. But higher corporate profits, low unemployment and high economic confidence isn’t translating to the likelihood of a bonus this year for employees. Also, trademarking HR jargon.

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell note that the likelihood of a holiday bonus is down this year from last year. Also, education tech company Grovo has seen a value-add in trademarking the term “microlearning.” For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

Talent10x: Are Company Holiday Parties Obligatory?

Editors Rick Bell and Frank Kalman discuss if employees should feel obliged to attend the company holiday party. They also discuss paternity leave and a hiring scandal in college football.

Workforce Editorial Director Rick Bell joins Talent Economy Managing Editor Frank Kalman for a post-Thanksgiving edition of the Talent10x podcast.  The two talk about efforts to get recovering drug addicts back into the workforce, the rising importance of paternity leave among male millennial workers, as well as the state of the company holiday party and if workers should feel obliged to attend the annual…