Hiring

Workplace Diversity and How It Affects Employees

Workplace diversity means employing team members who are different from one another. That difference could be found in gender, race, religion, culture, sexuality, age, education, background and countless more.

Diversity has many benefits for a business. People with different life experiences come to the table with different perspectives. This means many different solutions can be proposed for the same problem thus making an effective solution more likely.

Equally, diversity means different ways of behaving and doing business. When entering a negotiation or decision making process, a diverse company will have a full range of abilities and approaches to choose from. They […]

How to manage employees who work from home

Having employees work from home means that you can have a business that is both flexible and cost-effective. If you have a business that requires maintenance customer service, technical support, administrative work, translation, research, writing, editing, or web design, you can certainly employ people who work in the comforts of their home.

These kinds of jobs don’t require a very constant face to face communication with the managers and colleagues. Nonetheless, some management is still necessary to ensure a smooth flow of work. In this article, we’ll share with you some of the ways that you can manage your employees […]

How to Keep Your Remote Workers Engaged and Productive

Managing a team is difficult enough. It’s even harder when your team members are located all over the place. When sitting at the same table is no longer an option, you’re going to need to approach things differently. It may be a little difficult at first, but eventually, it will become routine. Whether this is a long term remote work situation or a temporary fix while certain members of your team are away on a business trip, you’re going to need to adapt your methods to work over a longer distance. Below are some strategies to keep in mind.

 

Be […]

By |May 29th, 2017|Adaptive Teams, Communication, Hiring, Leadership, Productivity, Teamwork|Comments Off on How to Keep Your Remote Workers Engaged and Productive

Developing an Effective Employee Training Program

There are few steps during the hiring process that are more important than the proper training of employees. However, many businesses fail to recognize this fact and this can lead to high turnover rates and unprepared workers. Here are some tips for developing an effective employee training program.

 

Identify Goals

The foremost step in creating an employee training program is to identify the goals that need to be met for success to be achieved. Every business is unique, and therefore the goals will be dictated by the requirements in the workplace. For instance, when training hotel employees you may want to […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Adaptive Teams, Community, Development, Employee Engagement, Hiring, Leadership, Organisational Culture, Productivity, Teamwork|Comments Off on Developing an Effective Employee Training Program

The benefits of hiring a graduate instead

Hiring a graduate can feel like a risky decision at times. Is their limited experience enough? Will they be too young to fit with your company culture? In some cases, it can actually be the best decision you ever make. Graduates bring current knowledge, youthful flair and a fresh determination to the table. What they might lack in tangible skills, they more than make up for in attitude.

From a numbers perspective, graduates are a better long-term investment too. They can work faster to increase your financial return and if given the opportunity to progress professionally, build the foundation for […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Hiring, Potential|Comments Off on The benefits of hiring a graduate instead

5 Strategies to Overcome Unconscious Bias

Last week, we began an in-depth look into unconscious bias. It’s especially important to be aware of unconscious bias because of how much it contributes to our decision-making. As a leader, you must be aware of just how much your thinking is shaped by unconscious thinking. Then, you must learn how to overcome it so that it doesn’t negatively impact your judgment, personal growth, learning, or job performance.

Today, we’re going to discuss how you can do just that.

But first, a quick recap from our last blog about how unconscious bias works and why it’s developed among us:

 

“Research suggests that […]

3 Important Phases of Succession Planning

Continuing our series on succession planning (read part 1 here and part 2 here), today’s blog discusses some of the essential steps in the actual succession plan development process.

 

First, let’s take another look at what succession planning is:

A “deliberate and systematic effort” designed to ensure the continued effective performance of an organization, division, department, or work group by making provision for the development and replacement of key people over time.

Preservation of “institutional memory”.

-William Rothwell, Effective Succession Planning

 

Succession planning:

is a strategic process for determining critical roles within a company, identifying and assessing possible successors, and providing them with the […]

4 Things To Do Before Starting The Succession Planning Process

Last time on the blog, we discussed some of the benefits organisations could experience simply by having a succession plan in place. These benefits include a significant increase in employee engagement and a higher number of identified, well-developed leaders on board. You can read the full article here.

Over the next few posts, we’ll discuss how to go about implementing a succession plan for your own company.

 

But first…What is a succession plan?

Leigh Richards, an expert in organisational management, defines succession planning as “the identification of job vacancies that can be expected to occur through retirement or attrition and the […]

4 behaviours to focus on in your leadership development program

What distinguishes a great leader?

This year, over 90% of CEO’s will plan to invest more in leadership development toward the end goal of developing effective leaders and thereby bettering their organisations.

According to a new report from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, while good leadership is certainly crucial to organisational health, it would behoove these same organisations to consider what type of leadership behaviour exactly they wish for their team members to embody.

As it were, the very word leadership is such a vast concept that serves as an umbrella under which one can find more specific methods […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Hiring, Leadership, Motivation, Organisational Culture, Research, Teamwork, Values and Behaviours|Comments Off on 4 behaviours to focus on in your leadership development program

What the top-rated companies have in common

Want your company to attract the best and brightest team members?

In a recent study, Software Advice, an online reviewer of HR technology, combed through employee-written reviews of companies (as hosted on the website Glassdoor, which helps job seekers determine the best companies to work for) and found that out of the over 147,000 companies listed in the database, only 37 had achieved a 5-star rating (the highest rating possible).

What exactly warranted the 5-star ratings? And what were the biggest grievances among those who authored reviews for the top companies?

 

The top-rated companies are small and new.

None of these companies employed […]