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10 Questions to Create a Workplace Culture That Employees Love

David Hassell | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
David Hassell

I believe that workplace culture is the foundation upon which great companies are built. It all begins with developing a strong company purpose and the values that guide your people towards fulfilling that purpose.

Four Ways to Create a Giver Culture at Work

Great Work Cultures | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Image credit: Trifon Kolev Imagine coming to work each morning feeling cared for and supported as a professional—and as a human being. When you nee...

Speaking Up (Not Down): Why Innovation Cultures Can't Afford Your Silence or Negativity

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

The old children's fairy tale about the emperor's new clothes still conveys a powerful message - including for adults in the workplace. For those of y...

Quitting Is for Winners: Why Your Company Should Celebrate Quitters and Encourage Strategically-driven Defection

Becky Ericson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Business
Becky Ericson

Our corporate cultures rarely take kindly to quitters, let alone celebrate them. And while counterintuitive at first blush, the competency of quitting is key to managing with agility. We absolutely need more quitters -- and cultures of quitting -- to best run our businesses.

4 Leverage Points for Being a Positive Leader

Great Work Cultures | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When meeting with leaders from organizations interested in building positive organizations, one question recurs more often than the others: "where do we start?" As a manager myself, I can certainly relate to this. Good advice is seemingly limitless. Help to put it all together, however, is in short supply.

Tattoos in the Workplace: The Research Forbes Was Too Lazy To Do

Annie Singer | Posted 02.26.2016 | Business
Annie Singer

Looking at the research, we can definitely see that there has been progress towards the acceptance of tattoos in the workplace, but highly visible tattoos can still have a negative impact, especially in customer-facing jobs.

The Secret Sauce to Developing Sustainable Communities

Great Work Cultures | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Magic Dance by Karen Soul Spider Light. Illustration from The Wings of the Heart written by Kevin Red Bear Dubrow. A man goes on a journey to recove...

Can We Be Mindful at Work Without Meditating?

HopeLab | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Leah Weiss, Ph.D., Director of Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab With the possible exception of our families of origin, no o...

The 'S' Word You Can't Live Without: Bringing Spirituality to the Workplace

Jamie Adasi | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jamie Adasi

We typically spend the majority of our lives in a work environment, and with the ubiquity of technology, there are more demands on our time and attention than ever before.

I See You -- Thoughts on Workplace Mentoring

Julie Kantor | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Julie Kantor

People in their work want to be seen, but it often feels less than safe as we race on the hamster wheel of productivity. But does it have to be? No.

Connect Team Members' Work to Their Personal Dreams

Matt Tenney | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Matt Tenney

As leaders, one of our priorities should be to learn what's important in the personal and professional lives of the people on our teams. We can learn these things through informal conversation, or we can learn them via a more systematic process like having regularly-scheduled, "How can I serve you?" meetings.

It Pays to be Kind

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Treat one worker with sympathy and compassion, and he or she will treat five other co-workers the same way. Eventually that attractive energy ripples out to customers. If you make someone feel as if they actually matter to you they will surpass your expectations.

How My Employer Went the Extra Mile to Help Me Do the Same

SAS | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business

written by Jennifer Andrassy, SAS Sr. Communications Specialist Jennifer Andrassy (front row, 3rd from right) and fellow SAS runners When I saw m...

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

Eileen McNeely | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Eileen McNeely

We know from years of research that fulfilling work leads to healthier and happier people. Creating workplace cultures where workers flourish is a business opportunity no organization should ignore.

Team Members vs. Employees: What's the Difference?

Erik Harbison | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Erik Harbison

Show me an organization that hires "employees" to achieve company goals and I'll show you a company that's low on morale and high in turnover. Sure, this is a rather blunt statement to make, but I'm glad I have your attention.

The Website That Allows Women To Anonymously Rate Past And Present Employers

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

"We're improving the workplace by measuring it." That's the idea behind InHerSight, a platform where women can evaluate their employers and rate ho...

The Solution to Low Employee Morale Is Simpler Than You Think

Great Work Cultures | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When employee morale plummets, leaders often look for a magic-bullet solution. It's easy to place the blame on bad hires or a breakdown in work ethic as a society, but low employee morale and performance always comes back to leadership.

Ditching Performance Reviews for Authentic Conversations

HopeLab | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Chris Marcell Murchison, M.Ed., Vice President Staff Development and Culture at HopeLab Performance management has a bad rap. Mention the topic ...

Could You Pass the Gravy? Fear and Anxiety in the 2014 Workplace

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

Employees who survived the fiscal firestorm were happy to find themselves still employed in the workplace found themselves looking over their shoulders wondering what could be coming and employing a new modus operandi.

SAS Culture, Technology Saves Lives -– Including My Daughter's

Marie Lowman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Marie Lowman

No one at SAS made me feel like I had to choose between working or getting my child therapy. My managers just made it work. And, during those times, I worked harder for SAS than I ever did before, because I felt so grateful.

7 Tips for Asking Highly-Effective Questions

HopeLab | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living

People have shifting interests, concerns, and worries. So as a leader, you cannot support people unless you know what they think and how they feel. And this can only be done by asking meaningful questions and listening deeply.

The "Right to Request" Flexibility

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Rose Stanley

One fear that some managers have in granting the request is that if they give it to one employee, they will have to give it to everyone. Because of that fear, what may occur is the original flexibility request goes under the radar and is a negotiated "deal" between that employee and their manager.

The Family I Didn't Expect to Find

SAS | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business

When you can love what you do, love who you do it with and still maintain a balance in your personal life, you have work utopia

Are We Working in a Culture of Numbers?

John Koshy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
John Koshy

If companies treat their employees like they treat their close family members, then the workplace might become a place we may all look forward to and say, "Thank God it's Monday!"

An Entrepreneur's Confession: Six Lessons From Six Years In Business

Tomas Gorny | Posted 07.15.2014 | Small Business
Tomas Gorny

As the company I co-founded, marks the sixth anniversary of acquiring its first customer, I am taking a moment to look back on some of the lessons I've learned along the way.