Engagement Is Really Just Connection _____________________
The modern workplace suffers from a false sense of connectivity.
The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and wellbeing in the workplace worldwide than ever before.
Not only does this disconnection lower each individual’s happiness, it can also lower innovation, teamwork, collaboration, passion, enthusiasm and ultimately bottom-line business results. So, what’s the answer?
Emergency Action Plan: Preparing for an Emergency Before It Happens _____________________
can't predict catastrophes but there's no reason we can't prepare for them.
The best way to prepare for an emergency is before it happens. The workplace is not immune to emergencies even with the best preparations. Each day, companies across the world deal with small issues like health and safety to major incidents like natural disasters. While we can’t control
the weather to stop hurricanes, tornadoes, or even wildfires, we can help mitigate and prevent some of the smaller issues from turning into larger concerns.
Don't Fall Behind on Learning–Close the Skills Gap Today
Look inside to close the skills gap.
As technology evolves, the skills gap – the disparity between the skills employers need to succeed and those workers actually have – keeps getting wider. If your company isn't already addressing this gap, start now – no matter how big or small you are, or what business you're in. If you don't, you might be left behind.
To employers, I offer the following solution: Devote 5% of employees' time at work to learning. In my experience, doing so can help you reduce talent turnover by up to 20% and save your company money. Even better, your people will have more of the skills they may need to get the job done.
Dealing With A Divided Workforce _____________________
NLRB Clarifies Standard For Treating Union And Nonunion Workers Differently.
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), groups of employees are allowed to determine whether they wish to be represented by a union for purposes of collective bargaining, which sometimes
results in businesses having both union and nonunion employees. How an employer treats its nonunion workforce in relation to its union workforce can impact employee morale and raise some significant legal issues. In the recent case of Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., 367 NLRB No. 122 (May 7, 2019), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) clarified and reaffirmed that for the most part, employers are free to treat union and nonunion workforces differently as long as the employer does not have an improper anti-union motive in doing so.