4 Work Days, not 5

4 Work Days, not 5

For eight weeks last spring, an Auckland, New Zealand, company tried an experiment: It allowed employees to work four days a week but get paid for five. The result was encouragingly positive. Employees at Perpetual Guardian, a trust and estate planning firm, got the same amount of work done (if not more) in the shorter […]

Skills needed by 2030

Skills needed by 2030

As automation moves into workplaces, the types of employee skills needed will shift, according to a new report by McKinsey Global Institute. McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Co. with headquarters in New York, looked at 25 core skills for today’s workplace and those of the future in France, […]

5 phrases employees love to hear

5 phrases employees love to hear

Good leaders want to bring out the best in their employees. Saying a few simple words can create a positive atmosphere and lead to greater productivity. John Brandon, in a Feb. 26 article on Inc.com, suggests using the following five phrases to encourage staff. 1. “I’m happy you’re on my team.” “We all need that encouragement, […]

How to prevent workplace sexual harassment

How to prevent workplace sexual harassment

BY PHILLIP M. PERRY Proactive policies can create a respectful environment and stave off costly lawsuits Editor’s note: The advice presented in this article is intended for general informational purposes. To create a sexual harassment policy for your company or for other guidance regarding how to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, consult your […]

How stay interviews can help you assess employee satisfaction 

How stay interviews can help you assess employee satisfaction 

BY LIN GRENSING-POPHAL The idea of stay interviews is taking hold in human resource circles. It’s the process of connecting with employees before they give their resignation notice and when an exit interview is pending. Stay interviews, for both star and struggling employees, are designed to gain insights into employee drivers of engagement, personal needs […]

How to prepare for and bounce back from a crisis in your business

How to prepare for and bounce back from a crisis in your business

BY WILLIAM J. LYNOTT In 2017, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and wildfires hit North and South America with a vengeance. By the time the year ended, damages totaled at least $306 billion—the costliest year for natural disasters yet, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Many businesses found themselves dealing with these natural disasters or […]

Office holiday party alternatives for a more relaxed season

Office holiday party alternatives for a more relaxed season

For some people, the holiday season is equal parts wonderful and stressful. Likewise, the traditional office holiday party is viewed by some with great expectation and by others as a drain in a time-crunched season. With that in mind, TheBalance.com, a personal finance website, offers the following low-key alternatives in a Nov. 7 article: 1. Make […]

How a movie theater could benefit your business

How a movie theater could benefit your business

Here’s a venue to consider for your next meeting or small conference—a movie theater. Think about it. Many movie theaters offer stadium seating, good visibility, the latest audiovisual technology, and food and drinks on-site, according to a Sept. 25 article in The New York Times. For the movie theaters, it’s an additional source of income. […]

Are these mistakes adding to your stress level?

Are these mistakes adding to your stress level?

Some of the things you do to mitigate stress in your professional life might be making you feel more frazzled and anxious, says Art Markman, a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Smart Thinking,” “The Habits of Effective Leadership,” “Smart Change” and “Brain Briefs” (with co-author Bob […]

What do you need to know about managing Gen Z?

What do you need to know about managing Gen Z?

You’ve heard quite a lot about millennials. Now Gen Z is entering the workforce. What do you need to know about managing this newest generation in the workplace? To say Gen Z, whose oldest members were born in the mid-1990s, are tech-savvy is a bit of an understatement. “Computers and social media are about as […]