• Happy Leap Day!

    Happy Leap Day! You don't need a reason to leap, but today is a good reminder that we should always be leaping toward our goals.

    What are you leaping toward?

  • T.H.I.N.K. Before You Communicate

    The THINK acronym was developed to help people be kinder when using social media, but it helps us to focus in any situation before we communicate.

    The infographic below gives us more questions to consider.

    Why is it important to communicate more kindly with others?

  • The Workplace in 2020

     
    Staples asked designers, "What do you envision for workplaces in 2020?" The winning visions are shown in the slides above.
    How does the design of the workplace influence employee productivity?
    Explain which one would be best for you.
  • Burger King Training Videos

    Burger King is introducing hot dogs into its offerings. What do you think of the video with Snoop Dogg below as a training video? 

    Do you eat hot dogs? How successful do you think Burger King will be in selling hot dogs?

    What do you think of the training videos? What do they teach employees?

  • New Job Titles

    The top 10 job titles on LinkedIn did not exist before 2008. Most people were not familiar with social media marketer, data scientist, software app developer, or cloud specialist.

    Furthermore, some human resources managers refer to themselves as "talent" managers.

    Why is this?

  • LinkedIn Checklist

    LinkedIn Checklist

    From Visually.

    Many people have replaced their resumes with LinkedIn profiles. Have you joined LinkedIn? Use the above checklist to determine if you profile is up to date. What did you discover?

  • Generation Y (Millennials) in the Workplace

    Gen Y in the Workplace

    According to PayScale's research, what motivates Gen Y to stay on a job?

    Explain whether you agree or disagree.

  • Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation

    Celeste Headlee says the ingredients of a great conversation are honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening.

    She shares 10 ways to have a better conversation.

    1. Don't multitask
    2. Don't pontificate
    3. Use open-ended questions
    4. Go with the flow
    5. If you don't know, say that you don't know.
    6. Don't equate your experience with theirs.
    7. Try not to repeat yourself.
    8. Stay out of the weeds.
    9. Listen
    10. Be brief.

    Managers get work done through others. Thus, conversations are very important to managers!

    Explain one way you will use to have a better conversation.

  • A CMO on Super Bowl Sunday

    The video above depicts what a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) might look like if money spent on his company's Super Bowl ad is wasted.

    Alex Amado, Adobe's Vice President of experience marketing, discussed the ad with Adweek's Tim Nudd.

    "We're big fans of TV advertising, especially around key events like the Super Bowl, as it remains one of the few ways to get truly massive reach at a very focused moment in time. But those moments have become so expensive that marketers need to make their TV ads part of a broader marketing strategy that is heavy on digital, appropriately targeted, and ultimately driven by data."

    Amado adds: "Our message this time was really, 'If you aren't using data and insights to drive your marketing, it's just a gamble.' "

    Watch the rest of the "Do You Know What Your Marketing Is Doing?” series.

    How important is it for managers to use data to make decisions?

  • Finding a Valentine at Work

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    CareerBuilder gives the following tips to keep in mind before dating someone at work:

    • Check the company handbook – Some companies have strict policies around office romances. Acquaint yourself with the rules before turning a professional relationship into a personal one.
    • Proceed with caution – Some romances lead into marriage, but others can lead into disaster. Seven percent of workers who have dated a co-worker reported having to leave their jobs because their office romance soured. Take the time to get to know someone first and carefully weigh risks and benefits.
    • Compartmentalize – Keep your work life separate from your home life. Avoid showing PDA in the office and don’t involve co-workers in personal disagreements.
    • Think before you post – Be careful what you post on social media. You can end up outing your relationship before you’re ready to discuss it.

    CareerBuilder's latest survey on office romance found that 37 percent of U.S. workers have dated someone who worked for the same company. Yet, 5 percent of workers who have had an office romance say they have left a job because of an office relationship gone sour.

    Explain why someone would find an office romance worth perhaps risking a job.

  • Work-life balance in 2015

    The Staples Advantage Workplace Index benchmarks trends including job satisfaction, productivity and office design in the United States and Canada. (See attached.)

    Key Findings

    • Burnout from working long hours is a key cause of low productivity.
    • Job satisfaction is the key to staff loyalty.
    • A flexible workplace is important in fostering a positive work culture.
    • The right technology and tools for the job is critical for productivity.
    • Good use of space is important to productivity.

    About the Survey - The Staples Advantage Workplace Index survey was conducted among 2,602 employees 18 or older across a variety of companies, both in size, geography and industry. A total of 1,528 employees were interviewed in the US (1,026 were classified as general workers and 502 as business decision makers). A total of 1,074 employees were interviewed in Canada (744 general office workers and 330 decision makers). The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in May 2015. This survey has a margin of error of +/- 1.9% at 95% confidence limits. (Source 

    How can burnout be reduced?

    How can job dissatisfaction be avoided?

    What is a flexible working environment?

    What is the latest technology?

    Which office space is the most productive?

  • Managers Inspire Through Storytelling

    Managers spend most of their time talking. But, some managers communicate better than others. In the video above, HighSpark gives examples of leaders using stories to inspire their followers.

    Why is it that stories drive action and make change?

    How will you use stories with your employees?

  • Skipping Work the Day After the Super Bowl

    The results of the OfficeTeam survey of 306 senior managers and 391 workers in the U.S. to find out who's planning on skipping work the day after the Super Bowl appear in the infographic above.

    Why would someone skip work the day after the Super Bowl?

    What could a manager do to discourage this type of absenteeism?

  • Stay Healthy at Work

    Today, many jobs involve sitting at a computer. But, sitting is bad for us!

    The infographic above from SnackNation gives tips for staying healthy at work.

    1. Make hydration benchmarks
    2. Automate getting out of your seat
    3. High five co-workers
    4. Reward task completion with a healthy snack
    5. Rejuvenate with a walk
    6. Positive psychology for positive physiology
    7. Recharge with a nap during lunch
    8. Take the long way
    9. Stretch it out

    Which tips will start using today to stay healthy at work? Why?

  • The Episodic Career

    Farai Chideya, author of The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption, offers tools for navigating the American job landscape. She says there are three factors to have a successful episodic career: emotional resilience, understanding the job market, and self-knowledge. A self-evaluation tool -- work/life matrix--asks four questions.

    1. “Are you a more cautious career builder or do you take significant risks?”
    2. “Do you want to have a high social impact and change the world with your work, or are you okay just working for money and changing the world in other ways, like volunteering?”
    3. “Are you happiest as an innovator or an executor?” Most people are both, but do you prefer one over the other?
    4. “Are you mainly a solo decision maker who wants to do things your own way, whether you’re working with a team or not, or do you want to make your decisions as part of a team?”

    Start your evaluation by making a list of all of your skills.

    Be sure to include soft skills.

    How does listing your skills make you self-aware?

  • Break a Bad Habit

    In the above video, psychiatrist Judson Brewer discusses the mechanism of habit development.

    What is a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving?

    How can this knowledge be helpful to managers?