The Modern Workplace

By JD Dillon | Taking a look at how work gets done today ...

Retrain Or Retreat: The Next Battlefield For U.S. Manufacturing

The concept of “lifelong learning” has gained widespread popularity in recent decades as a way to keep senior citizens intellectually engaged.<p>But how about lifelong learning as a way to keep people employed, especially those in manufacturing? Think of it as learning for the sake of economic …

U.S. Department of Labor

Why sexual harassment training doesn’t stop harassment

Shannon Rawski first got the idea for her dissertation after listening to her former colleagues — business school professors who study human resources and recognize sexual harassment as a problem — complain about having to attend, well, sexual harassment training.<p>“My university announced they …

Gender
Enterprise Tech

The Future of Work Might Not Be So Bleak

Technology won't eliminate good jobs, but it could exacerbate inequality.<p>What's the future of work? Will gigs replace salaried employment, and will robots eventually leave humans with nothing to do? I see reason for skepticism, but also for concern.<p>Technology, of course, is already making …

Intelligence

Why we can no longer separate work from life (and shouldn't)

“Work creep” is often portrayed as hazardous to our health.<p>The average workweek for a full-time employee in the US is 47 hours, according to a Gallup poll, and, according to another study, 40% of US employees work on weekends at least once a month. This has led to concerns that professionals are …

The Workplace

Our Company Began Tracking Employee Tenure, Here’s What We Found

The results gave Buffer insights that help them serve their employees’ career goals better.<p>Imagine working at a company where on your first day, the CEO says: “We are really excited to have you here. Now, how can I use my personal network to help you get your next job?” That’s exactly how Jon …

For True Innovation, Don’t Rely On Your Own Ideas

Anheuser-Busch innovation executives say that in order to excel at coming up with new ideas, you have to discard your own and listen to what real people want.<p>When most people think of Anheuser-Busch, what comes to mind are its most famous American beers—Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, and the like. …

Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up

What we know about sexual harassment in America.<p>Shame, fear, and cultural norms all allow sexual harassment to go underreported.<p>There is so much we don’t know, but there <i>is</i> research that tells us some specifics about the state of the problem and the factors that make it better or worse in different …

Gender

5 Ways to Help Employees Keep Up with Digital Transformation

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape is in the midst of a significant shake-up. Coca-Cola recently reshuffled its leadership team to focus on growth, innovation, and digital. Unilever has acquired Dollar Shave Club, a young startup, for $1 billion in a move to introduce a new model of …

L'Oréal

5 simple ways to create transparency at work

It’s no secret that transparency, more commonly expressed as “Open company, no BS,” is one of Atlassian’s most important values. Far from a boardroom …

Transparency

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

FLORENCE, N.J. — Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over …

Robots

Why PepsiCo CEO asks his team to ‘leave loudly’

EVERY day, Robbert Rietbroek asks his executive team to “leave loudly”.

Surprise! Millennials Are in Fact Highly Engaged in the Workplace, According to Korn Ferry Study

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New research by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows that members of the generation often maligned as …

Millennials

The five most important things for encouraging diversity in your company

The topic of gender diversity is having a moment, with no more telling an example than the now-famous quote of our Prime Minister when asked about …

Diversity

The New Definition of “Meaningful Work”

I’m going to stop fighting. For years I’ve been fighting morons who claim that Millennials would rather do ‘meaningful work’ than making money. That …

Careers

Are we really undergoing a revolution in the workplace? Is work changing at all? And if it is, what do we need to do to adapt?

Are we really undergoing a revolution in the workplace? Is work changing at all? And if it is, what do we need to do to adapt?<p>This week on the …

The Workplace

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.<p>When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that …

Management

The latest RAND survey paints a disturbing portrait of the American workplace

American jobs are grueling, according to a newly published RAND survey.<p>For the first time in 2015, the nonprofit think tank asked its nationally representative survey panel about their attitudes toward the workplace. “The portrait that emerges is of a workplace that is taxing on a lot of …

The Workplace

Building a Better Employee Experience

<i>An engaging employee experience can provide a competitive advantage and even drive a stronger customer experience. Leading organizations are prioritizing employees and taking a holistic approach to the workplace.</i><p>In today’s digital world, employees expect a new kind of experience on the job: …

Employee Engagement

Exploring Tech: Tools for Scheduling Meetings by Brian Dusablon

Scheduling meetings has been an unsolved problem in eLearning development for decades. Here are some tech tools that may help fix things.

Collaboration

Home – Google.org

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Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money

Several years ago, I started getting regular consulting requests from companies seeking help managing Millennials. When I asked what they were struggling with, I heard comments similar to these:<p><i>“Millennials don’t seem to care about the work or the company. They will let us train them and then quit</i> …

Millennials

Design Your Employee Experience as Thoughtfully as You Design Your Customer Experience

Improving customer experience is often a top business priority, but what about employee experience?<p>Temkin Group reports a correlation between employee engagement and success in customer experience. In its 2016 Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, the firm showed that companies that excel at …

Customer Service

How I Use Weekends And Mondays To Stay Productive (And Sane) All Week

One entrepreneur shares three habits that help him de-stress and stay focused.<p>In 2014, I was constantly anxious. My business was doing well, but I couldn’t say the same about my mental health. Had you asked my business partners, friends, or peers three years ago, every single one of them would’ve …

Productivity

Five Skills You’ll Rarely See In Job Postings (But Definitely Need)

Employers are terrible at saying what’s actually needed to succeed in a given role, but these soft skills usually are.<p>The skills you need to land an in-demand job right now might not be so different from the ones that will keep you employable in the future.<p>As ZipRecruiter cofounder and CEO Ian …

Self-Driving People, Enabled by Airbnb

Roughly a decade ago two new “platform” companies burst out of California. The one that dominated the headlines was called Uber, which created a platform where with one touch of your phone you could summon a cab, direct the driver, pay the driver and rate the driver. It grew like a weed — as all …

Airbnb

Simple is the New Black

Each day I encounter an article or vendor selling simplicity. Just today I crossed paths with titles like “elearning simplified” and “Simple …