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  • EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today’s Business Leaders
    Not long ago, promotions went to employees with the most technical expertise. Companies bent over backward to gain specialized industry knowledge, so it made sense to promote based on its merit. But the times, as they say, are a-changin'. At a certain point in history, technical ingenuity began to take a back seat to interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. In fact, a recent study by Harris Poll found that 77 percent of employers believe these “soft skills” are as important as talents directly related to specific job functions.... Read More» The post EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today’s Business Leaders appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-19By Shawn Overcast
  • Inspire Uninspired Employees: How to Spark Motivation
    Does it sometimes feel like you're wasting your breath trying to inspire uninspired employees? Managers make their best attempt at coaching employees to harness their own sense of motivation to achieve their personal and professional goals. But many tactics aimed at motivating uninspired employees have one major flaw: they don’t account for the person and the impact emotions, feelings, thoughts, and mindset have on their ability to feel drive. ... Read More» The post Inspire Uninspired Employees: How to Spark Motivation appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-13By Jon Harris
  • The Global Workforce Is Changing with Millennials in Mind
    Four years from now, Millennials will make up half of the global workforce. They were raised in different times and in a different way, and this often leads to misconceptions. Older generations often accuse Millennials of being entitled, less accountable and even lazy. More than 6 out of 10 HR professionals believe that Millennials are “hard to manage” and perhaps even “unprepared for the workplace”. Millennials themselves also seem unhappy, with only 29 percent feeling engaged with their work. As a result, 6 out 10 Millennials leave their companies in less than 3 years at an estimated cost of $20,000 per person to replace. As the Baby Boomer generation retires in the upcoming years, it is critical to understand Millennials’ different working perspectives in order to develop the right HR approach to attract and retain Millennial talent. ... Read More» The post The Global Workforce Is Changing with Millennials in Mind appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-12By Kristof De Wulf and Joeri Van den Bergh
  • How to Strengthen Your Team with Intentional and Open Communication
    I once worked in an office where, at some point along the way, management instituted the policy that creatives shouldn’t communicate directly with managers in charge of client services. Staff managers were interlocutors with whom we creatives communicated with client services. As a result it took hours, and sometimes days, to perform tasks we could have done in minutes. Let’s just say the system was flawed because, without open communication, it created frustration.... Read More» The post How to Strengthen Your Team with Intentional and Open Communication appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-08By Daniel Matthews
  • Work With a Purpose: 10 Ways to Effectively Share Company Goals with Your Employees
    The responsibilities of any business leader include setting company goals and developing plans to reach them. Setting goals, however, is only half the battle. To achieve success, you need your employees to buy into those goals and dedicate themselves to meeting them. You can’t run the business by yourself, but your employees can’t help you if they don’t know what you want to accomplish. So, how do you effectively share company goals with your employees? We asked the experts at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to weigh in. ... Read More» The post Work With a Purpose: 10 Ways to Effectively Share Company Goals with Your Employees appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-07By Young Entrepreneur Council
  • Accountability: Keeping the “Count On” in Relationships
    Accountability is both the sweet spot and Achilles heel of many leaders. Leaders learn early the importance of “holding associates accountable” for results. Despite its downbeat reputation accountability, effectively executed, remains the keystone for trust between leaders and associates, and associates with their customers.... Read More» The post Accountability: Keeping the “Count On” in Relationships appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-06By Chip Bell
  • Four Things Only Highly Engaged Companies Understand
    Imagine your workplace utopia. Is it one of the more engaged companies? Are you picturing Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship? Napping pods, pop-up cafes, and gyms? Some trending startups even have in-office beer kegs. While I can’t deny naps and endless streams of coffee sound enticing, their efficacy for truly engaging employees may not be as high as you think. These fun perks seem interesting at first, but after a while the novelty wears off, and companies are left with napping, smoothie-drinking, sandwich-eating disengaged employees. Here’s how to go beyond on-the-surface perks and dive deep into building a strong employee engagement foundation.... Read More» The post Four Things Only Highly Engaged Companies Understand appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-05By Greg Harris
  • How to Create a More Personal, Productive Workspace
    When you think of your workspace, you probably think about a featureless desk you labor at every day. The truth is, you spend more time at your desk than anywhere else except your bed. And just as an uncomfortable bed means you won’t get good sleep, an uncomfortable, impersonal desk means you won’t be productive. Get more out of your work hours by creating a more personal, productive workspace.... Read More» The post How to Create a More Personal, Productive Workspace appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-01By Ron Damon
  • Eight Ways to Support Team Mental Health and Wellbeing
    To close out the final series of posts supporting Mental Health Awareness Month we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share policies, philosophies, resources or programs they have successfully implemented to support team mental health and the well-being of the people within their company. It's encouraging to know that organizations continue to make positive strides towards raising awareness and supporting workplace wellness.... Read More» The post Eight Ways to Support Team Mental Health and Wellbeing appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-31By Young Entrepreneur Council
  • Boost Productivity by Promoting Employee Physical and Mental Fitness
    Your employees’ physical and mental health has a direct impact on your company’s culture, productivity and bottom line. According to a study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, productivity losses from depression costs the U.S. economy $5,524 per worker each year with an additional $390 lost as a result of depression-related absences. Employers can, however, take proactive steps to boost productivity by promoting employee physical fitness and mental health.... Read More» The post Boost Productivity by Promoting Employee Physical and Mental Fitness appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-30By Roy Rasmussen
  • Employee Mental Health: The Diversity Issue No One Talks About
    Diversity has become the watch-word in building a modern workforce. As companies strive to overcome traditional workforce diversity issues like adequate gender and racial representation, new concerns arise. Adapting company culture to meet the broad spectrum of human needs presents an almost overwhelming challenge. Although the business community addresses these issues regularly, employee mental health often fails to enter the discussion.... Read More» The post Employee Mental Health: The Diversity Issue No One Talks About appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-29By Ron Damon
  • Do I Have Your Attention? Why Focus is the New I.Q.
    Trying to stay focused in the Age of Distraction requires a considerable amount of effort, but that doesn't mean we stop trying. "Focus is the new I.Q.," Dr. Newport writes, and we can get better at it with practice. While I close out the fifty tabs I have open in my browser and check out the chatter on our Twitter page, enjoy these tips from nine YEC members who use planning, prioritization, and technology to help focus on the tasks that will drive their business forward.... Read More» The post Do I Have Your Attention? Why Focus is the New I.Q. appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-25By Young Entrepreneur Council
  • Your Mission Statement Holds the Key to Boosting Team Accountability
    You spent a lot of time constructing an eloquent mission statement — one full of promises and overflowing with trendy jargon. Top management applauds it, and clients appreciate it. But do your employees see it merely as rambling, meaningless verbiage? Less than 50 percent of the nation’s workers feel motivated by their employers’ core value statements. And that disconnect between what workers need and what they get is causing a catastrophic drop in team accountability. The people who are most important to your business’s success deserve a mission statement that’s more than a snappy sound bite. Your core values must resonate at every level, providing dependable anchors on which personnel can rely. ... Read More» The post Your Mission Statement Holds the Key to Boosting Team Accountability appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-24By Michael Manning
  • The Keys to Overcoming the Negative Work Experience
    Conservative estimates claim we spend a third of our lives at work. The unfortunate reality, for many workers, is that the experience of work is marred by negativity. Stress, poor management, distrust of leaders, and the unrelenting pace of change, are just few of the reasons for this. One of the most significant contributing factors to a negative work experience is a mismatch of management practices to employees’ expectations.... Read More» The post The Keys to Overcoming the Negative Work Experience appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-22By Shawn Murphy
  • The Silent Struggle: Mental Health and Employee Well-Being [Infographic]
    Many people feel uncomfortable admitting they struggle with managing emotions or living with mental health issues. Therefore, a lack of understanding of these common disorders causes them to feel unsure of how to talk about their feelings in a sensitive, productive way. Mental Health America’s 2017 survey found one in five adults has a mental health condition. So chances are at least one your employees is struggling silently.... Read More» The post The Silent Struggle: Mental Health and Employee Well-Being [Infographic] appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-17By Jennypher Doan