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  • 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
  • How To Prepare Employees For Their Dream Careers
    Strategies from successful companies like the Stryker Corporation should not only be listened to, but implemented immediately. For the sake of engagement and employee retention, your team needs similar opportunities within their own organization to grow and reach their dream careers. Company leaders should understand this deep desire to climb the ladder and fight for those dreams – after all, that’s how most of them got to their positions. It’s when we stop empathizing with team members that we start losing the employee retention battle to careers they were striving to reach. ... Read More» The post How To Prepare Employees For Their Dream Careers appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-05-16By Karyn Mullins
  • The Productive Manager’s Guide To The Holiday Season Slump
    The holiday season provides both opportunities and dangers for employee engagement. Excitement and distraction can get in the way of work, but festive fun can be a great way to bond people together. Here are some tips for achieving the best employee engagement this holiday season. Think Before Enforcing Rules Terry Pratchett once wrote “rules are there so that you think before you break them”. That’s especially true on special occasions. Maybe you have a rule that every team needs to have someone present throughout business hours in case there’s an enquiry. But are your B2B sales team really going to generate any leads between Christmas and New Year? Is anyone going to be contacting the internal auditors when other teams are down to skeleton crews? Maybe at this time of year some teams can be let off the hook while vital services like IT keep someone on site. Whatever the rule standing in the way of the holiday spirit, think it through, and then clearly explain why it will or won’t be enforced. Flexibility and understanding are great ways to show employees that you see them as human beings, and so to encourage engagement. Make Space for Silliness People will want to have some fun in the lead-up to the holidays. Maybe it’s sticking a flashing reindeer on the desk, wearing a Santa hat, or racing tinsel-covered wheelie chairs down the office ten minutes from closing. Stamping on all the fun will make people grumpy and disengaged. Letting them Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2016-12-09By Mark Lukens
  • The Productive Manager’s Guide To The Holiday Season Slump
    The holiday season provides both opportunities and dangers for employee engagement. Excitement and distraction can get in the way of work, but festive fun can be a great way to bond people together. Here are some tips for achieving the best employee engagement this holiday season. Think Before Enforcing Rules Terry Pratchett once wrote “rules are there so that you think before you break them”. That’s especially true on special occasions. Maybe you have a rule that every team needs to have someone present throughout business hours in case there’s an enquiry. But are your B2B sales team really going to generate any leads between Christmas and New Year? Is anyone going to be contacting the internal auditors when other teams are down to skeleton crews? Maybe at this time of year some teams can be let off the hook while vital services like IT keep someone on site. Whatever the rule standing in the way of the holiday spirit, think it through, and then clearly explain why it will or won’t be enforced. Flexibility and understanding are great ways to show employees that you see them as human beings, and so to encourage engagement. Make Space for Silliness People will want to have some fun in the lead-up to the holidays. Maybe it’s sticking a flashing reindeer on the desk, wearing a Santa hat, or racing tinsel-covered wheelie chairs down the office ten minutes from closing. Stamping on all the fun will make people grumpy and disengaged. Letting them Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2016-12-09By Mark Lukens
  • The Productive Manager’s Guide To The Holiday Season Slump
    Easing up on certain rules this time of year rather than enforcing them may actually lead to better outcomes. The approach of the holiday season is something many managers greet with quiet dread. From Thanksgiving onward, a steadily rising wave of excitement and distraction can threaten to get in the way of focused work. But the wisest—and, ultimately, most productive—approach is not to fight it. Making room for a little festive fun, within limits, can be a great way to bring your team together when they're having trouble staying focused on their own. Think Before Enforcing The Rules Read more >>>Rules can't be regularly flouted, as every good manager knows. But there are certain times when enforcing them as strongly as you would at other times is actually counterproductive. As the author Terry Pratchett once wrote, rules exist "so that you think before you break 'em." Maybe you have a rule that every team needs to have someone present during business hours in case of an inquiry—makes sense. But is your B2B sales team really going to generate any major leads between Christmas and New Year's? Is anyone going to be contacting the internal auditors when other teams are down to skeleton crews? Maybe at this time of year, some teams can be let off the hook while vital services like IT keep someone on site. Think through the typical rules you enforce during the rest of the calendar year, and ask yourself whether they'll really lead to the Read more
    Source: Fast CompanyPublished on 2016-12-02By Mark Lukens
  • The Productive Manager’s Guide To The Holiday Season Slump
    Easing up on certain rules this time of year rather than enforcing them may actually lead to better outcomes. The approach of the holiday season is something many managers greet with quiet dread. From Thanksgiving onward, a steadily rising wave of excitement and distraction can threaten to get in the way of focused work. But the wisest–and, ultimately, most productive–approach is not to fight it. Making room for a little festive fun, within limits, can be a great way to bring your team together when they’re having trouble staying focused on their own.Read Full Story Read more
    Source: Fast CompanyPublished on 2016-12-02By Mark Lukens