Lack of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Lack Of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Offices designed with open and shared workspaces have been popular for decades – at least, with people designing office buildings. Research indicates that those who actually work in shared spaces aren’t necessarily happy about it. Moreover, open work spaces may not be the best idea for a company’s bottom line. A new study questioned 10,000 workers in 14 countries about their office environments and working patterns. The results show that the number one complaint from employees is a lack of privacy in their work areas. The research suggests not having private workspaces undermines the ability of some workers to do their best at their jobs, damages their level of engagement, hurts morale and can negatively affect an organization’s productivity. The Impact of too Little Privacy in the Workplace The extensive international research, carried out by global market research company IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of Steelcase (an international leader in the office furniture industry), found that almost all the …

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How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

Surveying your employees is a great way to get honest feedback about what’s going well in your organization and what could use some improvement. Surveys help give employees a sense of ownership in what’s going on around them and can show human resources their top concerns so you have an opportunity to address them in a meaningful way before they grow into systemic problems. Here’s what you need to know about employee surveys and how to use them to help your organization. The Benefit of Surveys “Surveys function as a health assessment for an organization,” says Don MacPherson, president of Modern Survey, a human capital measurement solution. When employees are able to voice their concerns and see that leaders care and will act on their opinions, it’s quite empowering and engaging. Beyond just giving employees a voice, leadership gets to take a real look at how its staff works. Surveying employees “gives you insight into their engagement, which is …

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3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

Staying on top of HR tech trends can help your company manage HR tasks more effectively, whether you’re tracking applicants and candidates, managing employee engagement or administering benefits. Watch these 3 HR tech trends to ensure you’re staying current on the capabilities. Real- Time Analytics More powerful software means more capabilities, and real-time results are one of the most important advances for strategic HR departments. Being able to manipulate real-time data and gain actionable insights is a significant factor in making HR a strategic business function instead of a purely tactical one. Real-time analytics are especially useful in employee engagement and performance. The explosion of cutting-edge HR technology has placed tremendous responsibility in the hands of talent management professionals, according to a study from SilkRoad. The company has done research into tech usage among HR professionals and found that growth across a variety of channels will continue in the coming years. According to SilkRoad, 62% of HR managers want to use data more effectively …

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How To Boost Employees’ Resilience

Boost Employee Resilience

There are many benefits to having a resilient workforce. “Resilient employees are more positive, risk-taking and can adapt much more quickly to organizational changes, avoiding costly delays,” says Kimberlee Williams, CEO of change-management consulting firm Ignite M. “This assures implementation proceeds as planned and increases the likelihood that the business benefits of major initiatives will be achieved.” “Resilient employees work harder during tough times,” says Dave Popple, president of team-building and leadership-development consultancy Corporate Insights. “Non resilient employees will become less productive during stressful times, which is exactly the opposite of what is needed. The difference is that there is a sweet spot for stress. If our anxiety is in the sweet spot, we become incredibly effective, but if stress goes beyond that sweet spot, productivity decreases. Resilient people have a wider sweet spot, so the stress that would debilitate one person will motivate the resilient person.” “Personal resilience means being able to effectively adapt to disruptive changes …

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How to Educate Employees Getting Health Insurance For The First Time

How to Educate Employees Who Are Getting  Health Insurance For The First Time

As a result of the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” or the ACA — many people are now getting health insurance for the first time. If your company has extended health insurance to employees who’ve never had it before, you’ll be working with people who need to learn the basics. Here’s how to educate them about their new coverage. Remind Them About Compliance “The ACA is packed with rules and regulations, and employers should let employees know that the company is compliant with the health care reform law,” says Jeannie Wilcox, assistant vice president and director of communications at the Lockton Cos. That’s important because non-compliant employers are subject to fines, and employees without health insurance may face fees. Communicate Before Open Enrollment “As with employees who have had insurance before, it’s important to hold introductory meetings before open enrollment to outline plan basics,” says HR expert Jennifer Brown. She recommends holding an in-person or online …

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