Why Lego Could Be the Key to Productive Business Meetings

It’s 60 years since Lego patented their little plastic blocks and since then over 600 billion bricks have been produced. These bricks have been used to build cars, death stars and a multitude of creations born in the imagination of “legoists” all over the world. While some people think Lego is just for children – or that being grown up means leaving playfulness behind – my job often entails convincing fully grown adults, in sensible jobs, to play with Lego and build whatever comes to mind. As an accredited Lego serious play facilitator, I ask people to build their thoughts, ideas and feelings. I was introduced to the concept through an EU-funded project, where I came to see the power of Lego in creating an environment for open dialogue within diverse groups. The “serious play” aspect encourages participants to get creative through play. This allows people to put aside their …

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Tips for Handling Petty Squabbles Between Employees

It’s a fact of life: Some people just don’t get along. And that’s OK unless petty disagreements or personality clashes crop up at work and threaten teamwork and productivity. You can’t make people like each other, but you can help them handle their differences and get on with doing their jobs. Here’s how. Set Expectations If your organization prides itself on its culture, employees may have a distorted idea of how they should feel about each other as people. Explain to employees that no one expects them to become bosom buddies with their co-workers, says Dana Smith, president and CEO of HR outsourcing firm Exalt Resources. It’s great when team members genuinely enjoy each other’s company, but employers’ minimum expectation should be that employees treat each other with respect and dignity. “This can be achieved, even if you don’t particularly like another person’s style or disagree with their mode of …

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How to Build an Effective Flexible Workplace

Companies are finding that providing employees with flexibility does more than help attract and retain top talent: It can also improve the bottom line. According to a study by Workplace Trends, almost 70 percent of human resources leaders use workplace flexibility programs for recruiting and retention. But more remarkably, almost three-quarters of companies that have work flexibility programs reported increased productivity, and more than 85 percent reported improved employee satisfaction. “Everyone’s work and personal lives are intertwined, and what happens in one part of a person’s life affects every other part,” says Laura Hamill, chief people officer at Limeade, which provides its employees with flexibility by allowing them to run errands or make appointments during the day, and by allowing everyone to work from home one day a week. Employees are likely to resent employers that expect them to work around the clock or be at work at certain times …

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3 Key Metrics in Assessing Your Employer Brand

You can probably easily identify your organization’s brand and its promise, but what about its employer brand? Your employer brand is what you say you stand for as an employer, and its strength determines the company’s success in finding and holding onto employees, says Kristin Chapman, principal HR consultant at employee engagement platform DecisionWise. “Your culture, behaviors of current and past employees, and the reputation of your senior leadership team create a message that can separate you from your competitors and cause you to stand out in the minds of your employees and your customers,” she says. Like your consumer brand, the effectiveness of your employer brand can be measured. These 3 metrics are key indicators of how your employer brand is performing. 1. Turnover Rates High turnover rates are a red flag that you might have an employee satisfaction issue that is your employer brand, experts say. If people are …

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This Workplace Epidemic Is Costing Billions

In today’s world, many workers are worn down and some completely wiped out due to inadequate rest and sleep. Make sure your workplace wellness program addresses this issue or you may find that employees aren’t the only ones drained. It’s estimated that lack of sleep costs U.S. companies $63 billion in lost productivity each year. If Your Team Is Too Tired, It Could Mean Trouble For Everyone Nearly seven in 10 U.S. workers said they work while tired, with nearly one-third (31%) saying they do so very often, according to this 2016 survey. Survey respondents indicated their drowsiness led to: Being easily distracted (52%) Procrastinating more (47%) Being grumpy (38%) Making more mistakes (29%) Some of the admitted big-ticket blunders included: Making a $20,000 mistake on a purchase order. Deleting a project that took 1,000 hours to complete. Missing a decimal point on an estimated payment and the client overpaying by …

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