Four techniques to increase productivity during your workday
December 11, 2018
Many of us will make resolutions to be more productive in the new year. If you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish everything, you’re not alone. Unless you’re a genuine slacker, “working harder” is almost never the answer. But working smarter, being mindful about how you actually...
Tips on maintaining productivity with an open floor plan
December 4, 2018
We recently discussed the growing criticism of open office layouts, largely because of the noise and distractions that can undermine productivity. Nonetheless, open floor plans are likely here to stay, experts say, because they’re cheaper to build than private offices or cubicles. So, the...
How to cultivate inclusion in your diverse workplace
November 27, 2018
During my 15-plus years in the human resources sector, I’ve learned, along with my various employers, how important it is to foster an environment that truly welcomes a company’s greatest resource: diverse talent. Inclusion is the active embracing and engagement of that diversity. When employees...
How to have fun while respecting professional boundaries
November 6, 2018
Love it or dread it, the office holiday party is an enduring tradition. These events bring together all kinds of people under circumstances where the boundaries of work and private lives might blur. If you’ve been in your workplace for a few years, you probably have a story to share—ranging from...
Five tips for tackling common new-manager challenges
October 25, 2018
Getting promoted to manager is cause for celebration. Your hard work has paid off, and now you have more autonomy, more interesting projects, and (presumably) more money. Helping those you oversee develop and grow, while honing your influence as an advocate, can be highly gratifying. However, the...
How to support colleagues and talk about this difficult subject
October 23, 2018
Of the countless challenges a manager will face, few will be as complex as a coworker’s suicide. Staff may feel bewildered, frightened, guilty, and sad. If the victim killed him/herself at your worksite, the emotional resonance of the tragedy can be overwhelming. When dealing with this profound...
Six tips to get your message across
October 18, 2018
If you work in management, you live in the land of difficult conversations. Whether you’re instigating or hearing about them, difficult conversations are central to your world. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make these conversations any easier. Difficult conversations are always difficult, hence the...
The benefits of open-office floor plans may be more myth than reality
October 16, 2018
Often associated with millennials, tech start-ups, and “agile” work teams, open-plan offices have represented a move away from the old-school, closed-door, “corner-office” hierarchy and toward a more democratic workspace. Touted benefits included increases in collaboration, productivity, and...
How to navigate political talk at work
October 11, 2018
The 2016 presidential election season was the most divisive in recent memory. Every day there seems to be a new controversy or a new reason to dislike a politician, prompting emotional reactions that swing between bleak resignation and a fiery desire for change. And that’s just how the news makes...
Tips on Reducing Stigma and Providing Support for Your Staff
October 2, 2018
The costs of depressive disorders to employers are well-documented: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anywhere from $17 to 44 billion per year in lost productivity and more than $100 million in treatment costs. Depression is a relatively invisible illness, which makes it...