Guiding Gen Z

FOCUS ON: Describing the Gen Z Lifestyle Trying to connect with recent college graduates as they enter the workforce? Understanding anyone born after 1995 requires a look at their media consumption, brand interests, entrepreneurial bent, marketing eye, and desire to co-create culture. The need to learn about Gen Z has resulted in a number of […]

Soft Skills and Leadership

FOCUS ON: The Soft Skills Gap Having technical skills may get the job done, but soft skills will keep job going. People skills, work ethic, attitude, and emotional intelligence are just a few that are crucial. When the organization is facing an inability to retain clients, high staff turnover, and managers who don’t lead, can […]

Engagement and Disengagement

FOCUS ON: Research on Engagement Dale Carnegie Training and MSW conducted a study of 1500 employees. To show why engagement matters, first, the definition was shared: “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Next, the research results: 71% of all employees are not fully engaged; 26% are actively disengaged; […]

Work and Mental Health

FOCUS ON: Depression at Work Keeping a job and getting help are the two goals when depression enters one’s life. Remembering that depression could be exacerbated if the worker just stays at home may be motivation for focusing on the those two goals. An employee assistance program (EAP) or supportive employer may be as important […]

Virtual Work

FOCUS ON: Turning the Disadvantages of Virtual Work into Advantages If your client is hesitant to become a virtual employee, counsel them to look for well organized teams and opportunities for videoconferencing. The geographic distance can lead to lack of trust unless informal communication occurs (e.g., videoconferencing or chat time). Organized teams offer carefully constructed […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]

Fulfillment

FOCUS ON: Encouraging Fulfillment at the Corporate Level Seeking a sense of satisfaction from work does not only come from the tasks at hand, but also from the environment in which it’s created, according to at least one company. Brazil’s Semco Group has made a dedicated effort to embrace a spirit of experimentation that allows […]