communication

Brainstorm Techniques to Elevate Team Creativity

“How should we fix this problem?” is a question that has been asked time and again in the boardroom, around the lunch table and likely on your last Zoom call at work. In this scenario, some may look to the most experienced person in the room or on the call to decide. Sometimes we invite...

First-Time Manager Faux Pas

Just like a bad Yelp review, most employees can recall a boss (or two) that they would give a low management rating. Maybe it was the boss who didn’t respect their time outside of the office or the one who asked for results with an unreasonably short deadline. Or maybe it was the supervisor ...

Music: Should You Whistle While You Work?

It can be difficult to get a group of people to agree on a genre of music to play at work. Classical or pop music? Country or hip hop? And what is the consensus on the volume? What is distracting for some may be motivating for another. Scientists have investigated the link between music and... ...

The Great Resignation

The employment market has taken the American worker on a roller coaster ride over the last year and a half. Unemployment rates hit record highs in 2020 with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nearly a year later, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reports new jobs have ...

Dealing with the Unknown: Return-to-Office Anxiety

The first day returning to the office after a 14-month hiatus may feel like the first day of school. You don a new outfit (your sweats don’t seem office appropriate!), grab your packed lunch (not sure what restaurants will be open), and jump in your car early to make that 8:30 a.m. meeting in ...

The Gratitude Ripple Effect

Positive psychology studies consistently show that giving thanks for the everyday parts of your life will contribute to greater happiness. Something as easy as writing in a gratitude journal daily or joining a 30-day gratitude challenge raises personal awareness of the positive in your life. ...

It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health at Work

Not so long ago, discussing your mental health at work may have been considered a faux pas. The thought of sharing personal details like symptoms or a diagnosis felt unsafe in an environment where stereotypes about mental health could influence your career path or perceived potential. News ...

Inspiring Others with Three Words: I Don’t Know

Social worker and researcher Brené Brown spent years studying shame and vulnerability. Her academic work on vulnerability skyrocketed into popular culture when she introduced it into the board room. Years ago, vulnerability was seen as a weakness, something to hide from others. You do not have ...

Virtual Onboarding: Welcome from Afar

In real life (IRL), a good first day at a new job may include donuts in the break room, a slew of in-person introductions and a load of branded company swag (mouse pad, coffee cup and pens). Companies have had to rethink their orientation process due to the increase in new hires starting day ...

Unpacking Severance

The global economy has suffered since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many businesses have had to come up with creative solutions to address declines in business such as furloughs, pay cuts or freezes on matching retirement contributions. The goal is that a temporary change ...