• Get Ready! Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017 is Feb. 12-18

    How will your organization celebrate random acts of kindness week?Random Acts of Kindness Week starts in just a few days! Are you ready?

    We love RAK Week as an opportunity for employee engagement: it’s fun, it’s positive and it connects people in a genuine, memorable way. Celebrate it in the workplace and also with the greater community using the #RAKWeek2017 hashtag on social media.

    Workplace kindness is something we all could use a little more of — incivility at work is “rampant” and on the rise, according to Christine Porath.

    Porath is associate professor of management at Georgetown University and author of the new book, “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.”

    Lack of kindness has real psychological and bottom-line costs in the workplace, according to Porath’s research. It’s also commonplace. In 2011 half of surveyed employees said they were treated rudely at least once a week, up from a quarter in 1998.

    Porath’s findings are the result of 14 years of research polling thousands of workers at every level in a wide variety of industries about how they’re treated on the job. It’s eye-opening stuff.

    And it’s not all doom and gloom: Porath is also in a unique position to offer perspective on how to make our workplaces kinder. In anticipation of Random Acts of Kindness Week, let’s take a closer look at Porath’s work and the science behind building workplace kindness.


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  • 5 Ideas for Prioritizing Workplace Well-Being in 2017

    What does your organization do to promote workplace well-being?

    Workplace well-being initiatives like this employee zumba class can go a long way toward busting stress and boosting morale. (Photo via Aberdeen Proving Ground, Flickr)

    If workplace well-being isn’t on your list of priorities for 2017, now’s the time to add it.

    A recent Kronos Incorporated survey of 615 HR leaders nationwide cites burnout as a major workplace challenge for 2017. The survey showed 95 percent of HR execs believe burnout is blocking employee retention and “they don’t see a resolution any time soon.”

    The three top barriers to resolving burnout are outdated HR technology, lack of executive support and too many competing priorities.

    Too many competing priorities. In the interest of cutting down on burnout, which priorities will you prioritize this year?

    Workplace well-being is one priority to keep.

    Not only is workplace well-being a driver of employee happiness and productivity, it helps employees cope with the effects of burnout. In addition, bedrocks of workplace well-being like fitness, healthy eating and financial literacy actively repel the stressors that cause burnout.

    Read on for what experts are saying about how to prioritize and build on workplace well-being goals in 2017.


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  • Gratitude: The Secret Ingredient to Help Your Employer Brand Stand Out

    Does your employer brand communicate employee appreciation?

    Does your employer brand send a strong message of workplace gratitude? (Photo via thedailyenglishshow.com, Flickr)

    Want to attract top candidates who’ll stay loyal to your company through thick and thin? You need a dynamic employer brand that immediately stands out to potential employees — the kind of employer brand that not only attracts the right people for the job but gets them excited and keeps them around longer.

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  • How to Have a Productive Super Bowl Monday in the Workplace

    Super bowl Monday in the workplace doesn't need to be unproductive

    Plan now to help employees re-engage and be productive this Super Bowl Monday. Everyone benefits!

    You and your team can survive Super Bowl Monday in the workplace — thrive even!

    Turn this notoriously unproductive day around with the right leadership and employee engagement. Like other holidays (official or unofficial), Super Bowl Monday is a great chance to let your employees know you care about them and appreciate their work.

    Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday is bound to be the talk at work on Monday, from the winning plays to the advertising hits and flops and Lady Gaga’s half-time show.

    A January 2016 survey by the Workforce Institute at Kronos forecast that about 16.5 million employed U.S. adults, or one in 10 workers, would skip work the day after last year’s Super Bowl.

    An additional estimated 7.5 million employees “may show up late,” researchers found.

    That’s not a lot of enthusiasm to work with — and if you don’t manage your team right, you could end up with a half-full workplace of distracted employees. According to one analysis, employers typically lose $820 million to $850 million in lost productivity the day after the game. Stunning numbers, but true.

    Wake everyone up from their nacho dip hangover this Super Bowl Monday! It’s possible to be productive at work and celebrate the big game.


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  • Make Your Workplace Thank You a Commitment for 2017

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    What is your team thankful for? Make a commitment in 2017 to the workplace Thank You. (Photo by Sadie Hernandez, Flickr)

    In a memorial tribute to Mary Tyler Moore this week, Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik recalls an iconic example of a workplace Thank You on her show in the 1970s.

    The brief speech Moore gives to her newsroom coworkers during the show finale, in character as the “groundbreaking, professional, working-woman” Mary Richards, still resonates with Zurawik.

    After asking her boss if she can say a few words, she tells the assembled employees:

    “I get to thinking my job is too important to me. And I tell myself that the people I work with are just the people I work with, and not my family.

    “And last night I thought, ‘What is a family anyway?’ They’re just people who make you feel less alone and really loved. And that’s what you’ve done for me. Thank you for being my family.”

    A lot has changed in the workplace four decades later. Zurawik writes that he’s become more cynical in many ways — but he’s still softened by the sentiments of Moore’s character, Mary Richards.

    “I thank Mary Richards and Mary Tyler Moore for showing me how rewarding the workplace can be when you don’t think of the people you work with only as co-workers and the work you do only as a job,” he writes.

    Make your workplace thank you frequent, specific and sincere.January is National Thank You Month. Where does the workplace Thank You rank? Rock bottom.

    A study by the John Templeton Foundation shows that the workplace is one of the last places people regularly thank each other. Study participants reported that they love gratitude — who doesn’t? — but they hold back from expressing it in the workplace.

    Let’s change that! This year, make a commitment to the workplace Thank You. Help your team, from the CEO on down to entry-level employees, be inspired to thank each other every day. It’s easier than you think. Read on to learn how to bring gratitude and Thank You back into the workplace.


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  • Take Fun Seriously on National Fun At Work Day!

    Have fun a work! Celebrate National Fun at Work and engage your workplace.

    Celebrate National Fun at Work Day this Saturday, Jan. 28. It’s easy — everyday celebrations that recognize small wins are a great way to pump up your workplace culture of fun. (Photo via Mike Bryan, Flickr)

    Fun in the workplace doesn’t get the credit it deserves. That’s why we’re celebrating National Fun at Work Day this Saturday, Jan. 28!

    Fun at work — besides being, well, fun — is what sustains us and keeps us motivated in our jobs long-term.

    Yet not enough employers and employees take fun seriously, according to a New York Times article this week by Ayelet Fishbach, “In Choosing a Job, Focus on the Fun.” Fishbach is a professor of behavioral science and marketing at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

    Fun is serious business, Fishbach argues. It drives retention, productivity and overall happiness.

    Oddly enough, we’re naturally wired to de-prioritize future workplace fun, according to Fishbach. It’s a “basic insight from behavioral science” that people care about the present mainly in the present and not in advance.

    “We fail to realize that the person we are in the present — the one who values intrinsic benefits — is awfully similar to the person we will be in the future,” she writes.

    So jobseekers tend to overestimate the value of good pay and underestimate the value of whether they’ll actually enjoy the work.

    “When envisioning themselves in the future, [employees] predicted that they would almost solely be driven by delayed benefits like salaries,” Fishbach writes.

    The result? Two out of three working Americans are disengaged, according to Gallup. It isn’t that financial benefits aren’t important, Fishbach writes, but nobody wins when money is prioritized over other factors like meaning, impact and day-to-day appreciation.

    HR departments in planning mode do best to recognize the power of fun and help employees engage in their work on a daily basis.

    Read on to find out why celebrating National Fun at Work Day matters and tips for prioritizing workplace fun in 2017!


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