Joy is hiding in plain sight

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on June 15, 2018

Office decor color swatchesIn her new TED talk, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee shares evidence that people working in colorful offices are more joyful and alert, friendlier and more confident than those working in drab ones. Spaces with bright pops of color and round or symmetrical shapes give us a sense of abundance and elevation. Lee argues that we should stop seeing joy as a sign of a lack of seriousness and start recognizing it as a signal of curiosity and engagement. • Here’s what people are saying.

Flier on President Trump’s Executive Orders

NTEU has produced a one-page summary of the EOs, what they mean to employees and what employees need to do.

man wearing suit jacket sitting on chair in front of woman wearing eyeglassesIn an earlier post, I provided an analysis to assist you with discussing President Trump’s executive orders with colleagues who need to know what’s at stake for them.

NTEU has now distilled the summaries of each Executive Order (EO), what they mean for employees, what NTEU is doing, and what we need employees to do in response into one page. You may wish to hand this out to colleagues at lunch breaks, post in bulletin boards and your workspace, and/or distribute in some other fashion.

As a reminder, information on the lawsuit, detailed analyses of the EOs, and additional material are available in this website and upon request.

NTEU will provide other materials for use in the workplace in the near future.

Road warriors, consider yourself warned

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published June 8, 2018

HighwayThe more time you spend on the road, the more you are at risk for obesity, alcohol abuse, depression and other health problems, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. And when employees suffer, companies suffer too, with increased absenteeism and decreased productivity. Stress management programs can help, as can hotels with gyms and healthy food options. You also might want to reconsider whether all that travel is necessary. • Here’s what people are saying.

Remote work isn’t the enemy

Excerpted from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on June 1, 2018.

Man on a couch with notebook computer on lapDespite criticism of the remote work model, effective collaboration has more to do with a team’s communication style than where workers are located, according to Northeastern’s Christoph Riedl and Carnegie Mellon’s Anita Williams Woolley. Teams that embrace “bursty” communication — concentrated exchanges with little lag time between responses — perform better than those that let conversations drag. The bursts allow group members to quickly agree on goals and focus on working rather than talking. • Here’s what people are saying.

Money may lure millennials to your firm, but it won’t keep them

Excerpt from the LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on May 18, 2018.

Directional signs symbolizing work-life balanceA study from Deloitte found that 43% of millennials surveyed plan to leave their jobs within two years. What’s driving them to the exits? A lack of commitment to diversity, inclusion and flexible work arrangements. The survey found that pay is a key recruiting tool, but it’s not enough to retain these workers. Overall, millennials’ faith in their employers is eroding, with less than half saying they believe their companies behave ethically, a drop from 62% in 2017.

How Google and new moms benefit from generous leave

Excerpt from the LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on May 18, 2018.

Happy Mother’s Day!After the tech giant increased its paid maternity leave benefit from 12 weeks to 18 weeks in 2007, the rate at which new moms quit dropped by 50%, reports Quartz. Some 52% of women in STEM jobs end up leaving their fields, according to research from the Center for Talent Innovation. Google’s experience suggests that generous parental leave can reduce the hefty costs of employee turnover and alleviate some of the challenges women in tech encounter.

Memorial Day Flier

Here is a flier commemorating Memorial Day for use in the workplace.

On Monday, May 28, the nation will observe Memorial Day, a time to remember the men and women who died in service to our country. Here is a flier for the workplace that marks the occasion and honors their memory. Continue reading “Memorial Day Flier”