What One Founder Learned Running 100,000 Virtual Meetings? – Inc
For many business owners during this pandemic, running a company from home is brand new. For Chris Dyer, the founder and CEO of background-check company PeopleG2 (No. 4535 on the Inc. 5000), it’s just another day at the (home) office. The entrepreneur has run the Brea, California-based shop–with 35 full-time employees and 3,000 contractors–remotely for nearly 11 years. “We were built to operate this way,” says Dyer, whose company was founded in 2001, but went remote in 2009 to cut costs. The company booked $5 million in revenue in 2019. Read More
Thanks, Gift Cards, or Cash Bonuses: Which Rewards Motivate Employees? – HRToolbox
In this article Chris Dyer, chief executive officer of PeopleG2, explores different ways to recognize employee’s efforts and explores how to build a diverse reward program that goes beyond tangible rewards that workers will appreciate. When it comes to acknowledging good work, many companies give thanks on a case-by-case basis. After all, expressing gratitude is personal, but it’s also a means of motivating workers. Does it come across as sincere when it’s part of an HR program? Yes, if it’s done right. Read More
How to nurture your company culture during Covid-19 – HRZone
Company culture should not fall by the wayside during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, investing heavily in your culture is the very thing that will keep your business – and the people in it – healthy during this tough time. Has your company altered course in the wake of Covid-19? Whether you’ve cut ranks, trimmed services, or gone remote, your employees are feeling it, and morale is at risk. When resources and market share dip, a positive outlook becomes more important than ever. There’s one fix you can work on that doesn’t cost anything but time and effort – something you may have reserves of now – and that’s support for your company culture. Read More
5 Tips to Increase Productivity While Working Remotely – SHRM
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of employees to work from home, including many who never had before. A number of these remote-work arrangements were implemented suddenly, leaving employees and managers alike to navigate a new work reality alongside personal anxieties and concerns about the public health crisis. Without intentional efforts from both workers and management, remote work—especially during this tense, uncertain situation—can leave staff feeling distracted, isolated, unmotivated and stressed. Read More
Technology Eases Transition for New Remote Workers – SHRM
Companies are sending employees home to work in large numbers to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. These dramatic moves mean many employees will be working remotely for the first time. SHRM Online talked with experts about software, data security practices and “group cohesion” techniques that employers can apply to ease the transition and ensure that workers remain productive and engaged. Read More
Collaboration Software Vendors Amplify Their Platforms with New Features- SHRM
As demand grows for technologies that allow workers to collaborate and communicate from home, technology providers have responded by adding new features and functions to their platforms to better accommodate both casual and power users. Slack, the popular collaboration software platform, rolled out a series of changes to its interface that make the platform simpler to use for newcomers as well as easier to customize for seasoned users. Among its many features, Slack offers “channels” that allow employees and teams to message one another, organize work, share files and hold video meetings. Read More
How to make video meetings less awful- Management Today
As more of us work from home during the COVID-19 crisis, remote meetings have suddenly taken centre stage. For some, though, they are productions in need of a better script. Few business leaders who have had to jump into virtually directing their staff have had sufficient time to prepare for effective long-distance collaboration at this scale. Read More
Secrets of bad culture exposed- Zoe Routh Podcast
Culture is a fluid thing, one simple act can send it in a new direction – for better, or worse. Author and entrepreneur Chris Dyer shares his research on what can turn a good culture bad (and it’s a simple fix), along with some simple distinctions that can make a big difference in your culture strategy. Listen here.
Keys to a successful virtual workplace- Decision
Long before Covid-19, at my fully remote workplace, we wrote the rules as employment requirements. Must have a dedicated office space—no laptops in cafés or papers piled up on the washing machine at home. Must have the appropriate computer hardware and software, high-speed Internet service, and any communication apps that the group uses. Must be available for mandatory meetings, either in person or by teleconference. Whether in an office or offsite, ability to focus depends on the same lack of distraction. For home-based employees, common sense dictates that you can’t watch television while you are writing a report. We let employees separate their work time from personal time. As long as they complete what needs to be done, to quality standards and on time, we don’t cross the line into managing their schedules. The less we interfere, the better they can focus! Read Full Article.
Can You Hear Me Now? The Top Barriers to Effective Listening and How to Overcome Them – World At Work
In pursuing the Holy Grail of great working culture, we often hear calls for policies that promote transparency and accountability. Transparency levels the playing field and creates trust among both the workforce and clientele. Accountability has similar benefits, as well as empowering teams to do their best work. But how do we achieve these things? In part, by employing effective listening skills. Read Full Article.
The biggest teleconferencing tech problems – and how to fix them – The Telegraph
Up and down the country, employees working from home are staring at blank screens and talking into muted mics as they attempt to hold meetings online. Whether they are ready or not, coronavirus has forced employees to conduct what has become the biggest test of remote working the UK has ever experienced. But for many, the move to home working has proven a technical minefield. Here are some of most common issues encountered, and how to fix them. Read Full Article.
Technology Eases Transition for New Remote Workers – SHRM
Companies are sending employees home to work in large numbers to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. These dramatic moves mean many employees will be working remotely for the first time. SHRM Online talked with experts about software, data security practices and “group cohesion” techniques that employers can apply to ease the transition and ensure that workers remain productive and engaged. Read Full Article.
When working remotely, constant communication is key to more action- Washington Business Journal
Not long ago, working from home was an option for some of us. Today, it’s the norm for nearly all of us. Unless your job absolutely requires you to be on the front lines, the coronavirus pandemic has caused us all to set up home offices and social distance ourselves from coworkers and clients alike. Read Full Article.
Incentives: Why Rewarding Your Employees Is Important- We Are The City
Dear Asking For a Friend: Studies show that recognition motivates better performance. To learn why that’s good for your company’s bottom line, read on. This fictional exchange suggests that there are two different kinds of workers: those who live for just a paycheck, and those who live to do their jobs well. These motives can and do overlap. But if a paycheck is the only stimulus employees can expect, they are less likely to care about the quality of work they perform. Read Full Article.
Will coronavirus change company culture for the better?- C&IT magazine
As more of us are forced to work from home, positive employee mindsets will become even more important says author and CEO Chris Dyer. As social distancing becomes the best practice for thwarting the spread of coronavirus, businesses are turning to remote working to keep their people healthy. Many are doing so with trepidation, wondering how their company culture will change. How will a dispersed staff perform, collaborate and stay focused? Will they get any work done at all? These are questions that leaders of businesses that have already moved to fully remote platforms have asked, wrestled with and answered. The good news is that many have remained viable and competitive. Read Full Article.
Company culture: is yours healthy or toxic?- HR Zone
The success of any company comes down to its people, so it’s essential to pay attention to your organisation’s culture and how employees feel about it. There are seven pillars that make up company culture – but how stable is yours? Workplace culture is often a house of cards: it stacks up, one play at a time, as we hire and fire, change policies, and respond to market fluctuations. Without an intentional focus, culture can easily collapse—and bring down business prospects with it. So, there are two ways to play your hand: will your culture be haphazard and risk becoming toxic? Or will it be purposeful and supportive of workers? Ultimately, people really are everything to an enterprise. Read Full Article.
How To Manage Star Performers: What Leaders Can Learn From The Royal Resignation Crisis- Forbes
People all over the world are undoubtedly fascinated by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a pair of attractive, personable young royals who have brought an element of star quality to what many regard as an outdated institution. So it’s not surprising that their very public decision to resign from their roles as ‘senior royals’ has attracted global media coverage. In the long term, their decision to break away also has potentially negative implications for the Royal Family’s brand and – possibly – its survival prospects. So, what can leaders learn from how the Royal Family managed – or mismanaged – Harry and Meghan? And what should they do to ensure that they effectively manage their own star performers going forward? Read Full Article.
Tech and policy changes leave accountants at home- Accountancy Age
UK workers are increasingly able to work outside the traditional office space. From 2008 to 2018 the number of people working from home increased by 74% from 884,000 to 1.54 million, according to statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Overall, 17% of the private sector workforce reports working primarily from home and 69% say that they have the option to work remotely. Read Full Article.
Mastering tough conversations: The superpower for successful bosses of the future- Irish Tech News
Wouldn’t it be great if business leaders could save money just by saying the right things? Guess what: we can. I’m not talking about flattering superiors or telling investors what they want to hear. I mean that by becoming experts in taking the difficult conversations where we want them to go, we can achieve wins for both sides and reduce the costs incurred by misunderstandings, vengeful employees, and disgruntled customers. Read Full Article.
4 Ways to Build a Great Company Culture for Remote Workers- TD Magazine
When all employees pull together, distance doesn’t matter. Hit these four notes to strengthen your company’s remote culture. Promote together time: Use video conferences, local meetups, and holiday get-togethers to stave off isolation. Managers should check in daily or weekly via employee surveys or personal calls. Read Full Article.
Avoiding common virtual workplace pitfalls- Business Graduate Association
Businesses that are considering going the remote route face some challenging questions: how do you know people will do good work and not just fool around? How will they be able to work together when they’re apart? Even if they do collaborate, can companies foster a team dynamic that remains consistent with their brand? The answers to all of these questions lie within the culture that supports your employees. You can’t change human nature. And that’s a good thing, because some of its most intrinsic elements act to motivate people to do their jobs well. Read Full Article.
Hindsight is 20/20: How past lessons guide tomorrow’s workplaces- Elite Business
No matter how much we plan, trial and error is inevitably part of doing business. The question is, will we simply keep changing course like rats in a maze? Or will we capitalize on what mistakes teach us? The beauty of taking wrong turns is twofold. Sometimes it reinforces that previous paths were the most direct. Other times, it takes us to wondrous new places. Either way, learning from our mistakes may provide solutions for tomorrow’s missteps. Because the question is not if those will happen, but when. Read Full Article.
What Tinder can teach you about recruitment- Management Today
Recruitment is much like dating: you won’t find the right person if you don’t put yourself out there. But that’s only half the battle. How will we find the right person? Will they be attracted to us? How do we make a good first impression? Read Full Article.
A great company culture is the basis for successful flexible working- Work Place Insight
Company culture is more integral to remote platforms than it is to traditional bricks-and-mortar enterprises. In a disjointed setting, culture is what holds a team together, and marries it to the company’s values. Not only is this a boon to getting work done, it’s a formula for business success. Consider the main challenges to many people working in concert from different locations: accessing information, clearly communicating, making decisions that reflect an organization’s mission. When we optimize these actions, we’re more productive and better able to serve customers and meet objectives. Read Full Article.
How World-Class Amazon, Apple & Google Have Built Successful Cultures- Global Trade
Every small business wants to be the next Amazon—or the next Apple or Google. Their products and services, as well as their growth and profit margins, are the envy of all. But it is their company cultures that drive their success. After all, without the brain trust and boots on the ground, those enterprises would have remained small and insignificant. Now, everybody wants to work for them. Why? Read Full Article.
Culture in the age of coronavirus: Successful remote working- Management Today
As social distancing becomes the best practice for thwarting the spread of coronavirus, businesses are turning to telework to keep their people healthy. Many are doing so with trepidation, wondering how their company culture will change. How will a dispersed staff perform, collaborate and stay focused? Will they get any work done at all? Read Full Article.
Coronavirus Briefing: Employers are the most trusted source for CV19 info – MM & M
Can company culture survive WFH? It can, if leaders are rigorously positive in communications with staff, writes Chris Dyer in Management Today. Staffers are depending on their companies’ leaders to provide accurate information. That can take the form of standard emails, of course, but Dyer has some specific advice about how bosses can keep culture alive and thriving while dealing with our new working realities. Read Full Article.
5 Ways to ensure your workers are happy when working from home – Irish Tech News
Due to current global events, the world of work is highly unpredictable, and this can be extremely worrisome for many employees – especially those who are sent home to work. Focusing on mental health and well being is critical as we look to build resilience as a nation. Here are five ways to ensure your employees stay happy and engaged when they’re working from home. Read Full Article.
These 10 Leadership Speakers Can Help Transform Your Company Culture- Inc
The specifics of strong company cultures vary. What doesn’t is the boost leadership speakers can lend to a solid culture. Plainly, a lot of companies could use a culture revamp. A 2019 LinkedIn study with a sampling of 32 million users found just a 59% chance that the average employee would stay with a company for two years. Any longer than that, and the figure dips below half. Read Full Article.
It’s time to end comfort-zone recruitment and embrace generational diversity- Director
Does your hiring strategy tend to bring the same types of recruit into your company? Certain industries naturally attract candidates of the same gender, ethnic background or age group. But some leaders stay in their comfort zones when it comes to their preferred applicants. Read Full Article.
How To Prevent Your Employees From Calling In Sick- Forbes
In 2018, an estimated 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK. That’s the equivalent of 4.4 days per worker. Minor illnesses were the most common reason for sickness absence, accounting for more than a quarter (27.2%) of total lost days. Read Full Article.
The best of work’s future- Stream Publishing
We hear scary stories all the time about robots stealing jobs and how a single career just won’t cut it in the years to come. Workers and employers alike will feel the burn at some level, we’re told. But isn’t there an upside to the march of progress and change in the world of work? Read Full Article.
Want to Ride the Coming Gig Economy Boom? Map Your Processes First- Global Trade
Who sets workflow parameters in your business? Is it a control-heavy CEO? Department heads? The HR people who bring in the muscle? If it’s any of those three, your organization is overlooking the experts on what it takes to achieve goals and innovate: employees. Read Full Article.
The Future Is Here, and It’s Remote: Why Companies Can’t Afford Not to Go Virtual- Recuiter
Good news, office workers of the world: Your office may be about to close! Yes, that really is a great thing, because it gives you more power. Wouldn’t you rather skip your commute, work when you’re freshest, and get the job done in a way that best uses your skills? Your boss may soon ask you to do just that. Read Full Article.
10 New Year’s Resolutions For Leaders In 2020- Forbes
It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be making resolutions in the hope that we can do better – and be better – in future. So which resolutions should leaders thinking of making as they look ahead to 2020? Read Full Article.
How to tell if a company’s culture is right for you- Career Tool Belt
Your fortunes are intertwined. You hope you share the same values. And you’re going to be spending one out of every four hours of your life together. It may not be an actual marriage, but saying I do to an employment relationship is as big a deal as selecting a mate for life. How can you know whether you’ll click with a company’s culture? And why does it matter? Read Full Article.
Six tips to decide if a company’s culture is right for you- Association of MBAS
The more candidates demand good culture as a condition of accepting a job, the more employers will work to improve company culture, says Chris Dyer. Here’s what to look for when considering a new role. Read Full Article.
How to make meetings less terrible- Cit Magazine
Meetings say a great deal about your culture, but are also a powerful tool to change it, says author Chris Dyer. The way a company conducts its meetings says an awful lot about its culture. Read Full Article.
What to do when you’ve hired the wrong person- Management Today
Good corporate culture is like a well-balanced ecosystem. It gives individuals with shared goals a safe space in which to thrive. But we’ve all seen office predators who go on the attack and whom others try to avoid. Or, the lazy types who don’t share the load and drag everybody down. Beyond imperilling your business operations, bad hires threaten the unique culture you have built over time. Read Full Article.
Organizations need to take a proactive approach to eliminate bullying and create a healthy culture- HRO Today
People do their best work when they’re supported socially, so the opposite must also be true: Interpersonal strife interferes with achievement. This is why the topic of bullying, whether in the academic or professional sphere, has come to the forefront in the past 30 years. It’s real and it’s really detrimental. Read Full Article.
How to Create a Culture of Growth & Career Development Within Your Firm- HR Technologist
This article looks at ways in which we can create a culture of growth and career development. It talks about how you should firstly focus on innovation, and your company’s culture will then support the growth of each team member, writes Chris Dyer, founder, and CEO, PeopleG2. Read Full Article.
How to make meetings less terrible- Management Today
The way a company conducts its meetings says an awful lot about its culture. For a quick yardstick, measure the “distance” between those who called the meeting, and those who showed up. The more closely aligned the objectives of those two parties, the more in sync the culture, and the greater the chances of getting good work done. “Meetings say a great deal about your culture, but are also a powerful tool to change it”, says author Chris Dyer. Read Full Article.
This Is How Leaders Build Trust With Remote Teams- Forbes
If building trust within a team is difficult, building trust within a remote team can truly be a herculean task. In my experience it’s like long distance dating – yes, you can develop the same intimacy over time, but it takes more work, lots of patience and oftentimes requires working through challenges. Read Full Article.
Try These 4 Techniques For Building Team Trust- Forbes
If building trust within teams is a prerequisite for long term success, the next logical question is “How do you do it?” Here, we explore specific techniques and recommendations that leaders (and others) can use to cultivate a high trust team environment. First, let’s break down the elements of trust. Read Full Article.
Use Psychology to Craft Better Meetings and Better Culture- Elitebusiness
Business books are full of advice on how to use personality tests and an understanding of how the brain works to communicate more effectively. Why not take that a step further in designing truly worthwhile meetings? This setting is the ideal place to put psychology to work for you. As you increase the productivity level of your discussions, you’ll contribute to better culture and a more cohesive team. Read Full Article.
Daydream and Doodle: How can leaders improve mental health?- Forbes
One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point during their lives, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions today, making mental disorders one of the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. Read Full Article.
Leading a remote team? 5 strategies for creating outstanding company culture- Irish Tech News
Company culture is more than just ping pong tables and other perks and it’s a common misconception that you can’t create culture without a physical space. The basis for company culture its to develop group identity and how people interact is what’s important. Here are five ways to develop a great remote company. Read Full Article.
3 Ways to Make Business Meetings More Effective- New Business
If you’re an executive, wouldn’t you love the chance to put one effective culture fix on autopilot? Here’s a gift: run values-based meetings. At the heart of any company’s culture lie its values, which most businesses boil down to a succinct statement. Let’s suppose your stated values include transparency, fairness, and responsiveness, to both customers and employees. Here’s how to hold better meetings while you reinforce the values that your team is asked to share. Read Full Article.
SME Culture Leaders: How to write a winning submission, impress the judges and walk the talk- Real Business
Company culture can make or break any growing business. We spoke to the judges of this year’s SME Culture Leaders initiative (held in partnership with specialist HR software company Breathe) to work out what the winning formula is for making the list. Here’s the scoop. Read Full Article.
5 Tips for Building a Great Remote Company Culture – Trainingmag
Here’s a riddle: Who is alone but not a loner, invisible but always present? Answer: a great remote worker. It may seem like a group of qualified employees who are well suited to working from home are all you need to form a fantastic culture. How people who share an identity interact is what’s important, and this dynamic can spell the difference between a live culture and a dead one. Does your organization’s social structure have a pulse? Here are five ways to inject life into your remote band of workers. Read Full Article.
The top mistakes companies make when building workplace culture – Real Business
We asked the experts where companies go wrong building workplace culture. These are the top mistakes SMEs make with company culture and how to avoid them. Read Full Article.
The Price of Wellbeing for Employers- kogan Page
When researching the elements of great company culture, I asked 100 HR professionals the following: what’s the biggest struggle in workforce management that you never expected? The prevailing answer wasn’t related to recruitment, retention or regulations. Instead, it was what should be a positive: wellness programmes. Read Full Article.
What do impressive company cultures have in common?- Real Business
We interviewed a range of experts on workplace culture to find out what attractive cultures have in common. When I ask Chris Dyer, author and founder of PeopleG2, what companies with great cultures share, he responds emphatically: “They care! The CEO, the leaders, the managers drive and lead the culture through their actions and priorities.” Read Full Article.
Keep staff happy and engaged to ensure they commit to your business- The Telegraph
Replacing a departing member of staff is a pain for any business, but small firms with limited budgets and few resources can find it especially tough. It also slows them down, with founders having to divert precious attention away from the growth of their enterprises.
Hiring Remote Workers? Mindset Is Everything … and It’s Not What You Think – Innovation & Technology Festivals
As CEO of a fully remote company, I’m often approached by job candidates who say, “I would love to work from home!”. That’s great – and part of my goal to hire for fit – but that’s only part of the “fit.” People who power a remote business must dovetail with three criteria: an affinity for company values; the talent to meet specific job requirements; and the ability to work without supervision, apart from the rest of the crew. Those abilities all have their beginnings in the mind, each stemming from different intellectual capacities.
Train, don’t torture: how to avoid another boring, useless training session – Training Zone
Many employees view skills training as a waste of time – so how can you engage and inspire these people and ensure they take something useful away from your session? Skills training is a proven draw for talent, yet it remains a source of dread for many busy workers. Common concerns include: ‘how will I fit it in and make my deadlines? Will I be able to stay awake? What’s the point?’ People may participate grudgingly, take away little and never tell the boss what a waste of time it all was.
How training and development programmes affect company culture – The HR Director
Workplace culture is a living thing. In a way, it affirms the old saying, you are what you eat, if you feed aspects of culture well, they will grow and thrive – and vice versa. Contributor Chris CEO – PEOPLEG2, and author of THE POWER OF COMPANY CULTURE.
In my research on what makes top companies tick, I compiled some basics about great culture as well as seven distinct pillars that support it. Developmental programmes for your staff automatically contribute to these cultural elements, from how you satisfy workers’ fundamental needs to how your organisation handles pillars such as transparency, effective communication, et cetera.
Leadership Matters: Getting Employees On Board With Change – CU Management
So, you’ve got a new initiative you can’t wait to roll out. You’re fired up, but many of your employees are not. To them, anything that rocks the boat could cause seasickness. How can you make change feel like a trip on a fancy cruise ship instead, one that they’ll jump aboard with anticipation and willingly help steer where it needs to go?
How Your Organisation Should View Failure – The HR Director
Any job holds the potential for judgment errors, some with high stakes and some not. These generally don’t result in snow in your ears, but they do have something in common with skiing: if you don’t fall, you’re not learning.
How to change a business – Economia
In a rapidly shifting, complex environment, businesses need to be agile, flexible, and open to change. But, asks Alison Coleman, how can traditionally risk-averse firms embrace innovation while also protecting the qualities that make them trusted auditors and advisers?
How training and development programmes affect company culture – The HR Director
Workplace culture is a living thing. In a way, it affirms the old saying, you are what you eat. If you feed aspects of culture well, they will grow and thrive—and vice versa.
Do You Have What It Takes to Work Remotely? – Thailand Business News
While remote working is increasingly popular, not everyone is a natural-born remote employee. Where some people are primed to excel beyond the four walls of the office HQ, others are more likely to crash and burn without plans and strategies in place for a new way of working.
How to Build a Learning and Development Culture for Your Remote Teams – Facilities Management Journal
Business leaders know that progress and innovation keep organisations from stagnating and help them move ahead of competitors. If your company mission and values statements prioritise continual improvement, management and employees must share that obligation. The best way to prompt workers to strive for more is to give them educational tools. But what if your staff works from different locales?
Four Ways to Improve Company Culture and Create a Healthy Working Environment – Customer Experience Magazine
Happy employees who are engaged with their work try harder, so, how can we make work their happy place? Think of it like gardening. Plants want water, fertiliser, and light, and it doesn’t hurt to play the equivalent of a little classical music. Positive, healthy surroundings and the sunshine of encouragement will help your company culture blossom.
Finesse Your Way to Greater Engagement – HR Technologist
Tailoring engagement initiatives to the greatest common denominator misses crucial demographic segments. To develop the ideal recipe for 100 percent employee engagement, let individual personality drive your company’s management and social policies.
Is Your Workplace Hostile? Here Are 5 Indicators It Is – Bud to Boss
When office relations go south, the boss is often the last one to know. Gossips and bullies act from the shadows. Employees might hold back their gripes for fear of losing favor. What’s a boss to do?
Stop letting bias get in the way of change – People Management
Suppose you were caught on the edge of a cliff, being pursued by an angry elephant. Would you stand and fight? Or jump off into the abyss? If you’re like most people, you’d choose the elephant. When faced with a choice between the known and unknown, humans cling to the information gained from past experiences. This has allowed us to make reasonable projections and act accordingly. But it also makes it difficult for us to accept change.
Fond Memories: 3 Ways to Be Remembered as a Leader- Great Leadership
Setting the tone for those with whom you work is a must for executives in the here and now. You establish yourself as the organizational authority. You suggest what type of behavior is acceptable. And you demonstrate the work ethic that will push your company to reach its goals. But on a personal level, the tone you set as leader will, in the end, determine your legacy. What will that be, and how can you influence it?
Listening is sexy: The skill that wins over customers and employees alike – PA Life
Not every skill applies as well to your love life as it does to professional endeavors, but good listening is one of them. When it comes to communication, all relationships are equal! We all want to be heard. That’s easy, if we make enough noise. Knowing that we’ve been understood is the bigger issue.
Do You Have What It Takes to Work Remotely? – Magazine UK
While remote working is increasingly popular, not everyone is a natural-born remote employee. Where some people are primed to excel beyond the four walls of the office HQ, others are more likely to crash and burn without plans and strategies in place for a new way of working.
Why building trust can improve employee engagement – HR Zone
In a world where a job for life no longer exists, staff need more subtle forms of motivation to improve their performance. Although a financial package is still a key factor, now it’s also about a company’s culture – is it built on a bond of trust?
Is Your Employer Brand Showing? – Recruiting Daily
Here’s a new take on corporate transparency: when you connect with job candidates, the only thing between you and them should be your employer brand. We can promote transparency by developing a talent-facing brand that tells it like it is when it comes to what it’s like to work at our companies.
It’s Not What Candidates Say, But What They Hear – Recruiting Daily
This part of the communication equation doesn’t get enough credit for what it can reveal. Here’s a new take on an interview technique that can show you how well potential employees would transact business in your company.
Is Your Employer Brand Showing? – Recruiting Daily
With every exchange, it had better be. Here’s a new take on corporate transparency: when you connect with job candidates, the only thing between you and them should be your employer brand.
How businesses can best manage different generations – Economia
As a new generation reaches working age and older staff delay retirement, businesses could see up to five different generations working together. This can lead to management challenges as each may approach their work differently.
7 Cultural Changes That Matter for Your Company – Destination CRM
So you’ve decided that upgrading your company’s culture is the best way to satisfy many objectives with one campaign. Maybe you want to improve employee morale and make the office a better place to work. Or you might want to explode sales numbers or stop hemorrhaging your best people. You can do all these things by working on culture—if you focus on the changes that matter most first.
Big things to look out for in 2019 – HR Review
From top employment lawyers to recruitment and business transformation experts, we have rounded up exclusive content on the big things HR professionals should look out for in 2019.
How to make your business innovate like a disruptive start-up – Business Matters
Of course, most companies want to grow quickly, but how can you achieve scale without losing that innovative start-up mindset and agility, and is it possible for large organisations to still be disruptive? We spoke to five leading business experts to find out.
What Businesses Can Learn from the Events of 2018: 5 Experts Share Their Insights – Irish Tech News
2018 will perhaps be remembered as a year of change, as political and social events around the world combined with major tech developments to create a climate of uncertainty. But what lessons will business leaders take away from the year?
How to make culture a business priority – The London Economic
Is your company thriving? If not, a focus on culture could be just what you need to kick start the sales. Any company can have great culture but it takes effort, time and patience to grow organically. If you are serious about culture then you simply have to make it a business priority.
How thick is your employee handbook? The problem with well-intended rules – Real Business UK
Your employee handbook probably started out lean, just like your business. As your organisation matured, you may have added or tweaked rules here or there. Look at the handbook now. Is it still in good shape? Or overweight?
How Mentoring Others Can Help You – Association of MBAs
In most cases, a mentoring relationship is primarily seen as a benefit to the mentee, but actually, the mentor also has a lot to gain from such an arrangement. We spoke to a panel of experts to find out how they think mentoring others can be beneficial for you.
How can employers fully embrace flexible working practices? – Employee Benefits
Flexibility in working practices in in high demand and accommodating this can influence an organization’s performance; but this takes careful planning to implement effectively.
Podcast with Sue Dougan – Track Record
Chris says simply saying “thanks” and showing your gratitude to a workforce in very small ways can boost morale and company confidence – but says it’s not all about the free perks at work and having a corporate Sabbuteo table!
Do You Speak Emoji? – London Business Journal
Those of us who communicate digitally do our best to type out our thoughts in a coherent and professional manner. But often, this isn’t enough to convey our true meaning. Text alone creates space between ourselves and our audience.
Communicating company culture: understanding the role of unique language in business – HR Zone
What language does your company speak? The unique buzzwords and phrases that your employees use could actually be the key to communicating your organisation’s culture to a wider audience.
Great bosses do this for their remote employees – Regus
The benefits of a strong company culture are well known – engagement, productivity and loyalty to name a few. But, how can you ensure emotional investment from employees who are not in the office?
Resilience = Brilliance: How to Build Your Resilience to Cope with Whatever Life Throws at You – Stream Publishing
We tend to think of Google, Apple, and similar giants in terms of success. But it is really their approach to failure – mistakes big and small – that helps strong companies dominate competitors.
Creating “sticky” culture: how to drive lasting behavioral change – Emerald Insight
The paper aims to show how you can create a lasting cultural change within a company. In the author’s research into what comprises healthy culture in the world’s most successful businesses, the author identified seven crucial support pillars. Among these are leadership and management strategies that bolster employees mentally. These are what change people’s minds about how and why to perform well.
Interview with CEO of PeopleG2 Chris Dyer – Top Podcast
From Stark Headquarters, in Irvine, California, in the heart of Orange County, brings you Episode 15 of The C-Life: Background Checks and Creating a Great Company Culture, CEO of People G2: Chris Dyer. In this episode, Tyler Mounce and Todd Vande Hei sit down with Chris Dyer and find out how his company makes background checks fun, and talk about his book in relation to creating a great company culture.
Pillars of Corporate Culture Part 2 – VLOG by Mimi Grant
Concluding her examination of some of the best ways to enhance a corporate culture, in this vlog Mimi explores the final three “pillars” among Chris Dyer’s “7 Pillars of Company Culture” – transparency, measurement, and acknowledgement.
Pillars of Corporate Culture Part 1 – VLOG by Mimi Grant
Building on a strong foundation, Mimi gives examples of how four of the “7 Pillars of Company Culture” – positivity, uniqueness, listening, and mistakes – help improve a company’s productivity, performance, and profit.
Chat with Chris Dyer – Moments with Marianne
Listen to the Moments with Marianne radio show, with host Marianne Pestana and special guest Chris Dyer, as they discuss Chris’ new book The Power of Company Culture: How Any Business Can Build a Culture that Improves Productivity, Performance and Profits.
Thought Leaders, LLC – Great Leaders Say “Yes!”
Making a small shift in how you communicate with others can yield big results. A simple change from “no” to “yes, and…” will reframe your conversations in a positive light and open up new possibilities.
Practice Business – Power hitters; developing a winning work-culture and building a cohesive team
Like any other enterprise, delivering healthcare begins with the people who are charged with making the wheels turn – you and your practice team. Get any group together, though, and you get a social structure that can make or break your efforts. A poor dynamic blocks progress, while an energised team, all moving in the same direction, propels performance. So, how can you get the whole team to play ball?
Real Business – SME Culture Leaders 2018: Judge Chris Dyer on culture as the “living expression of shared convictions”
Dyer was one of seven judges of the recent 25 Culture Leaders List, a campaign produced by Real Business and breatheHR. You can read up more on the process of selection for the winners, here. We caught up with Dyer to find out more about what he thinks makes a good company culture.
Irish Tech News – Recognition v Reward: Which Drives the Best Results?
How does your company express gratitude to the people who show up every day to do their jobs? And don’t say it’s a paycheck. Researchers from Abraham Maslow to Daniel Pink have shown that salary alone won’t help employers retain their top talent. People need money to survive, but they also have an innate desire to belong to a group and to do things that serve a larger purpose than simply staying alive.
Training Industry – Cultural Sea Change: How to Get Your Staff on Board
Many people like the idea of honing and promoting company culture – until they realize that it involves change. Unlike installing new software needed to stay competitive or choosing new office furniture, implementing a cultural program is neither mandatory nor optional but somewhere in between.
Even though you know that great culture keeps the best companies afloat, your team might not be on board with a new protocol that might seem strange or uncomfortable. So, how do you convince your people to take the leap and embark on a cultural journey?
ABA Bank Marketing – How to Lead a Culture of Listening
Have you ever taken a joke the wrong way? Probably. That’s because we rarely say everything we mean verbally. For humor and irony to come across, for example, we might rely on a combination of speech, facial and body expression, context, and assumptions about the listener. These same aids inform the listener’s perspective. This larger interpretive approach helps people decode the words we do use. Now consider how the banking industry has increasingly moved toward online services and platforms—internet-based arenas that limit communication to print or spoken speech. Clients and service personnel are often physically remote. One option is left to managers, employees, vendors, and customers who wish to be heard and to fully understand the speaker: more thoughtful listening.
Businessing Magazine- Baby Steps or Giant Leaps? Using Culture to Hack Performance
In many companies, corporate culture takes a backseat—until something goes wrong. When I sit down with CEOs to help them deconstruct the question “How did we get here?”, one simple regret is uttered every time. With the benefit of hindsight, that wise CEO says, “I wish I had paid attention to our culture from the start.” By contrast, those who lead top companies understand the power and impact that a dynamic workplace culture can have. There is no substitute for assembling awesome people aligned with your goals, who believe in you and your company. It is this supportive culture that separates the good enterprises from the bad, and the great from the aspiring. But it doesn’t happen by accident.
Thrive Global – Too Much Control
Companies that start out with too many restrictions on employees may see them leave in higher than typical numbers. In reviewing HR management practices, I was shocked at the volume of time, space and paper wasted on regulating things such as lunch breaks, holidays, work hours, communication formats, dress code and other behavior-conforming rules. In an effort to fix their own errors, they may mistake control for good business practices. They might add new rules and restrictions, and assemble a team of enforcers. The resulting negative, toxic energy drains the well-being of the company and limits what it can do for customers, vendors and the community. Soon, ‘command and control’ becomes the default management style. How does it work? And how does it contribute to poor company culture?
Great Leadership – A Hippie, a Neuroscientist, and Your Favorite Boss Walk into a Bar…
To insert a little fun, my team and I often take three types of people, and imagine what they might have in common, or what they might discuss at a bar. This is a fun way to get people talking, and to loosen up the mood at any meeting. Who would order the drink with a fancy umbrella? Who might get a club soda? Who suggests shots? What on Earth would they talk about? Through my own research, and many conversations with some of the best in leadership, a clear story begins to unfold as we imagine a hippie, a neuroscientist, and a favorite boss. There is a underlying motto they follow which allows them to succeed in their own lives. They can also specifically teach us something about how to lead our own teams. So, what is this mysterious force binding them together?
People Management – It’s time to extinguish negative company cultures
Reacting to serial crises is exhausting and mentally debilitating. You’re always in attack mode, waiting for the next catastrophe. No wonder businesses that operate this way hemorrhage employees. It’s a morale killer. Putting out fires is, of course, a necessary evil in any enterprise. But focusing on damage control prevents leaders from doing proactive work to meet and exceed company goals, and the accompanying negative mindset permeates an organisation. Don’t get caught in this vicious cycle. One strategy can both reduce the incidence of operational flare-ups and prevent a negative spiral.
Critical Mass Radio Show – The Power of Company Culture: Insights from Author Chris Dyer
Culture is the foundation for success in any organization, so it’s no surprise that companies with the strongest cultures earn top rankings on several lists including “best places to work.” Chris Dyer is here to discuss his book The Power of Company Culture and the impact of culture on a firm’s overall success. Here are three takeaways from our time with Chris Dyer on Critical Mass Radio Show.
Management Today – Fail well: How to handle business mistakes
Looking at how companies deal with mistakes is like staring deep into their souls. Corporations that emphasise culture seem to take failure in their stride, while everyone else falls flat on their faces. Suppose your employee was trying to do something great, and instead failed. What if that mistake cost you money or a client account? How would your organisation deal with that? Assuming you cringed at this scenario, here are 10 ways you could handle mistakes positively – and suck a lot less.
Skip Richard Leadership Insights – The Power of Company Culture
In more posts than I can count, I have written, discussed, and interviewed authors on the importance of organizational culture. A powerful culture fuels an organization to achieve greatness. When a new book by Chris Dyer hit my desk, I was interested to see the author’s view of culture and his interpretation of the latest research. Chris didn’t disappoint. The book takes the reader on a thoughtful overview of culture and shows the practical steps to take to improve yours in record time. I recently spoke with Chris about his work on company culture.
The Smart Manager – The impact of connection
Early in my time as an entrepreneur, I knew company culture was important, but I did not bother to learn about and appreciate its deep complexity. It was not until the 2009 United States recession that I was forced to look at it more closely. I knew I needed an edge in order to survive the economic siege. This sent me head-first into research, reflection, and bit of awakening. There must be a new way to run my company, and the change had to come from within.
Omny.fm (podcast) – The 7 things you must know to create a great company culture
In this episode, we discuss how to change the culture in an organisation and why it’s important to take staff along on the journey. (Key takeaways start at 36:40.)
HR Zone – Remote control: how to build culture across a team of remote workers
While nailing down culture is a challenge on a good day at the office, in a remote workspace the task has its own special nuances, particularly when people are dispersed. It helps to agree on exactly what “culture” – a sort of working identity that employees can feel every day – is.
Practice Business – The seven pillars of a positive workplace culture
When it comes to culture, what are the best companies and organisations doing? I started to ask myself this question in 2009, when necessity pushed me to learn all that I could about what makes great companies tick in order to save my employment screening service – PeopleG2. This kicked off a process of conversations, reading and interviews which deepened my understanding of how culture affects business performance – and who had gained the most by it.
Female First – Are You Listening? How To Practice Meaningful Listening At Work
One of the seven pillars of cultural greatness is listening. In fact, the companies that know how to listen best and are among the top 5 percent of businesses worldwide. By happy coincidence, that is where you’d like your enterprise to be. So, all you have do is open your ears at work, right? Well, not so fast. You can’t do it alone.
Execunet – As a Leader, I Turn to Love When I Get Lonely
It’s lonely at the top! I know this to be true from personal experience, and I hear it from my fellow CEOs all the time. In fact, if you attend any sort of leadership roundtable, loneliness is a top complaint. Leading an organization, team, or group can often mean that you—and you alone—are responsible for every detail in the big picture.
John Livesay Podcast – The Power Of Company Culture with Chris Dyer
A good team makes good business, so screening for the right person is very critical for every business owner. Chris Dyer, Founder of PeopleG2, know that the key to communicating well with applicants is being honest and transparent. When he does screenings, Chris controls the conversation. He doesn’t just look at the negative patterns of an applicant, but also the positive ones leading people to be more open towards him and communicative. Chris shares the power of company culture as way to know what you should and shouldn’t do during a background check.
CEO Word Magazine – The Story We Tell Ourselves
The decision to change or improve a company’s culture can spark both excitement and anxiety. Some organizations call in an expert to help them navigate the process.
When I have gone in to help a company, the energy level is always palpable through the next few days of intense meetings, planning sessions, storyboarding—and the inevitable arguments. I use that energy to get everyone on the same page.
MinuteHack – Culture Is The Winning Advantage
When I was seven years old, my grandfather took me to the horse track to watch the races. He was not the gambling type, but knew this kind of outing would make me happy. Immediately, I devoured the data in the racing program, finding the best horse names and their track records. When I explained in great detail why my grandfather should bet on one horse versus another, he gave me the kind of laugh that indicated my enthusiasm was far ahead of my knowledge. He then explained, “If you want to win, bet on the jockey and not the horse.” I would not find the wisdom in that statement until I became an adult.
ByteStart – The power of ‘Thank You’ – Why acknowledging success breeds success
Starting a business often consists of putting out fires. Despite all the planning and contingency scenarios, you may have drawn up in preparation, you usually have to rectify things that have gone wrong before you can focus on what’s right.
As you move past the start-up phase, you’ll want to flip that equation. Then, as you begin to identify what’s working well, look at the people on your team who are getting that good work done – and thank them for it.
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