How do you cultivate meaningful moments of celebration in the workplace in a way that respects the diversity of cultures and traditions that make up the beautiful tapestry of your people? At some point or another most of us have done the potlucks, the ugly Christmas sweaters and the Secret Santa gift exchanges. But the celebrations that pack in the most meaning and fun are the one built around "experiences" not more "stuff."
At a time of year when budgets are already stretched thin, here are a handful of ways to reinvent holiday celebrations in the workplace, including the virtual ones, with a focus on inspiring experiences and "presence" not "presents."
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In the most recent blog from Convene titled More People Feel a Sense of Belonging at Work Than Their Neighborhood or Place of Worship - they look at the recent statistics from EY on how people view the workplace:
According to a new study from professional services firm EY, more people get that sense of belonging from their jobs than any other source, outside of their own homes.
The survey, which looked at over 1,000 employed adults in the U.S. , found that 34% feel the greatest sense of belonging at work. While this is behind home (62%), it was significantly more than physical neighborhood (19%) and place of worship (17%).
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When we started InspireHUB, we knew that a “start-up” culture meant that we could expect long hours and days. We were no exception as our small team passionately pursued our dreams. As the leader of our team, I had only one rule and that was that I requested everyone take one day off every seven days. (Back then, it wasn’t unusual for us to work weekends. Welcome to startup life.) Some followed it, some did not as they elected to try and get ahead of their work.
To say our team was “highly engaged” would be an understatement. Requests from managers for staff to take extra time off (meaning working a normal work week like everyone else) was met with protest. Our team wore their efforts like gamified badges even bragging about “starting second shifts” when the normal people of the world went home. We were putting out huge amounts of code and work products. The team was passionately engaged. We were living the startup dream!
We were in serious trouble.
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People prefer video! You are desperate to keep your employees "in the know" but the reality is that with increasing dispersed channels it's not easy. Nothing is worse than one of your employees discovering an important company announcement from an outside channel. Video is a game changer and we're here to help with some great ideas on how you can leverage this great tool for your organization's internal communications.
- Tweet This ▶ 75% of employees prefer videos over reading. (Source: E-learning | Industry Analysts, Inc.)
- Tweet This ▶ Our brains process visual information 60,000 times faster than text. (Source: 3M Corporation)
- Tweet This ▶ Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined. (Source: Responsive Inbound Marketing)
Want more proof that video gets more engagement than text-based content and email? Read on...
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Remote work is not a new phenomenon. For thousands of years, leaders have been managing people that are distributed and there is a formula that predicts success.
- How is that some rulers were able to lead their nation to great prosperity when others failed?
- How did successful generals overseeing thousands of soldiers dispersed across great lands still manage to fulfill their missions successfully?
- How do today's greatest leaders overseeing Fortune 500 companies with thousands of employees spread across different campuses still be profitable?
We are going to show you how your MOM is the biggest predictor of your ability to successfully oversee a remote workforce.
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There's some hand-wringing going on over on LinkedIn. It seems the "Camelot" of business communities is going through some growing pains. They're not immune to the messiness of "work life" and "personal life" mixing things up.
In June of this year, Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs put out a new report that shows telecommuting workers increased by 115%. That’s about 3.9 million people working from home or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, working from home at least half the time in 2015, an increase from 1.8 million in 2005.
What does this have to do with LinkedIn and the engagement rules changing? More than you realize. Click through for a quick primer on how the blurring of the two worlds isn't necessarily a bad thing, and why it may signal an opportunity for deeper and more meaningful "virtual workplace" connections that make business better, not worse.
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