China Gorman - July 29, 2014

Friendships at Work

Why are Millennials gushing to buddies at work? It may not be so much a facet of their generation’s personality, but a genuine attempt to grow and further their career

China Gorman - July 22, 2014

The Urgency of Leadership Development

In March I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2014” survey. After relooking through the report, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014. I previously discussed the need to reskill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent. I did not, however, discuss the top trend perceived as most urgent by responders, that is, the need to build global leadership. Fully 38% of respondents rated this as “urgent,” 50% more than the next trend identified as “urgent.” At the time of the study, companies reported generally low levels of readiness to respond to the global trends mentioned in the report, and despite the fact that at least 60% of respondents identified these global trends as “important” or “urgent,” in all, 36% of respondents reported being “not ready” to respond to the trends. This is a significantly higher percentage than those reporting they were ready to respond to the trends (at only 16%). With us now more than half way through 2014, I’m hoping this particular statistic has shifted a bit, but we don’t have that data yet!

Lillian J. LeBlanc - July 21, 2014

Three Steps to Transforming Your Culture

Changing the culture is a process, not a one-time initiative

China Gorman - July 14, 2014

Financial Stress? What Financial Stress?

What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties? SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey “Employee Financial Stress.” They found that 61% of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38% would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.” Organizations that had more full time hourly employees were more likely to have a response of “fair” compared to organizations with fewer full time hourly employees who were more likely to report better financial health amongst employees. 50% of HR professionals reported that the age group most likely to experience financial stress was 25 to 34 year olds, though 29% reported that 35-44 years old experienced more financial stress. This makes sense as both age ranges reflect periods of significant life changes, such as starting a first job, buying a home and having a first child.

China Gorman - July 7, 2014

Working Parents Feel More – Not Less – Stress

Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, “The Modern Family Index” that explores what it means to be a working parent today. The study revealed some insightful points, including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work. Bright Horizon’s research highlights that much has changed towards how parents approach family obligations and the level of conflict they experience. But how positive are those changes when, overall, many employees still feel like they can’t be honest with their supervisors about family responsibilities? Perhaps the most obvious example of change toward family obligations in 2014 is that work/family balance is not only an issue for mothers. Fathers report being nearly just as stressed and insecure about work and family conflicts as mothers (46% of dads say that one of their daily stressors is child care needs during the workday, vs. 52% of moms) and are likely to be just as nervous as women to tell their bosses about some of their big family commitments (63% of men vs. 68% of women). Additionally, for fathers, work/life integration ranks just as highly as other top stressors like saving for retirement and managing personal health. Additionally, telling their bosses that they need to take time off for a family matter is just as stressful (39%) as telling a boss they’ve made a mistake on a work project (36%). When it comes to flexible scheduling, one in three fathers (34%) report asking their employers for more flexibility or modification of their work schedule to meet obligations to their children (compared to 42% of moms).

China Gorman - July 1, 2014


State of Mind Not Function of Age

Lexi Gibson - June 29, 2014

Be Flexible with Your Flexibility Practices

Flexibility practices aren’t one-size-fits-all.

Erica Bowman and Julian Lute - June 26, 2014

Design Thinking and the Transformation of Hyatt’s Culture

Hyatt human-centered design thinking

China Gorman - June 24, 2014

I’m Not Crazy

Let’s Talk About Paternity Leave!

Jessica Rohman - June 23, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Performance Reviews

Incorporating Development, Alignment, and Check-Ins

Lillian J. LeBlanc - June 19, 2014

Great Leaders Are About 'We,' not 'Me'

Why Darden Restaurants seeks selfless leaders

China Gorman - June 17, 2014

Employee Wellness: It’s All About Control

June is National Employee Wellness Month, so let’s focus on some current workplace health and wellness stats. We know that a workplace culture based on Trust creates happier, engaged and higher performing employees on all levels

China Gorman - June 16, 2014

Core Employee Needs: Not All or Nothing

It seems as though we are consistently seeing data that show decreasing levels of employee engagement and feelings of fulfillment at work

China Gorman - June 3, 2014

Memo to Women in Corporate America

SHRM and the Families and Work Institute have recently released their 2014 National Study of Employers (NSE), which identifies changes in the workplace since 2008. The report sample includes 1,051 employers with 50 or more employees, with 67% of these organizations for-profit employers and 33% are nonprofit organizations. 39% operate at only one location, while 61% percent have operations at more than one location

Peter LaMotte - June 1, 2014

Restoring Employee Pride after a Public Mishap

Every business must work continuously to maintain its brand reputation. When something goes wrong, businesses not only need to rebuild their external image, they must also ensure that employees feel supported

China Gorman - May 27, 2014

CEO, or 'Female CEO'?

The Catalyst Research Center recently released the report “Feeling Different: Being the “Other” in U.S. Workplaces” providing interesting data and insight into perceptions of diversity and inclusion in U.S organizations.

Ed Frauenheim - May 26, 2014

Great Workplaces in Latin America: Getting Even Better

The best workplaces in Latin America are getting better. That’s the good news as the Great Place to Work® Institute releases its 11th annual Best Workplaces in Latin America list.

China Gorman - May 20, 2014

Fair Pay, a Voice and Competent Bosses: Too Much to Ask?

Great Rated!, the website for jobseekers created by Great Place To Work, recently released a “10 Great Workplaces For Millennials" list, identifying companies offering the best benefits and perks for this group.

Jessica Rohman - May 19, 2014

How Great Workplaces Support Work-Life Balance

One of the biggest differences between companies who were named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list this year and the list contenders were their results for this Trust Index® Employee Survey statement

China Gorman - May 13, 2014

Trust Is In Short Supply – All Over the World

The recently released 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer highlights a degradation of trust between people and the institution of government, recording the biggest gap in trust since the study began in 2001