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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 6/13 – 6/17

Keep It Down! Employees Rank Workplace Distractions as Biggest Beef

A newly released study of employees and executives found that noise and other distractions were the most frequently cited obstacles to productivity and job satisfaction.

3 Employee Performance Realities That Every Leader Needs To Know Now

A performance strategist offers three thought-provoking concepts that can guide efforts to get employees to take more personal responsibility for their work.

Poor leadership creates lazy employees

Employees apparently get lazy when their bosses are off their game. Here are some of the ways an uncertain a manager can do damage to employees’ motivation.

This Is How Employees Without College Degrees Can Improve the Workforce

Workers who didn’t go the higher-education route can offer unique attitudes and qualifications that make them smart hires.

Hiring and firing practices can help protect employees from workplace violence

No one knows employees better than their managers, and this article contains a helpful checklist of things to can keep an eye on that can help ensure a safe workplace.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 6/6 – 6/10

Training and Development: 9 Ways to Find Out Where Your Employees Need Training

Interesting summary of nine places to check to see if your employees need some additional guidance.

Do Your Employees Hate Their Jobs?

If an employee hates his or her job, nothing good is going to happen. Here are some thoughts on turning that person around.

Employee Engagement: A Darn Good Reason to Volunteer

It needs to be sincere and based on real altruism, but corporate volunteering can be a positive way to offer employees a real sense of satisfaction.

What Every Introvert Must Know About Leadership

A discussion of whether acting like an introvert or extrovert makes a person a more effective manager.

Brits and Americans more likely to lie to employers

More than half the respondents in this survey make no promises about answering employers’ questions honestly.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 5/30 – 6/3

The Perk Office Workers Desire Most

According to a new survey by Adobe, the perk that employees want most is…technology. Well, that may be doable. Here’s what they found.

Forget Myers-Briggs, algorithms can better predict team chemistry

A London-based people analytics startup claims to have developed an algorithm that can help managers asses the potential of work teams with greater accuracy than any prior method.

5 tips for managing mental health issues in the workplace

Mental health issues can take all sorts of forms in an office environment. Here are some tips for effectively managing what may come up.

The workplace is a last bastion of stigma. But even that’s beginning to change.

When others in an office perceive a co-worker as having mental health issues, their view of that person’s value can plummet, leading to further stress for that individual. Here’s what a sensitive manager can do to help keep this from happening.

One Trick To Make Employees Happy: Ban Emails On Nights And Weekends

Business are realizing that in order for employees to recharge between workdays, there have to boundaries between work and the rest of life. Here’s what one company did to make this happen for their workers.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 5/23 – 5/27

Do you know your customers better than your staff?

Since a majority of sales take place online these days, employees’ interest in creating the best possible customer experience there is more critical than ever. Fairsail CEO Adam Hale says that keeping your staff at the center of your strategy can give you a competitive advantage.

4 Steps To Reduce Burnout and Turnover Based on Employee Perspective

When a company initiated an internal burnout study, they didn’t expect 10% of their employees to quit after three weeks, or expect what workers suggested would help.

Here’s How Letting Employees Work From Home Can Harm Your Company

David Niu, founder of TINYpulse, explains why allowing staff to work at home can be counterproductive to the goal of maintaining a strong company culture.

Teleworkers more likely to prioritize wellness

On the other hand, this new research suggests that employees working at home are more likely to look after themselves.

The End of the Office Dress Code

Work dress codes and uniforms seem like they’re increasingly a thing of the past—except when they’re unexpectedly enforced—and a fun new exhibit at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology looks back on how they changed over time.

Bringing Marginalized Employees Back into the Fold

Sometimes, in spite of a company’s best effort, employees can slip to the margins, feeling disconnected and de-motivated. This article offers ideas from bringing suck workers in from the cold.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 5/16 – 5/20

6 Habits Of Managers Who Have Loyal Employees

The difference between having a loyal employee and having one who moves on can be the specific ways in which workers are recognized.

4 Ways to Make Workplace Email a Thing of the Past

Wondrous thing that email really is, it’s often not the best way for work teams to communicate. Here’s why, and how, some companies are turning away from email.

Why bonuses don’t improve employee performance

It turns out there may be more effective ways to motivate workers than giving out bonuses. Here are four other ideas for increasing performance.

4 Things About Managing People I Wish I Knew When I Started

He started the first of his four companies at 17. He’s 33 now, and he’s learned some important things about management in-between.

6 Surprising Reasons Younger Managers Perform Best

Research by Harvard Business Review suggests that even without long experience, a younger person may be the best fit for management.

How to Become a Talent Magnet

An interesting take on management using magnetism as a metaphor for much of what makes a strong manager and team successful.

3 Steps for Aligning Your Organizational Goals

Ways to make sure employees’ understandings and ambitions are aligned with company goals.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 5/9 – 5/13

Guidelines to socializing with your employees

Where to place the social boundary between boss and employees to keep everyone comfortable and happy without undermining managerial authority.

How do I deal with employees who resist feedback?

Three managers share ideas for how to get handle employees who aren’t interested in suggestions on how to improve their work.

What To Do During Your Employees’ First Week To Avoid Losing Them

Turnover within employees’ first month on the job averages 40%, but there are things that can be done during onboarding to make things go more smoothly.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

Amazon is one of the most admired businesses, and surprisingly, they owe a lot of it to a workplace that’s designed deliberately to be brutal on employees.

How to keep your remote team engaged and motivated

Managing remote staff is obviously different than dealing with people on-site, and this article offers guidance on how to do it right.

Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

A video talk on why the best hire may be the person who’s fought their way forward than the one with the most perfect credentials.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 5/2 – 5/6

7 Tips for Being A Kickass Millennial Boss Who Empowers Their Employees

If you wonder if you’re too young to pull off the whole “boss” thing convincingly, stop worrying. Here are some ideas for how to be a great manager.

What Causes Uncomfortable Work Conversations And How To Avoid Them

Awk-ward. Conversations can so easily go off the rails, but there are some things you can do to ensure it doesn’t happen, at least when you’re around.

Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back

Women and men receive different kinds of feedback from their superiors, and a new study shows that the vague guidance and lack of relevant insight women are provided makes it hard for them to know what they have to do to advance.

Mobile Workplaces Boost Employee Engagement, Productivity

A new study makes it clear that companies with a mobile-first operating philosophy have employees who are more engaged and satisfied in their jobs.

My co-worker is cyber-stalking potential hires, looking for dirt

Maybe it’s a desire to help, or maybe it’s just nosiness, but some employees undertake their own unauthorized online investigation of prospective hires, often with a company’s tacit, though unstated, approval. It’s a bad idea.

Office Perks are Dumb

Let’s have a look at the latest intel on why the allure of a company’s staff ping-pong table is no match for the simple things: decent pay and benefits, and a meaningful job.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 4/25 – 4/29

There is room for forgiveness in workplace

Forgiveness in the workplace isn’t something we hear a lot about, and that’s too bad. Without it, fear of getting others in trouble can cause problems to go unreported , and important opportunities for growth and improvement are missed.

Don’t take my texts away: Millennial working practices revealed

Whether we’re talking about employees or customers, text messaging has become the preferred method of communication. A new reports says three-quarters of the millennial workforce would rather text than call.

Disrespect at workplace top professional stressor: Survey

Nothing ruins a job as much as feeling personally disrespected. It’s more of job stressor than anything else, and can even seriously affect employees’ health.

Stay in Touch with Former Employees; One Could Be Your Next Hire

Staying in touch with former employees is a smart move since they can advocate for the company, help with referrals, and they might even come back one day.

Unhappy Employees Are Costing You: 4 Lessons From Denmark

It’s no shock that unhappy employees hurt productivity. This article contains some unusually smart, practical ideas for how to keep employees feeling good about their jobs.

Stop Treating Your Employees Like Mushrooms

New research proves that mushroom management—keeping employees in the dark—can cause some workers to quit, and leave others frustrated and fearful.

Think Gen Z Isn’t That Different? Think Again

They’re hitting 20 and starting to take their place in the workforce. These young adults have grown up in a very different world than any generation before them. And that makes them different, too.

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 4/18 – 4/22

Screening for psychopaths – managing the front end of workplace bullying

When you’ve realized someone is a bully, it can hard — sometimes impossible — to turn that person around. A better idea? Be on the lookout for personalities functioning within what psychologists call the “Dark Triangle” during the hiring process.

Now, this is what you’d call an employee engagement problem

Joaquin Garcia, an engineer for a municipal water board, felt like no one would even notice if he stopped coming in. So he did. For six years at least, and his paychecks never stopped. It might have even been 14 years, but that’s not for certain.

Why This Company Is Paying Its Employees To Sleep More

Tired employees are less healthy, less reliable, and a drag on a company’s operation. Aetna is offering employees a bonus of up to $300 a year if they sleep seven hours a night.

Innovation is Overrated

A recent conference called “The Maintainers” attempted to snap the business community out of its infatuation with innovation by reminding them of the importance of just keeping everything working.

Is stress actually beneficial for your staff?

A recent study found that 32% of their respondents said the more stressed they were, the better they performed. Six in ten said they thrive under pressure. What can we do with this information that’s not cruel?

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Next-Gen Leaders: Weekly Roundup 4/11 – 4/15

This is the most ‘millennial’ career move

In spite of the fact that they’re not dissatisfied with their jobs, about half of millennials plan to find new ones soon.

A Workplace-Diversity Dilemma

For companies trying to address diversity, is it maybe a problem that the majority of people making hiring decisions are white males?

The Science of Smart Hiring

There are no hiring oracles who can just see who to hire, but interesting case studies and research suggest that second-best is using data along with carefully targeted metrics.

Know the Law: Addressing Gender Identity at Workplace

How to avoid gender identity and sexual preference issues in the workplace before they occur.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shares thoughts on corporate culture, decision-making and failure

Superstar CEO Jeff Bezos of Amazon has some thought-provoking insights on the plusses and minuses of a strong corporate culture.

Companies Should Allow Time Off for Funerals

Allowing employees to attend funerals is a powerful way to express support and respect for workers when they most need it.

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