The Coronavirus Pandemic has had a devastating impact on all of our lives. We still don’t know what the next year has in store for us let alone the next 100 days.
Many people have lost their jobs, either permanently or temporarily and indefinitely. Still others may have kept their jobs but been forced to take a pay cut or work reduced hours. And for many more they have had to start working from home which has its own set of complications.
While the economy will recover over time there is no guarantee that things will get back to the way they were. All those old jobs may not come back. And companies will still struggle to stay afloat and more jobs may still be at risk.
If you’re in the human resources department, or you have experience working in an office setting, you probably already understand the importance of doing your part to create a positive workplace culture.
You’ve probably already heard common recommendations, like opening the windows, practicing gratitude, and doing something fun, and yet, the vibe in your office remains the same.
That’s because you have to dig a little bit deeper if you truly want your workplace to be a more positive place to work, and you want it to stay that way.
Here are a few specific ways you can create a more positive workplace culture that go above and beyond the common advice that’s the norm among managers and HR personnel.
When I started my career the term “Supply Chain” had just been coined. As such it was many years before I actually heard of the term “Supply Chain Management”.
Regardless I pursued my interests and took on an increasingly diverse set of progressive jobs as time went on. Now as I look back on my career virtually everything I did falls under the banner of Supply Chain management.
Supply chains are responsible for global economic growth and stability, and its various positions are in high demand nowadays. However, with workers from the baby boomer generation retiring, and not enough millennials are being recruited for the jobs, it has been the main issue in the industry so far.
Interested in playing a role in creating products from start to finish, and watch the economy soar? It should be a no-brainer where to start in your career, even if you’re starting out at entry-level, with these steps.
Over the years, business models have changed immensely to become much more dynamic and flexible. Businesses are now open to exploring ideas that might have, a few years ago, seemed outlandish and absurd. The concept of coworking or using shared working spaces is one such notion.
Most businesses consider the traditional, employee-only workspace to be the one most conducive to productivity. However, when analyzing employee satisfaction, the shared workspace always comes out on top as a winner.
A shared workspace, or a coworking area, is a communal setting where different entrepreneurs can work together. There are many benefits of working in such environments. It can give you the chance to grow your business exponentially. It can be a much better choice than the costly and often stuffy option of getting your own office. Small businesses, in particular, can benefit immensely from using a coworking space.
This idea is still relatively new, so we understand if you’re still unsure. However, keep reading below, and we’ll be sure to put all your doubts to rest.
How we worked has changed drastically in the last decade. Even though the pandemic was a harbinger of transformations in business models worldwide, organisational cultures also changed, including the transformation of HR.
Working culture worldwide was affected by a recession, technological advancements, and an evolving workforce that now views employment differently. Ten years ago, research suggested that the best companies in the world named succession planning challenges along with providing leaders the tools they needed to be successful.
But nowadays, according to HR coaches and managers, the most prominent challenge is the aggressive competition for skilled employees. As a result, organisations nowadays are a lot more individualised and employee-focused. This pushes employers to provide flexible working schedules to employees with personal obligations and help fresh graduates with post-grad education.
That said, that’s not where it stops. Here’s how the transformation of HR is evolving.
Let us conduct a survey on workplace appreciation: how happy would you say your employees are? Do they like their work? Do you believe they feel recognized and appreciated for their work?
Not all too surprising, feeling valued at a company can have an extensive impact on how much an employee enjoys his or her job. What’s more surprising is that happiness can impact productivity.
Great managers and leaders know that expressing gratitude to their employees is a powerful tool. It keeps people engaged in their work. And the research agrees. Research tells us that workers thrive when they know they are appreciated. In fact, the feeling of gratitude is connected to a number of health benefits.
The spread of the Coronavirus has sent shock waves around the world. As of early March, 2020 there are over 100,000 cases and over 3000 deaths.
While the virus originated in China, where the majority of the cases are, there are now almost 100 countries declaring they have at least one case in their country.
Increasingly governments and companies are taking actions to shut down operations, cancel events, restrict travel and movement, quarantine people and more in order to mitigate exposure to and spreading of the virus.
Most important in this matter is the health and well being of all people. Secondarily the economic impact is enormous. Supply Chain disruption on this scale will impact everyone.
Given all of this people should be working from home wherever and whenever possible to reduce the chance of exposure to the Coronavirus. This is the future of work.
Success means different things to different people. How you define success or your career is just as important as how someone else defines success.
For our purpose here we are going to discuss 10 Tips for Career success. Even Career success means different things to different people. For some it means constant promotion. For others it is doing the same job but doing it better than anyone else. Still for others it may be just earning a paycheque.
We realize that many of these tips are equally applicable in areas of your life beyond your career. Further we know that there are many, many more than 10 Tips.
But in the interest of helping others as they embark on, or journey through, their career, we offer these suggestions for your consideration, based on a career of experiences, to use as you see fit.
Our fundamental objective at Supply Chain Game Changer is to share experiences and expertise and lessons learned. As such we have focussed on curating a wide range of content and resources that will have relevance to anyone at anytime no matter what their needs may be.
We began our Seasoned Leadership in Action™ Interview series in support of our objective to share experiences and expertise. And hearing from Industry leaders in this interview format has proven to be incredibly popular. People want to hear about the experiences of others and lessons learned from those who have been successful in their fields.
With many of these Seasoned Leadership in Action™ Interviews now published we thought it would be valuable to extract excerpts from these interviews along themes, starting with lessons learned.
As such we are presenting our first compilation of excerpts from these interviews which is focussed on Lessons Learned by these leaders throughout their careers.
Enjoy and look for nuggets of wisdom in these lessons learned.
It is a common practice for workers to complain about their bosses. In the same right, it is practically a right of passage for leaders in a company to complain about their employees when you should be helping your employees.
Let’s get this clear from the start. If you are a leader, don’t do that.
Control what you can control and do what you can to make your employees lives easier. In return, they will take notice and make your life easier as well.
It is important that any business owner or leader accept the fact that their employees will not care about the business as much as they do. This is not strange.It is not a character flaw. It is not their business. The success of the business is not as much of a priority to them as getting their paycheck and doing the work that allows them to support themselves and their family.
Some companies are adopting a new idea, along the lines of ‘my employees do not work for me, I work for them.’
This changes the dynamic of the employer-employee relationship in a powerful way.
Nothing gets done without people. In your everyday life and at work it is people that make everything happen. No matter what your job or career is, no matter what company or industry you work in, and no matter where you live, Human Resources are at the epicentre of everything.
In this article we are featuring our Top 16 Human Resources related articles. Some of these articles deal with specific topics while others offer more general life lessons. However all of these articles will be relevant for you at one point or another.
Here are our Top 16 Human Resources related articles!