Tag Archives: Culture

Making Pay-for-Performance Work

A new incentive programme was instrumental to driving business results and culture change at Gates Corporation.

By Michael Switow

When the Gates Corporation hired Rick Goh to be its HR director for East Asia and India four years ago, the Denver-based multinational organisation was undergoing a cultural transformation following its acquisition by the Blackstone Group two years earlier.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Three lessons learned from the pandemic’s quick shift to a remote workforce that will have a lasting impact.

By Joan Burke

HR teams have always evolved quickly, but 2020 has truly tested the limits of what’s possible. At the beginning of the year, DocuSign embarked on a study to take the temperature of today’s HR leaders. The results of the HR Trends 2020 report found was that these professionals overwhelmingly recognize hiring (28 percent) and employee benefits (16 percent) as their top two priorities, but are running into hurdles freeing up time to focus on those responsibilities. In a standard week, tedious operations and payroll tasks left respondents with hardly any time to do their most important work. Half a year—and one global pandemic—later, it’s more apparent than ever that HR needs to evolve.

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Culture Continuity™ During Crisis

Organizations that connect business decisions with company culture are on target for higher levels of engagement, loyalty, and productivity.

By Debbie Bolla

During times of uncertainty, a strong company culture aligned to core organizational values is paramount in maintaining business fluidity and high levels of employee engagement. For some organizations, the recent COVID-19 global pandemic has been a testament to that.

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Clearing After the Storm

COVID-19

HR leaders reflect on the lessons learned during the height of COVID-19 and share three ways the world of work has been permanently impacted.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Over the course of a few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down. Schools and businesses shuttered as strict social distancing guidelines fell into place. Travel and morning commutes became a thing of the past. Eighty-eight percent of employees turned to their laptops to continue working in newly remote jobs, according to a Gartner survey. And the Department of Labor reported that over 20.5 million workers lost their jobs in April alone as companies floundered, sending the unemployment rate to a devastating 14.7 percent.

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Appreciating More Than Achievements

Recognition is a key element of a post-COVID-19 employee engagement strategy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

With a dispersed workforce that operates at government facilities across the U.S., IT company T-Rex Solutions LLC already had the building blocks in place to manage remote workers before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. But the crisis is putting massive strain on even the most prepared organizations. In fact, mental health provider Ginger reports that 69 percent of workers say this has been the most stressful time of their entire professional career, and 88 percent have experienced moderate to extreme stress over the past four to six weeks. For 62 percent, productivity has suffered as a result.

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At Home, Not Alone

Seven strategies that help maintain a strong company culture while managing a remote workforce.

By Livia Martini

Fostering a company culture has long been hailed as an important way to recruit and maintain the best talent within corporations. It has become so critical that “chief culture officers” are now common within many large corporations, and it has been a driving force in making companies like Google such an attractive place to work.

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A Connected Culture

Ally Financial

Ally Financial is redefining its benefits program to meet the needs of the modern family.

By Kathie Patterson

An organization’s culture and purpose are key driving factors in attracting and retaining talent, and this is particularly the case with top millennial and Generation Z workers. While all employees may want the same things regardless of age, younger generations are more vocal about what they need from their employers and have called on companies to be more thoughtful and willing to evolve with today’s changing society.

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Worker-Centric HR

New research finds four key priorities HR needs to focus on to keep talent top of mind.

By Mike DiClaudio

Today’s HR leaders continue to face disruption on multiple fronts. Constant technology innovation is changing the face of the workplace and the workforce. Unprecedented competition for recruiting and retaining talent is changing the balance of power between employer and employee. HR has to respond if it wants to remain a relevant and influential part of the organization.

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On the Growth Track

HR professionals play a critical role in helping SMEs expand their footprints.

By Simon Kent

Growth is always on the agenda for businesses and the start of a new year is a great time for new efforts to be made and strategies to be clarified. Building a company from SME to a larger entity is a challenge in many respects. Indeed, this progression can mark the creation of a proper HR function from humble beginnings.

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Mental Health Check

Organisations are starting to prioritise the holistic well-being of their employees, adapting their cultures and benefits to support mental health wellness.

By Simon Kent

Awareness of mental health in the workplace has undoubtedly grown over the past few years. Headlines have been made and even Britain’s own royal family has contributed to the discussion. According to Sophie Hennekam, professor of management at Audencia Business School in France, the World Health Organisation has estimated that mental health conditions cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. In Europe, employees with mental disorders report 3.1 absenteeism days per month compared to one day per month among those without mental health issues. However, despite increasing awareness and the high cost of neglecting mental health, “Surprisingly little is known about how individuals with mental health conditions navigate the workplace,” she says.

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