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Working Nine-ish to Five-ish: Helping Employees Make the Most of Flexible Work Arrangements

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 24, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Employers today are likelier than ever to offer flex-work, or flexible working arrangements, like variable schedules, telecommuting, or core hours. In a recent survey by the Conference Board of Canada, more than 85% of employers said they offer some form of flex-work to their employees.

Despite this generosity, uptake from employees often falls short—the same survey found that less than 40% of employees actually use the flex-work options their employer offers. And yet flexible working arrangements are a consistent draw for candidates, with a flexible schedule consistently ranking high in desirable features for a job—often just behind competitive pay and good culture. So if lots of employers offer it, and lots of employees want it, why don’t more employees actually use flex-work?

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Topics: Workplace Culture, Employee Management

Shh! Why Your Workplace Needs a Quiet Room

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 1, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Workplaces can be loud and chaotic, sometimes too much so. Quiet rooms are a rising trend employers are implementing to help alleviate some of this chaos and give employees a reprieve from their noisy surroundings. These are different than boardrooms, which offer space for more collaborative work. Quiet rooms can be used for a number of reasons and can help employees take a moment to refresh when a busy day gets to be too overwhelming.

The concept of providing a quiet room in the workplace may seem simple, but there is some confusion surrounding the topic because there is no single definition of what a quiet room is or the purpose that it serves. This ambiguity is something of the point, though: a quiet room can be flexible and may be adapted to meet the needs of your organization. It is also important to know that quiet rooms are easy to implement and likely have little to no cost to the company; all you really need is a designated space or room.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, Workplace Accommodation

Save the Earth and Save Money: How Going Green Makes Business ‘Cents’

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 25, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Environmental responsibility has become a popular concern lately. People are going green at home with energy efficient appliances and lighting, and the zero-waste lifestyle movement has encouraged individuals to buy in bulk, stop using disposable plastics, and use refillable and reusable containers. The same individuals are also looking for businesses they support to take on green initiatives and environmentally friendly operations.

Many businesses believe that going green is expensive and increases operating costs, but introducing green initiatives in the workplace can actually save money. The financial effects of going green are not only attracting new sources of revenue from environmentally conscious clientele, but also saving money directly by reducing disposable waste and energy consumption.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, HR Challenges

Retire Stereotypes: How to Create an Age-Friendly Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 18, 2019 2:30:00 PM

In Canada, there are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. The 2015 census found that one Canadian in five over the age of 65 still works—nearly 1.1 million seniors. People are staying in the workforce longer for many reasons: longer life expectancy, financial security, or simply a desire to continue working. Older workers want to be engaged and productive, but ageism is still a barrier for them.

Employment and Social Development Canada defines ageism as “prejudice and discrimination based on age that often results from myths and stereotypes that do not reflect the reality of aging and older individuals. It prevents people from recognizing the valuable contributions of older individuals and limits the choices and opportunities for older individuals to actively participate in society.” Like other types of discrimination, ageism takes several forms. It can be subtle and implicit or overt and direct. In any form, discrimination damages its victims and its perpetrators.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, HR Challenges

If You Build It, Will They Come? Building a Workplace Wellness Program That Employees Actually Use

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 13, 2018 2:30:00 PM

One of the most common tactics for employers to distinguish themselves from competitors is a workplace wellness program, although in the arms race of the so-called ‘war’ for talent, merely having such a program isn’t enough. By now, having a workplace wellness program of some kind is largely expected—the real distinction is what the program offers employees. Not every employer can offer an onsite gym or catered healthy lunches. Then again, not every employer should.

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Topics: Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Workplace Wellness

It Takes All Kinds: Getting the Most from Introverts and Extraverts

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM

When trying to find the perfect employee, you may have preconceived notions of whether you need an introvert or extravert in the role. Outgoingness and shyness have been linked to extraversion and introversion, respectively, as explanations for people’s personalities, but these simple concepts are misleading. As a leader, you can help ensure that you maximize employee potential, despite differing personalities.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, managing employees

Does Your Workplace Have a “Bro Culture”? You May Be Surprised

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Although more than half a century has passed, some of today’s most forward-thinking organizations seem to revel in the high-flying excesses of a 1960s workplace culture that has become immortalized on film and television shows like Mad Men. While the plaid sports coats and typewriters have been retired, recent high-profile news stories have revealed that sexism, hard partying, and workplace aggression are still present in some twenty-first century workplaces.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, bro culture

When Fun Goes Out of Fashion: Tailoring Your Workplace Culture

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 31, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Just like fashion, workplace trends come and go. Not every clothing fad matches your personal style, and the latest strategy in employee engagement might not be the right fit for your organization, either. In recent years, inventive business models have transformed the workplace. From hangout rooms and on-site fitness classes to laughter yoga and office games, innovative organizations are lowering office walls while raising employee morale and productivity. Although studies show that a commitment to employee engagement boosts collaboration, fights employee attrition, and improves communication overall, we have also heard about trendy companies where the good times went out faster than you can say “acid-wash jeans.”

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Topics: Workplace Culture

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