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.
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.
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.
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.”
Topics: Workplace Culture