Tomorrow is Make A Difference Day and millions of volunteers across the nation will unite to focus on the vast needs of local nonprofit organizations. The day was started 21 years ago to illustrate the importance of volunteerism and the impact each one of us can make.
Organizations that support employee volunteerism find that it benefits their communities, employees, and business. In fact, a UK study of 200,000 workers found that more than half of employees who participate in employee volunteering felt more productive in the workplace and the programs helped improve recruitment, retention, and staff morale and decrease absenteeism. Employees also reported that 80% would prefer to work for a company with a volunteerism program. Some even reported feeling healthier and taking fewer sick days because of their involvement with the program. + Read More
What does it take to create a culture of great work? As The Sunday Times number one ‘best big company’ to work for in the UK, Pets at Home knows the answer. Hitting the list at #2 last year, and taking the top spot this year, the company has mastered the formula for great work. Rankings are based on employee ratings of their leadership team, the balance between work and home duties, opportunities for personal growth, satisfaction with pay and benefits as well as employee’s view of their company’s generosity and how they give back.
Everywhere you look online, you’re probably seeing some of the same commencement speeches and graduation advice I’m reading. Sages imparting their time-won wisdom, offering it up in the “What I Wish I’d Known When I Graduated” variety. But, ten years into my career, I have realized that there was a definite advantage in learning some things for myself. Being inexperienced, even kept in the dark, allowed me to form my own opinions and use fresh (sometimes naïve) eyes as I stood on the shoreline and cast off on my career voyage.
Here are four things I’m glad I didn’t know when I graduated:
According to recent surveys, nearly 25 percent of employed American workers report that they clock at least some hours at home each week. Working remotely has become so ubiquitous, there are entire communities devoted to supporting the workshifting movement. And while it has its advantages—telecommuting has been proven to boost productivity, decrease absenteeism, and increase retention—recognizing virtual teams has its own set of creative challenges.
What is team building? There’s a common thread found in breakthrough teams: managers lead them with great team building skills. They share a common cause and are focused on overcoming barriers. These teams exceed expectations and produce exceptional results together. Each employee practices the Basic 4: goal-setting, communication, trust and accountability. And, they achieve a heightened level of “esprit de corps” through frequent employee recognition. Click below to read this week’s teamwork tip, founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. Find out how improving your teamwork in the workplace will improve your corporate culture.
Extraordinary corporate team building is founded on the Rule of 3: Wow, No Surprises and Cheer. The world’s most successful companies strive to WOW team members and customers with world-class performance. Accountability and open communication ensure there are NO SURPRISES. CHEERing each other on by showing support and employee appreciation builds camaraderie and esprit de corps. Incorporating the “Rule of 3” is critical to team-building success. Find out more in O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and take your team-building ideas to a new level. And, don’t forget to check out this week’s Orange Revolution teamwork tip:
Employees who feel they are part of a strong team are more likely to create great work. They go above-and-beyond what’s required, leading to improved employee engagement. They develop pride in the organization’s corporate culture and performance. And the company sees an increase in staff retention, thus reducing turnover. To find out more great outcomes and the benefits of team building in the workplace, explore the research and ideas found in O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. Learn effective team building strategies, and click below to read our latest teamwork tip.
There’s a great deal of evidence that shows team decision-making results in a more superior outcome than an individual decision maker can achieve alone. Research also shows that it takes a team or an individual about the same amount of time to reach a critical decision. Teams also recall information more accurately than individuals. Team building in the workplace is vital to your organization, and teaching effective team building leads to improved corporate culture. Click below to read this week’s teamwork tip founded in the research from O.C. Tanner’s New York Times bestseller The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton and take your teamwork training to new heights.