Month: August 2020

culture of trust

A Culture of Trust: Learn How to Build One

Culture of trust was the latest hot topic on our monthly webinar, reflecting on what we’ve learned over the past 6 months and how leaders can rethink the future of work. As they say: The show must go on. It can be easy to get caught up in analysis paralysis while navigating what to do next, but we know that the companies that will come out ahead on the other side of 2020 are the ones exercising calm, instilling confidence in high performers, and showing a willingness to adapt. Both employees…


burnout

Danger Ahead: A Look at Burnout in Healthcare

Burnout. We hear the word all the time these days, but do we have a good understanding of what it is — and how it can impact the work we do? The reality is that most Americans have experienced work-related burnout at one time or another. In fact, a 2018 Gallup survey found that 23 percent of participants reported feeling burned out at work “very often or always,” while another 44 percent feel burned out sometimes. In most work environments, burnout can lead to a dip in productivity or a…


safety

How to Improve Safety in Manufacturing

“See something, say something” is no longer an effective way to improve safety in manufacturing, especially when workers aren’t sure who is on the receiving end of their elevated concern. When was the last time you thought about how to make a meaningful safety improvement in manufacturing? Did you know that employee-driven feedback is often the catalyst in the industry to push innovation and efficiency forward? In many cases, those changes have their root in feedback from a worker’s vantage…


technology

Prioritize the Mental Health of the Skilled Workforce

The risk of experiencing mental illness as a frontline worker is high — leaving many workers debilitated, unsafe while operating equipment, burnt out, or with suicidal tendencies. If left untreated, mental illness can pose significant threats to more parties than just the worker. Customers, shippers, and equipment are at risk as well. The damage in these circumstances is astronomical for everyone involved. But these aren’t the only reasons why mental health for frontline workers matters. Strap…


Open-Door Policy Shuts Out Progress

Implementing an open-door policy sounds like such a good and positive shift in company culture. After all, the intent is that employees are free to share their concerns and needs whenever they want.  But when it comes to the reality of open-door policies, we’ve found they tend to be better in theory than in practice. In fact, open-door policies for feedback can actually be a hindrance for both employees and their employers. Let’s examine three main pitfalls of the open-door policy: It puts…


Why Building the Right Team Matters

When you’re operating in an industry where jobs are more abundant than workers, losing talent to a competitor is an ongoing risk. It can be hard to know when an employee is planning to jump ship, and it can be even more challenging to bounce back when several of them choose to leave at once. But even in competitive labor markets, high employee turnover doesn’t have to be a given. For companies that want to keep talent, few resources are more valuable than honest feedback from workers, even…