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How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders

How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture   — 3 MIN

How to Ask for Feedback After an Interview

Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

Interviewing for a new position or promotion can be stressful, but it can also be a great learning experience. Whether you get the job or not, receiving interview feedback from a hiring manager can...

Implementing Empathy in the Workplace: A Strategy for Improving DEI Training

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

Fortune 500 companies have called on Dr. Robert Livingston, social psychologist and diversity consultant, for years to fix DEI problems within their businesses. Many times, they want a “quick fix” to...

7 Ways to Build Resilience to Stress

Emotional Intelligence, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

Stress at work is inevitable. A report from The American Institute of Stress shows that 41% of employees say their workload causes stress, 32% say people issues at work cause stress and 18% say...

Reimagining Employee Orientation: Engaging Employees Before Day 1

Employee Learning & Development, Hybrid Workforce, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

Onboarding can be an important make-or-break moment for a company and its new hires. According to a study by BambooHR, employees with a positive onboarding experience are 18x more loyal to their new...

How to Provide Impactful Praise and Productivity

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

There is a positive correlation between employee recognition and employee engagement. According to a recent Gallup report in partnership with Workhuman, when recognition is done right employees are...

Self-Directed Learning for Ambitious Employees

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

According to Gartner research, high-potential (HiPo) employees bring 91% more value to an organization than non-HiPos and exert 21% more effort than their peers. To keep ambitious employees from...

Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills, and Skills That Encompass Both

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

5 MIN

In today’s workforce, technical skills alone don’t cut it. LinkedIn’s top 10 most-in-demand skills include management and sales, but also communication and teamwork—painting a clear picture that,...

Finding Balance: Tips for Putting Stress in Its Place

Emotional Intelligence, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

It starts the moment you log in for the day: a manager who’s in a bad mood, a coworker who’s running late, a customer awaiting with a problem, a phone that’s already beginning to ring. With these...

5 Ways to Encourage Employee Autonomy

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

Most companies are beginning to learn the advantages of having autonomous employees, such as greater productivity, more innovative ideas, reduced labor costs, and less turnover. Unfortunately, some...

Do Your Employees Feel Comfortable Asking Questions?

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

No one likes to look unintelligent in the workplace, which is why employees often avoid asking questions. While employees often feel that keeping inquiries to themselves is the best way to prevent...

How to Give Positive Feedback to Employees

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

A striking 83% of employees say they appreciate all kinds of feedback—positive or otherwise. Positive feedback is especially lacking in most modern organizations, even though science has proven time...

How to Develop Empathy in Leadership

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

There’s no question that fostering a culture of empathy makes it easier to attract qualified job applicants. In fact, according to SHRM, 92% of workers applying for jobs look specifically for...

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