Total Reward: Bells And Whistles

Total Reward is a concept that emerged in the 1990s that called for employers to go beyond salary and vacation and include less tangible benefits provided to employees when communicating to them about their compensation packages. This was done as a way to maximize the impact of compensation on employee motivation and commitment and help…

The Multigenerational Workforce: Opportunity For Competitive Success

Demographic and social trends have had a significant impact on our workforce. For the first time in history we have four generations working side-by-side in many organizations – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gereration X and Millennials/Generation Y. Each brings different experiences, perspectives, expectations and behaviors to the workplace. The differing views and potential conflicts inherent in…

Developing A Value-Driven Culture

An organization’s culture is its personality and embodies its beliefs, its values and the way its people perform their jobs and interact with customers, shareholders and each other. This article focuses on cultural strategy and the ways in which organizations ensure that their culture and their business goals optimally support each other. It breaks down…

Creating An Open Workplace Environment Can Heighten Employee Collaboration, Creativity, Satisfaction, Quality Of Life

[This article is the second of a two-part series based on findings from the 2008 Gensler Workplace Survey.] In this article the author revisits the Gensler Workplace Survey and briefly touches on the nature of the four work modes of focusing, collaborating, learning and socializing. She briefly touches on the major findings discussed in the…

Solutions At Work: When Love Enters The Workplace

A recent survey reveals that nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers have dated a fellow employee, and that another 40 percent would consider doing so. Inevitably, notes the author, most workplace relationships end and some end badly enough to result in lawsuits involving claims of coercion or retaliation. Even employees uninvolved in a romance have…

Working Around the Water Cooler

Working Around The Water Cooler; Research Findings Suggest Socialization As Critical To High Performance As ‘Heads-Down Work.’ [This article is the first of a two-part series based on findings from the 2008 Gensler Workplace Survey.] In the current knowledge economy, both individual and team efforts are used to drive business performance, with success arising from…

Culture Conquers (Almost) All

Culture Conquers (Almost) All – Even In A Retention-Challenged Industry. Corporate culture can make the difference between organizational success and failure. This article takes a look at the culture-building efforts of a firm ranked fourth in the 2007 list of the “25 Best Small Companies to Work For in America” by the Great Places to…

Not Funny: Remove The Welcome Mat For Inappropriate Jokes

Most organizations’ anti-harassment policies follow federal guidelines that prohibit verbal or physical workplace conduct if it: Is based on sex, race or another statutorily protected characteristic; Is unwelcome; and Causes tangible job harm or a hostile work environment. The author notes recent survey results that find that employees are more likely to make inappropriate remarks…

Sick And Tired In The Workplace

This article is one of a number of articles that show that “Presenteeism” is not just a U.S. phenomenon. A 2008 study shows that better than eight out of ten Canadians have gone to work too ill, exhausted or stressed out to perform productively. The author blames the economy, in-house job losses and the resulting…

No-Cubicle Culture

Hearing-Aid Maker Oticon Removed All Office Boundaries And Has Flourished By Learning Which Ones It Needs This article is really the story of Oticon, a Danish hearing aid manufacturer whose CEO swept away middle managers, hierarchies and fixed assignments in a drive to create a “free marketplace of ideas.”  Employees were free to concentrate on…