Culture Recommendations From a Long-Time Remote Worker

Despite being on my current team for a year and a half, I’ve never felt closer to my colleagues until the last few months. Previously, I was the lone remote worker. Today, everyone is working remote due to COVID-19, which evens the playing field in terms of team building activities.

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience

Companies Prioritizing the Employee Experience During a Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and across the globe, retail stores are closing, restaurants are either closing or limiting operations to take-out or curbside pick-up, and many companies are shifting to a remote workplace. 

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Topics: Employee Experience

6 Insights to Make the Most of Your Performance Reviews

With the bulk of survey season behind us, soon Maritz employees, managers and executives will be participating in the performance feedback sessions that will lay the road map for our next fiscal year.

This is an incredible learning and feedback opportunity for our organization. We have the chance to reflect on our successes and failures, our individual strengths and weaknesses, and lay the foundation for a better future. With that in mind, we’d like to impart some valuable insights that will help you make your feedback sessions more impactful.

The kernels of these suggestions come from Maritz Motivation and MHI Board Member John Schweig. In addition to serving on our board for eight years now, John led an organization of thousands as president of Grainger International and today chairs two other corporate boards.

We hope you keep the following recommendations in mind as you enter your performance review sessions in the coming weeks.

1. Performance and Potential

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Topics: Employee Experience

Education Resources for Parents Working from Home

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted various elements of our lives. While many working adults are navigating the new normal of working from home, those who are parents may also be faced with having their children's education shifting to at-home as well.  

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Topics: Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Lead

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the third and final part in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. But first, make sure you check out part 1 and part 2.

Whether you realize it or not, leaders set the tone for the corporate culture from the top. While they alone cannot shift or create culture, leaders are one of the most important resources when it comes to: (1) amplifying or starving your organizational culture; and (2) reinforcing organizational norms and expectations. The key to encouraging both of these foundational principles is the often-under-appreciated skill of giving feedback. Aptitude Research has found that when managers are trained in this critical role of giving feedback, there’s much greater alignment around performance expectations as well as organizational culture. 

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Topics: Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

10 ways to take care of your employee engagement and company culture

10 guaranteed, foolproof, effortless ways to take care of your employee engagement and company culture once and for all. Or not.

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

The little things you say and do

“If you want one thing too much, it’s likely to be a disappointment,” declares Augustus McRae in Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. “The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds, and buttermilk…a sip of whisky of an evening…”

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Diagnose

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the first in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. Next, check out part 2, Your Culuture Under A Microscope: Align

The word “culture” when it comes to workplace communities can have many different expectations and definitions.  But while it’s a concept that’s hard to define, it’s very easy to feel. Whether or not we have the words to describe it, every society, group or workplace has a culture that deeply influences the behaviors and outcomes of everything that each entity tries to accomplish. So, what do we do to harness the power of culture, while we simultaneously struggle to define it?

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Align

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the second part in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. Make sure to check out part 1 and part 3

In my previous blog post we talked about what a culture is and how to diagnose it. But the way culture comes to life for most people is through the employee experience. Organizations today are realizing that everything they do contributes to employee experience, from the physical work environment, to the processes, to the tools and technology. Today it’s more important than ever to ensure that your talent management and workforce management tools bring your culture to life. To achieve real value, technology must support the culture and enhance the employee experience. 

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

What Henry Ford Can Teach Us About Company Culture

HR professionals today are more than familiar with the concept of corporate or organizational culture. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t. Executives openly ask if they have the right culture in place to meet their goals. Merger and acquisition analysts spend countless hours looking at how a new purchase will affect the corporate culture. A Google search for “organizational culture” brings back 12 million hits. Type in “corporate culture” and you get 48 million.  

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

 

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