Work/Life Integration is essential to our ability to get well and stay well. An imbalanced life will continue to be imbalanced unless you made the decision to change. You have a voice, and You also have a choice, and the choice is yours to embrace balance!
So, how is your day going so far…and are you ready to bring it into balance? Are you improving the world, or are you enjoying it? Perhaps you are able to juggle well and do both, and then again, perhaps not! We all know that life gets in the way, and we all know that we need balance. We also know that you cannot drink from an empty cup, so is it time to fill your cup? From the mailroom to the board room, we all need balance, and we need it sooner rather than later.
Employees haven’t just adapted to remote work — many employees are doing well in this new environment. They report being more productive, with improvement in family time, interruptions, travel, and of course, balance. Not all work-from-home (WFM) experiences are created equal, and some employees find that they are working harder; they look forward to returning to a brick-and-mortar setting. The environment can and will determine one’s state of health. Download an article from one of the links and START IMAGINING A Life in Balance right now.
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Toxic Work Environments
What is it?
A toxic work environment can be hazardous to your physical and mental health and impede professional growth. It’s characterized by ineffective communication, unprofessional behavior, punitive practices, and strained relationships. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to Toxic Work Environments, Franklin’s words still prevail.
Follow these 6 easy steps to prevention:
- Prioritize training
- Promote consistent messaging
- Empower Managers to Deal With Internal Conflicts
- Recognize and Reward Efforts
- Lead By Example
- Take time for fun!
What are the signs?
Pre-employment: If you’re not looking for the right signs, you may miss buzzwords in employment listings, mission statements, and marketing materials.
Onboard: Once onboard, you may see bickering, constant stress, overwork, abuse, strained relationships and more. You may personally experience loss of sleep, hair loss, blurred vision, inability to focus, and lack of enthusiasm.
How can you fix it?
Remain positive and productive; begin by
- Finding a support group outside of work
- Unwinding with journaling, reading, exercise, music, or a hike
- Leaving work issues at work
- Avoiding office/workplace gossip
- Modeling desired behaviors
- Planning an exit strategy
Demographics define a generation, and generations enhance the workplace in multiple ways, including but certainly not limited to:
• Passion for corporate culture
• Commitment to inclusivity
• Shared respect
• Increased outputs
• Competitive spirit
• Improvements in engagement and morale
• Enhanced retention rates
Do multiple generations enhance or inhibit teamwork? Without a doubt, a multigenerational workforce is more flexible and encourages input from many team members. They are innovative and creative, leaving no one and nothing behind. Isn’t that what we all need and want—a workforce that is collaborative, promotes ideation and recognizes its members?
*If you have followed my 5-part series on LinkedIn, you are familiar with my focus on who they are, what makes them tick, how to motivate/reward them, and how to ensure that they are not left behind.
Download the 5 Generations Chart here
Remember the top #5 tips for managing this group of #generationxers and your entire multigenerational workforce:
- Communicate using a variety of tools
- Recognize that at all times, everyone is both student and teacher
- Acknowledge expertise, ideation, and initiative
- Assemble diverse teams based on skills sets and not age
- Embrace your people and their purpose by celebrating differences and valuing the individual
Recruitment and Retention
Companies across the globe are challenged with The Great Resignation, and the subsequent impact on recruiting, hiring, and retaining team members. The talent crunch is real…industry-wide!
Consider these 6 steps to jumpstart recruitment and maximize retention:
- Incentivize loyalty by re-leveling compensation
- Provide growth opportunities and new career pathways
- Define your purpose and then walk the walk
- Prioritize culture and connectivity
- Invest in your people by doing what it takes
- Offer flexible work environments as the future of work
This is the time to Think Differently, ask the right questions, and generate the right solutions. Thinking differently and tapping into the subconscious opens new doors and opportunities to create impact for your organization, ideate, and innovate—this is what will attract employees and give them a reason to stay!
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