The ROI of Employee Development, Building a Strong Team, Tech Addiction Causing Work Stress And Workplace Flexibility Should Be Strategy, Not a Perk #FridayFinds

In this week’s #FridayFinds edition, we’ll be looking at trending topics such as employee learning and development, recruiting and retaining top talent, technology and flexibility in the workplace.

Many of these trends are constantly mentioned throughout our own articles, as industry experts and HR professionals struggle to better understand and manage them, on a day-to-day basis.

Here are this week’s most popular articles:

The ROI of Employee Development

This genuine article reminded me of a popular article on waitbuthwhy.com that talked about learning and about two important things you should always keep in mind: You know nothing. Everyone else knows nothing. Once you understand these two essential premises, you’ll be able to give your best, start learning and become really good at something.

Kristen Bashaw, Director of Talent Development at PitchBook talks about a very personal experience, in which she felt unqualified and unsuited for her job. Navigating this experience made her realize what the biggest obstacle to creating a culture of workplace learning is: the pretense of already knowing.

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3 Things Every Boss Should Know About Building a Strong Team

While attending a Glassdoor panel alongside other industry experts, Tom Gimbel, Founder and CEO of LaSalle Network distilled three rules every business leader should consider when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent.

My personal favorite takeway was this: Employee engagement lives with managers. It’s true; the C-suite can create all the culture initiatives in the world, but when there is a layer of middle managers who aren’t owning it and living it every day, employee engagement levels is bound to disappoint.

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Is tech addiction making us far more stressed at work?

Switching off after working hours has proved to be an impossible task for so many of us. We’re constantly connected, through a myriad of devices, and checking our emails has become a compulsion, to some extent.

This “always on” culture – exacerbated by the smartphone – is actually making us more stressed and less productive, according to some reports.

“Something like 40% of people wake up, and the first thing they do is check their email. (…) “For another 40%, it’s the last thing they do at night.”

Professor Sir Cary Cooper of Manchester Business School

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Experts Say Workplace Flexibility Should Be Strategy, Not a Perk

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) encourages organizations to stop looking at workplace flexibility—which includes telework—as a benefit, perk or accommodation, and instead start looking at it as a strategic way of attracting, retaining and engaging employees.

According to Rose Stanley, a senior practice leader at WorldatWork, a recent study of HR professionals found that allowing employees to telework on an ad hoc basis was the “No.1 form of telework.” Some 85 percent of employers allow telecommuting on an ad hoc basis, 82 percent allow flexible scheduling and 82 percent allow workers to work part time.

Moreover, industry experts have seen proof that allowing telework and workplace flexibility results in decreases of absenteeism and turnover—and increases in productivity and performance.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

Happy weekend!

 

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