Each week I’m going to provide a round up of what I consider to be important and interesting articles on the future of work (not authored by me). These will include a variety of sources and topics ranging from workplace practices to robots and automation to leadership and everything in between. There’s a lot of information out there so I’m hoping that these weekly round ups will help make life a bit easier for you by giving you just the good stuff. Let’s get into it!
This article, by Elizabeth Dickerson, is all about looking to your current employees to help grow your brand. She not only lists out 5 relevant ways that you can use your employees, but with each of the 5 she also includes action items and tips to help you get started.
All 5 ideas that Dickerson lays out are very easy to put into place right now, if you are not taking advantage of them already. Dickerson encourages companies to use social media to brag about the company, advertise current job openings and share company blog posts or photos. She also mentions creating a company hashtag that is fun and exciting, allowing employees to feel like they are involved in the company, sharing your company’s mission/goals, investing in employee experience and that leaders should lead by example.
The issue of work-life balance has been something that people have been trying to achieve in recent years, especially since technology has moved us into a time where we can literally be connected to work 24/7. This article, by Rob Preston, suggests that we may be looking at work-life balance in the wrong way.
Stew Friedman, an author and Wharton management professor, mentions in one of his books that the work-life balance is not simply trying to balance 2 “domains” in life. It actually includes 4 “domains”–Work, home/family, community/society and self. This strive for balance can also be altered depending on what part of these 4 domains you are trying to balance out at any given time. And this can change throughout one’s life, depending on what circumstances one is going through. Your work-life balance will be different in your early 20s than it is in your mid 40s.
This article uses key points from Stew Friedman’s books as well as thoughts and advice from professionals at Oracle, to put a new light on the work-life balance issue and what employers can do about it.
Most of us know that it is cheaper to retain your current employees than to have to hire new ones. But with this age where employees seem to move jobs every four years on average, is there anything companies can do to ensure they keep their employees for the long haul?
This article gives seven things companies can do to help reduce employee turnover this year. Ideas include organizing company outings, giving employees flexibility, provide growing opportunities and prioritizing your employees’ health.
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