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6 Ways Your Business Can Win At Employee Engagement

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Contributed by Stephanie Troiano, The Hire Talent
Mr. Fletcher Wimbush, CEO, The Hire Talent will present his session: 
All About the Money: Salary, Pay Inequality & Employee Engagement 
at HR West 2019 – Tuesday, March 12th, 1:50 p.m.-3:05 p.m.

Employee engagement is so important for a business because it influences employee productivity, boosts your bottom line, and increases a sense of well-being among workers, with brings with it the added bonus of overall lower healthcare costs. It’s a win-win for everyone.

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Tags:  employee engagement  hr leadership  hr management  HR West 2019  The Hire Talent 

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It’s OK to Cross the Street to Avoid Small Talk

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

By HR West 2019 speaker, Judy Dang.

I laughed when I saw that gentle encouragement. After reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, I hopped over to the Quiet Revolution website. Quiet Manifesto #7: It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk. I chuckled because I’ve regularly done exactly that.

Are you an Introvert?  Click over to take the quiz

Tags:  company culture  hr leadership  HR West 2019  workplace performance 

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Empathy and HR: The Practical Connection

Posted By Editor, Thursday, December 20, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

One of the challenges of working in HR is the dual responsibility of enforcing policy and law along with being empathetic.

By John Ford, Founder and Owner of The HR Mediation Academy and HR West 2019 Speaker*

How well you balance the important and seemingly contradictory roles of having a stick and also a carrot, goes a long way to determining how you are perceived.

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Tags:  HR and Empathy  HR Leadership  HR West 2019 

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Science Reveals How to Succeed With New Year’s Resolutions

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As we wind down 2018 and look forward to the New Year, you may be part of the 40-50% of Americans making New Year’s resolutions. According to research, the most popular goals relate to weight losssmoking cessation, and exercise. Let’s look at what makes for successful resolutions and the tools to impact lasting behavior change.

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Contributed by Judy Dang, HR West 2019 Speaker.






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Thank God It's Monday!

Posted By Next Concept HR Magazine Editor, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Contributed by Judy Dang, HR West 2019 Speaker

How many of us can't wait for the weekend?  When we can finally be freed from the shackles so we can do what we really want! Relax, go out, enjoy hobbies. Work is something unpleasant we have to do before we have fun, right?

Maybe not.

Finding Flow by renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi questions that paradigm and offers strategies for turning that around. This book is a guide to finding joy through complete engagement with whatever we're doing.

What is Flow?

Csikszentmihalyi coined the term "flow" as a result of his research on optimal experience.

It describes the feeling of being fully alive, completely immersed in what we're doing. Athletes call it "being in the zone."

The Paradox of Work

Work is something most of us are glad to avoid if we can. We've been taught that work is something (usually unpleasant) we all have to do.

Yet Csikszentmihalyi's research found that: "the moments when a person is in a high-challenge, high-skill situation, accompanied by feelings of concentration, creativity, and satisfaction, were reported more often at work..." Work is where flow is likeliest to occur.

He cites a study that found 77% of American women and 84% of men say they would continue to work even if they inherited enough money to make work unnecessary.

At work we have clear aims and rules. It gives us immediate feedback through a job well done. Yet we've been trained to not enjoy it.

Strategies for More Flow at Work

You have more potential for feeling fully alive at work. How can you increase that potential?

Based on Csikszentmihalyi's concepts, here are three ways to increase flow at work:

  1. Get clear on what success means to you.
    For me, this means setting lots of small and big goals.
    For example, I set goals before going to networking events: Have 2-3 meaningful conversations. If I make those connections, the event was a success.
    The bonus is that having meaningful conversations is also a flow experience for me.

  2. Get relevant feedback.
    If you work for yourself, this can be especially challenging.
    Without coworkers, how do you process ideas with someone who can give you constructive feedback?
    We are social animals; we need and thrive on interactions with others.

    I've been fortunate to have an accountability buddy for the past 7 months.
    We talk by phone each Thursday for 30 minutes about anything and everything.
    We offer each other support, tough love, and a nonjudgmental place to test out wild ideas.
    Each Thursday is TGIT because I get to give and receive with someone who understands me and inspires me to do my best.

  3. Take on challenges that stretch your skills just a tad.
    "Flow tends to occur when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable."
    This means picking a challenge that is doable but not so easy that you get bored. Or too hard that you give up.

    A few years ago I took a graphic design class. I already knew a few concepts, so had enough basics to not feel totally lost.
    But the class was interesting enough that I found it fresh and exciting.
    We might not achieve flow experiences 100% of the time, but if there are more of them than not, we have a better chance of enjoying work every day.

    Check out Finding Flow for ways to change your relationship to work.



About Judy Dang
Based in San Francisco, Judy T. Dang is a productivity expert who works with clients to tackle physical and mental clutter so they can achieve their most meaningful goals.

Clients go from feeling stuck to moving forward. Find out why she enjoys being an introvert here!

Judy will present at HR West 2019.  March 11-13, 2019 in Oakland California.
To find out more and register for this important annual HR Industry Conference go to: http://www.hrwest.org
Please stay tuned for further details about Judy's session and HR West! 


 

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