According to Gallup, a full 70% of American employees report feeling “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. Yet, to win a bigger share of the marketplace, companies must first win the hearts and minds of their employees.
To give their fullest contribution, employees must feel they can bring their full selves to work; however research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. They are spending valuable energy every day minimizing or managing aspects of their own diversity – of identity, background, experience – in order to succeed. This takes a particular toll on diverse talent – women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities – at a time when organizations are struggling to recruit, retain, and develop those same individuals. But all of us, and the business, pay the price. Continue reading
Did you ever think, “If only things weren’t so unpredictable and chaotic all the time, I might be able to get ahead?” For many people, the natural response is to back away from their aspirations, keep their heads down and play it safe, hoping that crazy times will get back to “normal.” Continue reading
With the arrival of each new year we find ourselves at the juncture of past and future. We tend to focus more on the future, submitting annual budgets and selecting our vacation weeks, but setting aside time to reflect on the year past and what we learned from it can make all the difference in both our professional and personal lives. Continue reading
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What does it mean to be a global worker and a true “citizen of the world” today?
It goes beyond merely acknowledging cultural differences. It means you are able to adapt your behavior to conform to new cultural contexts without losing your authentic self in the process. Not only is this difficult, it’s a frightening prospect for most people and something completely outside their comfort zone. Continue reading