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Employee Experience

How to Make Working From Home Actually Work

“I would never get anything done.” “I would stay in my pajamas all day.” “I would sleep in every day.”   These are the common responses I receive when I tell people I’ve worked from home for the past four years. Working remote can be a controversial topic, as evidenced by instances of companies cracking down on workers who telecommute (see: IBM and Yahoo)....

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Grief: Addressing the elephant in the office

Cake, balloons, a champagne toast. These are just some of the ways we might celebrate a colleague’s birthday, engagement, or pregnancy at the office. But what do we do when a member of the team experiences loss or grief? Jointly signing a sympathy card or sending flowers might sound familiar. Because of the fear of making our grieving coworker feel uncomfortable or...

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Stop begging candidates

Stop begging your candidates!

  We have been doing a lot of work lately helping our clients to define their Employee Value Proposition (or EVP), and one thing that I’ve LOVED seeing is how many of our clients are embracing the fact that their company isn’t for everyone. All too often, companies are so focused on “selling” their workplace to prospective employees, that they lose...

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employee experience

The Employee Experience Summit Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of chairing the Advanced Learning Institute’s Employee Experience Summit here in New York. It was tremendously energizing to step away from my daily work and spend a few days with so many super-smart people who care so deeply about creating meaningful employee experiences. When you consider that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours at...

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mindfulness

Mindfulness for the Real World

  “Between stimulus and response, there is a space.” – Viktor Frankl   At a recent planning session for our team, we spent quite a bit of time discussing mindfulness. Yes, mindfulness has become quite the buzzword lately, but what exactly is it? And what might it mean in the real world, outside the yoga studio? According to UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, mindfulness is defined...

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Life lessons from a tough professor

Sure, it’s a bit of a cliché, but a recent blog post by Syracuse University’s Chancellor Kent Syverud got me thinking about how the people that push you the hardest are often the ones who have the most profound effect on your life. I’m always proud to tell people that I went to Syracuse University and attended the prestigious Newhouse School of...

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Change Management

Times they are a changin’. Here’s what to do about it.

Times they are a changin’. Here’s what to do about it. 2016 has been a weird year. Forget the presidential election for a minute, and reflect on how many changes have occurred at your company since last year. Whether the changes were planned, completely unexpected or somewhere in between, let’s face it: change is the only constant. So, knowing this, how do...

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Giving and Taking

The Unexpected Power of Generosity

It’s officially my favorite time of year - when every publication and website releases their “best of the year” lists - best songs, best TV shows, best books. As I’ve been reading all these lists over the past few days, I can’t help but chuckle to myself that my favorite book of the year was published three years ago. Practically anyone...

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Bad Habits

Habits Shmabits

How do you unlearn the “lessons” your career taught you? Our team recently had the opportunity to participate in a fabulous training exercise created by our resident genius, Jackie. Through our half-day session, Jackie shared tips and tricks to reframe our thinking and provide inspiration for 2017. On top of her brilliant agenda, I found myself trying to justify habits I’ve latched...

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