The S.O.C. -- or Support, Opportunity and Communicate -- method can help companies increase engagement and retention by encouraging employees to take ownership of their career path, writes Sarah Fern, chief people officer at Velocity Global. Fern explains how to implement each stage of the method and provides a quick checklist to help leaders keep their efforts on track.
Many people aim to prioritize their physical and mental health in the new year but may not end up realizing their goals. Expressing self-compassion and focusing on small achievements rather than major aspirations can make reaching goals more manageable, says licensed clinical social worker Elizabeth Woike-Ganga.
The stress of leadership can literally affect your brain's prefrontal cortex, resulting in behavior that may adversely affect you and others, writes Amelia Haynes of the Korn Ferry Institute. Haynes recommends deliberate practices such as mindfulness and time for relaxation to rewire the brain.
Rumpelstiltskin could magically spin straw into gold, but the chemistry of corporate culture is less mysterious and should be an imperative for leaders, writes Steve McKee. "When members of your team don't believe in, trust or even like one another, your corporate chemistry becomes unstable at best," McKee writes.
Many employees are seeking a change in their work lives, often leaving their current employers in search of something that offers more flexibility or meaning to their lives. Many of these workers, though, are uncertain exactly what they exactly want. Here are ways to navigate this uncertainty, which experts say is nothing to worry about.
The number of US employees quitting their jobs voluntarily hit a record 4.5 million in November, with discharges and layoffs pushing total departures to 6.3 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, 6.7 million workers were hired in November.
Research shows that nearly half of full-time US employees feel affected by pandemic-related mental health issues. Employers can play a role in their well-being by supporting helpful behaviors, resiliency, compassion, engagement, connectedness, communication and inclusion.
Virtual presentations are difficult to sit through when there's too much content, nothing but slide after slide to look at or when the presenter appears overwhelmed by the technology, writes Kelly Decker. "Your ability to navigate screen sharing, chat, toggling views, and using media will make or break your credibility," Decker writes.
HR software startup Justworks' initial public offering on Nasdaq will reportedly price at $28-$32 a share for a potential valuation of $2 billion and $224 million raised for the company. The company primarily serves small and midsized businesses.
This year could see continued growth in HR technology spending in areas such as recruiting, people analytics remote work facilitation and internal talent marketplaces. Artificial intelligence is also expected to be a key component of HR systems, although Betsy Summers of Forrester says vendors need to win over HR when it comes to AI.