Scott Tierney, senior vice president for Mastercard's HR in the Asia-Pacific region, discussed how the credit firm seeks to establish a "winning culture with decency," and one that helps support professional and personal pursuits for employees. Tierney explained how Mastercard emphasizes "The Whole You," which means enabling employees to reach their full potential and make the maximum contribution to the company, while balancing their work and personal or family lives.
The holiday season means heavy workloads, tight deadlines and a requirement for collaborative, effective teamwork for many companies. Laura Hamill, chief people officer at Limeade, spoke about how organizing annual events to help alleviate employees' schedules, encouraging PTO and supporting the well-being of employees works best for this busy time of the season.
A concept known as intellectual humility plays a key role in being open-minded, which is an important leadership trait. Certain activities -- such as traveling frequently, reading fiction and practicing mindfulness -- are associated with high levels of intellectual humility, writes Shane Snow.
Think about scenarios at work that cause you to come unglued, and explore ways to handle those types of situations more constructively in the future. "If you can begin to recognize your triggers, you can choose your response to them, as opposed to simply reacting," writes Ximena Vengoechea.
More than a third of Americans do not get the seven hours of sleep per night that experts recommend. New research published in the journal Sleep Health examines the relationship between exercise and sleep and notes that there is sometimes a trade-off between the two activities.
The Jezero Crater has been selected as the landing site for the next Mars rover as NASA hunts for signs of ancient life on the red planet in 2020. "Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.
Marriott International has agreed to the terms of Boston employees, ending a 46-day strike, and has settled contracts in several other locations, giving increased pay, job security and workplace safety. Negotiations are ongoing in San Francisco and Hawaii, which have more than 3,500 workers on strike.
Part of staying productive at work while at the same time dealing with depression is knowing what the most productive part of your day is and taking full advantage of those hours to get your most important work done. Having a support system and informing your boss can also help manage depressive symptoms in the workplace, points out psychologist Nikole Benders-Hadi.
HR leaders at Square, Mattel and Equinox get executives and managers involved with strategic recruitment, training and career-development programs, writes Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify. "The focus is less on control and ownership, and more on understanding and aligning the people strategy to business goals, supporting and empowering the employees to do their best work," Schmidt writes.
The Essilor HR team's first steps in creating a design-thinking program for a nonprofit organization involved studying an organizational chart, interviewing employees and figuring out which processes needed to be improved or adopted, writes Amrita Rajumoothy, global talent acquisition specialist for Essilor. The collaborative effort, which involved multiple changes to the initial plan, gave Essilor's team a better understanding of its strengths.