Empathy and compassion as cornerstones of teamwork

In a recent HBR article (“To Make a Team more Effective, Find their Commonalities”) , David DeSteno emphasizes cooperation and trust between employees as vital elements for organizations that have to deal with increasingly complex problems at an ever faster pace. Teams, not individuals, are the future of work. Now how do you move teammates from mere colleague behavior…

The elements of wellbeing (and the difference with wellness)

A lot of people seem to use both words as synonyms, but don’t actually realise that there’s a difference. Wellbeing refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience, whereas wellness refers just to physical health and fitness. Allan Watkinson, engagement manager of Gallup Consulting, reviewed the results of a major global study into wellbeing, which recorded people’s…

10 ways to be a better employee in 2015

Be better in your job this year with these small changes to your daily worklife. by SAMANTHA COLE (On Fast Company) Most of us start the New Year hoping to be better versions of ourselves. Our work lives, especially, are an easily quantified place to improve: We’re rewarded for jobs well done in promotions or raises, and given formal reviews. But…

4 ways to motivate people

Interesting post on the website of FForward – one of our valued partners in the USA – about ways to motivate your employees. The best leaders in the world are the ones most adept at motivating their employees to perform to the fullest extent of their abilities. Increased productivity, improved sales, reduced waste and optimized efficiency are all byproducts…

The Case For Letting Employees Choose Their Own Job Titles

THE STRATEGY DID WONDERS AT THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION. CAN IT WORK ELSEWHERE? It’s not unusual these days to see people with unusual job titles. There’s a Director of Chaos at Berkshire Hathaway and a Director of First Impressions at the reception desk of many companies. Google has a Captain of Moonshots. Some employees at IBM call…

5 things smart leaders do to empower employees

We bumped into a nice post on Inc.com from Minda Zetlin. Minda Zetlin is a business technology writer and speaker, co-author of The Geek Gap, and president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. How much does it matter to have engaged, empowered, enthusiastic employees? It can make the difference between success and failure, says…

People who laugh together work together

Investing in entertainment (or in this case more specifically sportainment) for employees has a direct impact on employee satisfaction within an organization. Recently, in the aftermath of the recent financial and economic recession, employee satisfaction has received more attention from decision makers. When we talk to CEO’s, Marketing Directors and HR professionals from all over…

Herculean ambassador: Piet Den Boer!

Setting the scene: Eurocup Football 1989. Last time that a Belgian soccer club played the finals in a European league. Ajax versus KV Mechelen in Strasbourg, France. One goal, one super hero: Piet Den Boer. Piet was a successful Dutch footballer who played for several Belgian, Dutch and French clubs. He now works as a private banker,…

HR managers become corporate wellbeing managers

“CEOs do the job of HR.” “HR has become all about processes and not people.” “HR has lost the plot.” On the face of it these words seem rather harsh, after all HR work extremely hard often under difficult conditions, but this was the consensus of several CEOs I interviewed in the last few months….

9 ways that sound affects our health, wellbeing and productivity

Julian Treasure cares very deeply for your ears. That’s why he’s given TED talks like “The 4 ways sound affects us” and “Why architects need to use their ears.” Treasure is on a mission to make policymakers, engineers, architects and, well, Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 stepsJulian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8…