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REBUILDING YOUR CULTURE: Adjusting Your Engagement to Guide Your People From Toxic To Thriving

Is your workplace thriving? Or is it dragging?

Are your people excited to spend time in the office? Or are they dreading pulling their alarm? 

Is there motivation fizzing throughout your team to accomplish goals? 

Or is there tension and silence that has fallen on your team stifling performance?

We have shared a lot about "Engagement" recently because it's so important, but we would be amiss to not talk about toxic environments and how your engagement can impact more than just the monthly deadlines. As we’ve noted, your people MATTER, and so, the environment that you create and allow your people to cultivate matters all the more. 

We recommend reviewing our “7 Warning Signs Your Workplace is Toxic” Resource to help you quickly identify toxic tendencies and diminish them before they take root and run your top talent away. Meanwhile, here’s a deeper look into guiding the workplace culture to thrive. 

 

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How Empowerment Elevates

It’s no secret that people are the core of your business. People make what you do, happen. 

What would happen if you, as the leader of your people, focused the bulk of your efforts into empowering your people? What if empowering them meant creating even more loyal employees OR what if that meant that they launched out and achieved a greater to them personal purpose! 

Empowerment, as defined for the workplace, is based on the idea that providing employees with the resources, authority, opportunity, and motivation to do their work, as well as holding them accountable for their actions, will make employees happier and more proficient in their job. 

In an article published by Forbes we found this interesting quote from Ed Evans, Four Seasons Executive Vice President and CHRO. He attributes the company’s success to its employees and culture and said  “The same level of care that we extend to our guests applies to our people. By empowering our...

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Employee Engagement That Shifts Turnover Rate

Cultivating employee engagement skills involves a host of responsibilities including but not limited to creating great lines of communication, a willingness for transparency, offering training for your employees with new skills and moving employees around into appropriate roles. 

What else is impacted by better employee engagement?  Turnover. 

“High turnover usually suggests a problem with employee engagement. Engaged employees are generally happier, perform better, and stay with a company longer than disengaged employees.” WorkStride

There are many ways to shift turnover rates to the positive within your company. We’ve compiled a list of impacting factors for you to unpack. 

Onboarding – The first few days of a new hire’s employment with you makes a significant impact on their happiness. If your philosophy is “throw them in the deep end and see if they can swim” there’s a good chance they’ll bail for...

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The Power Of The Stay Interview

We’re taking time to highlight employee engagement this month. With that, we’d like to address a commonly overlooked practice, that when used properly, will increase retention rates and encourage a structured and informed boss to employee relationship. 

What makes a stay interview a powerful tool for employee engagement? 

  1. Stay interviews are conducted by the leaders of the organizations as opposed to an HR representative. This gives personal and direct conversation opportunities between the employee and their supervisor.
  2. The conversational style of a stay interview can promote unity and provides the space for employees to express their ideas and suggestions that might otherwise get stifled. 
  3. A stay interview gives room for the employee to express their needs - specifically needs that refer to how they best handle communication, guidance and even recognition.
  4. This interview is pressure free, it does not address the employee performance. It focuses on their...
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Developing A Strategy For Essentialism In Your Leadership

“The wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution is by doing only what is essential.” - Forbes 

Is Essentialism a tool that you are refining as a leader? If not, we want to help you learn to leverage this tool to work in your favor, better your business and boost your success as a leader and in your personal life. We’ve gathered information from some of our resources to create a guide for you to better implement Essentialism in your business, leadership and worklife. 

In his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Greg McKeown writes that, in order to be an effective leader while practicing essentialism, follow this four step process “essence, explore, eliminate, and execute” Click here to learn more 

What does this process look like in your business and work life as a leader? 

In the moments that you recognize a tradeoff exists in order to be true to the core...

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An Empathetic Approach To Trauma Informed Leadership

WHAT DOES TRAUMA INFORMED CARE  LOOK LIKE? 

 

At the Talent Magnet Institute we want to focus on empathy and caring well for our employees and those on our team. With a new year in view, it’s a good time to remember that the likely outcome of a crisis is trauma. If you are leading with empathy you will recognize that surviving 2020 isn’t the only traumatic thing to happen in your people’s lives, and for that reason, learning to implement practices and procedures that are developed with Trauma Informed Care principles is paramount. 

 

“Trauma Informed Care” is an approach that develops procedures, protocols, and practices with the assumption that every individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. 

 

You might be asking, “what kind of trauma?” This assumed history of trauma could refer to anything from mental health, sexual abuse or substance abuse, to trajedy or even mistreatment through...

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Best Practices For Communicating Change Brought By Crisis

While most businesses and corporations have not yet reached “back to normal”,  many of us are working to move forward as if things were normal. While striving for normalcy should put us at ease and provide a level of comfort during our continually uncertain times, for many, this has instead caused more stress. As we actively seek to implement continual changes to keep up with the changing environment and/or regulations around them the need for great communication increases. 

When striving to keep a “people first” mentality within your company, be sure to remember that springing change on your talent and resources can easily insight more fear, stir objection, and cause new stressors to arise. We’ve gathered a compilation of best practices for communicating change, whether planned or unplanned, during a crisis. 

 

Communicating the Objective of the Change

When a change arises, lean in to empathy. Empathy will first drive you to make...

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How to Be a Better Leader in 2021

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The new year is finally here, and we can now start taking action on all the goals we’ve planned for the upcoming 12 months. If you’re like most leaders, you experienced unforeseen challenges in 2020, and want to do better this year.

 

So how do you become a better leader in 2021?

 

Keep reading for easy tips.

 

1. Invest in yourself.

Becoming a better leader starts with investing in yourself. This includes a healthy commitment to self-care and personal development, but in the office, it also means putting stock in valuable coaching, consulting, and training. 

 

Spend some time researching topics that will help develop you as a leader, such as learning how to motivate a team, developing your leadership style, and even recent issues that include successful remote work

 

2. Invest in your team.

You are nothing without your team, so invest in them, too

 

Give your employees the skills they need to constantly grow within your...

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How to Stay Motivated in a Remote Workplace

 

As we reach the end of 2020, leaders and employees are feeling as if they are limping across the finish line. While year-end fatigue is completely normal, it does reflect a simple issue many workers have faced this year: staying motivated while working remotely.

 

How can you as a leader and employee yourself stay motivated when physical distance separates you from your team? While there are plenty of tactics to keep the morale up, we have a few easy ways that can help both you and your staff find motivation while working apart.

 

1. Have a schedule & establish boundaries.

When you work in an office, it’s easy to work that 9-5 schedule. But working from home suddenly creates an overlap of your personal and professional life -- which can easily make tasks bleed together.

 

It’s helpful to create a work schedule that is strict enough to get things done efficiently, while still being flexible to allow for things that wouldn’t normally pop up...

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3 Goal Setting Tips For Executive Leaders

Goal setting is something many leaders think they know how to do, but they are missing key components. It is one thing to set a goal...it is another thing to achieve the goal.

 

Goat setting and goal achieving are two different things, and we want you to be both a planner and an achiever using the tips below. 

 

But before we dive in, let's remove any skepticism you may have towards goal setting. Goal setting is important for many reasons, but here are three:

 

  • Goal-setting boosts clarity. When you set a goal, you will know what needs your focus most, and clarity is key to being a great leader. Having a goal is like a bullseye. All the things around you won't distract you from your target -- allowing you to be less of a reactive leader and more of a proactive leader who knows exactly what's important.
  • Goal-setting boosts motivation. When you set goals, it's because you want to picture a better future for yourself and your business. A brighter...
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