Conflict in our homes and the workplace is a fact of life. It doesn’t matter where you try to run and hide from it, conflict will always find you. We have seen all perspectives of conflict in one situation or another, whether it resulted from individuals with different interests or goals or differing personalities. All situations resulting in conflict may portray a negative outlook on this topic but it is important to realize conflict can come in many forms, both good and bad.
Many companies, of all sizes, outsource jobs in their own backyard and even all over the world. It is becoming a more and more popular way of accomplishing tasks. People have many different outlooks about outsourcing. Some see it taking away business and jobs from their local community and others see it as a great opportunity to save money and tap into knowledge and skills not available locally. For those of you who are in the dark about outsourcing, let me fill you in. Outsourcing is simply a method of contracting work to an outside party.
Just before Christmas, my daughter had her first Christmas pageant, put on by her daycare. While I had my doubts that she would actually stay up on stage with the other children for it, I was pleasantly surprised that she stayed up there for the whole performance of Jingle Bells. While I watched them prance and dance around on the stage, I started to think about teamwork. Well, actually no, I didn’t. I thought of how adorable my daughter was. However, later that night I started to think about teamwork. And how children’s Christmas pageants have a lot to do with teamwork.
After 10 weeks spent 2000 feet below the ground, the last of the 33 Chilean miners reached the surface to cheers from the crowd this past Wednesday. Most of us will never know what it means to survive the harrowing experience these men endured, spending the first 17 days not knowing whether anyone would find them, having to face the fact that they may never be found, and another 53 waiting to see the light of day and their families again.
Respect is an extremely valuable, but often forgotten factor in organizations. It is a reality for a few organizations who have grasped its full potential, a mere concept to be talked about, but not implemented for many others.
When employees feel respected, they are more open, motivated and loyal. Respect builds employees who are dedicated and hardworking. I mean, who doesn’t want to be respected?
This past weekend, we organized a team building activity for a client. On top of a keynote engagement on the Saturday, we created a Mission Impossible challenge on Sunday afternoon that included challenges, riddles and lots of running!
Wondering what using your feet to pull marbles out of a bucket filled with ice or sucking baby food off of life savers to guess their flavor (eww) have to do with teambuilding? Truth is, not much. The important part was that the people doing it had fun with each other. Laughter was the key component.
People who have friends at work have been proven to be more productive employees. The more enjoyment you can bring to your workplace, the more willing employees will be to come to work and commit to fulfilling company goals. Try the two following techniques from Grace McGartland’s book on building a more innovative workplace, Thunderbolt Thinking.
In today's turbulent, unpredictable economy, it is important to motivate employees to fully utilize their talents. Yet in spite of all the books, journal and seminars available to review, managers often struggle with motivation and see it as something of a mystery to which there is no readily available solution. In part this is because individuals are motivated by different things and in different ways. It is also because these are tough times where the focus is on trimming, watching the bottom line and trying to do more with less.
If you are in business, then stress is about as normal for you as paper clips and invoices. A healthy level of stress can contribute to your business, driving you and your employees and colleagues to come up with creative solutions and pushing you to meet deadlines.