Flexible parental-leave policies that include reduced hours upon return and are embedded in the workplace culture help keep employees happy and engaged. "The more we can let people know they aren't alone and know that their colleagues juggle the same things, the better," says Jen Allyn of PwC.
Healthy workplace environments offer both owed respect and earned respect -- the basic good treatment of other human beings and the acknowledgement of a job well done -- to keep staff happy and productive. Prioritizing owed respect over earned respect can damage employee motivation, while the reverse can promote unhealthy levels of competition.
Effective leaders should focus on building the best culture, asking questions and then laying out the path to answering them, says Berlin School of Creative Leadership professor Paul Verdin. "It's a very different mindset, and it means we have to be comfortable from the top down, to live in uncertainty and to admit that 'we don't know,' "
Organizations can improve diversity by clearly defining their terms and understanding the differences in inclusion and diversity, writes diversity advocate Kim Crayton. In this commentary, she defines common words such as "privilege" and "underrepresented" and offers tips on combining approaches to improve overall diversity.
Artificial intelligence tools can make HR more human by providing insightful data from quick surveys and adding context to employee feedback, writes Jim Barnett, CEO of Glint. "With less time spent analyzing and interpreting data, HR teams are freed to spend more time coaching and developing leaders, managers and employees, strengthening relationships and implementing strategic and creative programs," Barnett writes.
A response team for cybersecurity events makes it possible for companies to respond to issues quickly and efficiently, writes French Caldwell of MetricStream. These teams are trained, have expertise and, through practice runs, can identify vulnerabilities before they are exploited, he writes.
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