Sun Life Financial strives for a culture in which people are engaged and eager to contribute their ideas, says Sun Life Chief HR Officer Carrie Blair. "We try to get employees involved in all of our initiatives and projects because one of the secret sauces at Sun Life is collaboration," Blair says.
Mastercard and Facebook offer up to 20 days of bereavement leave as more companies recognize grieving workers often become disengaged at work. "We want to ensure that you take whatever time you need … to work through the emotional aspects but also the practical aspects," said Michael Fraccaro, chief HR officer at Mastercard.
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To determine if your company is aligned, look at whether the business is slow to make decisions, is consumed by meetings and lacks clarity as to roles, write Riaz Khadem and Linda Khadem of Infotrac. Other warning signs include departments failing to work with each other and lower-level employees feeling like they can't make decisions.
Manage employees like you manage company finances and you'll get better results, says Eric Garton, a Bain & Co. partner. Measure productivity, calculate how much meetings are costing you, and reward supervisors for good management of talent, he writes.
Executives are wrong to think they can order people to change a company's culture, write Bryan Walker and Sarah Soule. Social movements aren't always big at the beginning or from the top down, they write, and leaders can learn a lot from how such movements gain momentum.
Leaders can improve their effectiveness and make employees feel like they are part of a team by becoming better listeners, Jackie Edwards writes. She describes five ways to become a better listener, including paying attention to nonverbal cues, putting down your phone and being supportive of people's concerns and viewpoints.
The Ultimate Guide to Employee Recognition Want to learn how to create a meaningful strategy that will yield higher levels of employee retention and engagement? Read "The Ultimate Guide to Employee Recognition" to learn about the case for employee recognition, how to secure management buy in, how to create a recognition program road map and implement a program.
Top workplaces in the Minneapolis area include a broader definition of employee wellness that goes beyond diet and exercise. While Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America still has fitness classes, it also offers workers help with financial preparedness and social and personal development.
To support workers with disabilities, focus on their skills, not their disabilities, and don't make any assumptions about them, write Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt. Give directions and feedback clearly, and encourage the employees to ask for help.
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