Help employees feel appreciated by recognizing their accomplishments, encouraging co-workers to praise each other and allowing flexible work structures, says Jesse Harriott of the WorkHuman Analytics and Research Institute at Globoforce. "Building that culture of safety where staff feel like they're getting something personal out of their employer relationships -- rather than just making a living -- gives a sense of purpose," Harriott says.
A good offboarding experience lowers the chances of former employees making negative comments about the workplace and increases the possibility of talent returning to the company, writes Ritva Nosov. Make the employees feel like part of the team until their final day and recognize them for their contributions, Nosov writes.
Age discrimination at work can result in federal fines and lawsuits, give the employer a bad name and leave the company with fewer mentors and knowledgeable employees, writes Andrea Choate. "Operating with a workforce skewed heavily toward younger workers may result in a higher percentage of employees who are lacking in practical experience," she writes.
The best chief academic officers are those who know how to solve problems and listen to all constituents, but also remember that they serve the president's agenda, writes St. Norbert College dean Michael Marsden. Such leaders also should keep one foot in academia to better understand the concerns of faculty, Marsden asserts in this commentary.
Research finds our reliance on technology to communicate is increasing employee loneliness and disengagement, writes Dan Schawbel. Leaders can turn this around by mentioning individual contributions when celebrating team success and encouraging members to support each other's professional development, he writes.
The US economy likely will continue to grow at an annual rate of slightly above 3%, but a labor shortage could affect that figure, economists said at a briefing by The Conference Board. Employers have had difficulty finding professional workers, and now it is becoming a challenge to recruit blue-collar workers.
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