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Embracing Generational Diversity: How to Create Community Among Generations

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/6/17 6:00 AM

In today’s workforce, diversity and inclusion are continuing to grow in importance as topics such as gender parity, religious equality, race and ethnicity, and more are rising in popularity to ensure everyone is treated fairly in the workplace. Employees want a safe and inclusive environment where they can be valued and judged on their work ethic and outcomes – not by stereotypes, beliefs or individual preferences.

The same can be said for different generations in the workplace, too. From the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers to Generation X and Millennials, each generation has stereotypes for working styles and how they communicate with others. In fact, a recent Robert Half survey reported that over 2,200 CFOs across the U.S. said they see the greatest generational differences in employees’ communication skills, ability to change and technical abilities.

Rather than focusing on the differences, however, organizations who embrace generational diversity develop an environment that encourages participation and collaboration between age groups. Here are three ways organizations and management can create community among generations while establishing a diverse and inclusive culture. In turn, companies can attract and retain talented, hard-working employees who feel valued and engaged.

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Topics: diversity and inclusion, generational diversity, Millennials, mentoring programs, Employee Engagement

Three Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Coworkers About Your Goals

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

3/7/17 9:00 AM

Setting a goal is one thing, while accomplishing that goal, whether short-term or long-term, is a whole other feat in itself. Many would say that when setting goals or resolutions, recognizing areas for improvement and creating a purpose of action to make those changes is the easy part – it’s the follow through that is the challenge.

About 80% of goals and resolutions made at the beginning of the year fail in the month of February – less than two months after they were set. So how can we, as goal setters and hopeful goal achievers, stay accountable for staying on the right track and not veering off back into our old habits? While achieiving goals takes commitment, focus and oftentimes mental and/or physical exertion, external factors can also have an impact on our ability to stick to our goals, including the workplace. Coworkers can have a huge influence on our daily routine such as eating habits, our attitude at work, how we react to certain situations, and so on. While a workplace can have a negative impact and be a distraction to achieving goals, it can just as well be a positive one. Here are three ways you and your fellow coworkers can help each other achieve your goals this year.

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Topics: Rewards and Recognition, accountability, Employee Engagement, employee motivation, setting goals, goals

Compensation for Employee Training Just Got Easier

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

8/30/16 1:05 PM

Learning within the workplace is shifting, and as we mentioned in the previous blog post, allowing employees to have more control of their own learning has a great impact on how engaged they are as well as the knowledge they retain. That is why Inspirus utilizes micro-learning, a type of learning that breaks important information into smaller chunks for users to easily comprehend. The only problem, however, is since micro-learning can be done at any time, even after hours and outside of the workplace, it’s difficult to properly compensate hourly employees without a way to measure the amount of time they spend on e-learning. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must be compensated for all “hours worked,” including training time. To alleviate this strain, Inspirus is bringing compensation reports into the equation, because keeping track of hours isn’t always as simple as clocking in and clocking out anymore. Now, organizations can get a basis for compensation of training pay and keep up with the amount of time hourly workers spend on micro-learning courses, which in turn, eases the burden for management and increases the accuracy of an employee’s wages.

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Topics: Compensation Reports, Learning, Employee Engagement, Micro-Learning

Micro-Learning: Changing the Way We Learn at Work

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/26/16 12:16 PM

“In today’s business environment, learning is an essential tool for engaging employees,
attracting and retaining top talent, and developing long-term leadership for the company.” – Global Human Capital Trends 2016, Deloitte University Press

In a study done by ATD (Association for Talent Development), research shows that companies dedicate approximately 30 hours of training per employee, per year. If you do the math, that boils down to just five minutes a day that is devoted to employee training. This isn’t much time considering learning and development play such a critical role within an organization. So how do we tailor our learning initiatives to fit this new direction in learning?

Technology’s Effect on Learning in the Workplace 

The way we learn at work is shifting, which means we need to shift how we learn. If there are only a few minutes allotted for learning in a day, it is important to take full advantage of the time available. According to ATD, internet and mobile devices are two critical factors of micro-learning. On average, we check our smartphones around 200 times a day, and thanks to technological advancements, we can access any type of information we need with the click of a button—and quickly. The habit of using technology has already been formed, so why not apply this to how we learn? That’s where micro-learning comes in.

“Technology allows us to rapidly deploy content by using micro-learning,” said Wendi Walker-Schmidt, director of engagement solutions-learning at Inspirus. “We should be pushing to use technology that people are already using because it is a habit that’s already been formed.”

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Topics: Learning, Casual Learning, Employee Engagement, Micro-Learning, Game-Based Approach to Learning

Bring Joy to Work, One Experience at a Time

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/19/16 10:47 AM

The Inspirus vision statement, “Bring joy to work, one experience at a time,” not only applies to the companies we work with across the globe, but includes our very own employees, too.

Merriam-Webster defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” Joy is a greater emotion that is harder to obtain, but more meaningful and long-lasting when it is. With the help of perseverance and hard work, joy can make for a cohesive team.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Recognition, Nomination Program