The Inspirus Blog

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

Sodexo's Global Workplace Trends Report Offers Thought Leadership from Leading Voices

Posted by Mia Mends

5/1/17 6:00 AM

In This Post We Focus on Two of Our Top Priorities, Learning and Wellness

With the recent release of Sodexo's 2017 Global Workplace Trends Report comes a compendium of rich content from one of the world’s largest employers along with global news sources and nearly 50 subject matter experts from renowned academic institutions, associations, consultancies, foundations, NGOs, research groups, think tanks and more.

Sodexo explored 10 workplace trends in this year’s extensive report: organizational and employee agility; collaborative work spaces; the impact of societal issues such as migration and cultural integration; the new generation of robotics; the evolution of learning at work; the overlap of personal and corporate brands; design thinking principles in the workplace; sustainable development goals; the potential of millennial talent; and the workplace as a wellness destination.

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Topics: workplace trends, Sodexo Workplace Trends Report, Learning, quality of life, Wellness, Employee Engagement, employee experiences, Well-being

The Holistic Employee Experience

Posted by Mia Mends

4/12/17 7:30 AM

Human resources professionals and forward-thinking companies know that employees are the foundation of culture, and their everyday experiences are key to the organization’s success. It’s why Inspirus has always focused its mission and business purpose on the employee experience, and we are now seeing the rest of the industry pivot from employee engagement to employee experience.

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Topics: employee experience, human resources, employee journey, quality of life, Employee Engagement, work-life balance

International Women’s Day: A Global Call to Action

Posted by Mia Mends

3/8/17 7:10 AM

Today, on International Women’s Day (IWD), we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. But IWD marks more than just a day of celebration. It’s also a global call to action to accelerate gender parity where it is lacking.

Shockingly, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t truly be closed until 2186! That’s why campaigns like IWD are necessary — to help drive change through targeted action and move us all closer to a more gender-inclusive world. This requires each of us — individuals, businesses and organizations — to step up and “Be Bold for Change.”

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Topics: Be Bold for Change, International Womens Day, women, gender, business, society, Employee Engagement, quality of life

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