5 Top Benefits of Awe Inspired Workplaces

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With fierce competition for top talent companies can no longer afford not to be intentional about creating a unique approach to workplace culture. Not only do 30% of job seekers leave their jobs within the first 90 days citing culture issues, but as we know losing an employee is a massive expensive and interrupts the workflow of the team. The figures vary depending on the level of the employee, but it is very costly for companies.  Uber and so many others in the news have taught us that having a toxic workplace can lead to millions in lost revenue as customers respond with their wallets almost immediately after negative publicity.

The fact is, in order to compete you must have something unique and inspiring about your culture. The new science emerging on the emotion of awe is great news for heads up companies. Those companies who are able to tune in and highlight the emotion of awe are able to create a long list of advantages and see benefits in their culture, and in the bottom line. 

Developing your new leaders has other benefits as well. 

Inspired workplaces are altruistic 

Awe helps us shift our focus from ourselves, towards the greater good. We move from me-centered to we-centered.  It helps us get outside of ourselves. Creating an environment where employees are more altruistic will strengthen teams and the sense of support for each other. As employees feel like they have each other’s backs then psychological safety, engagement and deeper sense of connection are the results. 

Employees will experience a sense of belonging

Awe makes us feel connected to something larger than ourselves and this connects us to a deeper sense of purpose. We adjust our thinking and open our minds to new possibilities. Everyone wants to feel connected and while we spend over a third of lifetime at work -- the connections we make are some of the most important in our lives. When your employees feel more connected you see increases in collaborative communication, alignment and engagement with not only each other, but customers as well. 

An awe-inspired culture helps promote clarity and alignment

Awe helps create clarity and alignment at work. When you have a workplace full of employees who are inspired, ordinary tasks seem less daunting. Creativity arises to solve difficult challenges by those who feel connected and supported. The benefits include improved focus,  less distractions from low priority work, reduced duplicate effort, and increased quality of the results.

Employees won’t see their work as work

Awe expands people’s perception of time and increases focus. Awe makes us more patient. When employees share a strong sense of purpose and core values they are drawn to the vision and no longer see work as work. Creating an environment where shared goals and performance outweigh the desire to count down the minutes in the day is a direct result of this type of workplace. It can be accomplished by having employees work on tasks that play to their strengths and fulfill different passions encouraging feedback and choice. 

Increases in financial performance 

Awe inspired cultures can be directly linked to increases in financial performance. In recent research conducted by Personnel Review which took a look at Glassdoor data and the relationship between employee happiness and financial performance a clear link was found. The more positive ratings a company had the more likely that company experienced higher return over assets, operation margins and revenue per employee. The value of an awe inspired culture translates right to the bottom line. 

To learn more about the benefits of an Awe inspired workplace download our whitepaper on the 4 Steps to a Brighter Life or contact Candra.

A Great Culture Starts with Strong Leaders

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We all know the importance of company culture, but we are less clear on just how to create it. Culture drives an organization’s performance, engages its employees, and inspires a clearly defined direction and link to a meaningful mission. However, in order for a strong company culture to grow and thrive, it needs to be led by strong leaders. 

Whether they acknowledge it or not, leaders of organizations positively or negatively influence the culture. Leaders impact culture with their behaviors, how they respond, what they say and how they act on a daily basis. Leaders can undermine the confidence and trust of employees, or subconsciously dial up the fear and tension in the workplace or they can inspire teams to give their full effort, commit and contribute to achieving results.

The need for leadership development is more important than ever and companies are realizing that techniques that once worked in the past may need to be reinvented to meet today’s needs. 

Why the next generation of leaders need training

More and more we are seeing an early rise to senior roles. Young motivated professionals who have the skills of the job, but may lack the experience of leading and managing people that comes from years of working alongside others.

This kind of worker is used to getting things done by working alone - and excelling! How else do you think they rose above all of their peers to achieve so much so quickly? This trend in young managers is producing a generation of leaders that don’t know how to support a team to succeed. This gap isn’t permanent, but it does provide a great opportunity for growth.  

3 Benefits of Strong Leaders

Encourage a drive to learn

Whether an entry-level or senior-level employee, there’s always something new that we can learn and apply to our work lives. By developing new leaders you set them on a course that prepares them for the challenges of engaging their teams, supporting each other and building trust with their teammates. Leadership development will reinforce a culture of continuous learning and set an example for all employees that your company values continuous growth and development. This mindset will go along ways in strengthening your culture. 

Thought leadership

In order for a work culture to thrive, it needs thought leaders - leaders willing to take a stand and embody the mission.  Thought leaders don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk. They are seen taking an active role in what they are preaching. They inspire and motivate with new ideas and are willing to change the way things have always been done. 

Strengthens the Team  

Leaders than learn together, bond together.  Another benefit of leadership development is the relationships that are created by the common experience of learning new skills together.  The effort of moving up the ladder of competence with a colleague, provides an important and lasting commonality that creates lasting bonds.  The trust and courage that can emerge from a graduate school-like cohort can literally change the trajectory of your business. So if you want to have a strong culture, learn something new together.  

Your leaders impact your culture. Great culture requires great leaders.  One cannot exist without the other, it's as simple as that.  

Ten Tools To Help Build Your WORKPLACE Culture Technology Stack

Ten Tools To Help Build Your Technology Stack for Workplace Culture

Technology extends to every area of our work and personal lives. Only a decade ago there were very few tools for building your company culture. Today the list is long and sometimes overwhelming. It is important to note, that the tool is not the territory of culture. Use the tool with intention and a plan. There is no replacement for relationships, connection and real care for your people, but these tools can help make it easier. 

From employee feedback to benefits here are ten tools to help build your culture:

Slack

Slack is made for communication. You can customize this platform for any department, team, event, or topic to fit your needs. Slack has become the industry standard for team communication. It also functions as your own private messaging platform. 

CultureIQ

Data is king. There is a wide selection of new tools. Culture IQ allows you to engage with employees in two way dialogue and get real time feedback. CultureIQ is a flexible culture platform supported by a research-backed and strategy-focused framework. Whether you're looking to grow, merge or just want an employee pulse and engagement, CultureIQ can help. 

Charlie

Charlie is a free web platform created for improving teamwork, relationship building and communication. Every employee can easily find a team member and see all the important details about that person. It provides notification to remind you of key dates (such as birthdays, sick days, deadlines). You can plan your activities ahead before you go on vacation by using Charlie. Charlie helps us remember what is important to the team. 

Strengths-Finder

Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0, unveils an improved version of its popular assessment tool by identifying 34 signature strength themes for individuals. Strength-Finder can help teams identify and leverage key strengths to improve team performance. Strength-Finder helps teams identify core competencies and gaps and rethink the way they work together. Imagine redesigning your work to leverage what you are best at doing? 

15Five

15Five is an application based on a simple premise: if employees took 15 minutes each week to write down their thoughts, which would take a manager 5 minutes to read, a company will be more engaged and connected. Feedback is crucial to a team’s success and this tool increases the frequency and quality of the interaction. The immediacy of contact is the best part. 

CultureAmp Culture Amp makes it easy to collect, understand and act on employee feedback. Improve the engagement and performance of every employee -- all in one platform 

Reflektive 

With employee engagement at an all-time low, Reflektive provides tools to measure and recommendations for how to improve employee engagement surveys and action planning. Built on the belief that what gets measured, gets done. Reflektive helps companies build in the reflection time and tools that can enhance performance. 

Bonus.ly

With Bonusly, your employees will love giving recognition that’s candid, specific and social, and lets them express their unique personalities. Plus, it practically runs itself. 

Denison Culture Survey

The Denison Culture Survey is a tool that measures the elements of culture that contribute to high performance and is benchmarked against other companies in your industry. The company has been doing culture before it became popular and has applied the survey around the world in thousands of companies. It lays out a culture roadmap so that you can get started with small steps along a journey to a great culture. 

This is a sampler list of the hundreds of tools to help improve measurement, feedback and meaningful connection in your organization. Use them with intention to bring out the best in your people and your culture. 

If you are new to culture and don't know where to begin -- Live Bright Now can give you a hand. 

Culture + The Gig Economy: Why Culture Matters in the Contingent Workforce Too!

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It isn’t often that an economic hiring shift is so sudden, obvious or recognizable as the uprising of the gig economy. Uber, Lyft, Upwork, Postmates, Fiverr are a few of the many organizations hiring today’s workforce in which contract and freelance workers design when and how they work. The gig economy is not a trend that we can ignore, it’s a fundamental shift in the way employees think about jobs, skills and the work being done. It is causing companies to rethink what they know about their workforces' as well. 

Whether or not companies are embracing a contingent workforce yet, they may not have a choice in the future. A recent survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 16 million U.S. workers are part of the contingent workforce, meaning that companies would be wise to start fostering an environment where all types of workers feel welcome, not just those clocking in at eight and out at five. This creates a significant challenge for companies as they accept this new workforce and learn to extend the same hospitality to them that they do their full-time employees. No matter how or when people work, engagement, retention, and company culture always matter. 

The anatomy of the contingent workforce 

To understand the specific challenges that the new gig economy presents, we first must understand the individuals. McKinsey Global Institute’s study, Independent work: Choice, necessity, and the gig economy, reports that the independent workforce is diverse in terms of age, income levels, educational attainment, and gender. These workers are made up of full-time freelancers, those who use it to supplement their full-time income, and those who perform this work not out of a financial need but because of the opportunities it provides them. Their diverse backgrounds, demographics, and lifestyles increase the need for companies to be both accepting and proactively addressing their needs.

The majority of contingent workers actively choose their working style and report high levels of satisfaction with it, according to the report. This can be an advantage as contingent workers tend to be happier than most full-time workforces because they have control over their working lives. It could be tempting, but risky to try to exert control over this workforce. Doing so often leads to dissatisfaction and workers moving on to the next opportunity. This group of nearly 162 million workers across the U.S. and EU-15 has options, and they are often selective about who they choose to work with. In fact, research by ICM for LinkedIn revealed that nearly half of U.S. professionals would entirely rule out taking a job with a company that had an unhealthy culture no matter what pay they were offered. This is true of permanent and temporary workers. 

The company culture of the future

To be an employer of choice among this ever-expanding contingent workforce, companies must expand their mindsets beyond the traditional, permanent employee model. A temporary, freelance and contract workforce has different needs, desires, and expectations. By legal status, this group isn’t entitled to the same experience as full-time employees, but companies are well advised to create satisfying and exciting work experiences for them. 

Here are 8 ideas for building a culture that creates inclusion and belonging for the contingent or gig workforce. 

  1. Create an inspiring vision of what their work is doing for the organization and for them personally.

  2. Create structures to ensure that important company news and information are disseminated consistently to part-time employees, as well as to full-time employees, ensuring that every member of the workforce feels equally involved in day-to-day business.

  3. Include contractors in team events, celebrations and company teambuilding activities.

  4. Find champions to provide feedback and offer insight on the unique needs of the group.

  5. Remember to thank them for their contributions. Highlight their performance in company communication to make feel appreciated for their work with you.

  6. Think outside the box with benefits for independent contractors. Research from The Aspen Institute found that 54 percent of workers in the on-demand economy believe they should receive more benefits as part of their job, but two-thirds of employers don’t feel they should be responsible for providing them. There is a serious disconnect in expectations, and much of it stems from how we’ve historically seen contract workers.

  7. Create learning events just for them to meet each other and share best practices.

  8. Make them feel appreciated by inviting them back to share their stories and best practices.

It’s time to rethink what contract employees mean to our companies, and how our culture extends to them. When this group becomes a welcome and included part of the culture, you create an environment where you have an increased base of loyal advocates, customers, and workers. Building a culture where everyone belongs is a key priority for companies who want to thrive.

What is your company doing to build a culture that welcomes and creates a sense of belonging for gig or contingent workers?

Strategic Partnership Announcement: Cedar House Sports Hotel

Strategic Partnership Announcement: Cedar House Sports Hotel

With the formation of a successful partnership in 2018 . Live Bright Now and The Cedar Sports House have announced that bookings for Spring 2019 are underway.