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Merge's latest articles
How to manage change in the workplace
Resources are fewer, yet you and your staff are being asked to accomplish more tasks, give greater levels of customer service, and achieve improved results. All this while your workload escalates and your time dwindles. Yet not everyone responds in the same way to this rapid pace of change. You likely may have one or two staff who roll with the punches and quickly bounce back from even the biggest knockout. But you're just as likely to have employees who resist all change and struggle to keep up with even the smallest modifications. So what can you do to help yourself and your people successfully deal with this reality of today's rapid pace of change?
My latest article recently published in the BC Human Resources Management Association's online magazine — HRVoice.org — offers a key insight: while negative change is often unpredictable, people's reactions to it tend to follow a classic model. And if you understand the model, there are two key things that you can use to your benefit to help make all workplace transitions smoother.
Managing Workplace Change
Take a read through the article, and then stop by my blog and share your experiences. Do you agree with this model? What are you doing to help your people navigate through workplace change?
Employee volunteer programs increase employee engagement
Research shows that volunteer projects taken on by groups of employees encourage teamwork, improve communication, promote leadership and other skill development, enhance employee loyalty and retention, increase job satisfaction and morale, and even improve productivity and on-job-performance. With all these positive outcomes, you’d expect that companies and departments would be clamoring to sign up. Not so. And that’s usually either because managers have bought into several myths about why such projects won’t work, or because they don’t know how to make it happen.
In my latest article in CGA Magazine, I address the three most common myths that stall such initiatives AND offer three specific things that you can do as a leader to maximize the value potential inherent in a team volunteer project.
If They Give, You Will Get Back: The case for employee volunteer programs
Well, what is your experience? Are you currently participating in team volunteer projects supported by your employer? Is it worth it? Or do you have a contrary opinion? Please share your thoughts on my blog.