How to Manage ‘Invisible Transitions’ in Leadership | MIT Sloan Management Review

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Leaders increasingly make “invisible transitions”—where they take on new tasks, responsibilities, and obligations without changes in their job title, description, or authority. And according to this article, invisible transitions are more challenging to navigate than formal leadership transitions, such as vertical transitions (promotions to a higher rank), lateral transitions (moving to a different part of the business), and geographic transitions (moving …

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Aligning Culture and Policy to Mend the Rift Between Needing Time Off and Taking It | Deloitte Insights

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As referenced in my article, 2021 HR Trends and Priorities: A Summarized View of Nine Sources, employee wellbeing (EWB) is a top priority for many organizations. And given that many workers postponed vacation plans in 2020 because of the pandemic, firms are encouraging their workers to use their Paid Time Off (PTO) in 2021 as one …

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What Psychological Safety Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace | Harvard Business Review

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In the workplace, psychological safety (PS) has focused chiefly on fostering candor, trust, and transparency on work-related topics. However, as work and life become more integrated, this article suggests managers must extend aspects of psychological safety beyond work areas to include other parts of employees’ experiences. Said differently, previously off-limits topics like child care, health-risk …

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What Does It Mean to Be a Manager Today? | Harvard Business Review

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This article argues how firms can help managers develop a new set of skills to succeed in this new business environment. The current and future business context calls for the “empathetic manager” – one who focuses less on what employees are doing and more on understanding how they feel. This manager type contextualizes performance and behavior — transcends simply understanding …

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The Wellbeing-Engagement Paradox of 2020 | Gallup Workplace

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The article notes how employee engagement and wellbeing became disconnected from each other in 2020. While Gallup research has previously shown that engagement and wellbeing are reciprocal (they influence each other) and additive (each makes a unique but complementary contribution to employees’ thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and performance outcomes), new research shows a paradoxical relationship between the …

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Designing the Hybrid Office: From Workplace to “Culture Space” | Harvard Business Review

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Last week I shared a report by Deloitte containing a section on how the physical workplace will serve a new role. It argued that the office will no longer be a default place of work for everyone but will be reimagined as places for innovation, co-creation, social engagement, teaming, and celebration. Said differently, while remote work will …

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Are Companies Following Through on Their Diversity & Inclusion Pledges? | i4cp

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As several firms made commitments to address DE&I issues at the height of last year’s social justice and racial equity demonstrations, this I4CP survey gauged how well those promises are being kept. Overall, firms have shown progress and commitment to DE&I-related actions, including a sizable percentage (41%) that added an executive role with responsibility for DEI …

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The Future of Team Leadership Is Multimodal | MIT Sloan Management Review

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COVID-19 continues to spur a shift to hybrid work. And as leaders lead their teams both virtually and in-person, this article suggests four multimodal leadership roles for leaders to adopt 1) Conductor. This role can be mostly virtual and requires leaders to harmonize their team by sharing and coordinating plans, decisions, and information. 2) Catalyst. When teams come together in person, leaders …

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Have Failed. How About Belonging, Dignity and Justice Instead? | World Economic Forum

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Despite well-intentioned efforts to drive improvement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), many measures show the DEI practices have fallen short of their intended outcomes. A recent study by Josh Bersin Academy found that DEI training is one of the least impactful practices, despite the millions of dollars invested. The same research shows that only one in …

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Why Psychological Safety at Work Is Key to Preventing Employee Burnout | Fast Company

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Employee wellness, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and strengthening company culture are priorities for many organizations. As firms develop strategies to address these areas, the notion of psychological safety (PS) can serve as a multiplier for positively impacting these areas simultaneously. This short article provides a few ideas for cultivating PS in the workplace. It offers a …

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