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208: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust | with Maya Hu-Chan

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To be a leader who truly engages the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people, you have to authentically connect with them on a human level. You’ve heard the phrase, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Seven Practices to Ensure Creative Brainstorming in a Virtual World

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Many of us are used to generating our best ideas by tapping the creativity of a group of colleagues…in the same room with a whiteboard, flipchart, or sticky notes. The interpersonal dynamics and these tactile tools help make something magical happen in the brainstorming process.

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What Are You Forgetting? Press Play on Video

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Each year, our culture takes another leap in the digital revolution. This has sent video to the forefront of communication channels. Some examples. COVID-19 has forced Zoom meetings to become the backbone of our daily schedules.

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Serial Comma or Not? Whatever You Do, Be Consistent

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The serial comma is a much-debated punctuation mark. Often called the “Oxford” comma, it’s the comma before a conjunction (“and” or “or”) in a list of three or more words or phrases. One, two, and three. Red, white, and blue. Burger, fries, and a drink.

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

206: Coronavirus – Supporting Employee Mental Health During a Pandemic | with William Kassler from IBM

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Join my conversation with the Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM, with a 350,000-person global workforce, about measures that major companies are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for employee mental health.

The Best Open Enrollment Tactics in a Pandemic

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With the virus still plaguing us, there are no standard operating procedures for our everyday lives…at home or at work. However, the benefits open enrollment for 2021 must go on! What’s worked in the past will need to be tweaked, if not completely revamped.

Top Five Open Enrollment Messages for this Year

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Each year, open enrollment provides employers with a captive audience to promote benefits and educate the workforce about them. Given the circumstances created by COVID-19, we think your messages this year should be focused and simple. Consider these: 1.

Pandemic Changes Workforce Trends — Three Types of Employees Highlighted in Gartner Data

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Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, shared recent survey findings that may affect organizations’ HR strategies in the near future. Remote working is here to stay.

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210: Practicing Antiracist Leadership

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Today I share some reflections about what I’ve been reading, learning, thinking, and practicing over the past few weeks. How can we as imperfect leaders and human beings contribute to helpful solutions, rather than to ongoing conditions of inequality, discrimination, and fear … including the fear of talking honestly about topics like racism? Resources Mentioned […]. Today I share some reflections about what I’ve been reading, learning, thinking, and practicing over the past few weeks.

211: Breaking Through Barriers | with Dave Shurna

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What barriers do you face? Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. And the same is true for those you lead. Dave Shurna joins me to discuss tips from his new book about breaking through barriers of all […]. What barriers do you face? Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

209: Giving Feedback Without Hurting Psychological Safety | with Maya Hu-Chan

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Psychological safety is a team member’s sense of confidence that the leader and the rest of the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish them for speaking up. They feel safe to take risks, fully contribute, share ideas, and raise concerns – all of which are necessary for an organization to innovate, solve problems, survive, […]. Psychological safety is a team member’s sense of confidence that the leader and the rest of the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish them for speaking up.

212: Building a Courageous Culture that Facilitates Innovation and Problem-Solving | with Karin Hurt

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“Why am I the only one who finds these issues? What’s wrong with my people? Why can’t they see this stuff and fix it?” If these frustrations sound familiar, you’ll love this conversation with Karin Hurt about her newest book, Courageous Cultures. We talk about building teams of micro-innovators, problem-solvers, and customer-advocates working together. In […]. Why am I the only one who finds these issues? What’s wrong with my people? Why can’t they see this stuff and fix it?”.

207: Helping Your Team Contribute More to the World | with Tom Rath

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At most organizations today, the work people do tends to hurt their wellbeing, when it should be making them happier and healthier. A major key to turning this around is helping employees make their work more meaningful … which is all about discovering how they can best contribute. And of course, it’s simply smart business. […]. At most organizations today, the work people do tends to hurt their wellbeing, when it should be making them happier and healthier.

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213: Dealing with Challenging Employees when Building Courageous Culture | with Karin Hurt

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Some leaders look at their people, shake their heads, and say, “They can’t get there from here.” Sometimes that’s true. But often the solution is creating a stronger culture, where employees are encouraged and coached to contribute their best thinking. People are different, and these differences can add value. As a leader, you need to […]. Some leaders look at their people, shake their heads, and say, “They can’t get there from here.” Sometimes that’s true.

5 Simple Tips Before Logging onto Your Next Video Conference

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Video conferencing is here to stay. A few adjustments will ensure you and your brilliant ideas are easy to see, hear, and understand. Good lighting. Natural light shining on your face is best. If a window is behind you, close the shades and turn on a bright lamp. Flattering camera position. It’s […].

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

205: Coronavirus – 13 Ways to Stay Sane and Productive During a Pandemic

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Are you able to stay happy, energized, and productive during all the distractions, changes, and uncertainties of COVID-19? It’s not easy! And it’s hard to be an effective leader for your team if you aren’t maintaining your own mental and physical wellbeing. Our team at Workforce recently shared with each other what’s been helping us […]. Are you able to stay happy, energized, and productive during all the distractions, changes, and uncertainties of COVID-19? It’s not easy!

203: 4 Ways to Keep Work Fulfilling for Remote Workers | with Bruce Daisley, former Twitter VP

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Due to the coronavirus, the number of people working from home is skyrocketing. Even without a pandemic, working remotely has become a very common arrangement, allowing companies to access top talent without worrying about geography, while offering greater flexibility for workers to do great work on their own terms. And yet over time, dissatisfaction, disconnection, […]. Due to the coronavirus, the number of people working from home is skyrocketing.

Give It Some Space Don’t Cram Too Much into Your Communication

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White space is more than just a white space…it’s an excellent communication tool to help you eliminate useless clutter in your message, your layout, or your conversation. In visual communication, white space means any area that is free from text, images, or embellishments. Space directs your eye and emphasizes your visual point. It also […].

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7 Tricks to Make Your Communication Sticky

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Have you ever put time and effort into communicating something important, only to have people ignore or quickly forget about it? Does it drive you crazy to hear, “You never told us about that!” Apply three or more of these tricks to each communication, and people will be more likely to notice, care, and […].

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Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Quick Checklist for Being an Empathetic Leader

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Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Theodore Roosevelt In challenging times like these, it’s even more important than usual that your workforce knows you are trustworthy and caring. Effective empathy is something you can develop through regular practice of these six skills: • Curiosity: Take the […].

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If You Want Your Message to Be Heard, It Needs to Look Good

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The human brain is drawn to information that is visually pleasing and easy to understand. If you’re not using images, headlines, and whitespace to convey complicated concepts, chances are people will tune it out. More than 50% of the cortex, the surface of the brain, is devoted to processing visual information. Some 93% […].

What the Font? Things to Consider When Selecting a Typeface

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The curve, openness, and spacing of a font are actual design elements and convey a look and feel. It’s important to choose a typeface that fits the design of the rest of your communication piece. Readability is key for body text. Why pick a fancy font to be different if no one can read […].

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Solve the Mystery of Successful Teams

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“Psychological safety” may be a buzz phrase, but it’s a big deal. It means that members of a team feel comfortable in their team to be themselves, participate, share ideas, disagree, and even ask for help. Organizational behavioral scientist Amy Edmondson of Harvard first introduced the concept and how it affects team success. She […].

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

184: Using Storytelling to Lead a Transformation at Lowe’s (and Your Company) | with Kyle Nel

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The home improvement store chain Lowe’s was named #1 among Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as #1 for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies.

Turn Doubt into Trust. Use these 4 Leader Behaviors in Meetings.

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A team that trusts its leader is typically more productive, innovative, and successful. Team meetings provide an opportunity for a leader to practice and demonstrate the following four behaviors that build trust: Plan ahead. Communicate in advance of meetings by providing an agenda and the list of who’s invited. This tells participants what […].

178: How to Succeed at Work/Life Balance (Without Going Crazy)

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Imagine life is a game where you are juggling five balls. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity — are made of glass. James Patterson The first secret to work/life balance is recognizing that it’s not about balance.

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Don’t Skip Strategy

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The natural tendency, when facing a communication issue, is to skip critical planning steps and jump right into tactics. However, skipping strategy often means missing opportunities to effectively engage people—or worse, producing unintended negative consequences. Think about these five components (which we call the 5M Framework) as you plan your communication: Mission: What […].

HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

Good Leaders Send KISSER Messages

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Keep It Short, Sweet … Especially Relevant! If you are a leader, there’s an expectation that you keep your team informed and up to date. However, some leaders make the mistake of sending long emails or rambling at a meeting. People tune out quickly…even when they know it’s important. Experts say most people only […].

204: The Role of Men in Tackling Gender Inequality at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion

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When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved. However, many men don’t feel equipped to play any role in inclusion and equity. For some men, the traditional model of masculinity steers men away from talking about emotional topics (except to […]. When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved.

Take a Peek! Points on How to Use Photos Effectively

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A photo helps grab attention for your message and draws in the audience. Sometimes it can even tell the whole story. But don’t settle for the any-ole-photo-will-do philosophy. It’s better to have no photo than the wrong photo. Here are some important considerations: Selectively use personal snapshots; they may not be good enough in […].

“They” Can’t Be Singular…Can It?

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In the past, when we wrote about an unidentified individual, we would say: “Each employee who wants to enroll his/her family in benefits can check this box.” Some people didn’t like his/her. They wanted her/his or his or her…or they fussed with tedious editing to avoid the situation. But now, “they” CAN BE SINGULAR! […].

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

Anger Goes Nowhere | Paul Falcone

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Anger goes nowhere. But if you can get people to assume partial responsibility for a problem, they’ll fix it. Paul Falcone. Quotes

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183: Using the Fogg Behavior Model to Drive Change | with Jamie Barnes

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When developing a communication strategy to drive change within an organization, we use various models and frameworks to help ensure we create a strategy that actually works. The Fogg Behavioral Model is a powerful framework for driving change.

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Listen – it makes you sound smarter | Richard Branson

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Listen — it makes you sound smarter. Richard Branson. Quotes

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How to Implement New Workplace Policies Needed in a Post-Pandemic World

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Getting back to normal at work won’t be normal at all. Organizations and leaders will face a new set of challenges as they reopen or continue to operate their companies after COVID-19. I hope to help you navigate the changes to your workplace with a few tips about how to move forward using good communication […]. Blog Communication tactics Leading change

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.