Office plants like this one reduce employee stress.

5 office plants that can reduce employee stress

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Stress in the workplace is common. According to the American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of workers experience on-the-job stress. What’s more, 40 percent of employees said their job is “very” or “extremely” stressful. As a manager, you want your people to be happy and engaged—not tense and checked out. You’ll be glad to know…

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Manager ratings and employee engagement levels

We asked 5,103 people about their managers. Here are 3 fascinating findings.

4 min read

The idea for this study was hatched in April when I was out there poking around the interwebs, trying to dig up some hard data about what traits are found in great managers (and terrible managers, for that matter). What I quickly found was there is an abundance of self-proclaimed management experts who opine about…

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5 ways to build confidence in a new hire

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No matter how you slice it, being the new person at any organization requires you to take a big step into unfamiliar territory. Two months ago, I joined The Predictive Index (PI) as the client marketing manager after working in account management at the same advertising agency for three years. And when I arrived on…

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Robert Craven

Catalyzing your company for change

8 min read

HR leaders can and should think of themselves as catalysts for change in their organizations, but they can’t and shouldn’t have to do it alone. 

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PI employee listening to music

7 ways to create an upward spiral of confidence

4 min read

I consider myself to be a reasonably confident fellow. Need somebody to tackle a challenging work project? Have a new big, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG) that needs to be achieved? Seeking a karaoke partner to belt out The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”? I’m your guy.

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Woman presenting

What does your employer brand say about your company’s personality?

6 min read

When you think of “branding,” there are likely tons of things that jump into your mind. Logos, taglines, fonts and signature colors, which are pieces of visual brand identity. And then there are more interactive things like what a company represents and how it interacts with and treats its customers, which relate to brand personality…

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Woman giving presentation

“Bringing your whole self to work”: What the hell does that mean?

6 min read

As a bit of a business geek, I read a lot of books about management, business trends, and company culture. And there’s a term that I’ve noticed slip into our people management vernacular over the past 3-4 years: “Bringing your whole self to work.” It’s kind of catchy.

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man on scooter in office

No formality, no problem!

5 min read

You just met the perfect candidate, the unicorn of talent. Her resume was stunning—neatly written, and with all the right experience. She answered each of your interview questions to perfection and your gut feeling is she’ll fit right in to your organization’s culture. 

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Man angry at work

Five reasons your email makes me cringe

4 min read

The all-too-common email habits that make your coworkers want to poke their eyes out

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Building a brand

4 pitfalls to avoid while developing your corporate identity

5 min read

Corporate identity isn’t an antiquated marketing concept, but rather a valuable positioning tool All companies think about and struggle with Corporate Identity (CI) – it’s the elephant in the room for start-ups and well-established businesses alike. Many companies fail to ever fully establish a thorough CI due to a variety of reasons. Many of the problems…

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Employee development: Highly valued but highly neglected

4 min read

Employees everywhere want to improve and get ahead, so why aren’t you providing employee development opportunities?

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Get along or get appreciated? A tool for candid cultural fit conversations

4 min read

  A simple framework for identifying the type of culture you offer and finding those who fit 

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Broken heart puzzle piece

How a leader can change their peoples’ view of the organization

6 min read

An organization’s culture is derived from the behaviors of the people within it An organization’s culture is a system of behaviors, expectations, priorities, traditions, and attitudes that work themselves out in the ways people communicate and get things done. To put it more simply, one could say that an organization’s culture is its system of…

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Kid on springs

5 steps to marketing your business from the inside out

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When employees identify with a leader’s “why,” they become ambassadors for your cause.

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