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Employee Health Improves with Kindness

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, October 21, 2019

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that a $20 million gift is funding a UCLA institute studying the benefits of doing good for others. While skeptics might consider this just another California “woo woo” experiment, an interdisciplinary research approach is discovering that kindness to others alters genes that can lead to heart disease and certain cancers.  

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Three Dynamite Ways to Blow Up Employee Relationships

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, October 03, 2019

A sustainable, resilient organization needs employees who will hang in through changing times and put their talent and heart into the job.  Sadly, I’ve seen too many relationships disintegrate because of the actions of a manager. Worse—this isn’t rocket science but rather manager behavior that borders on everything from arrogance to just plain carelessness.  See how you would rate: 

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Five Tips to Unleash Learning Potential

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 06, 2018

A resilient, engaged workforce needs to constantly be learning and growing to stay ahead of the competition. However, it’s easy to shrug off learning when faced with limited time and budget constraints.Time to stop that old-school thinking. There are many options for learning that can meet the needs of a team.  Here are five: 

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How to Build Workplace Resiliency in Changing Times—Part Two

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 30, 2018

Resilient people are best able to deal with the demands placed on them, to “roll with the punches” and to cope under pressure. We all know the paradox of “too much to do and too little time”. When coupled with constant changes, looming deadlines, masses of email, and juggling a life outside of work, resiliency might seem like a “when-you-wish-upon-a-star” phenomenon. 

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A Critical Workplace Skill Is Soft—which makes it HARD!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 25, 2018

A recently released McKinsey Global Institute paper looked at 25 core workplace skills today and in the future for the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. 

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Forget parties and perks! Employee Experience Needs More.

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, April 23, 2018

In a war for talent, employee experience has risen as THE critical issue for this year. But make no mistake. It is not: 

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Seven Secrets Move Workouts into the Workplace

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, September 04, 2017

“Where do you get all your energy?”  That’s a question many of us are asked as we finish leading an intense management retreat, conducting a training session, or keynoting a major conference.  My answer, after I jokingly say, “Drugs!” is “Exercise”. 

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Resilient Employees Start with Right Recruiting

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 07, 2017

My mother always said, “To end well, you must begin well.” Of course, she was talking about how you separated clothes for the washing machine or how you chose vegetables at the market. But it’s also true when it comes to creating a resilient, sustainable workforce.The questions you ask in the recruiting phase will help both you and a potential employee determine if you have the right fit for your organization. 

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Business Leaders Need This Fourth Grade Teacher

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, January 02, 2017

If you face disengaged employees, low productivity, low morale, and trying to get teams to do more with less: listen up! This elementary school teacher is turning the tables on traditional thinking and in the process, modeling steps that can also get results with an adult workforce.
 

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Guest Post: Why Purpose Helps Build Employees’ Resiliency

By Eileen McDargh - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Conservative estimates predict we spend 1/3 of our life working. Yet for many people the work experience is a negative one. Recent research from TellYourBoss.com finds that 65 percent of employees would rather a new boss than receive a pay raise. In a 2012 study by Towers Watson, less than 50 percent believed senior managers were interested in employees’ well-being. These are merely a few examples of a seemingly dystopian feeling about the workplace. 

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