Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day gives us the opportunity to come together to share awareness of what we can do to maintain a healthy environment on our planet. We believe we’re pretty good about recycling and being energy efficient in our homes, but what about our workplaces?
Here are some easy practices that can be put in place at the office:
Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
Buy energy efficient equipment. Laptops use less energy than desktops. Use sleep or standby mode when not in use. Turn off your computer at end of the day, and especially for the weekend.
Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
Donate used electronic equipment to charities.
If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.
Great leaders know how to communicate with everyone – average leaders communicate with everyone the same way. What is your leadership style? What type of team do you want to lead to success?
Leadership is key. When a true leader motivates employees, your team has the opportunity to be inspired to do better, to be better. When teams respect their leader and have a sense of job security, the team will deliver key objectives. True teamwork comes into play, and we work as a team to help our leader’s vision come to life. A leader sets the tone for an organization and builds a solid team that succeeds together.
Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.
Be your best and hire the best.
Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.
Tis the festive season… when we start to wind down, and spend time with friends and family. It is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind, whether we choose to have a stay-cation, or get away from winter and travel further afield. But do we really do that? Do we really get away from it all? Technology has allowed us to take our office with us. The impact of technology on our lives, at home and at work, can’t be understated. Work-life balance is very individualized. People are adapting and integrating technology in ways that work for them. So, the question is…
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Managing and motivating millenials in the workplace can leave some older generations with many questions. What makes them tick? What leadership style do they respond to? What are their core values in life? What keeps them engaged at work? As we get to know this youngest generation of workers, here’s a video interview with Simon Sinek below that sheds some light how millenials are perceived in the workplace, how they conduct their lives, and what corporations need to do to shape workplaces for the future.
More and more workplaces are offering incentives to attract and retain top talent. Ping pong table, anyone? When entertaining a job offer, salary is the first thing that comes to mind, but definitely don’t overlook benefits beyond the norm. Flexible hours, staff outings, subsidized health club memberships are just a few perks that small companies can offer their employees. Such incentives can make employees happier and more productive. The infographic below illustrates what several large corporations offer their employees. Perhaps your workplace can find some inspiration from this list.
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