How HR Leaders Can Enrich High EQin Their People

Some may say emotional intelligence is a desirable trait in a partner. Others will argue that it’s crucial to raising a child, or that it far surpasses the value of IQ (intelligence quotient) due to its connection of logical and emotional reasoning or understanding. All of this and more might just be true - but, EQ is hardly recognized as a favorable characteristic in one place where emotions, human relationships, and sound reason-making meet at one busy intersection: the workplace.  High EQ belongs in the workplace for one very simple…

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Hey, HR! Wanna Pull Your People Out of that Summer Productivity Dip?

Sublime once said it best. “Summertime… and the living’ s easy.” Except, not for anyone who has a full-time job with deadlines and quarterly goals to meet. Luckily for us, though, the modern office has made great leaps into the future of work and so far, we’ve been able to meet new accommodations that make the Summer season easier to enjoy. As HR professionals and managers, the trick is still striking that perfect balance between optimal employee productivity and allowing them to submerge their toes in the beachy sand worry-free. …

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People Analytics 101: What is ONA and How Will it Help Your Organization?

Are you in the 70% of companies who name people analytics and organizational network analysis as a high priority? If so, congratulations! It’s a discipline that’s receiving a lot of interest due to its huge potential to transform the way organizations manage their people resources. But, it also turns out that only 9% of companies report an understanding of which talent dimensions drive performance in their organization. It seems that while we are recognizing the possibilities on a theoretical basis there’s a substantial gap between the will to do so…

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No More Sunday Scaries: HR’s Role in Addressing Workplace Anxiety

Based on recent research, work-related anxiety has grown to epidemic proportions. A LinkedIn survey finds that 80% of people get stressed about work even before a new work week begins, a phenomenon known as the “Sunday scaries.” Most people occasionally feel anxious at work. Hard deadlines, upcoming presentations, personnel changes, and office politics can contribute to heightened stress levels at certain points in time. But if some of your people feel anxious routinely, that’s when HR’s alarm bells should be going off. To ensure that your team members are maximizing…

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How to Foster a Healthy Work Environment for Your Employees That’s Free of Bullying

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to discuss one of the most influential factors on employee mental health in modern office settings; workplace bullying. Once regarded as incidents that only took place on school playgrounds, bullying is now running rampant in offices and other workspaces, leading to a high negative financial impact for companies. According to a report by Michelle McQuaid, workplace bullying costs the U.S. economy an estimated $360 billion annually due to high turnover and diminished work productivity. This is why experts refer to…

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Wellbeing Workshop: Mental Health at Work

With Mental Health Awareness week fast approaching, here at Hibob we thought what better opportunity to host a ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ workshop and breakfast, all the way up in East London’s very own cosy and calming Shoreditch Treehouse. Hosted by the truly delightful Suki K Bassi (AKA Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Maven: Wellbeing in Business), here’s a quick summary of her key insights around wellbeing at work; symptoms, triggers, and that all-important business case for your own company. 1) What is mental health? According to the…

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How Gender Equality in the Workplace Boosts Company Profits

According to the World Economic Forum, it’ll take 108 years to close the gender pay gap. The Global Gender Gap Report also found that the second largest area of gender disparity is in economic participation and opportunity, at 42%. This and other recent studies confirm that the pervasiveness of gender inequality not only hinders women’s ability to advance, it’s also costing the entire global economy. According to McKinsey Global Institute’s latest research, the Australian economy could increase by a massive 12%, should women’s equality be promoted.   Gender Equality At…

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Can You Afford to Miss Out on an Employee Experience Platform?

In his latest white paper, Josh Bersin examines the shifts in needs and demands of employees in today’s workforce. As companies need to be more innovative with how they keep their employees happy, employees also have a greater expectation in terms of employee experience. The most recent Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends survey of over 11,000 HR and business leaders found that 84% cited careers and experience as important, yet only 37% described organisations as ready to meet this expectation. The desire to improve and better manage employee experience is…

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Is Your Team World Class?

We all understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration in the workplace - and - if you read this blog - you’ll understand how to establish and maintain a high performing team. But how do we take our teams from performing well, to being world class?   With the Six Nations tournament sweeping rugby fever across the country, it didn’t take me long to start looking at successful sports teams for inspiration!   Corporate teams have multiple measures for success: productivity, ROI, OKRs etc, but sports teams tend to have…

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Turning the Knowledge of What Makes a Great Team into a Reality

With the six nations rugby tournament kicking off this weekend - the beauty of teamwork is about to be praised, scathed and critiqued by every media outlet and every armchair commentator across all six of those nations involved. And all of those opinions (professional and otherwise) will have one common factor -  teamwork is essential to success! So what can corporate teams learn from the world-class players out there representing their countries? The truth is - high performing sports teams use all the same tactics that we know we should…

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How HR can address the challenges posed by gig economy workers

The contingent workforce, or gig economy workforce, is great for business. They provide a flexible workforce to help cover peaks, expand the business and respond to unforeseen needs.  However, the legal and tax framework for the gig economy is constantly changing. When the IR35 regime for public sector was introduced in April 2018, it increased the cost of freelance workers by an average of 10% and created a skills shortage as workers moved to the private sector.  In a recent webinar, I discussed the key things you need to do…

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Cross-Functional Teams Can Improve Company Culture

Cross-functional teams can improve company culture

As we know, the world of work has been turned on its head in recent years and continues to change every day. The traditional org structure – that sees hierarchies of managers and reports – is no longer an accurate reflection of the way employees connect within and across teams, and how relationships are built and maintained. In addition, the rise of the millennial generation in the workplace sees multi-talented people working across functions and following their interests across a career. The value of interconnected teams In an organisation that…

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A Modern Approach to Talent

After years of talk about the need for a shift in Performance Reviews, it’s here. We see it with our clients: from a focus on evaluation to forward-thinking discussions. Ratings are still there, but they are not the bottom line.   But there’s something that has been bothering us here at bob for a while: Calibration, a key process that actually decides who gets what (raise, bonus, training etc.) hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.   Companies either schedule clandestine talent review meetings where managers meet to rate employees or…

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How to Keep Your Remote Workers Connected

No doubt about it: we’re right in the middle of what’s being called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution.’ In this time of rapid change and increasing automation, mobile workers will “play more of a key role than people realize,” according to Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work.   With 43% of people saying that they work remotely at least some of the time, HR professionals have a major challenge on their hands: keeping off-site workers engaged…

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The True Cost of Employee Turnover

You’ve probably heard that it’s cheaper to keep an existing customer than to attract a new one, which can be up to 5 times more expensive than retaining one. If you’re already applying this strategy to sales and marketing in your business, that’s great! And here’s some news: it turns out that the same is also true of employees. It’s far more efficient for your company to keep existing employees than to hire new ones. A high turnover rate can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, while…

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