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9 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Bridging the Generational Gap in Today’s Workforce

This week’s article, “Where Gen Y Employees Obtain Benefits Information” by Carrie Burns explains that according to a recent study the majority of generation Y workers receive their primary source of information about their employee benefits through friends and family, rather than from the workplace. The researchers of this study were surprised to hear the difference in the way younger workers educate themselves about their benefits packages. They also believe that organizations should take a different approach communicating their benefits packages to Gen Y workers because, “Gen Y has different needs, expectations, and preferences from previous generations.”

1 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Now is the Time for Wellness

The holiday season will soon be approaching us and with it will come an increase of family get-togethers, gift giving, and most importantly, food. It’s not surprising then to hear that most Americans gain at least one pound of weight during this time of year. Although one additional pound of weight gained over the holidays may seem harmless, we cannot ignore the impact that unhealthy eating habits is having on our bodies and our workforce.

25 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Work/Life Balance: Managers “Value” but Discourage

This week’s article, “Work-Life Balance Claims Are So Much Hot Air” by Brian Amble examines the behaviors of executives and managers toward their employees’ participation in work/life flexibility programs. Amble explains that according to an international survey by WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) many managers may express their support for work/life programs, but when it comes down to employees actually using these services, they are discouraged and are sometimes even reprimanded for doing so.

18 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Value of Workplace Coaching

Has your organization established a professional workplace coaching or mentoring program? Many companies today have implemented coaching programs for their employees and are seeing the benefits such programs yield.

12 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Importance of Good Old Face-to-Face Communication

In this week’s article “Flesh-and-blood trumps Facebook,” Lisa Gillespie discusses how technology-based social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter may not be as powerful as human based, real-life relationships with others for networking purposes. Gillespie believes it’s still important to maintain face-to-face relationships, and this can be especially useful when initiating new programs, such as wellness programs, within an organization. People are more likely to be influenced to participate in a wellness program if their friends, ones that they have made through working together at the office, are participating as well.

5 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Sometimes You Just Need to Have Fun

The Milwaukee Brewers have clinched their first division championship since 1982, and it’s no doubt that the baseball and athletic world has been buzzing about their less than customary team chemistry. In particular, Rick Reilly from highlights the team’s quirky and entertaining culture in this week’s article, “The Funnest Team Around.”

28 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Reinventing Your Organizational Culture

This week’s article, “A Good Way to Change a Corporate Culture,” by Peter Bregman believes that the key to re-shaping your organization’s culture is through the use of stories. Bregman further explains that this can be done through two easy ways:

21 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Impact of Employee Recognition

Recognizing the hard work of employees is not only extremely meaningful to individuals who receive this recognition, it is also valuable to the overall success and production of your organization. Many companies today are finding that providing employee recognition awards and implementing programs that offer incentives for exceptional work can lead to increased employee morale and organizational culture.

7 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Natural Disasters Prove Disastrous for Small Businesses

This week’s article, “Small businesses hit harder by hurricanes and earthquakes” by Deborah L. Cohen describes that the likelihood of a smaller business reopening after being hit by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake is very low. In fact, nearly 25% of these organizations close their doors for good. Cohen further explains that a key aspect in these small businesses recovering from such crisis events is developing a plan to ensure the continuity of their business.

31 Aug. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

What’s Your Emotional Intelligence Score?

Emotional intelligence is “a general assessment of a person's abilities to control emotions, to sense, understand and react to others’ emotions, and manage relationships.” How strong do you think your own emotional intelligence is? Can you relate to others on a personal level? Do displays of emotion make you uncomfortable? Are you able to accept constructive criticism?