If you’ve not dabbled with an AI tool then you are in the minority. However, many companies are still on the fence about allowing their employees to use it in the workplace. Is it fear of the unknown? There are many reasons behind this caution and how it impacts brand image, information integrity, job retention, and productivity. Plus,its selective information scraping.
It's an interesting phenomenon, and one that translates to business too. Some people have a knack for holding on to things, while others find it easier to let go. Have you ever noticed how people's personal habits of hoarding or purging can reflect their approach to change in leadership roles? Join us on a whimsical journey...
Do your employees groan or avoid eye contact when you mention planning a team-building exercise? Perhaps they're thinking of old-school activities like trust falls and egg-on-spoon races! Those cringe-worthy team building experiences of the past. You know the ones—the ones that felt more like a punishment than a boost to morale. Trust falls don’t really ensure personal boundaries - Yikes!
We’re well into a shift to remote workforces and stats indicate that all is well productivity-wise, as stated by Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. “We learned that we could not only effectively operate our business as a distributed remote workplace, but that our people could thrive and be just as, if not more, productive while remote." However, the once “not normal” in business culture is creeping into the virtual business lives and blurring the lines between what’s acceptable at home and what’s acceptable in the office.
What are your organization's cultural attitudes? Having unhealthy or dysfunctional attitudes can interfere significantly with successful strategy implementation. A company's culture is defined as “the shared values, attitudes and practices that characterize an organization.” It's the personality of your company,and it lays the foundation for employees overall satisfaction.
The challenge in including neurodiverse individuals in the workplace is often a lack of awareness and inclusive infrastructure. James Townend, an ASD corporate trainer that lives the experience himself, recounts: "…neurotypicals like things in a box, or template, as it is easier to understand. When you go out of the box, that brings discomfort. I bring my diagnosis up as I want to be honest and because I am proud of who I am. But are others as accepting?"
As a highly regarded business leader, Ajay Sharma shares his insight into the importance of thought leadership, how to steer your business mindset towards thought leadership, and what achieving success looks like. Learn: How to tell if your business culture is ready for innovative leadership? How can a company get started with thought leadership?
So, let’s take for example the new hire, often referred to as the ‘diversity hire.’ This phrase usually refers to an employee from an underrepresented group. This term is disparaging and bias implying the new employee was hired to tick the diversity box, not based on merit. Simply by using this term within the company, the individual might be singled out.
There is no disputing that organizational changes when the business environment demands them are necessary, however storming in with abrupt change is distracting, disruptive, and promotes disengagement. Because you have actionable goals to meet, future forward ideas, and have been hired to make a difference does not mean there is collective thinking around your ‘plan’…or at least not yet.