Unconscious bias training helps fuel diversity efforts at industrial gas company

November 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Despite a strategy to promote an inclusive culture in your organization, unconscious bias could be undermining your efforts. That is why some companies proactively address unconscious bias through training.  Bias

Take Praxair, Inc. This global industrial gas company worked with a third-party training vendor in Fall 2014 to create content for “Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion,” a half-day training program offered to all Praxair leaders, says Vanessa Abrahams-John, chief diversity office for Praxair. “We started offering the training to help our managers understand how unconscious bias can derail our diversity talent management efforts and their decision-making processes. Further, the training was thought to help develop impactful and sustainable solutions for diverse talent management—specifically, in recruitment, development, and, ultimately, retention.”

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Adventures in extreme workplace team building

November 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Michael P. Stafford

Does your company have a workplace morale problem? Do you want to foster improved collaboration and cooperation among employees as they work together to solve a problem? Have you ever considered addressing those concerns by simulating life-threatening crisis situations? And no, I don’t mean the annual company fire drill! If you haven’t, then perhaps you’ve never heard of Survival Systems USA in Connecticut. Hiking

Can’t we just go out for nachos instead?

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Team up with your employees for the new year

January 17, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr.

What do you do when employee morale is at an all-time low? As we all know, it is hard to produce positive outcomes with a workforce that has a negative attitude. I am a firm believer that there is a direct correlation between the level of employee involvement in identifying and addressing workplace issues and the degree of success achieved by efforts to fix those issues.Personal development

It seems elementary that if your employees know the limitations on resources available to address workplace issues, they will be the key to developing the most effective ways of prioritizing and addressing issues within identified parameters. Once employees buy into the concept that they are expected to own the issue and are involved in addressing it, morale is bound to improve. Even if there are not sufficient economic resources to fully address and remedy all issues, employees will know that their employer cares about them and is looking to them for solutions. Here are suggestions to help turn employees’ outlook and involvement to a more positive tone this year.

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Managing performance: 3 radical ideas

December 20, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Michael P. Maslanka

There are old and accepted ways of doing things, and there are new and bold ways. It’s your choice.  Employee motivation concept image with business icons and copyspace.

Are you thinking of changing your performance evaluation system? Are you tired of the meaningless nuance between a 3.5 and a 4.0 rating? Then pick up a copy of the April issue of Harvard Business Review, which is dedicated to reinventing performance measurement and incentivizing employees. One article explains the new performance evaluation system at Deloitte. Limited to four questions, it is simplicity itself.

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