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September 19, 2023
September 12, 2023
Do you ever get that little twist in your stomach knowing you have to go in
to work tomorrow?
How many meetings have you sat through, where the only real thing accomplished was the
scheduling of another meeting?
We've been there.
The work world is changing rapidly. Some things are a given. As employees we want fair compensation. We want benefits that support our needs. Wait, that’s not the end of the story. We all want work that has meaning. We want an organizational vision that we can support. We want engaged co-workers. We want our leaders to inspire us and help us grow.
The combination of all these good things can be wrapped up into the concept of building a healthy organizational culture. Below are personal first-hand experiences graciously provided by members of our team, as well as other thoughts that inspire us, information that makes us think, and insights we have learned over time. We’d love to hear what is working for you.
One of the organizations I worked for was full of small “p” politics. Our employee recognition program should have given out Emmy Awards as there was more drama than a day-time soap opera. Looking back now, the headwaters of the drama came from a lack of trust, a lack of accountability, and self-preservation skills that had been learned over time.
They say you shouldn't meet your heroes, just in case actually getting to know them ruins the image you've conjured up — not so, in my case. In fact, my Dad was a hero to me and many others.
These women were so authentic and proud of what they had accomplished, but they were also reiterating the experience that I was wanting. Listening to them, it wasn’t just words about what it could be like. They were sharing a true experience.
Dear HR friends, do any of the following sound familiar?
Warning, some of you who keep reading are going to be offended. This post may engender thumbs down, frowny emojis, and even some well-written, policy-like angst. Still with me? OK, I warned you. HR is dead.
Healthy teams are a thing. The key to achieving it is focusing on something called psychological safety. Sounds hard, but the tactics are pretty straight forward.
It is probably safe to say that 2021 had its share of not best days. Whether it was economic pressures, lost jobs, homeschooling, remote work fatigue, racial injustice, divisiveness, or, tragically, death, 2021 impacted all of us. But, we have hope for 2022.