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When it comes to flexibility, executives are often worried that they’ll open Pandora’s box and set a dangerous precedent if they allow some employees to work flexibly. They worry that if they let a few employees work from home, then the office will always be empty and no one will be working. But this sort of attitude will be harder for organizations to justify after we’ve all collectively experienced such a critical test case during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizations that correctly design and implement their flexibility policy will not “lose” anything. On the contrary, they have much to gain. Perhaps a silver lining of the pandemic will be that corporate leaders have overcome their fears of offering flexibility to their workforce, and will now understand how flexibility can benefit their recruitment and retention efforts — not to mention productivity and profitability.
Firms spend a significant amount of time and money creating a company culture that helps employees feel supported and drives results. In recent years, forward-thinking firms have focused on creating growth cultures rather than performance-based cultures.
The results are in and the majority of respondents DO believe that the term “e-learning” is out of date. But it is the comments that show just how confusing this term has become.
We now know that hobbies, like gardening and playing a musical instrument, can prevent cognitive decline. Well, it turns out that there’s another activity you can add to that list. According to one expert, reading even less than an hour each day is also beneficial for your gray matter.
Recognizing that management is a matter of lifelong learning, a more positive approach establishes an ongoing internal learning program. Tailoring a program around topics important to the team and specifically applicable to the business provides a practical and useful curriculum. Taking time to draw from the wealth of books, videos and other resources available in best-practice raises the game. And wherever possible, having existing leaders lead the programs ensures a constructive, sharing environment.
The importance of practicing when learning and perfecting new skills, from simple everyday life activities to playing an instrument or sport, remains ingrained in our minds from childhood. However, periods of rest between these activity or learning sessions also play a crucial role in improving performance.
Most employees (67%) believe in-person training is more successful than remote training. 62% say physical training is more enjoyable than virtual, and 56% of employees find in-person training more satisfactory than remote.
As we anxiously await the return to in-person conferences, with a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, we can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. Read on for tips on how to bring your best self to digital events, and for networking while remote!