Culture of Fitness – Millennial Style

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Running for fitness has been growing for decades, until last year. After two decades of furious growth in footrace participants, the number of finishers dropped 9% in 2015, according to industry-funded research group Running USA. After a small decline in 2014, 2015 saw a slide that points to a sustained cooling of the running for fitness phenomenon. This was something …

Gap-Year Culture

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This past week it was announced that Malia Obama, eldest daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, will be taking a “gap year” prior to entering Harvard University in the Fall of 2017. While this concept of a gap year – taking a year off between the end of high school and the beginning of college – may be anathema to …

Neighborhood Culture

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You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family or neighbors.  But what if your neighbors held the key to a longer, healthier life? Neighborhoods, like organizations (and/or families), have a culture. Yes, every neighborhood has “that neighbor” who is a recluse or has a personality style that ensures others avoid him/her. But a recent study published in …

Boomerang Employees

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A recent study published by Kronos and Workplace Trends surveyed more than 1,800 human resources professionals, managers, and employees. They found that 76% of those surveyed said they are now more accepting of hiring former employees than they were just five years ago. The same was true of 62% of the managers and 40% of employees indicated they would rehire …

Death by Zip Code – It’s a Culture Thing

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Rural counties, by Zip Code, have a higher rate of premature death, smoking, obesity, child poverty, and teen births. The 2016 County Health Rankings, a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute can be found here (countyhealthrankings.org). You can look up the ranking of your own county if you’re curious! These …

Decisions, Decision – What Drives Yours?

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In my last blog, I discussed how Schlumberger, a company that provides tools and services for oil and gas companies and operates in more than 85 countries, cut 25,000 jobs in 2015 – 20% of its workforce – and the CEO still received a total compensation package of $18.3 million – down slightly from his $18.5 million in 2014. In …

The Writing on The Wall

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The writing is clear and concise. Can you read it? Organizations have no alternative but to take note and respond. Deloitte Consulting recently published their 2016 survey about Millennials. The survey continues to support several trends among Millennials that I have been discussing for years in my presentations. If you want to successfully recruit and retain this generation, companies must …

Behavioral Building Blocks of Culture – The Desired Dozen

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For many people, believing an organization can actually have a good culture is like believing in unicorns (that don’t exist) or winning the lottery (it can happen, but the odds are way against you). Many employees are often frustrated by their culture, with some describing their workplace as being dominated by negative and/or toxic colleagues and supervisors who are back-biting and …

Happy Culture = Increased Productivity +

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Organizational leaders, managers, and economists have long looked at different strategies to increase employees’ performance and productivity. This person needs more education; this one needs more training and skill development; everyone needs the newest technology. Few have considered what is all too often an overlooked element – human emotion. A team of researchers led by Andrew Oswald, a professor of economics at …