There is a lot of debate going on right now around the future of office work. Work from home. Return to the office. Hybrid arrangements.
What will the future really look like?
There is a lot of debate going on right now around the future of office work. Work from home. Return to the office. Hybrid arrangements.
What will the future really look like?
For many of us, 2020 was the year that we became all too familiar with Zoom meetings. Day after day, hour after hour, it felt like there was no end to the meetings, many of which could have been shorter or more engaging in an office setting.
2020 proved to be a year no one really saw coming. Although there were certainly some predictions around increases in remote work, no one could have foreseen the huge jump it took in the past year. Work, for many of us, has changed forever. As we begin the new year, let's explore some predictions for the future of work in 2021.
As the world changes, there are more and more obstacles to overcome in order to be together in person. Yet people still crave human connection and building stronger relationships with others. That's why we built Preciate Social. It's the virtual socializing platform that replicates the atmosphere of real-life business socials and mixers.
To learn more about why virtual socials can be even better than real life, read our 100 reasons why below. There are benefits for everyone from hosts to attendees to performers.
Let's be honest; this year has been tough. Social isolation, fear of the unknown, and a long list of canceled plans have been shared experiences by nearly everyone. As the holidays get closer, many people are wondering how to connect with people during this time of year. That's why this holiday season, Preciate decided to give away free virtual holiday party subscriptions powered by Preciate Social to a variety of organizations who could use some extra holiday cheer. These include organizations like nonprofits, educational institutions, and healthcare providers. All you have to do is let us know you're interested, and we will be in touch shortly.
Let's face it: virtual happy hours can be super awkward. When Preciate first went completely remote at the start of the pandemic, we had a couple virtual get togethers that were lackluster at best. And it wasn't because we don't get along or have a good company culture. It was simply because those online meeting tools weren't designed to help people connect and build relationships while socializing virtually.
With the recent increase in remote work due to the pandemic, many companies are experiencing a wide range of positives and negatives when it comes to working from home. While there are plenty of positives such as increased productivity and flexibility, there can certainly be some challenges as well. One of the major challenges companies face with remote employees is maintaining employee engagement.
Slack is a workplace communication tool worth over $20 billion. It's popularity has been largely fueled by its ability to adapt to user needs quickly and its slick, user-friendly design.
Maybe your company just did an employee engagement survey that came back with concerning results. Or perhaps the organization recently expanded, causing a greater need for tracking employee recognition digitally. Whatever your reason is, it can be intimidating when you first dive into the world of employee recognition.
Remote work has become noticeably more popular the past few years, and now, it's more prevalent than ever. The global pandemic has caused companies as prominent as Facebook, Twitter, and Slack to make what may have once been a radical announcement: all employees can work from home forever.
Despite a historically critical attitude towards working from home, remote work has become more and more popular in countries across the globe. Research has shown a huge advantage for remote employees in terms of performance and productivity, with an almost 13% increase in performance over a nine-month period. For years, these studies continued to fuel the trend of companies moving to remote working and more flexible schedules for their employees.
Remote working comes with its benefits, and it also comes with a host of challenges. Depending on factors such as childcare, office space, and other logistical considerations, remote working can become a lot more complicated than it might initially sound in fun articles on future generations.
Depending on the nature of the company you work for, creating and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be extremely difficult. When you work on the clock and have set hours, it's a bit easier to mentally separate time at work and time for yourself. On the other hand, if you're a new lawyer or working at a startup, your working hours are bound to bleed into your personal life.
With Microsoft Team's rapid growth since its release, there are surely some good reasons why so many companies are making the jump to MSTeams.
If your team or company is considering implementing Microsoft Teams as its primary workplace communication tool, check out our list of the top four reasons why your team should start using Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams has been making a big splash in the world of workplace communication tools. More than doubling their user base in the past year, they now have even more active users than their top competitor, Slack.
We have a very exciting announcement! In November of 2019, Preciate was approved as a Certified B Corporation for the first time. After becoming a public benefit corporation in July of 2019, this was the clear next step to further our commitment to do the best we can for the world. Preciate is proud to now be a part of the community of businesses who believe in the power of purpose.
Employee engagement is an increasingly important metric for companies of all sizes to track throughout their lifetime. From employee satisfaction and happiness to retention and productivity, there are a huge number of benefits correlated to improving the level of employee engagement.
Employee engagement has been getting a lot of attention recently. From the well-known Gallup survey to articles in Forbes and beyond, it's a topic that has infiltrated the world of business. And for good reason, too.
Engaged employees have been shown to perform better, be less likely to quit, and be happier and more motivated. For companies, this translates into higher profitability with the same number of employees. It's a win-win.
Whenever the topic of employee engagement and performance comes up, it isn't long before people start talking about the concept of discretionary effort. A truly engaged employee will put in discretionary effort when it comes to their career.
But what does discretionary effort mean? Discretionary effort refers to the amount of additional effort, beyond what is already expected, that an employee is willing to put in to their work.
Depending on where you work, the attitude towards recognition programs and employee engagement can range significantly. While some company leaders continue to believe that simply paying their employees is enough, a steady stream of modern research says otherwise. Rather than financial incentives, it's appreciation and the intrinsic motivation that comes from it that leads to optimal employee engagement and performance.
Let's jump into four of the most impactful benefits of peer-to-peer appreciation and what you can do to start getting those benefits today!
With the frequency that we hear the terms "diversity" and "inclusion" today, it's fair to say these concepts have made their way into mainstream conversation. No longer confined to the Human Resources department, workplace diversity and inclusion are becoming key topics when discussing an overarching business strategy.
Whether it's planning ice breaker events for newly formed teams or freshening up engagement for groups who have worked together for years, team building can certainly be a challenge. Companies have a lot to think about, and sources of employee motivation can tend to get blurred by certain external rewards. If you're an employee tasked with team building efforts at your company or someone who just wants to motivate your group, check out our list of 106 relationship-focused ideas to promote team bonding and engagement.
As we know, employee recognition is one of the most important areas to keep up with in the workplace; it can help with many companies' greatest concerns such as diversity and inclusion and employee motivation. Most of all, recognition feeds employee engagement, which leads to more employee happiness.
Whether you're a business leader, student, or mid-level employee, you probably want to feel confident and be successful. Generally, leaders are already fairly confident and are trying to encourage their teams so they feel more self-assured. On the other hand, many individuals still grapple with a lack of self-confidence.
No matter who you are, understanding the connection between recognition and confidence will help you find success.
Whether it be in the office or at school, people tend to think financial incentives would make them and their team work harder. If only they could get paid directly for putting in that extra effort, and perhaps their overall motivation and performance would improve as a result. And sometimes, especially when the reward is big enough, that is what happens. The opportunity to earn more money for improved performance presents itself, and thus, performance improves.
In the American workplace, there’s a traditional idea that the best way to praise an employee is strictly through financial rewards - employees receive a regular paycheck, what more could they need? It can even go so far as to say employees who receive recognition in the form of written or oral praise will get “soft” overtime.
For young people searching for jobs today, it’s almost impossible to avoid companies trying to lure them in with office perks like game rooms, massage chairs, and yoga classes. And all these things sound fantastic, especially when you’re fresh out of college dorms, where forty people are sharing three showers and you can hear your next-door neighbor snoring through the wall.
Silicon Valley is particularly notorious for providing employees with a swath of benefits and perks from free meals and snacks every day to in-house barber shops and dental offices. Companies like Facebook and Google draw in thousands of new employees, largely by offering an array of perks that appeal to the generations who have come to expect convenience and comfort.
Younger generations tend to receive a fair amount of criticism for their obsessions with instant-gratification-based systems like social media and video games. There’s this idea that somehow, older generations were wired to be more patient while technology has fundamentally corrupted the young mind beyond repair.
Most of us are familiar with differing priorities among departments in an office and how that can impact the inner workings of a company. While management is more focused on developing practices that increase productivity and profit, Human Resources is often dedicated to employee well-being. Michael and Toby’s tumultuous relationship in the hit TV sitcom The Office demonstrates this dichotomy perfectly; it’s one we have seen time and again.
It isn’t without reason that this parody exists. Oftentimes, new managerial practices can have trade-offs that are detrimental to certain aspects of employee well-being, whether it be psychological, physical, or social well-being. Rather than argue one set of priorities is more important than another, it’s more important to recognize that happiness, health, and human relationships are related, and their optimization leads to better overall outcomes for company success.
You’ve most likely heard the commonly-held belief that work life and personal life should be distinct and separate. Why should it matter if you enjoy being at work and interacting with your coworkers as long as you can go home and relax at the end of the day? Well, since happiness has become an increasingly popular area of scientific inquiry, more and more research has been produced demonstrating just how important basic happiness can be in many areas of our lives, including at work.
Intuitively, one might assume that monetary incentives are the most effective reward system. People like money, so monetary rewards should increase effort and maximize productivity. Despite this common assumption, research shows that higher rewards don't always lead to more effort and employee engagement. Paradoxically, some studies have found the opposite can happen, a phenomenon known as "incentive reversal."
We’ve all had the life experience where a group activity is going smoothly and morale is high… up until that one person walks in with “negative energy.” It’s like the spell of positivity and efficiency is lifted, and negative emotions spread throughout the rest of the group. How by a single person or small group of people who project their emotions onto the rest of the team, whether it be consciously or subconsciously.
As highly emotional animals, humans pick up on other peoples’ signals like body language and energy levels, and often their own experience will change as a result. This type of mimicry is called emotional contagion, and it can apply to both positive emotions as well as negative ones. In both cases, emotional contagion has important implications when considering effective teamwork strategies and organizational culture in particular.
For many people, the office can be an exciting and interesting place to work and connect with others in the process. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone, especially those who face discrimination due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Studies show that discrimination can lead to negative emotions like anger and fear, which in turn influence the overall satisfaction and happiness an employee experiences in his or her career. Although most of us try to avoid discriminating against others, the reality is that stereotypes and prejudiced thoughts are very much a social norm – one that we need to work actively against should we hope to reduce their damaging effects.
You know that “warm glow” you feel when you demonstrate an act of kindness without expecting anything in return? Well, a team of researchers discovered that that particular feeling is quite different than when you expect a reward for your kind act.
Our brains are designed to be social. And social relationships have always been at the heart of our survival and our happiness. From humans’ earliest days, we have relied on one another and helped one another and our bodies evolved to reward us for these acts of kindness. Kindness is one of our biggest strengths as humans and was crucial to our survival as a species. In fact, Dr. Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn, the lead of a recent study published in NeuroImage, shared that “the decision to share resources is a cornerstone of any cooperative society.”
In a rising trend, many Fortune 500 companies have bid adieu to employee performance reviews, deeming them an outdated way to check in with employees. Adobe, GE, and many others have instead moved towards a system of more regular one-on-one check-ins with employees, where they examine their work around specific projects and progress towards development goals. “It’s liberating people,” says Donna Morris, senior vice president of global people resources at Adobe. “It has really helped to create teamwork instead of individualism, which is critical in a creative company.”
What is more important, where you went to college ten years ago or what you have accomplished in the last ten years of your career?
Without a doubt, actual achievement in the workplace matters more than where you got your college degree.
In a recent piece for Forbes, Jonathan Rick argues that most LinkedIn users aren’t taking advantage of the headline line on their profile. Instead of using the space for the default job title and employer that LinkedIn auto-populates, Rick proposes a customized headline of 120 characters, an elevator pitch of what you do and whom you help.
It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: a couple of disgruntled employees with a glass-half-empty outlook are constantly poisoning the well and spreading their unhappiness to the other workers. Team members find it difficult to trust one another, projects stagnate (or worse, implode), and productivity plummets.
The dictionary defines muscle memory as, “The ability to repeat a specific muscular movement with improved efficiency and accuracy, that is acquired through practice and repetition.” In other words, we have the ability to put our body and mind on autopilot.
Having a significant number of your employees working remotely on any given day is the new normal, and for many managers, the management of people they can’t “drop in on” is a bit of a puzzle. But studies have shown that remote employees are, on the whole, happier and more productive than their in-house counterparts, so companies need to embrace effective strategies for keeping them engaged.
Let’s set the scene: you pass by an employee’s desk and notice their attention is not on the computer in front of them, but on the phone in their hand. This is a common occurrence throughout the day and as their manager, you presume that their productivity has taken a hit even if the quality of their work says otherwise.
Evan Spiegel, millennial and CEO of Snap Inc famously noted of his generation, “We do have a sense of entitlement, a sense of ownership, because after all, this is the world we were born into, and we are responsible for It.”
Radical Transparency has been the subject of a TED Talk, and even received a shoutout on an episode of the HBO show “Silicon Valley,” but can your company truly benefit from this controversial concept? It’s certainly not new, but the buzzy business term has gained widespread exposure from the book Principles by Ray Dalio. In Principles, Dalio shares how he transitioned his company, Bridgewater Associates, from boss-to-employee critiques to a more thoughtful exchange of differing ideas, even when it means disagreeing with a superior. Dalio was encouraged to make this transformation after a colleague told him that his feedback style was too blunt. [Photo: Nadine Shaabana}
What does it mean to have purpose? For one thing, it’s quite different from passion. Passion is about one’s personal interests, which can become one’s life work, but often manifests itself in hobbies. Purpose is about finding a cause bigger than the individual. It is the touchstone that reminds people why they do what they do and that what they do matters. At an organization, purpose is a lofty goal that typically takes a team to achieve. Roy Spence, one of the founders of Austin-based advertising giant GSD&M, defines purpose as losing yourself to something bigger.
As exciting as it can be to enter a new workplace, it is also an opportunity to evaluate who you want to be and how you want to portray yourself among your new team. The new working environment will take time to adapt to, especially when navigating team dynamics, and the company culture as a whole. As you begin to understand your new role, what will you bring to the table?
It can sometimes feel like work only has one speed: 100 miles per hour. And when you’re always head down, working hard, crushing multiple deadlines and projects, it can be difficult to downshift on the rare slow day.
“I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” — Sheryl Sandberg
Unfortunately, women still encounter unconscious gender bias in the workplace. This is especially true when they are evaluated for leadership opportunities, as a new research study conducted by New York University Professors Andrea Vial and Jaime Napier uncovered. Vial and Napier discovered that feminine traits such as intuition and empathy were valued less in leaders and more masculine traits such as competence and assertiveness were valued more.
Saying ‘thank you’ will never go out of style. But when technological innovations seem to make us feel more isolated instead of more connected, how can we turn these simple ‘thank you's’ into ongoing, interactive moments that foster community building?
The people we work with have an enormous impact on our lives, both personally and professionally. So it’s no wonder that within the professional ecosystem, we manage different types of relationships that benefit us and our work in different ways. A Gallup poll on the state of the American workplace found that positive work relationships have an immediate and tangible impact: “When employees possess a deep sense of affiliation with their team members, they are driven to take positive actions that benefit the business.”
Leaders are made, not born.
A study released by the University of Illinois states that leadership is 30% genetic and 70% a result of the lessons you have learned from life experience. That’s great news for all of us. Because although just some are born with natural leadership skills, becoming an effective leader is something we all can learn through an ongoing process of introspection, self-awareness, and being open and receptive to all feedback.
The challenges of managing a multigenerational workplace have come more sharply into focus as Generation Z enters the workforce, Millennials emerge as team leaders, and more Baby Boomers delay retirement. Generational stereotypes and workplace ageism are real issues, but a deft manager can head off discord by emphasizing common values and goals and cultivating a culture of appreciation and support, rather than internal competition.
“Businesses are built on relationships.” It’s an oft-repeated phrase that sounds like obvious advice. But deep and long-lasting professional relationships are harder to maintain than you might think.
Preciate is a recognition app with serious ambition: it wants to change the world, one recognition at a time. Preciate believes that through meaningful ‘preciation’ and recognition of others’ achievements that stronger and more powerful relationships will be built.