Working Now and In the Future

Continual Learning and Reskilling Will Be the Key to Success in the Future

What are you doing to take control of your future? We are entering a time of accelerated change and employees are beginning to need continual reskilling and education in order to stay current with the latest work trends, processes and tools. On average, one’s skills last for about 2-3 years. This heightened change will require further education and reskilling both personally and…
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Employee Inclusion, Feeling Exclusion or Just an Illusion?

Over the last few years we have seen a notable increase in the focus on diversity in hiring. As these efforts continue to grow, companies now realize that hiring an employee and hoping they thrive in the company environment is no longer enough. It is important to ensure each employee is fully accepted into all aspects of company life. Focusing on inclusion…
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The Impact of Living Longer – Some Things to Think About

I heard it a couple of times recently… some have predicted that the first person to live to 150 has already been born. Think of the implications about work… What will happen with ageism? Will it finally end or get worse? When will retirement happen? If the retirement age doesn’t change, people will be retired for up to 80 (or more) years? But…
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Optimizing Employee Communication Skills

Businesses today have a problem on their hands and it is about to get worse! I hear about this issue often. Employees are getting less and less comfortable with direct person to person communication without the use of technology. Direct feedback, real time communication, and conflict resolution are being replaced by smiley faces, texts and passive aggressive memes. These communication challenges can…
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Effective and Ineffective Uses of Anonymous Feedback

Performance appraisals, performance management, and feedback has been evolving in one form or another for over 50 years. When it comes to feedback, everyone has an opinion on how feedback should be given and received. Recently, there have been a number of discussions about anonymous performance feedback. Advocates of this type of feedback believe employees are hesitant to speak honestly because of…
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Role Models are Everywhere

Role models are everywhere and for everyone. The best lessons I have learned are not from books and not in school. The most valuable lessons are from people I know (some only virtually). You are never too old to have a role model. Almost every person in your life can teach you something worthwhile. You can learn from people’s success and from…
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Why HR Professionals Should Start Learning about Artificial Intelligence Now

“I think we need to start teaching people how to use this internet thing.” Thats what I said to my senior manager when I was in charge of technology training many years ago. There was lots of both excitement and fear about this new “Information Super-highway” we kept hearing about. “No need Ann, it’s a flash in the pan. Don’t listen to…
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