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This is a collection of articles, blogs, comments and research that features integral approach to business and how to cultivate and coordinate a workplace that harnesses today's society to meet tomorrow's needs.
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The Wal-Mart Slayer: How Publix's People-First Culture Is Winning The Grocer War

The Wal-Mart Slayer: How Publix's People-First Culture Is Winning The Grocer War | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Family-run Publix is both the largest employee-owned company and the most profitable grocer in America. That's no accident.
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Alchemy of Collective Intelligence

Alchemy of Collective Intelligence | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Collective Intelligence mines knowledge, skills and emo…
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BizTimes: Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News | BizTimes

BizTimes: Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News | BizTimes | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
BizTimes, 126 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 403, Milwaukee, WI 53202 414.336.7114, editorial@biztimes.com
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Infographic: Employee Engagement — Power your Bottom Line | ADP

Infographic: Employee Engagement — Power your Bottom Line | ADP | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The impact of a disengaged workforce can be staggering when it comes to productivity and profitability. Engaged employees are not only 57% more effective; they’re also 87% less likely to leave your company.
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How to best manage workaholics: New study offers insight

How to best manage workaholics: New study offers insight | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Workaholics tend to live in extremes, with great job satisfaction and creativity on the one hand and high levels of frustration and exhaustion on the other hand.
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50 Tweetable Tips on How Companies can Drive Engagement with Blogs

50 Tweetable Tips on How Companies can Drive Engagement with Blogs | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Companies can benefit greatly by maintaining a blog. It helps drive engagement by establishing industry expertise, and can also promote products and generates leads by enhancing the company’s visibility in the market.

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On Leadership, Teamwork and Following a Common Vision

On Leadership, Teamwork and Following a Common Vision | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
A team isn't a few people that just work on the same thing together. A team is a group that trusts one another. And a small, passionate team can achieve anything they want with the right approach! ...

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Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Great leadership and employee engagement: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

Via Claudia DeSalvo, AlGonzalezinfo, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Claudia DeSalvo's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:55 PM

Communication is key, especially when it comes to giving feedback. Talking at people isn't as effective as taking the time to build a structure for relationships.

 

Understanding is a must, especially when it comes to building trust and engagement. Do your employees know what they need to do to be successful? Giving them adequate resources is a crucial part in ensuring top quality results from them. The article gives a good question to ask yourself:


“What is the most important thing these employees want to know, what is the best way to encourage dialogue and how would they be most comfortable sharing input?”

 

After taking the employees into consideration, think of good ways to get them to share their ideas. This will be an opening for formal[printed] and informal[a quick convo] feedback. The feedback should be respected by both parties, and should be responded to in a timely manner. This makes it so that the employee feels valued. After exchanging feedback, you should continue regularly sharing ideas. Communication is best when its two-way.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 19, 2013 6:40 AM

Great scoop Claudia.  The only thing I would add to the article is that the supervisor should ensure to request additional feedback from her/his direct reports, in addition to getting feedback from established organiazation channels like suggestion boxes, etc.  

 

The reason this is so important is becuase direct report have great specific insight that can help the supervisor learn even more from the feedback.  

 

Frrom the article:

 

Act on feedback – Highly engaged employees are enthused about their organization and believe they can positively influence its success. Acting on employee feedback and highlighting the impact employees make is a strong engagement builder. Be sure that all employees know how their colleagues’ suggestions or ideas are being implemented.


Regularly sharing results and requesting additional feedback creates predictable, consistent two-way communication that encourages employees to take ownership and understand their ideas are valued by the organization. 

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:58 AM

What strategies would you add? 

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I Abolished Tipping at My Restaurant, and Our Service Got Better

I Abolished Tipping at My Restaurant, and Our Service Got Better | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
For more than six years, I ran a restaurant without tips.
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Influence Marketing In 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Influence Marketing In 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Chances are you’ve seen one or all of these buzz phrases floating around social media in recent years: “brand ambassadors,” “online influencers,” “social influencers.” The popularity of social scoring platforms like Klout and Kred, combined with...

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Duncan Robertson's comment, August 12, 2013 9:28 PM
Social media has a huge impact on companies' marketing seem now a days. Facebook and twitter alone can reach millions of people over various locations abroad.
Angela Heath's curator insight, August 14, 2013 6:23 PM

Here is a great tool for us to evaluate thought leadership.

Stephen Pitcher's curator insight, April 21, 2014 3:38 AM

This is a amazing! This could be 'the answer', what do you think?

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'I am nothing without my staff' - leadership lessons from a social services director - 8/14/2013 - Community Care

'I am nothing without my staff' - leadership lessons from a social services director - 8/14/2013 - Community Care | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Engaging directly with staff, acting with integrity and allowing your opinions to be challenged are among the key lessons that Sherry Malik has learned during her time in social care senior management.
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Why Compassion In Business Makes Sense

Why Compassion In Business Makes Sense | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.

 

Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a study of employees from various organizations, health care expenditures for employees with high levels of stress were 46 percent greater than at similar organizations without high levels of stress. In particular, workplace stress has been linked to coronary heart disease in retrospective (observing past patterns) and prospective (predicting future patterns) studies. Then there’s the impact on turnover: 52 percent of employees report that workplace stress has led them to look for a new job, decline a promotion, or leave a job.

 

By Emma Seppala, Greater Good Science Center


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Power of Crowd is in Co-Creation, Not Crowdsourcing

Power of Crowd is in Co-Creation, Not Crowdsourcing | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

The term “Crowdsourcing” and the use of the crowd continues to evolve.  Initially, most forms of crowdsourcing were based on cost savings measures.  Essentially, firms could outsource manpower (e.g. Amazon Turk) or even its inventory (e.g. Stock Photo firms like ShutterStock or iPhotos) to the crowd.


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Icosystem_2009_Decisions2_A-Framework-for-Harnessing-Collective-Intelligence1.pdf

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Top Three Employee Engagement Infographics

Top Three Employee Engagement Infographics | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
I've been having several discussions with people who represent varied roles
in a host of different companies about employee engagement.
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Measuring & Maintaining Employee Engagement

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Leadership, Trust & Emotional Capital: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Leadership, Trust & Emotional Capital: What's Love Got To Do With It? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
New neuroscience research shows love is key for success in business because caring drives trust – which creates loyalty. Here's why & how.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:10 PM

Love in the workplace can be as simple as setting aside time to engage in deep listening. It means setting aside time where there are no interruptions and listening to what the other person has to say, without interruption and without jumping in with whatever you want to say. It involves being empathetic and listening beyond the words.

David Hain's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:40 PM

Makes perfect sense to me!

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Would You Be Able To Guess The Top 5 Happiest Careers In The U.S.?

Would You Be Able To Guess The Top 5 Happiest Careers In The U.S.? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
I didn't even come close.
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Collectively, We Are More Productive

Collectively, We Are More Productive | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
People world-wide, at home and in the office, use collective intelligence every day.  Each time you log into the Internet, you are searching for information.  Much of the time you are searching for...
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Empathy and Leadership - Leadership Training

Empathy and Leadership - Leadership Training | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to identify and understand another's situation, feelings, and motives. Find out why this is so important in the workplace.

 

Empathy is also particularly critical to leadership development in this age of young, independent, highly marketable and mobile workers. In a popular Harvard Business Review article entitled "What Makes a Leader?", Dr Daniel Goleman isolates three reasons why empathy is so important: the increasing use of teams, (which he refers to as "cauldrons of bubbling emotions"), the rapid pace of globalization (with cross cultural communication easily leading to misunderstandings) and the growing need to retain talent.

 

"Leaders with empathy," states Goleman, "do more than sympathize with people around them: they use their knowledge to improve their companies in subtle, but important ways." This doesn't mean that they agree with everyone's view or try to please everybody. Rather, they "thoughtfully consider employees' feelings – along with other factors – in the process of making intelligent decisions." 

 

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How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement

How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Research shows four out of 10 workers are disengaged globally. In the U.S., the situation is worse. According to the latest State of the American Workplace Report, 70 percent of U.S.

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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OCAI online | Control, change and - the way we breathe

OCAI online | Control, change and - the way we breathe | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
In order to guide successful organizational culture change, consultants need to work on the what, how and who of change.
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Stanford center highlights the benefits of compassionate workplaces

Stanford center highlights the benefits of compassionate workplaces | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford brought together leaders in business and academia to talk about the role of compassion in business.
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