Harmonious and Balanced Workplace
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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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Positive Employee Engagement Enables Great Customer Experience - Business 2 Community

Positive Employee Engagement Enables Great Customer Experience - Business 2 Community | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Business 2 Community Positive Employee Engagement Enables Great Customer Experience Business 2 Community Positive Employee Engagement Enables Great Customer Experience image customer experience connected Once upon a time, employees would often stay...
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Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy

Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Zappos is known for its zany corporate culture. The company’s Q4 “All Hands” meeting in November was aptly-themed “Gone Wild”: one female employee voluntarily climbed into a case filled with tarantulas to win a $250 gift card.
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What Organizational Culture Really Is | CEO.com

What Organizational Culture Really Is | CEO.com | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
One reason organizational culture does not make the priority list of leaders is that it is hard to define. It's squishy. It's complex. Sometimes it's even contradictory. Employees will experience your culture in different ways and ...
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The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)

The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally) | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Why years of research are finally making a dent.
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Target employee engagement at the top

Target employee engagement at the top | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
If employee engagement is low this could be because of disengaged executives. Consider leadership activities and loyalty programs to address the issue. Continue reading →
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Employee Engagement and Motivation Heightened with Workplace Flexibility -- Occupational Health & Safety

Employee Engagement and Motivation Heightened with Workplace Flexibility -- Occupational Health & Safety | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
A new study shows that employees who are given a more flexible work schedule may be happier and more hardworking than their counterparts.
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Why a startup just published all of its employees’ salaries for the world to see

Why a startup just published all of its employees’ salaries for the world to see | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based social media startup Buffer just did something unprecedented: It published the salaries of every one of its employees online, available for the public to see.
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Happiness Secrets From The Staff Of Delivering Happiness At Work

Happiness Secrets From The Staff Of Delivering Happiness At Work | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Ebullient corporate culture helped grow Tony Hsieh's Zappos into a multi-billion-dollar shoe-loving enterprise and spawned a consulting firm DHW. Here...
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Aunt Betty's Fruitcake Metaphor

Aunt Betty's Fruitcake Metaphor | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Your family's culture drives holiday traditions, i.e. y…
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7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders

7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the  many hallmarks of his leadership was trust.  The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mr. Mandela because he was genuinely trustworthy and his purpose was to support peace, prosperity and unity not only in South Africa – but throughout the world. Mandela was able to lead people in ways that many find impossible to do. As he famously said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

 

Unfortunately, trust is in rare supply these days.  People are having trouble trusting each other, according to an AP-GfK poll conducted in November 2013, which found that Americans are suspicious of each other in their everyday encounters.


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Richard Lock's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:23 AM

The quality of leadership and management has a great deal to do with low levels of employee engagement. Here are some ideas to consider that make a difference.

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Happy Employees are not Engaged Employees

Happy Employees are not Engaged Employees | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Businesses want happy, motivated employees who are also engaged. The trifecta of employee success. So, how do we make that happen? Is it empowerment?
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I Smell A Rat: Empathy In Business

I Smell A Rat: Empathy In Business | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
In collaboration with author Gary Hamel and the Management Innovation Exchange (The MIX),SAP launched a crowd-source initiative which poses the question:
What is the one thing you'd change to help
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Compassion: a Fundamental of Mindful Leadership... and Life

Compassion: a Fundamental of Mindful Leadership... and Life | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

What is the role of compassion in the workplace? Very simply, it is one of the four fundamentals of leadership excellence, of mindful leadership, and of living mindfully. And it can be a new year's resolution that you can implement starting today!

 

Compassion at Work

 

Compassion can be brought into each work day through simple acts of kindness. When we choose to take a purposeful pause and offer a colleague a compliment, or a word of encouragement, or inquire into their well-being, we bring kindness into the workplace. And the ripple effect of kindness is limitless. A compassionate leader can transform the most challenging workplace. When a leader embodies compassion and is seen as a kind person, even his or her toughest messages are more likely to be received well. After all, when we work with someone who honestly respects, includes, and values us, it goes a long way to making us trust his or her decisions.


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The Secret to Delighting Customers

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How Disney made great service habitual by putting their employees first.
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INSIDE FACEBOOK: Take A Tour Through The Social Network's New York City Headquarters

INSIDE FACEBOOK: Take A Tour Through The Social Network's New York City Headquarters | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
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Conflict Strategies for Nice People

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Conflict is a necessary part of a functioning team. But it doesn't need to be mean.
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Compensation Doesn't Drive Employee Engagement

Compensation Doesn't Drive Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
As part of our recent consumer benchmark, we examined a number of attitudes and behaviors of more than 5,000 U.S. employees. One of the things we analyzed is what makes people want to do something ...
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Employee Engagement Is A Result Of Leader Engagement | The Leadership Advisor

Employee Engagement Is A Result Of Leader Engagement | The Leadership Advisor | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
An international consulting company that focuses on Leadership/Culture Development, Personal/Professional Development, and Employee Engagement.

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Happiness at work: Why money isn't the only thing that matters

Happiness at work: Why money isn't the only thing that matters | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains how we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive by building on our social intuition.
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Happiness: The Contagion Theory

Happiness: The Contagion Theory | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed how being around nutsy/negative people can make you feel nutsy/negative?

Psychologists call this “emotional contagion” – and there’s even evolutionary reasons for why someone else’s curmudgeonly ways can infect you.

“The original form is the contagion of fear and alarm,” said Frans de Waal, a psychologist and primate expert at Atlanta’s Emory University. “You’re in a flock of birds. One bird suddenly takes off. You have no time to wait and see what’s going on. You take off, too. Otherwise, you’re lunch.”

Translation: Getting caught up in another’s negativity is a hard-wired survival mechanism.

“I have often noticed how primate groups in their entirety enter a similar mood,” de Waal said. “All of a sudden, all of them are playful, hopping around. Or all of them are grumpy. Or all of them are sleepy and settle down. In such cases, the mood contagion serves the function of synchronizing activities. The individual who doesn’t stay in tune with what everyone is doing will lose out, like the traveler who didn’t go the restroom when the bus stopped.”

Translation: Contagion theory of happiness also explains the powerful energy of “mob mentality” and why there’s a tendency for groups of people in a movie theater or concert to share a similar feeling for the move or concert.

Plus psychologists believe that “the contagion theory of happiness” is yet another form of our hard-wired mimicry we humans do – our instinctive human tendency to unconsciously imitate other people’s facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and body movements.

For example, if someone scratches their nose, you might suddenly feel your nostrils twitch. Or if someone yawns and stretches and gets sleepy, you might yawn and feel more tired too.

Indeed, mimicry is such a strong foundation of our human emotional development that even at a mere 1-hour old, a newborn infant will be hard-wired to mimic a person’s facial gestures.

Hence why you can smile at 1-hour old baby, and this 1-hour old baby will smile back!

Translation: Our built-in human system for mimicry, explains why we humans can transfer our good and bad moods to each other.

The Journal of Applied Psychology offered up a study which showed the downer effects of a downer leader on a group. They took 189 volunteer undergraduates, divided them into 63 groups of 3, and told them they were taking part in a team-building exercise to put up a tent. Then a “leader” was chosen for each team, and shown either of video clip of a “Saturday Night Live” skits or a vignette on torture — to create either a positive/up beat mood or a negative/downer mood.

The result: If a leader was up, the team members’ moods rose. But if the leader was down, everyone became down.

Numerous other studies have also shown how when one person in a romantic coupling gets depressed, the other also becomes more depressed.

Psychologists believe this transfer of emotions is yet another form of empathy.

In London’s University College, psychologist Tonia Singer and colleagues used brain scans to explore empathy in 19 romantic couples. She hooked both individuals to brain scans. One partner in the couple was given a slight electric shock while the other partner watched. Each of their scans showed identical brain reactions. Although only one partner was shocked, both of the partner’s pain center lighted up – as if both had been jolted.

On a more happy note… Howard Friedman, a psychologist at University of California at Irvine thinks “emotional contagion” is also why some people can move and inspire others to positive action – like a good coach or a powerful preacher – or a joyous/exuberant partner in a romantic coupling.

Friedman believes it’s because the happy person’s happy facial expression, happy voice, happy gestures and happy body movements all together conspire to transmit happy emotions to all those around the happy person!"


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Angie Mc's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:56 PM

Today decide to be a HAPPINESS TRANSMITTER! <- Like that :)

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:48 AM

tal vez no sea la felicidad lo q se contagia pero si el estado de ánimo.

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Creativity in innovative projects: How teamwork matters

Creativity in innovative projects: How teamwork matters | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

 

This article investigates the influence of the quality of teamwork on the performance effects of domain- relevant skills and creative-thinking skills in innovation teams.

 

It is proposed that the quality of teamwork is an important moderating condition facilitating the application of domain-relevant skills, while obstructing the application of creative-thinking skills.

 

Using data from 575 members, leaders, and managers of 145 software development teams, we test direct and moderated relationships between teams’ domain-relevant skills and creative-thinking skills with team effectiveness and efficiency.

 

Results show that neither domain- relevant skills nor creative-thinking skills have direct effects on team effectiveness (i.e., quality of the software product) and team efficiency (i.e., adherence to schedule and budget objectives).

 

However, the results show that teamwork quality has positive effects on the relationship between domain-relevant skills and team efficiency, while having negative effects on the relationship between creative-thinking skills and both team efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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Five Recognition Myths that Hinder Employee Engagement

Five Recognition Myths that Hinder Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

The value of a measurable recognition strategy is far reaching for employers and by conquering common misconceptions, organizations can help elevate employee engagement and promote a more positive and productive workplace


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If You're Going to Change Your Culture, Do It Quickly

If You're Going to Change Your Culture, Do It Quickly | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Drive better results by tying culture to strategy.
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