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I.V.F. Coverage Is the Benefit Everyone Wants - The New York Times

I.V.F. Coverage Is the Benefit Everyone Wants - The New York Times | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Fertility drugs and treatments are expensive, but employers have increasingly begun to cover their cost.
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Is your company current with trending benefits to offer the most compelling overall employee experience?

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This Month's Muse: Why Is Empathy Missing from Work? by Sophie Wade

This Month's Muse: Why Is Empathy Missing from Work? by Sophie Wade | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it

In the world of wages paid for a job done, humanity doesn’t matter all that much. But times have changed, and the workplace should, too.

 

If you were to skim through any articles about the traits of highly-effective people, chances are that showing empathy at work wouldn’t appear at the top of that list.

 

But in my view, empathy is the most important (and most needed) force in the workplace today.

 

In a faster-paced, evolving, and less predictable business environment, we are needing to work more closely together in order to stay ahead. Work is more human and more collaborative than ever before. And when you get a bunch of humans together, you need to build in space for understanding each other.

Second nature to humans, foreign in the workplace.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they are feeling. Dutch primatologist, Franz de Waal, is clear that “empathy is second nature to us”, and most of us use empathy in our personal lives every day. However, empathy has often been missing from the workplace.

 

This is because, historically, employment has been viewed in a very transactional way: the exchange of payment for services. Century-old management theories emphasize money as the sole motivator of human productivity. As a result, we’ve been persuaded to accept different behaviors in the workplace – ‘It’s not personal, it’s business!’

 

But, now we know that money isn’t enough to motivate meaningful work. Many recent studies highlight other factors such as autonomy, flexibility, and purpose and inclusion as important for attracting, engaging and retaining employees. These attributes are all grounded in individual relationships based on trust and respect – now we’re getting much more personal.

 

Now, some people have – understandably – strayed away from using empathy at work. They fear it will make them a pushover. But empathy puts you in the strongest position when relating to others...

 

Read the rest of the article on Atlassian.com. 

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Buckminster Fuller | How he anticipated today's challenges 50 years ago

Buckminster Fuller | How he anticipated today's challenges 50 years ago | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Buckminster Fuller was an extraordinary inventor, a true visionary who had a massive impact on how we think, and was way ahead of his time.
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'The new reorienting of human networking constitutes the heart-and-mind-pumped flow of life and intellect into the world arteries.' – Grunch of Giants (1983)

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Why Companies Are Failing at Reskilling

Why Companies Are Failing at Reskilling | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
In a tight labor market, companies from Amazon to JPMorgan are trying to get better at retraining the workers they have. “We need a Waze for your career,” says one labor expert.
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CRITICAL! Employees: what are your top 3 skills? What skills will you need in 2 yrs? Employers: do you have a skills inventory of your employees? What skills will they need in 18 mos? Keeping up w skills’ needs is ESSENTIAL to compete in the Future of Work.

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Small business owners: Don't rush into using AI

Small business owners: Don't rush into using AI | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
An artificial intelligence strategist advises small business owners to focus on revenue and growth and not AI in of itself--at least for now--because the ROI is not there.
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Jack Dorsey at TED: Even a Tech Monk Must Show Emotions

Jack Dorsey at TED: Even a Tech Monk Must Show Emotions | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Amidst the current big tech backlash, Jack Dorsey and other leaders run the risk of coming across as aloof and detached if they focus only on product, process, and policy, but show no blood, sweat, and tears. Emotional presence is key to re-earn the trust of their constituents.
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We benefit from empathy in the workplace—internally and externally—from corporate execs in their communications to managers & teams on the frontline. How much do you use (and practice) emotional intelligence at work? How to excel in the Future of Work.

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A Wake-Up Call for Grads: Entry-Level Jobs Aren’t So Entry Level Any More

A Wake-Up Call for Grads: Entry-Level Jobs Aren’t So Entry Level Any More | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when new hires spent years learning the ropes before being handed important work. The Class of 2019 will be thrown right into the fray.
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Hit the ground running! That’s what the faster-paced world of work is now demanding of new hires Day 1: exciting participation and more responsibility. Let’s recognize new conditions and support younger employees. Is college preparing them?

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The Essence of Modern Work Management Is Change: Video Interviews with 3 Work Experts | Workfront

The Essence of Modern Work Management Is Change: Video Interviews with 3 Work Experts | Workfront | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
During the launch of Done Right: How Tomorrow’s Top Leaders Get Work Done, we spoke to three thought leaders about work management: Laura Goodrich — Speaker, consultant, and author of Seeing Red Cars Sophie Wade — Speaker, consultant, and author of Embracing Progress Mark Schaefer — Speaker,…
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How are you updating your work habits and processes to deal with the increased project work and decreased predictability? Are you channeling your efforts successfully? Be proactive to be most effective!

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Behavioral science will be more important than ever in the Fourth Industrial Revolution —

Behavioral science will be more important than ever in the Fourth Industrial Revolution — | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
In a world of automation, we should ensure we’re making the most of distinctly human strengths.
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The pace of business is faster, less predictable. There is more than one way forward. How are you managing the uncertainty & disagreements w colleagues as strategies and project advance? Soft skills are now essential.

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5 Strategies for Getting More Work Done in Less Time

5 Strategies for Getting More Work Done in Less Time | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Use templates, checklists, and timeboxing.
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The faster, less predictable nature of business means strategic approaches, more...

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The robot revolution will be worse for men

The robot revolution will be worse for men | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Demographics will determine who gets hit worst by automation. Policy will help curb the damage.
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Is your job high-risk at for automation? Are you upskilling to stay competitive? As some entry level tasks are automated, how are new recruits building their experience and careers? Time to be proactive!

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050 – Youth, Now –

Humankind is facing unprecedented revolutions. How can we prepare ourselves and our children for a world of such unprecedented transformations and radical uncertainties?
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Are you adapting ENOUGH for the Future of Work? Are you REimagining the future of your business? Watch Generation Z kids: their technology integration, the challenge of accelerated progress, few boundaries++. Provocative & v compelling heads-up

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TED Talk: Shadow Learning

TED Talk: Shadow Learning | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Technology management expert Matt Beane explores the pitfalls of artificial intelligence
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How many low level jobs are being partly/wholly-automated away in your company? Org charts are evolving from bottom-heavy triangles to be more column-shaped. How will new hires learn on the job? How are you adapting career progress?

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This Year's Muse Prediction

This Year's Muse Prediction | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it

How has your year started off? What are YOUR expectations, concerns, opportunities, and expected challenges?

 

Looking ahead, 2019 will be a year when things get focused. Concern turns to action. Attention turns to effort. Rubber meets the road.

 

1. Digital Deadline: Digital Transformation is in progress or your time is running out. This year, investments in time, effort and energy are paramount to integrate technologies that update — and potentially significantly disrupt — your company’s business model, revenue stream(s), customer intelligence gathering, employee engagement efforts and workforce connectivity and support. Without this, growth is unlikely and survival questionable. What technologies? That depends on your business, operations, locations, customer segments, talent pool and more. Considerations range from artificial intelligence, data gathering, cloud applications, enabling platforms and tools to employee training and customizable benefits delivery.

 

2. Skills’ Stock: What is the skills’ inventory of your organization? What about your own team? What are your top three skills? Without a good understanding of the skills at your disposal, how can you work out what you should be doing and whom to task with what and where? In the past, we have been defined by our job titles not our skills, but now job needs are evolving as are the skills required to get them done effectively. It’s time to understand and track each person’s specific talents — hard and soft skills — and then be able to find and assign workers appropriately.

 

3. Freelancer Forces: Right now, the people best-equipped for the new work environment are independent workers, not your employees or colleagues. Non-employees are keenly aware of the need to stay competitive — in terms of identifying and augmenting their skills and learning how, when and where they work best. They are also living and learning the new career dynamics, developing multiple income streams not relying on singular job security, wherever possible. Numbers are swelling as more people chose independent contracting and consulting projects. Millions are choosing to create an integrated working life with the flexibility they want. Millions more are unable to work with conventional fixed schedules and locations. How will your company be utilizing qualified non-employees as part of its total available talent pool?

 

4. Educating Employees: Standing still on quick sand isn’t recommended. Technology advancements are bringing new capabilities to adapt and improve operations, the ability to incorporate data learnings rapidly and iterate frequently as customer service delivery changes and cycles shorten. Investment in training is essential for a competitive workforce, especially to retain and develop talent. New decentralized workforce realities mean at a minimum proactively coaching managers to help them cope with dispersed teams and suitably manage virtual colleagues. Sharing productive remote working frameworks, habits, and tools will be important for yielding good results across multi-location teams.

 

5. Career Conundrums: Undefined future possibilities and confusion about how to progress their careers will continue to distract employees and further undermine productivity and retention. Employers will benefit who actively help their employees understand their strengths and possible job progression, and promote/pay for their skills’ development. Corporate loyalty is newly-defined by employers’ demonstrating and communicating their investment in and commitment to their employees’ future.

 

6. Make It Matter: Work IS Personal. We spend an average of one third of our lives at work. The “money for suffering” equation is tired and out-dated. It presumed compensation as a combination of salary and job security/lifelong employment. Now, it is each employer’s responsibility to articulate the work/reward equation that will attract, engage, and retain the quality talent they want for their particular business, vision and circumstances. Deep down, everyone wants to know the ‘why’ of what they are doing and that their contribution counts. Even a little bit. Every day. Why should someone engage in their work at your company? Why do you? What’s your ‘why’?

 

7. Essential Empathy: And here’s your ‘how’. The World Economic Forum foresees soft skills as fundamental and critical. Empathy is the core skill that enables trust to build, strong relationships to form, improves communication, facilitates collaboration, and connects a community. Companies integrating empathetic approaches and practices are nurturing workers who are better-prepared to tackle the faster pace of business and the less predictable, more projectized work they are now getting assigned. Their employees will more easily be able to innovate, share and develop ideas, and test and implement new concepts. Empathy @ Work is a key need and focus for this coming year.

 

Seven steps for success. Simple, but not easy. See how to prioritize them for your business and people. Remember this year — it’s crunch time!

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The One Key Element to Achieving True Agility

The One Key Element to Achieving True Agility | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Innovative thinking springs from workplace cultures that encourage innovation.
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Is your team, your company able to respond and adapt at the tech-accelerated pace of business? Does your corporate culture support agility? Here's how to transform for the Future of Work.

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Don't Get 'Ghosted': How Inclusion Will Keep Your Millennial Employees From Walking

Don't Get 'Ghosted': How Inclusion Will Keep Your Millennial Employees From Walking | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Diversity isn't enough. Inclusion is essential to creating a company culture that will keep people sticking around.
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'Ghosting' IS a thing and it can impact your company and turnover. Good tips about how to nurture a corporate culture that will help Millennials feel included and valued so they stay.

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The Case Against Early Retirement

The Case Against Early Retirement | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Many people dream of leaving the office as soon as they can. But the evidence suggests a lot of downsides. It may be time to rethink those dreams.
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Love longer retire later!! Seriously! Plus make your savings last. If we can enjoy what we are doing, work with people we trust and respect and can dial down our hours...why retire?

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Empathizing Your Way to Effective Teamwork

Empathizing Your Way to Effective Teamwork | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it

What we used to think of as "soft skills" are now essential for moving fast and future-proofing our careers. As our work environments become more distributed and our teams more diverse, empathy is emerging as the key to everything from performance and productivity to connection and community. By Sophie Wade, Flexcel Network.

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How executives, managers, and team members can learn how to develop, measure, and practice empathy at work every day. 

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Atlassian Team Tour: Future of IT

Atlassian Team Tour: Future of IT | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
I'm heading to #AtlassianTeamTour Future of IT.

Let's talk about the power of teams and how to optimize them for speed, agility, adaptability, and innovation.
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Does IT at your company have a strategic role in business operations yet? How is Digital Transformation going? Integrated tech is essential for survival in a less predictable, competitive business environment.

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Coworking Not Just For Startups But For Big Businesses as well

Coworking Not Just For Startups But For Big Businesses as well | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
How these corporate giants are taking benefits while being a part of coworking ecosystem?
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Choose the workspace arrangement that fits your business. More options mean making proactive choices about what you want and why, where and how.

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This Week's Muse - Integrating Generation Z

TAKING THE FIFTH. A fifth generation is entering the workforce in increasing numbers. Born 1995-2015, Generation Z is coming of age. If you’re a parent with offspring under 24, you’re aware something’s up. You realize there’s a disconnect, a distinct gap. There’s a different facility with the tools of today and a different awareness and interpretation of reality that may elude you entirely. I get it.

 

RAISING GEN Z. I have two of my own Gen-Z kids. I observe their actions based on unprecedented access to information, the transparency of our discussions at the dinner table, and innumerable platforms and applications at their finger-tips. My pre-teen daughter wrote a powerful poem that questioned and challenged ‘acceptable norms’. My son, when 16, was ready to sell his gorgeous ceramic pots on Etsy, and started developing his branding before school obligations were re-prioritized!

 

AGENCY & ACTION. As unique and talented as I find my own Gen Zs, their concerned and self-directed behaviors are the norm rather than the anomaly. Their sense of agency and desire to contribute their opinions and be involved—whether politically, socially, economically or environmentally—is common.

 

GENERATION IN WAITING. Gen Z are mostly still waiting in the wings, preparing to come out and play their roles in the workplace. Having been acknowledged, involved, and raised with influence, they are expecting to participate fully. Furthermore, Gen Zs recognize the uncertain economic outlook and more fragmented career prospects. Is your company ready to integrate them?

 

THE MEANING OF MILLENNIALS. Many Gen Zs are keenly aware of challenging relationships between Millennials and older generations and may well be apprehensive about their reception when they start working, How have you been adapting to Millennials so far? It’s worth considering that they are often looking and pressing for the types of work conditions that Gen Z employees will expect as a given.

 

ANTICIPATING & MANAGING. Adapting your own expectations is critical in the rebalancing of the talent equation in the tech-accelerated, more complex marketplace. More responsibility is being given to front-line workers as well as those who have strong technology skills and intuitive understanding of our new realities.

 

However you end up adjusting is up to your company, business needs and openness to recognizing current and projected conditions. The more thoughtfully you do that, the easier your integration of Gen Z employees will be and the better they will perform.

 

If you are interested to understand more about Generation Z and how to prepare your organization, please contact Sophie.Wade@FlexcelNetwork.com

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Can a Nice Doctor Make Treatments More Effective? - The New York Times

Can a Nice Doctor Make Treatments More Effective? - The New York Times | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Connecting with patients doesn’t just make them think someone cares. It can make a difference for health outcomes.
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A doctor showing empathy can make a difference to health outcomes - new study shows. Think what emotional connection could do for relationships, communication, and collaboration across your workforce, wherever they are

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How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 Graphs - NPR

How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 Graphs - NPR | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it

For hundreds of years, people have been talking about machines taking jobs from people. Less often discussed: machines creating new jobs.

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Automation and digitization are impacting the workforce in negative and positive ways. Key is to recognize the evolution in progress and be adjusting for and with it.

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Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt

Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Older Americans are struggling under the burden of student loans—their children’s and their own.
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$86 BILLION of student loan debt owed by Americans 60+ in ‘17. This situation is not viable. What about Generation Z? Imagine how this data makes them feel about the adult world that awaits most of them? Can we be credible leaders?

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I.V.F. Coverage Is the Benefit Everyone Wants - The New York Times

I.V.F. Coverage Is the Benefit Everyone Wants - The New York Times | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
Fertility drugs and treatments are expensive, but employers have increasingly begun to cover their cost.
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Gates Foundation slashes 52-week parental leave program in half

Gates Foundation slashes 52-week parental leave program in half | The Work In Progress Report | Scoop.it
The change highlights the challenge many employers face when it comes to administering generous paid leave programs.
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What meaningful new policies make sense for your company? Consider all consequences to ensure they are developed & executed so benefits are utilized & manageable for all concerned - acknowledging initial necessary transition effort!

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