Linked – Mental Health at Work: Managers and Money

Linked – Mental Health at Work: Managers and Money

When management harms the mental health of our employees, we typically respond by offering them yoga or meditation spaces or maybe a lunchtime session on stress management. We never look at the system. We offer them ways to better cope with the broken system, but we never take responsibility for what the workplace is doing to their mental health.

We should be honest about the mental health impacts of layoffs

We should be honest about the mental health impacts of layoffs

Every person you lay off from your business is ten times more likely to try and take their own life.

I don’t think senior executives think in those terms. I suspect many are thinking about juicing the bottom line, getting a little stock price bump, maybe making things more efficient, etc. I think large investors think about what is best for their stock values. That’s why CEOs announce layoffs of 10% of the workforce and are rewarded with $100 million bonuses.

Linked – What’s the Business Impact of Customer Training?

Linked – What’s the Business Impact of Customer Training?

I’m not exaggerating. The distaste users had for the software they were forced to use because the organization purchased it was only equaled by how little they knew about how to use it. This is not a coincidence. Poor training or lack of training leaves users figuring out what to do on their own, and they usually miss out on many of the features that could make their jobs easier. Most of them figure out enough to get by.

Linked – New data shows shortsighted companies will try to replace workers with AI

Linked – New data shows shortsighted companies will try to replace workers with AI

Many people who make hiring and firing decisions don’t think about AI as a tool for better work-life balance or increased productivity in their workforce. They are planning on replacing their workforce. These are likely the same ones who view layoffs as a strategy to tweak stock prices and see employees as numbers on a financial statement instead of human beings. Increasingly, they are being put in charge by shareholders who see employees similarly – a bothersome cost.

We should not be surprised that younger generations want to blow it all up.

Linked – How To Communicate Better At Work Easily And Accomplish More

Linked – How To Communicate Better At Work Easily And Accomplish More

Of all the skills that Liz writes about to help us all communicate better, this is the key. If the leaders in your workplace are not communicating, and we see how important listening is to that communication as well, the rest of the team is unlikely to be doing it well either. It’s a modeled behavior. When leaders are open to connection, listen carefully to their reports, and work toward clarity and agreement, that flows down into how the team interacts with each other. When leaders only ever issue directives with no consideration for the humans who report to them, you’ll see that same behavior across the team.