Linked: Can the ‘right to disconnect’ exist in a remote-work world?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

Anything the government comes up with might protect workers from being required to work all the time, but the devil in the detail is how to allow workers to choose which hours they do work within that? It gets a bit messy, doesn’t it, and really isn’t that the issue with the government getting involved? It limits the possibilities by putting a defined “work” time, when what is really needed is the flexibility to figure out the best time, and location, that allows a worker to get what needs to be done, done, and still have a life that is outside of work. That’s going to look different for everyone, so there can’t be rules passed down from an outsider, there will need to be an understanding between workers, and management, on what works best for everyone, including when they will disconnect.

That does, of course, require some more effort and imagination. Are you up to it?… Read More

Maybe this is the Crux of the Employment Problem?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

The headline from this Time article lays it out pretty simply:

The Pandemic Revealed How Much We Hate Our Jobs.

I wonder if all of the talk about laziness, unemployment benefits, toxic workplaces, etc. really all comes down to this. There are a significant number of people in this world working in jobs they simply don’t like. Or, to look at it another way, there are a significant number of jobs that give us no reason to not hate them. … Read More

Linked: 7 Ways to Recover from Burnout

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I do believe a lot of people are burned out, not just from work, but from everything else going on in the world, on top of work. Then they look at their workplace and ask a simple question, does this job make burnout better, or worse, and if it’s worse, what are my options for changing that.

Not continuing to work in that place, is one option that many are opting for.

Can we blame them?… Read More

Compare and Contrast – What Helps Remote Employees?

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Reading Time: 1 minute

I feel like I can just share the titles of these two articles and make my point. But I will add this one thing. As work moves to a more remote, work from anywhere, model, you have a choice on how to manage your people. You can define the work they need to do, explain how it will be measured and trust them get it done, or you can treat them like children.

Which one do you think will make for better engaged, mentally healthy, employees?… Read More

Linked: Changed by pandemic, many workers won’t return to old jobs

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Reading Time: 3 minutes

Do the calculation yourself. What do you ask employees to tolerate versus what they get from the job, and consider what you’ve asked them to put up with during the last year versus what they get from the job. The calculations have changed. As it turns out, those employees were watching you, and watching how much you valued their health and safety.

Consider the possibility that you didn’t show them what they wanted to see, and that’s why they’re not coming back, and why no one else wants to work there too.

Maybe they’ll come back to work when they have no other options, for a short time, but they’ll never be committed to you again. You’ve lost that, and in many cases, you deserved it.… Read More

Linked: A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying — and Retaining — Top Employees

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

Of course, the reality is, and everyone who has ever been passed over for recognition and promotion by someone who “looked” like they were getting a lot done when they really weren’t, know this, most managers who relied on “seeing” their reports while walking around were never really that good at identifying who is doing the best job.

But now, that people will continue to work all over the place, and using collaborative workspaces that have data available about who is doing what, and who is communicating with whom, it’s going to be all about the data. The tools are there. Will managers use them, and get better at managing talent?… Read More

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