Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

Many young people — as well as not-so-young people — want to save the world and maybe, just maybe, you can help your employees fulfill that desire, and help yourself in the process. Surveys find that “making a difference” is often equally as important as, and sometimes more important than, salary for many employees. This […]

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Giving Something Back

Companies take corporate social responsibility (CSR) quite seriously these days, for a variety of reasons. It’s not uncommon to select a charity to support throughout the year or have a “day of service” where you send your employees out for some volunteer effort. Your employees or their families may be very passionate about certain causes, […]

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What Your Employees Don’t Owe You

Some thoughts here from the folks at The Ladders about six things your employees don’t owe you. Definitely worth reading! (and yes, it’s written from the employee perspective, but you can probably figure it out)

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Building a Resilient Workforce

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Every business has ups and downs, and the only way to take advantage of the “ups” is to be able to bounce back from the “downs.” Corporate wellness programs go a long way to building resiliency in your workforce. The easy piece of that is that healthy employees come to work with more energy to […]

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Go Have a Drink

When you work in a growing organization it is easy to get really wrapped up in your work, so involved, in fact, that you might not have much of a life beyond the office. You start by working hard when you’re at the office, then you cannot help but think about things while you are […]

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Lessons From the Gym: Starting the Change Process

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Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of taking lessons from personal fitness and bringing them into the workplace (I even wrote a book about it). This is one reason I encourage firms to design a wellness program and help their employees maintain a healthy work-life integration. Not only do you have […]

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Merry Christmas!

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The Designing Leaders team is taking a few days off for the holidays, and hopefully you are, too. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, or merely as a chance for family and friends to come together, or even if you don’t celebrate it at all, enjoy the upcoming weekend.

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Active Employees

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know we preach the benefits to your workforce of a healthy, active lifestyle. Usually, that preaching comes the day after I run a marathon somewhere (or write a book about running marathons somewhere), but it’s a message that’s good to hear any […]

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Have Friends Outside of the Office

One thing we often notice among employees is that they often spend a lot of their social time with their co-workers. There is an advantage there, of course, because it can make the workplace a much more inviting and engaging place if your employees are friends as well as being co-workers. Plus, let’s face it, […]

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Be Well

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Healthy employees are more likely to be happy employees, and if nothing else, healthy employees are more likely to actually show up for work. Many folks try to stay healthy in the short-term — look at all the people you see wearing masks on public transit — but a long-term approach to health can not […]

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