Categories
Uncategorized

Building strong relationships in the workplace is crucial for an organization’s success. 

  1. Collaboration and Teamwork:
    • Coworkers who have positive relationships are more likely to perform well when working together on projects. Respectful teammates motivate each other to perform at their best, leading to improved collaboration and efficient task completion.
    • Good communication within a team reduces ambiguity and ensures everyone understands their specific tasks.
  2. Individual Productivity:
    • Enjoying positive office relationships can enhance your own productivity and job-related skills. When you like working with your coworkers, you tend to work harder, contributing to the company’s success.
    • A supportive work environment encourages employees to give their best effort.
  3. Employee Morale:
    • The psychological state of employees directly affects their productivity. Having good relationships with colleagues can boost morale, leading to better professional output
    • When you enjoy spending time with your coworkers, it positively impacts your overall job satisfaction.
  4. Employee Retention:
    • Teams that retain key members consistently deliver better long-term results. Employees who feel connected to their coworkers and the company are less likely to seek employment elsewhere.
    • Strong workplace relationships contribute to employee loyalty and reduce turnover rates.

In summary, fostering positive relationships at work not only benefits individual employees but also contributes significantly to an organization’s overall success. So, let’s continue building those connections! 

Contact us at bhodge@oecleadership.com 1-812-345-7519

Categories
Uncategorized

Enhancing Virtual Team Dynamics in the Digital Workspace

Brett Hodge 03/01/2024

In the era of remote work, virtual teams have become the backbone of many organizations. However, maintaining the dynamics of a team that interacts primarily through screens presents unique challenges. This blog explores strategies to improve virtual team dynamics, ensuring a cohesive and productive work environment.

Understanding Virtual Team Dynamics

Virtual teams operate across various time zones and cultures, often without ever meeting face-to-face. This can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection. To combat this, it’s essential to understand the nuances of virtual communication and foster a sense of belonging among team members.

Building Trust and Accountability

Trust is the foundation of any successful team. In a virtual setting, trust is built through transparency, consistent communication, and reliability. Leaders should encourage open dialogue and provide regular feedback to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and accountability.

Communication: The Lifeline of Virtual Teams

Effective communication is vital for virtual teams. It’s not just about the frequency of interactions but also the quality. Utilizing the right tools—whether it’s video conferencing, messaging apps, or project management software—is crucial for facilitating clear and efficient communication.

Fostering Engagement and Collaboration

Engagement can be a challenge in virtual teams. To keep team members engaged, incorporate interactive elements into meetings, such as polls or brainstorming sessions. Collaboration tools that allow real-time editing and sharing can also enhance the sense of teamwork.

Cultivating a Supportive Culture

A supportive culture is characterized by recognition, inclusivity, and the promotion of work-life balance. Celebrating achievements, acknowledging milestones, and providing support during challenging times are all practices that contribute to a positive team culture.

Continuous Improvement

The virtual workspace is ever-evolving, and so should the team dynamics. Regularly assess the effectiveness of communication strategies, tools, and team morale. Be open to feedback and willing to make changes to improve the team’s performance.

Conclusion

Improving virtual team dynamics is an ongoing process that requires attention and effort from every team member. By building trust, enhancing communication, fostering engagement, and cultivating a supportive culture, virtual teams can overcome the barriers of distance and become more cohesive and effective.

Categories
Uncategorized

The Importance of People Data in Driving High-Performance Teams

Brett Hodge 03/08/24.

In today’s dynamic business landscape, high-performance teams are the backbone of organizational success. These teams consistently deliver exceptional results, innovate, and adapt swiftly to change. But what fuels their excellence? People data plays a pivotal role in shaping high-performance teams. Let’s explore why it matters and how organizations can leverage it effectively.

People data provides insights into employee behavior, preferences, and performance. By analyzing this data, organizations gain a deeper understanding of their workforce. They can identify patterns related to productivity, engagement, and collaboration. Armed with this knowledge, leaders can make informed decisions to optimize team dynamics.

High-performance teams thrive in environments where employees feel valued and supported. People data helps organizations tailor their employee experience. By tracking engagement levels, satisfaction surveys, and feedback, companies can create targeted interventions. Whether it’s personalized training, flexible work arrangements, or recognition programs, data-driven approaches enhance employee well-being and motivation.

Effective teams require the right mix of skills and competencies. People data allows organizations to assess their talent pool objectively. By identifying gaps, leaders can strategically hire, train, or develop team members. Whether it’s technical expertise, leadership skills, or emotional intelligence, data-driven talent management ensures teams have the necessary capabilities.

Predictive analytics based on people data can forecast individual and team performance. By analyzing historical data, organizations can identify factors that correlate with success. For example, understanding which traits lead to high sales performance or effective project management enables targeted recruitment and development efforts.

Inclusive teams outperform homogeneous ones. People data sheds light on diversity metrics, such as gender, ethnicity, and age. Organizations can track representation, pay equity, and promotion rates. By addressing biases and promoting diversity, high-performance teams emerge—bringing varied perspectives and innovative solutions.

High-performance teams rally around shared goals. People data ensures alignment by tracking individual and team performance metrics. Whether it’s revenue targets, customer satisfaction scores, or project milestones, data-driven goal-setting fosters accountability and collaboration.

Continuous learning fuels team growth. People data identifies skill gaps and learning preferences. Organizations can offer targeted training, mentorship, and development opportunities. A culture of learning enhances team agility and adaptability.

Leaders armed with people data make better decisions. Whether it’s resource allocation, team restructuring, or performance evaluations, data-driven insights guide actions. Evidence-based decisions minimize risks and maximize team effectiveness.

Conclusion

In the quest for high-performance teams, people data is not just a tool—it’s a strategic asset. Organizations that harness its power create agile, engaged, and resilient teams. So, let’s embrace data-driven practices and propel our teams toward excellence! 

For more information on using Data to drive excellence contact us at www.oecleadership.com

Categories
Uncategorized

The Best Human Asset Software for your Business

benefits of using the Predictive Index (PI) in your organization. OEC, Inc. is a Certified PI Partner. Contact us for more information. https://www.oecleadership.com

Predictive Index: The Key to Talent Optimization

In today’s dynamic workplace, understanding employee behavior and optimizing talent is crucial for organizational success. The Predictive Index (PI) is a powerful tool that provides valuable insights into workplace behavior, motivators, and potential. Let’s explore how PI can enhance your organization:

1. Understanding Workplace Behavior

  • Scientific Validation: PI is a scientifically validated behavioral assessment tool. It evaluates the motivating needs that drive an individual’s workplace behavior. By understanding these needs, organizations gain insights into what makes their employees tick.
  • Predicting Performance: PI measures cognitive ability, behavior, and interests. It predicts how individuals will perform in specific roles or work environments. This knowledge helps in making informed decisions during talent acquisition and team building.

2. Talent Optimization

  • Hiring Right: PI assists in identifying candidates who not only qualify for a role but are also likely to thrive in it. By assessing personality traits and cognitive abilities, organizations can make better hiring decisions.
  • Team Dynamics: Understanding the mix of driving needs within a team is essential. PI helps identify potential areas of conflict or cooperation, promoting effective collaboration and communication.
  • Leadership Development: PI identifies individuals with leadership potential. It enables personalized development plans to nurture their skills, ensuring a strong leadership pipeline.
  • Management Support: Pi integrates behavioral data with AI to provide managers all they need to schedule 1:1 meetings, Team meetings, feedback and communication, performance management and more.

3. Aligning Individual Capabilities with Organizational Goals

  • Behavioral Mapping: PI provides a ‘behavioral map’ of an individual’s work persona. It reveals factors like dominance, extraversion, patience, and formality. Organizations can align these traits with their goals and requirements.
  • Stress and Team Response: PI helps understand how individuals respond to stress, scrutiny, and team dynamics. This knowledge aids in creating a supportive work environment.

4. Not Just a Test, But Insights

  • Detailed Insights: PI isn’t a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ test. Instead, it offers detailed insights into behavior and performance. Organizations gain clarity on their workforce’s strengths and areas for improvement.

Conclusion

The Predictive Index is more than a tool; it’s the key to talent optimization. By leveraging PI, your organizations can create a harmonious workplace, maximize productivity, and align individual capabilities with strategic goals. So, contact us at OEC, Inc. to embrace PI and unlock the potential of your workforce! ????

Categories
Uncategorized

Let’s explore the fascinating future of teamwork

Let’s explore the fascinating future of teamwork, where collaboration, adaptability, and innovation take center stage. As we peer into the horizon, several trends emerge, shaping how teams will function and thrive:

1. Team Culture Matters More Than Company Culture

While company culture remains significant, the impact of culture is most keenly felt at the team level. Employees experience culture through their immediate team dynamics. The days of relying solely on office perks (free food, childcare, etc.) are waning. The pandemic-induced remote work experiment has further emphasized the importance of team culture. Leaders must focus on fostering positive team dynamics, ensuring that every team member contributes to a healthy and supportive environment1.

2. Virtual Collaboration Persists

Even as people return to physical offices, virtual collaboration remains a powerful force. Organizations with multiple offices will increasingly rely on virtual tools for coordination. The skills acquired during the “great work from home” era allow teams to form based on expertise rather than geographical proximity. Leaders should embrace this reality, mastering virtual collaboration tools and prioritizing the right person for the task, regardless of their location1.

3. Purposeful Hybrid: Virtual and In-Person Coordination

The post-pandemic future of teamwork will blend virtual coordination with in-person collaboration. Effective leadership in this hybrid world demands skills beyond traditional team management. As teams straddle physical and digital realms, leaders must adapt, communicate effectively, and foster a sense of purpose. The ability to seamlessly switch between modes—whether in a virtual meeting or face-to-face—will define successful team leadership2.

4. Agility, Resilience, and Foresight

Radically adaptable teams thrive in an uncertain world. To build such teams, focus on four essential attributes:

Conclusion: Navigating the Future

As we step into the future, teamwork will be our compass. Leaders who nurture team culture, embrace virtual collaboration, and cultivate adaptability will chart a successful course. Remember, it’s not just about working together; it’s about thriving together in a dynamic landscape. 

Categories
Uncategorized

Key Changes Companies Should Make

Key changes companies should make in 2022

Josh Bersin, the founder of an HR research firm, says that “you have to run your company as if every employee has one foot out the door.” And he is right because employees today demand fast, positive change from their employers.

Let the data talk: 

  • 8 out of 10 employees feel ‘more empowered’ to hold leaders accountable for workplace changes in 2022. 
  • And 56% of workers said they will only wait 30 to 60 days for employers to make needed changes before they consider leaving. (Human Workplace Index)

So what can companies do?

Well, every company is different and has its unique challenges. But one thing is for sure: now is not the time to let up on the gas (despite today’s prices, har har).

A universal principle is companies must deeply understand what their employees want and then take action to deliver. By collecting employee feedback, companies will unlock a treasure trove of opportunities to improve retention, productivity, and workplace happiness.

How can they take it a step further? Companies must double down on improving the employee experience end-to-end. To start, that means:

  • purging any signs of toxic culture (one way is to create a set of strong company values and reward the right behavior)
  • hiring the right people for the right roles
  • giving employees a meaningful mission and purpose to work toward
  • training managers to listen and support employees (versus telling)
  • creating and communicating legitimate career paths (only 11% of companies offer formal career pathing programs). 

The MIT study also revealed four short-term strategies companies can use to increase retention.

  1. Identifying lateral career opportunities
  2. Offering remote work arrangements
  3. Hosting company-sponsored social events
  4. Offering predictable schedules
Categories
Organizational Development Team Effectiveness Uncategorized

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? As we emerge from the last 16 months of the Covid-19 pandemic many people are asking this question. Workplaces have changed forever. We were forced into experimenting with different ways to work. It was quick, due to necessity, Just like the vaccine. I know for me, although I experienced some major stresses, I personally and professionally discovered growth. I have learned some new skills and changed a few paradigms of mine about work, its purpose and meaning to each of us, and what our future might look like.

I for one believe that we will continue to thrive. These changes are inevitable as technology continues to create options for how we get things done. The next couple of years should be interesting to see how we evolve. Certainly being aware of the consequences of change can help us get ahead of the 8 ball in how we design the “New Workplace”. Facilitated dialogue with your teams is and will continue to be critical to the success of your change journey.

This linked article by Jack Kelley in Forbes Magazine from May 25,2021 “The Unintended Consequences Of The Hybrid-Work Model” is an interesting read and food for thought. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/05/25/the-unintended-consequences-of-the-hybrid-work-model/?sh=1317dedc3b69

Categories
Uncategorized

Help Managing your Stress and Anxiety in these Uncertain Times

Wow! who would have imagined this time we are in with business shut down, the threat of severe illness with every interaction and no idea when it will end. If you did not have symptoms of stress and anxiety before I am sure you are experiencing them now. Over 21 percent of adults will have diagnosable anxiety in a given year. That is 42.5 million people! and that is in normal times. Imagine what that number must be now.

Stress and anxiety affects our body (heart palpitations, nausea, headaches, etc), our thoughts (worry, what if thinking, self doubt, “spaciness”, irritation, etc) and Behavior (startle easy, avoidance of people and places, short fuse, etc). All of these symptoms of stress and anxiety are disruptive to your life both personally as well as affecting your relationships, especially now that we are quarantined in our homes with very few options for distraction and no real end in site.

There are some very helpful things you can do to help cope in these unusual times. Thanks to technology we can still reach out for help from wherever we are hold up. I am an MSW clinical Social Worker as well as an ICF Certified Coach.

If you need help I am offering coaching and counseling sessions via Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. This way you will be able to get the support you need from the comfort of your home while still meeting with me face to face. I have over 30 years of experience counseling and coaching individuals, couples and groups. If you or someone you know could use some help and someone to talk to I am offering my Coaching and Counseling services via live video sessions and would welcome the opportunity to offer you support. Couples focused coaching is available as well.

Sessions are 30 minutes long and I am offering them at half price during this crisis, $50 for 30 minute session. If you would like some help contact me at 812-345-7519 or bhodge@oecleadership.com for information and scheduling.

Categories
Uncategorized

Why is Teamwork so Challenging?

Most of us work in teams or at least work environments that call for high levels of collaboration. Hopefully you have experienced success in teams but no doubt you also have experienced the challenges. Why can working in teams be such a challenge at times? in a 2016 Harvard Business Review titled “Collaboration overload”, Researchers found that there has been a 50% plus increase in collaborative activity in our work over the past decade. With this increase comes a new set of skills and conditions necessary to be successful. Teamwork has gotten more complex with people working on multiple teams at once with sometimes very different focus and different members. Trust is the foundation of effective teamwork and is often left to chance, as with all of our relationships trust must be worked on and discussed in order to create and maintain it. How we create, kickoff, and maintain our teams is critical to long term success and overall team member engagement. In the attached article Bev Attfield talks about 5 common Challenges teams face in todays work environment. https://blog.jostle.me/blog/5-challenges-of-teamwork-and-how-to-overcome-them

Visit https://www.oecleadership.com 812-345-7519

Categories
Uncategorized

Does Team Training Really Work?

Do you wonder if investing in Team Development actually works?

In the attached article research was done on the effectiveness of team development efforts as well as research on which approaches are actually effective. I think most of us have felt that in our gut team development made sense but have also questioned its actual effectiveness and so its value in investment of resources. As I shared in my last blog, practice has always been the foundation of teamwork outside of work but not so much in the work world. The article attached goes into the science and research findings behind the effectiveness of team training and which approaches are the most effective. What the research finds is that “classroom” lecture and didactic training is the least effective and simulation and experiential training with review are the most effective.https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0169604

Visit https://www.oecleadership.com 812-345-7519