Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

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It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished.

We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that this situation will be a marathon and not a sprint.

In the short-term, many organizations had to put aside their plans to grow and develop their people to deal with the urgent needs of the moment due to the global pandemic. However, not preparing your people to deal effectively with the new world of work is not sustainable. This email outlines just a few of the new, enhanced capabilities we...

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Celebrating Success! A WPDN Panel Discussion | Wednesday July 29 | 11:00 am

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Success is meant to be shared and celebrated. Small successes that lead to bigger successes are something that most women entrepreneurs hope and plan for. This month we are bringing together three, talented long-time WPDN Members, to dive deep into a frank and juicy conversation about “success”. We will explore the different faces and phases of success, staying the “long game” in business, from how they all began to what life looks like now. This conversation is designed to engage and inspire you and lead you to your “next steps.” Bring your journal, a tasty bite, and be ready to participate as we “Celebrate Success”.

Join Laura and the rest of the Women’s Professional Development Network Panel for a Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (EDT...

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Change Starts from the Top: Improving Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

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Coronavirus changed how we work and do business in ways we don’t even know yet. But for all the change going on, one thing hasn’t changed—the need for engaged employees. If anything, organizations require engaged employees now more than ever. Before the virus, employee disengagement levels among American workers reached as high as 70 percent—costing the US economy between $450 and $550 billion per year.

In an environment of economic volatility, today’s organizations cannot afford to ignore employee engagement. Besides saving money, high employee engagement gives organizations the edge they need to not only survive but to thrive in today’s market of uncertainty.

But to create a culture of engagement, leadership needs to play a direct role in developing and implementing an engag...

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Why the Pre-Hire Process is Really About Planning

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Think about the last time you ventured out to find a new job. Did you come across postings that seemed as though they were written a decade ago?

You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s not that the job descriptions are entirely out of date, though sometimes they are. It’s more that what was once an emerging skillset is now an accepted norm in the workplace. Yes, we do know how to use the Internet! Does that mean we get the job?!

Perhaps the company that posted the job descriptions from 10 years ago hasn’t given much recent thought into what they are now and who they want in the new role. And they really haven’t considered how the needs of the position have changed with time. For a prospective candidate, that would be a turn off...

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What Your Personality Tells You About Working Remotely

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Whether we’re fans of it or not, working from home has become a reality that’s here to stay—with or without a crisis. While some personalities lend themselves well to working from home, others have a more difficult time adjusting to remote conditions. Regardless of all the questions surrounding the work from home trend, such as, “Will this become the new norm,” one fact remains clear—remote work requires increased communication, connection, clarity, and understanding.

Working from home also means flexing outside of our comfort zones. It might, at times, require more empathy towards our colleagues, different ways of interacting, more frequent check-ins, and finding new ways to meet our daily needs.

For some personality types, working from home is probably like winning the jackp...

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Shining a Light on the Unknown

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Thousands of years ago, our ancestors discovered an innovation that changed the course of history—fire. Not only did fire allow people to cook their food (rendering asparagus slightly more palatable), it enabled humans to dispel the darkness and identify threats lurking in the shadows. Fire led to security. And from a place of security, humanity thrived.

Although humans no longer rely solely on open flame to light the night, we still deeply rely on our ability to illuminate the unknown. This ability allows us to collect the information we need to make informed decisions that lead to success, especially in the business world. Now more than ever, we need the illuminating power of talent management assessments to guide the way towards informed decisions.

Why?

Of course, resumes, interviews...

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Managing Rapid Change Through Employee Engagement

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When was there ever a period in history without at least some level of uncertainty? But now more than ever, that uncertainty seems to have spread to almost every aspect of life and work. We’re experiencing times of tremendous change, and that requires us to think differently about how we lead and manage others. These circumstances require us to think about how we can engage our workforce even more and neutralize the impact of uncertainty by including every stakeholder involved in running a successful business – vendors, customers, leadership, and individual employees especially.

So, how can organizations promote individual engagement to meet the extreme challenges and uncertainty of the times? And what can PXT Select™ do to help?

We explore the answers to these questions in the a...

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Mending the Engagement Gap in Turbulent Times | Watch Our Sponsored On Demand Webinar

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Employee disengagement can be damaging and expensive especially in turbulent, disruptive times. Creating an environment where employees can remain productive and fully engage with their work while operating under uncertainty and high-pressure requires leaders to know their people on a deeper level.

It also requires a commitment to recognize and meet the individual needs of every employee by understanding there is no “one size fits all” solution. When leaders take action to make these circumstances possible, employees are able to stay connected and engagement and productivity increases.

Join me for your complimentary, personalized PXT Select assessment and demo after watching the On Demand Webinar “Mending the Engagement Gap in Turbulent Times.” Laura A...

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Make the Most of Meetings Using Work Style

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As so many of us are working remotely, meetings might be the only chance we have to really “connect” with our coworkers. But the truth is, running productive virtual meetings that leave people feeling clear, comfortable, and understood can be a challenge. This post addresses how to make the most of virtual meetings through understanding everyone’s work styles.

We really liked the tips given in Dori Meinert’s article on SHRM.org, “7 Steps to Running Better Meetings.” Some of these include limiting the number of participants (fewer than eight is ideal) and making sure everyone gets a chance to participate. An HBR article with a similar topic, “Why Your Meetings Stink—and What to Do About It” by Steven G...

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Making Stress Work for You

Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?

We’re talking about stress.

No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms...

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