Insight Performance is so excited to be hosting our first HR Carnival. There is an amazing group of HR bloggers out there and this carnival will not disappoint! The topic for this carnival is exceptional workplaces. Beyond legal compliance and day to day HR operations, one goal of human resources is to motivate and improve the performance and productivity of employees while creating exceptional workplaces. For this carnival, we thought it’d be fun to hear what other people thought about exceptional workplaces and get a fresh take on a common HR goal.
For many companies, the cornerstone of creating an exceptional workplace is their work-life balance. Ben Eubanks, of UpstartHR, gets the value of that balance in creating his exceptional workplace.
Jon Hunter, of the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog, explores joy in the workplace with a specific focus on the quality improvement field. Let’s face it, you can’t have an exceptional workplace without happy employees.
One of the benefits of an exceptional workplace is increased employee productivity. In her post, Jesse Lyn Stoner, of the SeapointCenter, talks about the demise of a work team which lost the oomph to get the job done. Teamdrift is a roadblock to employee productivity and the byproduct of a workplace that is lacking in exceptionality.
Creating exceptional workplaces starts at the top. You need leaders that lead ethically with company missions and values in mind. Linda Fisher Thornton, of Leading in Context, gives her Top 10 Practical Way to Help Leaders to Lead Ethically.
The exceptional workplace starts with the employees you recruit. Mike McCarty, of Safe Hiring Solutions, addresses the importance of researching the past and the legality of background checks when recruiting for new talent.
Setting goals will give your company direction. Anadi Upadhyaya, of the TalentedApps team, addresses the importance of goals and who is involved in developing those goals.
Ian Welsh, of the HR Toolbox, poses the question: who determines when the workplace is exceptional and if the interests of employees and business owners intersect when evaluating what’s exceptional?
Sandrine Bardot who writes all the way from Abu Dhabi(that’s a long way from Boston!) for the Compensation Insider, looks at the exceptional workplace from a compensation perspective. She recently posted two articles based on an interview with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. The first article explores Netflix’slong-term (or lack thereof) compensation philosophy and the 2nd article addresses the value proposition Netflix creates for their employees in creating their exceptional workplace.
Our topic got the mentoringMullarkey’s Patrick Mullarkey thinking about the exceptional workplace in terms of how an applicant can get hired by such an organization. His key to getting through the recruiting process is to “know thyself.” Stayed tuned for his 2nd installment on the topic.
Susan Heathfield of About.com Human Resources explores forward thinking Human Resources. Her take on Employee Empowerment draws a picture of an exceptional workplace where employees are encouraged to take ownership in the direction of their work and empowered to make decisions.
Dan McCarthy referred a guest post by Lisa Jackson and Gerry Schmidt which discusses the necessary traits leaders must have in the face of change. In the face of an exceptional workplace, leaders must be able to adapt.
Thank you to everyone for your EXCEPTIONAL submissions. I know I learned a lot while putting together this carnival and look forward to continuing our discussion on the topic of creating exceptional workplaces.