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How to create a positive culture in your workplace

In this rapidly changing world, organisations are fighting each other to become a successful organisation in the business area which they belong. When talking about competitive advantage in the market sector, the organisation’s culture plays a vital role. Because culture is the environment that surrounds the organisation. Culture consists of shared values, systems, attitudes, strategies, structure, styles, beliefs, and skills. In organisations’ viewpoint employees play a huge role in the culture, but leadership, management influence and organisations strategic direction influence the workplace culture to a huge extent. Culture is one of the main components which helps organisations to grow. Having a positive culture in the workplace will improve teamwork, employee morale, increase employee retention, productivity, and efficiency. A positive culture helps employees to reduce stress. Because of these reasons, organisations need to create and maintain a positive culture within the workplace. Here are some strategies, which organisations can use to create a positive culture within the organisation.

Effective ways to take care of your employees during a pandemic

In any organisation, leaders must think about their employees more than ever because of the pandemic. It is important for any organisation to take care of their employees to deliver the best outcome in this pandemic situation. Without good employee satisfaction, the company can be collapsed, because employees are the foundation of any company. The company must support their employees to be healthy by supporting them to reduce the extra stress that comes with every angle of their life. If the employees can manage their stress during this pandemic, they will automatically be more productive because they do not have any other things to focus. Recent clinical studies found that anxiety and depression cause lower productivity among employees and less productive people result in bigger backlogs. Therefore, focusing on the wellbeing of the employees is crucial for any organisation to success in this pandemic scenario. Here are a few effective ways to take care of your valuable employees during the pandemic. 

Tips to manage generation Z in the workplace

The first graduation class of Generation Z entered the workforce in 2019. Over the next ten years, Baby Boomers will retire, millennials will enter senior management and gen Z will take up one-third of the workforce passing millennials. Since Generation Z’s thinking and behaviour patterns are different, the approaches, which organisations took to attract millennials, will not be suitable for Gen Z. Therefore, companies must look into different suitable approaches to attract Gen Z employees to increase the organisation’s talent pool. Generation Z is also known as iGeneration or Digital natives who are born between 1996 to 2012 and currently at the age of 8 to 24. That means most of the Gen Z members are now joining as interns in the companies. The resent study was found that 24% of the global workforce will be filled by Gen Z employees by the end of 2020. Since this percentage will grow, HR managers must think of new ways to attract and retain the newest employees. Here are some tips to manage Generation Z in the workplace.

Key aspects that HR departments need to work on in post-COVID-19 period

Most of the organisations stared remote working over the past few months. Social gatherings like weddings, entertainment events and graduations have been cancelled because of the impact of COVID -19. Most people feel desperate for normalcy again but post-COVID is not completely over yet. Since the pandemic is spreading across the globe, the number of cases are increasing daily. However, some countries are trying to adopt a new normal situation and attempt to reopen the businesses. We are still in the middle of the pandemic and still we cannot predict the outcomes, which will occur in future. Therefore, businesses need to identify the new normal situation and change their business plans accordingly. Especially HR departments must take necessary action to provide employees with a good working culture under a ‘New Normal’ environment. Since some of the employees are coming to work, it is necessary to ensure the safety of the employees providing necessary precautions at the workplace. HR departments can work on below-mentioned areas to improve the work-life balance and wellness of their employees. 

Planning Virtual Conferences during COVID-19

Virtual events are playing a major role in the business during COVID-19. Most of the companies are using virtual events to engage with their customers, employees, clients, and potential customers. Purpose of these events can be varied according to the company’s business model. Some virtual events are organised to provide information, some are based on trade shows and sometimes organisations are planning events to show gratitude to their employees. Since COVID-19 has put a full stop for the businesses’ event plans for 2020 most of the companies are looking digital ways to interact with their stakeholders. Working from home has become a new standard of working and societies are now adapting to the ‘New Normal’ situation. Since 6-foot distancing measures have been enforced among society to reduce the risk of spreading the virus it is important to have virtual events to keep in touch with key stakeholders of the company. Shorter webinars and product events can be held digitally to interact with stakeholders. Here are a few tips which companies can use while conducting virtual conferences. 

Google’s effort on battling COVID-19 global pandemic

Google and Alphabet are big tech companies who are playing a major role to tackle COVID-19 pandemic using their resources and capabilities. Using Google’s main competency of information search they are trying to deliver reliable information in search and battling misinformation on YouTube. Google is working with the government on testing and they have partnered with Apple to build an exposure- tracking system for Android and iOS users. Because of the social responsibility initiatives, Google’s corporate image and identity become stronger among society and it helps them to build a long-lasting corporate reputation. 

Qualities to consider when hiring remote workers

Remote working, working from home or telecommuting are the most used terms in the past few months. Because of the pandemic most of the employees classify themselves as remote workers and both the employer and employees are benefiting from this new working environment. With the improvement of the advanced technology, number of remote workers have increased and most of the organisations are now looking at remote working culture because it helps increase productivity, save money, and decrease employee turnover. According to recent studies, 53% of the virtual employees responded saying there are more like to work overtime. Also, they have found companies can save an average of $10,000 per year in real estate cost and the employee themselves save roughly $5,240 in expenses. Moreover, 95% of the employees agreed that remote working helps them create a positive impact on retention rates. But every position in the organisation and employee are not suitable for remote working, because some workers can be more productive in office rather than the virtual workplace. This reason valid for job positions as well. It is hard to screen the right employee for virtual workforce because considering only the academic qualification may not enough. Organisations need to check the candidate’s knowledge regarding technology because when you hire candidates for virtual workplace knowing about technology is a must. Otherwise, lack of technological background may cause gaps between communication or incompatible working styles because remote workers are relying on technology. Remote employees need to have certain key characteristics apart from academic qualifications to be a great remote worker. Those qualities are described below.

Simple tips to become a successful remote worker

Majority of the top companies around the world is now offering remote working access for their employees because most of the researchers agree that working remotely will help to increase the productivity of the employees. As reported in 2020, 5 million employees are now working from home at least a half of their time. But the productivity depends on the environment you are working on. When you are working in your office your co-workers drop by your desk, engage with you in conversations also they invite you to lunch. These kinds of social benefits are there but if you are a person who gets distracted easily, this might be challenging. Besides, not only from the environment, the productivity of the employee depends on his/her habits and attitudes as well. Below mentioned work from home tips will help employees to become a successful remote worker.

Managing Customer Experience During COVID-19

More than 40% of the world’s population is staying at home right now without leaving their residences except for an essential activity because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is an unpredictable scenario for all the businesses because the societal shift is directly affecting consumer buying behaviour, buying decisions and customer experiences. Due to this global pandemic, most of the social connections are closed because of that companies need to think about digital ways to interact with their customers to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and engagement.

Simple methods to help employees’ transit from office to work from home

In the modern world working patterns are changing and most of the employees are planning their shift to full or part-time remote work. According to state remote work report 2019, 42% of America’s workforce is planning to work remotely in the next five years. Analysing working trends, it can guarantee the majority of the on-site workers who are now starting to work remotely in the virtual workplace. Sometimes this strategic move might be stressful for employees who are making this move, but the senior management team in the organisations must take the responsibility to provide an easy way of transition. In this kind of scenario, organisations must use their resources, capabilities and competencies to manage the situation. This strategic shift might be challenging for the organisation, but team leaders and managers can successfully support the employees who are willing to transit as a remote worker. In this process, communication plays a major role and managers need to make sure to inform the objectives and goals specifically for the remote workers. It is important to show your employees that their work in the virtual workplace is important as on-sight work. From now, onwards this article will provide some tips to help your employees to undertake a better transition. 

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