love

What Happens When Love Blossoms at Work?

Bill and Melinda Gates have been married for 25 years and have three children. They met at work. So too did Michelle and Barak Obama when she was supervising him as one of the firm’s new summer associates, from Harvard law.

Most of us spend more hours of our day at work than anywhere else, so it’s not surprising that romantic relationships develop. Namely HR Systems, found 41% of employees said they’d engaged in an intimate relationship with someone at work, whether a peer, manager or someone in the C-suite. 5% of employees said they’d had a relationship with their boss. Millennials were more likely than those from other generations to have had romances with bosses. Read more

Agile Organization

How Agile Organizations are Thriving Along with Their Gigsters in the Gig Economy

Coming from Los Angeles, I knew people who taught barre for a couple of hours in the morning, then hiked Runyon by 11 AM, went to an audition, then drinks with friends while I was stuck in the office staring at their Instagram and their freedom.

Ryan Gosling famously (and controversially) commented that nobody works in LA. That is an over-generalization, of course, as most people do have jobs and are hardworking. There are also those called “gigsters” who freelance, contract, advise, or take gigs; they are not limited to Los Angeles and in fact, makeup over 150 million workers in the US and in Europe. These workers make up the growing gig economy. Intuit estimates the gig economy to make up 34% of the workforce and is expected to grow up to 43% by 2020. Read more

Things That Happen When You Have Agile HR.

In our recent blog, Agile Organization: What did Zappos do that you didn’t?, we talked about the agile organization, principles that change the focus from imposing controls and standards to empowering collaboration and innovation. But how do you break that down and make it relevant and practical for your HR department? Read more

Traditional Company vs Agile Organization

Agile Organization: What did Zappos do that you didn’t?

As early as 2012, Josh Bersin’s keynote at Deloit’s Impact Conference, focused specifically on how Agile, “the ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment” was essential for businesses to be nimble and responsive, as the landscape changes frequently and in unexpected ways. Read more

Making the Magic Happen in Your Generational Melting Pot!

Each generation in America is defined by a turning point, a reality that is all theirs, or an event that marks them forever.

How do employers connect them to the present reality, by using each one’s group understanding and get everyone on the same page?  How do companies develop culture and engagement to make everyone feel connected? How do we nurture productivity, cooperative work, and innovation in our generational melting pots?

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Oscar Winners

I Want It – It’s Mine, or Is It? Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace.

So often winning the coveted, shiny object seems to slip through our fingers and end up the prize of somebody else. What if, we could just make it ours, without truly earning it?

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10 Outrageous Ideas For Your Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is officially today…. but here at Peoplescape we think that everyday should be a day that you are grateful for something. Granted, not every employer-employee relationship elicits unbridled gratitude every single day. But, there are many simple ways that you can show your appreciation for your employees all throughout the year, when the mood strikes!  Read more

Unconscious Bias

2018 Will Be the Year of Unconscious Bias

More than 85% of men in the US are shorter than 6ft tall, yet almost 60% of corporate CEOs are over 6ft tall. (Blink by Malcolm Gladwell).

Unconscious bias is an awkward subject. Acknowledging it says we limit the way we relate to others, our view of the world and how we lead our organizations, our communities, and our families. Let’s be honest, we don’t want to admit our bias. In this watershed year, however, everything has changed. The veil has been lifted and the status quo is not an option. Read more

Headless Man

Can we Be Human, After #MeToo?

Hot off the press just this month:

  1. Twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with women than before #MeToo. Lean-in survey Jan 2018.
  2. The #1 workplace charge filed in the USA in 2017 was Retaliation (48.8% of charges), reports the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. link.

With both sexual harassment reporting and retaliation at such a high, could our companies, be punishing women somehow, for speaking out against workplace harassment, without even realizing it? Read more

Judge Aquilina

Fierce, Fearless & Human – The Judge, The Healer, The Executioner

Last week, I watched the fierce and disgusted Judge Rosemarie Aquilina demonstrate what it was to be brave, human and call a spade a spade. She delighted in delivering a 175 year sentence to Larry Nassar, the disgraced US Gymnastics sports doctor. He was convicted for molesting over 250 underage girls over a 25 year career with US Gymnastics and Michigan University.

Judge Aquilina, uncharacteristically for a judge, made it glaringly clear to anyone watching and everyone participating, where she stood in this situation. She called it her privilege to sentence Nassar and in her words “sign his death warrant.”

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