Archive for December, 2016

Employees Naturally Trust Leaders That Show These 5 Powerful Habits

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Organizations far and wide have for years attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.


We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work — the global research consultancy that partners with Fortune to conduct the annual study of those “best companies” — confirms that trust is the human behavior you cannot afford not to have.


The research on those companies (Google, to no surprise, being No. 1 on the list seven out of the last 10 years) says that 92 percent of employees surveyed believe that management is transparent in its business practices. And transparency begets trust.

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These are the essential traits of a trustworthy boss.

Try This Exercise In Radical Empathy To Minimize Conflict

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

 Tensions are running higher than usual these days.

In addition to the everyday disagreements we have with our friends, family, and coworkers, the brutal election over the last year appears to have ripped the country in two, with liberals and conservatives unable to see eye to eye. In addition to everyday arguments at the office about which marketing idea was better or how much to spend on a colleague’s baby shower, those on opposite sides of the political divide feel anger, resentment, and animosity toward one another. Heated emotions are bubbling to the surface.


Spencer Greenberg, founder and CEO of Clearer Thinking, a non-partisan organization that conducts research on decision-making and creates free tools for the public, sees our current state of discord as an opportunity to learn to be more empathetic. He’s been dev2eloping strategies for helping Clinton and Trump supporters to better relate to one another.

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This exercise, which has helped Trump and Clinton supporters see eye to eye, can help you deal with any conflict in your life.

The Top 5 Ways Work Changed In 2016

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

It’s probably an understatement to call 2016 a year of turning points.


The U.S. presidential election, culminating in Donald Trump’s upset win in November, thrust labor and employment issues into a more prominent place in the news cycle. But it wasn’t just politics that fueled major shifts in the world of work. Here’s a look back at some of the most consequential ways the workplace has evolved over the past year, and where it might be heading next.

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From minimum wage hikes to higher health care costs, 2016 was a year of big changes for the American worker.