A Brigham Young University football player found himself momentarily stuck in the gymnastics team's foam pit recently as he and his teammates tried out the gymnastic equipment. The gymnastics team invited various school athletes to heckle the gymnasts during their routines to build their mental toughness, and afterward the athletes got to try the facilities.
The best way for HR to fight workplace sexual harassment is to focus on diversity and inclusion, HR leaders say. "The right question to ask isn't how companies are reacting to #MeToo, but rather how your team is working daily to recruit, retain, grow, support, and empower women in the work environment," says Katie Burke, HubSpot's chief people officer.
HR and data experts can create a workplace culture that welcomes the factual results of data analytics, writes David Creelman, CEO of Creelman Research. "If the manager starts out explicitly asking for data to support a certain outcome, you need to push back," he writes.
Laurence Smith, host of HRM Asia's Digital Mindset forum, shows how a two-day HR workshop on digital transformation built people's confidence in technology and got them into a digital frame of mind. "So they decided that their biggest priority was to apply this digital mindset to as much of their work as possible, and make it both the new mindset and the new way of working," Smith writes.
Data and digital technology are changing how companies are structured and operated, says Mara Swan, executive vice president of global strategy and talent at ManpowerGroup. "We also need to expand our definition of leadership from one of hierarchy to one of a leadership community of digital-ready, analytically-minded and connected leaders," Swan says.
Workplace diversity networks give employees an opportunity to talk about their concerns, help the company understand people's views and promote a culture of inclusion, writes Charles Goff-Deakins, an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Help employees choose the right health benefits by educating them during enrollment, writes Scott Evans, chief product officer for benefitexpress. Give them access to videos, health plan comparisons and analytics showing which choice best fits their needs and budget.
Starbucks will shutter more than 8,000 US stores during the afternoon of May 29 to hold racial-bias training for almost 175,000 employees. "Closing our stores for racial-bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities," CEO Kevin Johnson says.