Image credits: Jon Tyson
Weekly Roundups

Value, Trust and New Learning Techniques at the Workplace

By Sofía Hanna | Thu, 01/07/2021 - 17:39

As mentioned in a Workforce Institute at UKG and Workplace Intelligence worldwide survey, 72 percent of leaders believe that it is up to the employees to earn employers’ trust in their workplace. The remaining 37 percent feel that trust should be presumed. “Trust makes it safe to pursue innovations and challenge the status quo. It is a critical element to deliver meaningful and connected experiences,” said the Executive Director of the Workforce Institute at UKG.

One of the challenges nowadays is generating said trust remotely. Almost 55 percent of people believe it is easier to earn trust face to face and 80 percent feel that not going to the office has affected the trust already had. The survey points out that finding a way to generate trust is “the foundation of any great team, especially when navigating through a crisis. When people feel they are trusted, they invariably do their best, both as individuals and as a collective team,” reported Human Capital.


Now let’s jump into the Week in Talent!


Key Factors to Building Value

Sometimes, when creating a business, there are certain difficulties in transferring value to maximum personal wealth. What are three key elements to start generating said value?

  • Growth versus gratification. Sometimes, building long-term strategies and relying a lot on delayed gratification can be an entrepreneur’s worst enemy. Taking risks such as using debt strategically to lower labor costs could triple the company’s economic value.
  • Human capital ecosystem. Determining if your company has the right human capital resources can be difficult and sometimes it is confusing if people do not generate value immediately. Taking a look into your team and analyzing if the ecosystem created is one to reach the desired goal is a must.
  • Humility versus hubris. “You’ll do much better if you acknowledge what you do not know and then find the people who will tell you what you need to know,” said Carl Sheeler, of the Berkeley Research Group. Believing we know everything closes opportunities that could be in plain sight, slowing a company’s development.


Happiness-Boosting Benefits for Employees

With a new year come new benefits that could boost the happiness of employees, while also helping the company manage resources, according to Entrepreneur.

  • Managed fertility benefits. According to data from the Society for Human Resource Management, one of the most common direct contracts with employers and employees in 2019 was with fertility clinics. This sort of benefit saves employees time and money.
  • Mental health benefit. Before the pandemic, companies started to have on-site behavioral-health counseling. But now that being in the office is not an option, strategies have moved online, providing professionals with the amount of help they need.
  • Pet insurance. Employees that have opted to have pets instead of children are becoming more common, so providing benefits in this area could offer peace of mind for an employee.


Reducing Work Hours.

Working smart is better than working hard. We know this, especially now that we are working from home. Digital burnout has become a new factor to consider in our daily lives, so here are four ways that could help you reduce the hours spent on the computer, as reported by Entrepreneur.

  • Multitask during meetings. While attending a meeting, doing light tasks that are at hand could help you concentrate on what is being said and also getting things done that would take time off your schedule, for example, checking your schedule, replying quick messages and going through your email.
  • Ask for an agenda. Just because people are working from home does not mean that they are available at all times. Asking for a schedule could help you do your tasks in less time and with better results. If something extra comes up that is not on schedule, there could be a request for someone to record the meeting or pass it to another day.
  • Work while on the go. Doing some of the pending work while doing other tasks could really free up some energy that could be bottled up from sitting in the same spot all day. Some activities, like walking the dog and taking a call or finishing one last document in the yard, could be very beneficial for mental and physical health.
  • Set up software. There are many tools available that can make working life easier. Using them can take much time of our hands and minds. For example, Google has a special app that allows emails to be scheduled. Transitioning to project management software like Slack or Monday could help the whole team with their tasks and timetables.


Photo by:   Jon Tyson, Unsplash
Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst