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Why Silence at Work is a Good Thing—For Introverts and Extroverts Alike

I am the offspring of two very different personality types: a gregarious extrovert and a studious introvert. My youth was shaped by my mother’s extroverted style. She had a positive, upbeat energy and effortless charm in social situations. From her, I learned how to thrive outside the safety of my home. But in my heart of hearts, I was a solitary girl who preferred long silent walks in the woods of southwest Michigan. Many a Saturday afternoon was spent reading in my bedroom. The quiet suited me. And I was always very comfortable in the protracted silence that marked time spent with my introverted father.  We were both quite fond of sitting together, with nothing more than “just being” as our objective. Introversion and Extroversion is a Continuum  Fast-forward to 2012 when Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking published. By this time, I was already well-versed in the differences between introverts and extroverts. Not only had I grown up with the stark personality contrast of my two parents, I also had …

Top 7 Activities for Promoting Workplace Health and Wellness 

The average person spends a third of their life at work. And if we spend that much time at the office, it should be a space where we are physically and mentally safe.  Unfortunately, many companies are not providing this to their staff, and this has a significant impact on output and productivity.  What causes health and wellness problems in the workplace? In many workplaces, employees are overworked, highly stressed, and their contribution is not properly valued, recognized, and compensated.  In fact, research suggests that as many as 40% of Americans are highly stressed at work and a staggering 80% feel some level of work stress. Almost half (46%) of all workplace stress is caused by workload. Unsafe workspaces are a significant cause of unhappiness and ill health at the office. These workplaces lack policies or rules to protect employees from hazards, abuse, or harassment that cause mental and physical ill-health. Ailments such as depression, heart disease, hypertension, and musculoskeletal conditions, can arise from working where employers do not prioritize the health and safety of their team. What is the …

How to provide useful feedback to unsuccessful candidates

Have most interviews left you feeling a bit meh? We know the feeling. Most companies only invest in successful candidates and pay little attention to how they deliver rejections to those that don’t land the role, offering one of two responses – a generic one or no response at all.  Sadly, the generic rejection messages candidates often receive has been mass sent to all unsuccessful candidates without a second thought, and tend to look like this: ‘Unfortunately, we’ve decided not to progress with your application. We’re sorry that we cannot give any personal feedback at this stage.’  Or worse, some hiring teams state that unsuccessful candidates won’t hear back at all, which leaves individuals waiting for news that might never arrive. The message this sends to unsuccessful candidates is overwhelmingly negative. Not only do they leave the process with the feeling that they weren’t very memorable, but they also walk away unsure of how to improve in the future.  However, the feedback delivered to unsuccessful applicants doesn’t have to be this way. At Juro, we believe we’re judged on how …

Personality Traits to Look for in a Candidate

Personality is something that many job seekers and sometimes even employers automatically assume is subservient to technical competency. If the person can use the programs and speak the technical language, everything should fall into place naturally. Personality, however, is often more important than previous job or educational experience. Below are some of the most important personality traits to look for in a candidate.  Curiosity Curiosity is a defining quality and personality trait in a person and an employee. It is a good proxy for how eager to self-educate and learn more about the position and the company and, on the level of interpersonal skills, its clients and their coworkers. Candidates with a proclivity for curiosity are likely going to be better informed than their peers on the industry, the company, its history, key executives, the products and services offered by the company and life in general.  Curious people are less likely to become bored with a role because they are always receptive to finding new things intriguing or stimulating. They are also likely to be more open to learning and …

Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

What determines if a newly promoted leader will be successful? Of course, there are many factors. One consistent element I’ve observed in my leadership development role is this: new leaders often emulate their bosses. And this may be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on the example the more seasoned leaders provide.  Leaders as Rule Enforcers or Role Models? Consider this social experiment conducted by author Daniel Pink for his TV show Crowd Control, as reported on the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree . Pink and his team painted two lanes on a sidewalk, one for people talking on their cell phones, the other for non-cell-phone users. Then he positioned actors as “lane guides” that told people where to walk, based on their cell phone usage. You can probably imagine how well that went over: not very. People were highly resistant to being told where to walk. A simple change-up in the process had a shocking result: when the actors simply posed as “regular people” and walked in the “correct” lanes based on their cell …

How to be a Good Internal Consultant

As an internal consultant and a member of an internal consulting team (although “internal consultant” or “internal consulting” is not in our “official” job titles), my colleagues and I are often called on to lead, support, and offer coaching, consultation, or facilitation services on wide-ranging areas, projects, and initiatives including culture, change management, conflict management, leadership development, organizational development, learning & development, onboarding, and so much more. Indeed, now more than ever, today’s HR professionals play the role of internal consultants (Miller, 2016). The Association of Internal Management Consultants (AIMC) says that an internal consultant provides various client support services within the enterprise. They may be in a variety of areas (e.g., project management, quality management, human resources, information technology, training & development, finance, supply chain management, process improvement, etc.). According to Phillips, Trotter, and Phillips (2015), “The rapid rate of change coupled with heightened competition on a global basis is increasing the need for companies and public sector organizations to develop …

The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Many people leaders see the importance of giving feedback, but may be resistant to receiving it. In fact, few fail to piece the two together and are unable to motivate employees to grow and succeed. Giving and receiving feedback is crucial to a successful performance management strategy—and it gets easier with practice.   …

Leaders as Role Models – What the Research Tells Us

When Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner wrote their now-classic book “The Leadership Challenge”,  a foundational piece of their research focused on leaders as role models. In the authors’ article Model the Way, they write, “Exemplary leaders know that it’s their behavior that earns them respect. The real test is whether they do what they say; whether their words and deeds are consistent. Leaders set an example and build commitment through simple, daily acts that create progress and build momentum.” The Research on Leaders Who are Role Models These authors—and countless other experts—tell us that to be a great leader one must also be a positive role model. This seems rather intuitive, doesn’t it? We can all recall (perhaps, even all the way back to childhood) a person whose example led us down a beneficial path. But what does the research tell us about leaders as role models? Do their actions really matter?  Indeed they do. Here are some interesting (and surprising) ways in which a leader’s actions have far-reaching influence on those around them.  A Leader’s First Impression …

How to Use Video for Remote Onboarding

Probably there was never a worse moment for companies to recruit new staff in the year 2020. If you refer to the latest video marketing statistics, you’ll find that video consumption skyrocketed by more than 96% in the wake of the pandemic. No sector is immune from the effects of COVID-19 and its growth across the world and has for the first time left large groups of people working remotely. However, companies still have to welcome new team members and assist them to get up to speed as soon as possible, leaving no other option than to Make and choose the best video intro maker with surrounding their business for new recruits. Previously, the same presentation may take time out of the administrator’s day. It may involve travel, accommodation, and food costs for staff, trainers, or anything else. The expenses are soft and hard depending on the kind and size of the company. But using video for onboarding employees enables greater institutional efficiency and more information – quicker. Here are 5 tips regarding how you can leverage videos for remote …