Posts by Fred Schuneman

7 Key-Steps to Motivate and Inspire Your Team

“We are not a team because we work together.  We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”  -Vala Afsar   Change in the workplace tends to introduce uncertainty, stress and anxiety in the employees who are affected by it as well as the leaders that are implementing the change.  Unfortunately,…

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Characteristics of Workplace Culture

“Happy employees are not necessarily productive employees”   Ideally, organizational or workplace culture supports a positive, productive, environment. However, happy employees are not necessarily productive or engaged employees.   In 2010, the Conference Board recorded the lowest level ever on employment satisfaction (Associated Press, 2010).  The level of employees satisfied with their work had dropped four (4)…

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The Origins of Organizational Culture

First blog of a three-part series   Organizational culture is a major determining factor in the success of an organization and considered by many as one of the most powerful effects on how an organization thinks and behaves.  Organizational culture is found to be applicable in every business around the globe but the types of…

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Sorting Out Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training

In an organization various employee development programs are undertaken to improve the level of performance, increase employee engagement, and build a stronger workforce by increasing employee-manager relationships.  This employee development is often accomplished through any one of three techniques: Coaching Mentoring Training These terms can be confusing due to the similarity they might convey, but…

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The Continuing Saga of Discrimination in the Workplace

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (amended in 1991) declared that employers must maintain a workplace free of discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, or national origin. As a result, organizations have attempted to reduce racial discrimination, of which racial harassment is a subtype. Nevertheless, racial discrimination and harassment remain pervasive throughout the workplace,…

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