April 25, 2022

Caregiver Rights

“Two out of three caregivers are women, so when demand for that care goes up, they will be ones to leave the workforce” said Luke Pardue, economist at Gusto. The Institute on Aging added, about 75% of all caregivers are female and may spend 50% more time providing care than males. We might assume pressures created by the pandemic are causing women to experience certain challenges more than men. Women are quitting their jobs at a faster pace than men. Along with caregiving responsibilities comes worry that performance is being judged because of caregiving responsibilities, especially if feeling the need to […]
February 21, 2022

Allyship Leads to Celebration and Calibration

Employees want to know how they are doing and what future opportunities they have with their company. If they don’t hear it from you, they will hear from a headhunter. Employers are increasingly moving toward a coaching mentality to support and develop their workforce. But change seems slow and hard. Employers must shift their thinking from measuring performance to improving performance. Performance appraisals are submitted late, if at all without prompting because the process has historically been to criticize and compare. No matter what you call it, it comes out telling someone they are not good enough. No one likes […]
January 24, 2022

Quid Pro Quo

There is a reciprocal relationship between employee and employer. According to the Social Exchange Theory (SET), people make decisions measuring the cost and reward of actions and relationships. The hypotheses of recent  performance science studies published in “Frontiers in Psychology,” were that work stress due to COVID-19 significantly affects employees’ task performance, contextual performance (managing good relationships) and adaptive performance (adapting to perform consistently). It is difficult to maintain consistency in operations and service given the uncertainty COVID-19 has created. In addition to job-related stress, people are distracted by the pandemic environment that has affected work patterns, workloads, and relationships. This study […]
December 11, 2021

Being In-between

We’ve been between two states of being since February 2020. We have lived in this state of unknowing and uncertainty for almost two years. Occasional glimmers of the light at the end of the tunnel only disrupt us. Uncertainty is a social threat creating anxiety and reducing resilience.   “Burn-out” made the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases – 11th Revision) in May of 2019. It is defined as an occupational phenomenon. It’s characterized by a feeling of depletion or exhaustion; mental distance, negativism, or cynicism about one’s job; and reduced professional effectiveness. It is not a medical condition, but a […]