What are the most important things to consider when building an effective team? Experience? Communication skills? Resilience? The ability to play well with others? All important.
But there’s another potentially make-or-break measure that could have just as much impact on the success of your team – size.
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly created significant challenges for all NFPs. In the midst of these challenges, HR teams can play a key role in helping to steady the ship, maintain employee performance and morale, and ultimately support your organisation to navigate the new environments.
So how can you ensure you’re supporting your organisation and colleagues during these challenging times? Here are four tips to help you maximise the impact of your HR practices and adapt to the fast-changing environment.
In Australia, more than 9 million people commute to work every weekday.
New research from the University of Melbourne shows that the distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can significantly influence their well-being and performance at work.
So what can your organisation do to make active commuting easier for your staff and volunteers?
Stress. It’s normal. Every one will feel it at some point, and individuals have their own stress triggers.
At the same time, workplaces have a duty of care to ensure they offer their staff a physically and mentally safe and healthy space in which to work in.
So what could you be doing to ensure that there’s a little less stress in the day for your team, and for yourself?
One of the most admirable and arguably underrated qualities of leadership is the capacity for reflection. Confucius called it the most noble way to learn wisdom.
But when we talk about what makes someone a successful leader, we typically describe attributes like the ability to innovate, make strategic decisions or manage uncertainty. We rarely mention reflection among the core traits of a great leader.
But the ability to reflect is actually among the most important traits that will determine a leader’s success.
If you work in HR or recruitment for an Australian NFP, chances are that you’re juggling a lot more than HR. According to EthicalJobs.com.au’s most recent survey of NFP employers, for organisations with an HR person, almost half (48%) of those staff have additional responsibilities on top of their HR responsibilities!
So how can you manage the diverse responsibilities of your roles when you need to be making an impact in so many areas?
Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author and workplace wellbeing teacher and coach, with more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organisations around the world. We spoke to Michelle to find out more about the importance of building resilience and wellbeing in staff and teams, and why happiness shouldn’t be the holy grail at work.
This might be the best news you get all week:
A study published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed research journal Appetite has found that habitual chocolate consumption is linked to improved mental performance.