5 Steps to Create the Perfect Team Work Schedule

5 Steps to Create the Perfect Team Work Schedule_Yellow Spark Blog

Even under normal circumstances, a perfect work schedule is something managers strive for. It’s even more relevant currently with the ongoing pandemic – when everybody is juggling not only with multiple responsibilities but also switching between home responsibilities and work and struggling to achieve a good work-life balance. The following steps will help create an effective workflow suited to your organisation and your teams.

5 Effective Strategies to Handle Office Conflict

It is people who make workplaces and it is a known fact that people inevitably bring in their emotions to work. On a regular working day, everything may be going fine, however, in a crisis, each employee will respond differently. This different behaviour or defence mechanism is important so that the person can combat a difficult situation and navigate through difficult feelings and emotions. However, when there is a pattern of behaviour stemming from a defence mechanism, which negatively impacts others, conflicts are inevitable. To address conflict resolution, it’s important to first understand defence mechanisms before coming up with any strategies to overcome them. Let’s look at 5 very common defencive behaviours of employees:

Conflicts rarely resolve themselves. Third-party interventions are sometimes necessary, and this responsibility mainly falls on the managers, HR folks and leaders. Through conflict resolution, and when resolved properly, conflicts can lead to better ideas, better understanding, and better working relationships. To address conflict resolution, it’s important to first understand defence mechanisms before coming up with any strategies to overcome them. Let’s look at 5 very common defensive behaviours of employees:

3 Listening Styles That Are Cornerstones of Modern Leadership

3 Listening Styles That Are Cornerstones of Modern Leadership - Yellow Spark Blog. Let's explore 3 types of listening skills that are essential for successful leaders, managers and the organisation at large.

Traditionally, workplace communication flow has been from the top to the bottom. However, things are changing now. Successful organisations understand that communication flows not just from top to bottom but also sideways and even from the bottom to the top. And that’s where listening skills come into perspective. Let’s explore 3 types of listening skills that are essential for successful leaders, managers and the organisation at large.

6 Tips to Make Your Performance Appraisal Remote-Work Friendly

6 Tips to Make Your Performance Appraisal Remote-Work Friendly_Yellow Spark Blog

You may have conducted many performance reviews over the course of your career, but in the times of Covid-19, everything is different. You and your team have been working remotely for most of the year. How then, do you begin to evaluate your employees’ performance during such a challenging time? Based on our recent experiences while supporting teams to navigate their performance appraisals, we have compiled a list of 6 tips that you could apply in your organisation. Starting now will enable you to optimise your processes ahead of the next review cycle.

5 Critical Questions to Gauge If Your Company Is Diversity Friendly

5 Critical Questions to Gauge If Your Company Is Diversity Friendly

Diversity in the workplace was always one of the hottest topics in the HR industry, but in recent years, it has become a major goal for companies. As the world is changing and shrinking, more work is taking place at a global level, the need for a diverse workforce that is culturally competent has become a must. Even before you set diversity & inclusion goals for your company, here are some critical questions to check your organisation’s readiness for a diverse work culture.

7 Barriers to Empathy That Block Effective Leadership

7 Barriers to Empathy That Block Effective Leadership_Yellow Spark Blog

Empathy plays a major role in the workplace that will deal with failures, poor performance and manage employees who genuinely show interest to contribute, improve, and grow. As leaders, your role is simple – deal empathetically with the team and watch them build a strong and prosperous organisation. This understanding will give a better way to manage the challenges ahead. However, most leaders find this hard. It is therefore important to take note of the barriers to empathetic behaviour:

7 Principles to Ensure Your Workplace Committee Is On Track

7 Principles to Ensure Your Workplace Committee Is On Track

Workplace committees can be an asset, facilitate debates on important issues and be an equitable collective forum for decision making. They are essential in organisations to keep a tab on necessary goals – that may not directly contribute to business, but are essential to maintain employee satisfaction, build company culture, and in the long run, build the organisation’s reputation. Here are 7 principles to follow in order to set up effective committees…