6 Reasons Why You Need the Hybrid Work Environment Policy

6 Reasons Why You Need the Hybrid Work Environment Policy_Yellow Spark Blog

As vaccinations are expected to slowly make life limp back to normal, it seems like hybrid work models are evolving – which allow employees the option of choosing their place of work – at a physical office, or work from home or a combination of both. The reality is the “normal” we were used to is never going to come back, and this “normal” will vary from company to company. If you’re not among those who are already acting on it, here are 6 reasons why it’s important to prepare a hybrid work environment policy.

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.

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: