Nurturing a community of practice or other social learning space requires participants to interact in a non-judgmental, ego-free environment. Support this type of positive environment by encouraging one-on-one or small group interactions; seeking opportunities to meet face-to-face (e.g., in conjunction with competitions or AGMs, when permitted by public health authorities); and taking advantage of breakout rooms to support engagement and reflection during large group meetings.
One in five individuals experience public speaking anxiety. In the current context of Zoom calls and online webinars, this can be particularly challenging. To create safe, supportive and productive sessions, consider providing an agenda and using linking statements and signposts to help anxious participants feel more comfortable.
Wondering how you can help your team “work smart” (being productive, not just busy) during this time of video and conference call overload? Learn how to use an intentional approach to managing internal communication in the SIRC blog.
Regular check-ins, productive feedback, schedule flexibility, and professional growth opportunities are a few simple ways to express gratitude to your employees. Research has shown that when employees feel appreciated, they are more productive. Similarly, teams perform better when members believe their colleagues respect and appreciate them.
Unconscious biases, based on mistaken, inaccurate or incomplete information, affect our behaviour or decisions without us realizing. The first step to interrupting bias is awareness. This Catalyst blog discusses the most common types of unconscious bias (e.g. affinity bias, confirmation bias, name bias), and provides tactics to ensure they are not negatively influencing the workplace.
Want to show staff and volunteers they are appreciated? Common mistakes include expressions of gratitude that are inauthentic or sweeping generalizations; neglecting standard company procedures such as annual reviews; letting employees feel isolated from coworkers or the larger organization; and sudden or unexplained shifts in your appreciation practices.