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Brett Farmiloe

Brett Farmiloe is the Founder of Featured, a platform where business leaders answer questions related to their expertise and get published in articles featuring their insights. Brett is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Forbes, and also enjoys tending his backyard vegetable patch.
Picture of Brett Farmiloe

Brett Farmiloe

Brett Farmiloe is the Founder of Featured, a platform where business leaders answer questions related to their expertise and get published in articles featuring their insights. Brett is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Forbes, and also enjoys tending his backyard vegetable patch.
Which Pandemic-Era People Strategies Are Worth Preserving?

Which Pandemic-Era People Strategies Are Worth Preserving?

Organizations are always changing. This has been especially important since the pandemic arrived in 2020. At first, HR and business leaders were flying blind, reacting instinctively to all the upheaval and uncertainty. Then through trial and error, many improved their people-related processes and policies. And some built much more resilient, responsive, remote-friendly work cultures. So, now that the pandemic is behind us, what people strategies are worth retaining? And how can other organizations benefit from applying these methods? To encourage more open conversation about what works, we recently asked members of our community to answer several questions: What is the most

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Beating Work Burnout 8 Leaders Share Their Stories - TalentCulture

Beating Work Burnout: 8 Leaders Share Their Stories

The Covid pandemic may have subsided, but employers continue to face an epidemic of a different kind — work burnout. According to recent SHRM research, 51% of staff members feel used up at the end of the workday, 45% feel emotionally drained, and 44% feel burned out. And rank-and-file employees aren’t the only ones who are suffering. Quantum Workplace says those in managerial positions are experiencing the highest work burnout rates, with managers at 41% and those in director-level roles at 45%. These statistics should be enough to make any organization take notice. But work burnout is just the tip of

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Overcoming AI Resistance - Proven Ideas From Leaders

Overcoming AI Resistance: Proven Ideas From Leaders

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming organizations at a breathtaking pace. But even positive change can trigger push-back from detractors. When left unchecked, AI resistance can stop progress in its tracks and put organizational performance at risk. Are you facing a challenge like this? If so, what can you do to deal with the situation and move AI adoption forward? For actionable ideas, we recently asked members of our community to answer these questions: “What is the most effective tactic you’ve used to garner support for AI or automation initiatives? What is your advice for others who are experiencing AI resistance?” In

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How to Assess Soft Skills 9 Leaders Share Their Best Advice

How to Assess Soft Skills: 9 Leaders Share Their Best Advice

Artificial intelligence. Automation. Digital transformation. Technology is rapidly redefining business processes in every industry. But that doesn’t mean the human side work is vanishing. Rather, as technology advances, it is driving increased demand for people with exceptional soft skills. That’s why future-minded employers want to assess soft skills during the recruitment process. To help you improve your hiring outcomes, we asked business leaders and recruiting experts to share one technique they find most effective when evaluating job candidates’ soft skills. From incorporating behavioral interview questions to assessing civility at a post-interview meal, we think you’ll agree these suggestions are useful and

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7 Proven Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover - TalentCulture

7 Proven Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover

As 2024 begins, employers are eager to move beyond “The Great Resignation” of 2022 and last year’s subsequent “Great Gloom.” But what exactly are organizations doing to reduce employee turnover? And are these efforts truly effective? We asked HR leaders and top executives to tell us what they’re doing to keep existing employees engaged and onboard. They responded with seven strategies that are making a positive difference in their organizations. We think you’ll agree that these ideas are worth a try: Introduce a Micro-Sabbatical Program Offer Employee Ownership Incentives Implement Mentorship and Career Development Balance Compensation with Transparency Enforce Clear Work-Life

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13 Ways to Develop Next-Generation Leaders - TalentCulture

13 Proven Ways to Develop Next-Generation Leaders

Today’s workforce is rapidly changing, as Boomers pass the baton to their Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z counterparts. However, for many organizations, this transition is creating massive gaps in knowledge, experience, and skills — especially among next-generation leaders. What are employers doing to address this challenge? For helpful answers, we asked business executives, HR leaders, and employee development professionals to tell us which strategies are most successful, and why. Together, their responses look like the table of contents from a best-selling management book: Invest in Multifaceted Development Programs Involve Team Members in Decision-Making Offer an “Emerging Leaders” Program Initiate a

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10 Tips to Level Up Your Professional Network

10 Tips to Level Up Your Professional Network

People often hate the idea of networking, either because they’re introverts by nature, they’re afraid of rejection, or they don’t want to seem pushy, self-absorbed, and disingenuous. Still, networking remains one of the most effective strategies for managing a successful career. In fact, 70% of Americans say they found their current job through their professional network — even though only 48% say they regularly keep in touch with their connections. However, the tide is starting to turn. Many people are interested in strengthening their professional circles now, as the economy grows more uncertain. That’s why we decided to gather helpful networking

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Innovative Ways to Reward and Recognize Employees

11 Innovative Ways to Reward and Recognize Employees

Recognition matters. We hear it over and over again in leadership books and best practices articles. It makes sense to recognize employees early and often. But workforce appreciation isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing, and random acts of recognition usually fall flat. So, what do successful organizations do? They focus on building a culture where appreciation is consistently expressed in meaningful and memorable ways. But what methods actually work? For real-world advice about how to recognize employees, we asked business and HR leaders these questions: What is one innovative way your organization recognizes and rewards employees? How is this making a positive difference? We

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11 Successful HR and Work Tech Trends to Adopt

11 Successful HR and Work Tech Trends to Adopt

In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion in new and improved digital tools for HR and work activities. But with the landscape changing so rapidly, how can organizations decide which tech trends deserve serious attention and investment? For useful advice, we asked HR and business leaders these questions: What emerging HR or work tech trend is making the biggest impact on your organization? Why is this the case? In response, we received excellent feedback from a variety of business professionals — from HR Directors to CEOs. And I’m sure you’ll agree as you skim this list, their recommendations make sense for

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Change management is tricky. How do you handle it? 9 business professionals weigh in

Change Management is Tricky. How Do You Handle It?

Change is an integral aspect of every organization — especially in today’s volatile environment. But managing change is challenging. That’s why it sometimes helps to rely on change management specialists for guidance or support. But when? It depends on the situation. To better understand how leaders tackle change successfully, we asked business professionals to tell us how they approach this process. Nine people shared their recommendations. And despite their diverse experiences, some common themes emerged: Help Employees Adjust Include Employees in Decisions Facilitate a Culture Shift Encourage Two-Way Communication Gamify Change Initiatives Deliver Readiness Bootcamps Involve Everyone in Training Curricula Updates Build

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What kind of employee retention strategies really work? Check these 9 ideas from HR and business leaders

Employee Retention Strategies: 9 Ideas That Are Working

Keeping valued employees onboard is top-of-mind for many organizations these days. But what kind of employee retention strategies are actually working? To find out, we asked numerous HR and business leaders to tell us which methods are making a difference for their workforce. And they responded with a variety of answers worth considering. Here are 9 of the best ideas we received: Actively Support Employee Mental Health Invest in Employee Growth Invite Family Members to Team Events Support Employee Sabbaticals Assign an Employee Partner for Each New Hire Create a Culture of Trust and Connection Offer a Generous PTO and Benefits

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Employee wellness has become a top priority for employers in the post-pandemic era. What can your organization do to encourage workforce wellbeing? Here are 12 ideas from business and HR leaders

12 Ways to Prioritize Employee Wellness

Organizations have long considered employee wellness a priority. But in the wake of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever. Here’s why: 99% of organizations are facing talent challenges. And after years of disruption, workforce wellbeing is on especially shaky ground. Investing in wellness could go a long way to restore employee confidence and commitment. Indeed, even before Covid, research found that when employers made workforce wellbeing a priority, they could significantly boost productivity and other key business metrics. That’s why we asked HR and business leaders to answer the question: “What are some effective strategies to prioritize employee wellness?” From

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8 Ways to Empower Employees Through Financial Education - TalentCulture blog by contributor, Brett Farmiloe

8 Ways to Empower Employees Through Financial Education

These days, many people are dealing with stress from all kinds of personal financial concerns. This can harm workforce wellbeing — especially when people aren’t sure how to manage these issues or who they can trust for advice. That’s why organizations are increasingly offering workforce financial education. But which strategies are most effective in helping employees develop financial literacy — especially considering that everyone has a different level of financial knowledge and experience? We asked HR superstars to share one recommendation from their employee benefits and DEI programs. Here are 7 of the best suggestions we received: Offer Resources to Help Employees

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Employers, what can you do to achieve talent acquisition success in 2023? Try these 8 tips from HR and business leaders

8 Ideas for Talent Acquisition Success in 2023

Every employer’s definition of talent acquisition success is different. But many employers have learned valuable lessons over the years. Recently, we decided to capture some of those lessons so other hiring organizations could benefit. That’s why we asked business and recruiting leaders to share tips for talent acquisition success in the year ahead. Tips for Talent Acquisition Success From using predictive analytics to cultivating a sense of community among team members, we received a collection of answers that reads like a practical “how to” playbook. Below, we share the top answers to our question, “What’s your best strategy to gain a

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How can employers improve employee retention from day one? Check these tips for onboarding new hires

Onboarding New Hires? Try These Tips to Boost Retention

In today’s challenging talent environment, retaining employees is a must. That’s why so many organizations consider onboarding new hires a top priority. When people feel genuinely welcomed at work from day one, retention increases dramatically. If you could suggest one way to achieve better long-term results when onboarding new hires, what would you recommend? Recently, we asked business leaders to share their answers to this question. Their collective tips read like a playbook of best practices: Assign an Onboarding Buddy Challenge New Team Members to Take Initiative Make Newcomers Feel at Home Assess Each New Hire’s Personality and Work Style Help

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What caregiving benefits do modern employers provide? 6 business leaders share their answers

Which Caregiving Benefits Do Modern Employers Provide?

What benefits are top-of-mind for organizations that want to attract and retain great talent in today’s challenging talent market? Many are finding it pays to step outside the standard benefits box with creative options that meet diverse employee needs. For example, caregiving benefits are gaining strong momentum. To learn more about this, we asked business and HR leaders to describe one caregiving option they believe is essential in supporting employees as they move through various life stages — from family planning and fertility to childcare and eldercare. Their recommendations cover a spectrum of solutions: Childcare Benefits Tuition Assistance Sabbatical Leave Unlimited

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How can global distributed teams wok together more effectively? Tips from business leaders

7 Ways to Support Distributed Teams in the Future of Work

Early in 2020, without warning, the pandemic made distributed teams a standard way of working for organizations all over the globe. Now, many employees have grown to prefer working remotely for at least part of every week. But despite the popularity of virtual workgroups—and evidence that they can be effective—employers are still trying to address related issues. Are you among the employers looking for better ways to support distributed teams on an ongoing basis? What challenges are you facing, and how are you resolving them? Recently, when we asked business leaders these questions, they focused on seven key problems and ideas to

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drive employee engagement

10 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement With Team Problem-Solving

Are you looking for proven ways to drive employee engagement? Many organizations find that collaboration is a highly effective strategy. For instance, consider these 10 team-centered methods recommended by business leaders: Use the SCRUM Framework for Project Management Involve Action Focus Groups to Improve Employee Engagement Empower Employees to Take Ownership of Work Issues Give Employees a Voice in Problem Solving Create a Strength-Based Team Culture Using Assessment Tools Leverage Diversity and Mastermind for Problem-Solving Take a Bottom-up Approach Use OKRs to Drive Teamwork and Engagement Engage Employees in Weekly Virtual Team-Building Activities Personalize Engagement Drivers to Employee Groups Why are

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Learning

8 Learning and Talent Development Topics for Better Employee Retention

Investment in learning and talent development is an essential ingredient of every company’s engagement and retention plans. What is one crucial topic to include in employee L&D that will lead to better employee engagement and retention? To help you create an effective L&D program, we asked L&D professionals and business leaders this question for their best insights. From including interviewer training to developing individual talents, there are several essential topics that may help you deliver a robust employee L&D for better engagement and retention. Here are 8 must-have topics for better employee retention: Interviewer Training Communication and its Impact on Business

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Mental Health

10 Ideas To Make Mental Health Support More Accessible For Employees

What are some ideas to make mental health support more accessible to employees? This question was posed to a group of talented professionals for their insights. From offering mental health holidays to flex work schedules, here’s what they had to say. Offer Mental Health Days Mental health Days are meant to be used when you have too much on your mind or when are feeling high levels of stress and anxiety. We can’t pre-plan how we will feel, so it’s important to allow employees to take unplanned days off.  Moreover, it is a great way to track the mental health of

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