Values in Action

Values in Action

Last month we had the pleasure of hosting Pam Ross of Blue Rebel Media for our Spring Client Event.  As we prepared, she sent me a great video that truly gave me pause.  The video is a worthwhile 31/2-minute look at where you are, or better said, your frame of mind, in any given situation, and the behaviour that might arise because of it.  It refers to the line between being open, curious and learning vs. being closed, defensive and committed to being right.   You can find yourself either above or below “the line”.    At Staffworks, we have been looking at our values recently and as I watched this video, I realized that you cannot practice your values when you find yourself “below the line”.    So how do you maintain an open, “above the line” frame of mind — one in which you do not need to be right, you question everything  and live a life of play?  How do you know when you have moved “below the line”?  Well, simple, common defensiveness is one of the hard-wired reactions that can do it.  It shifts you to a mind-set in which you’re not able to practice your values.  So how do you keep from being defensive?  First, start to recognize the feeling and the behaviours that come with it.  Maybe you start to rationalize, or “get your back up” and negative thoughts might outnumber the positive ones.  Once you get familiar with the feelings and behaviours you can catch them before they take over.  Pretty soon, defensiveness will stop getting any traction at all, leaving you in a...
When company values do not align with your team’s values, disengagement surely follows.

When company values do not align with your team’s values, disengagement surely follows.

Values, Beliefs, Guiding Principles, whatever you call them, these are the framework upon which your company’s business is built.  They are also the lens through which your employees will make business decisions.  Staffworks, like many businesses, has used this pandemic to find new ways to add value for Staffworks’ customers.  One of the things we did to of turn this pandemic lemon glut into lemonade was to refine our operating principles at Staffworks and ensure that they still line up with our individual values.  Writing them down is just the first step.  When put into action in day-to-day operations, your team will know they are not just nice words on your website.  Saying you’re family first doesn’t really hold up when employees are repeatedly expected to work into the evening.  Saying you’re collaborative without providing specific opportunities for your teams’ ideas to be discussed and experimented on does more damage than good.   It is worth the time to demonstrate your values being put into action.  A great example of an organization redefining their values during Covid is Alter Agents, a market research consultancy in L.A.  Founder Rebecca Brooks talks about the process she and her team went through to land clearly on their company values, in her article for Forbes’ magazine, “How clear Business Values Can Get Your Company Through the Pandemic”.  We know its good business to review your company’s strategic plan, policies and operations.  Company values are no different and taking a fresh look at them, particularly after the year we’ve been through, is a great step in helping to clearly map out your company’s (new) future. ...

Returning to the office. What’s next?

A presentation by Pamela Ross. After a decade in HR Pam now provides strategy in leadership to organizations who want to humanize work. Pam will explore and facilitate discussions on the three biggest topics facing managers today. What does back to the office look like? How well can we recover from setbacks? How do we maintain home and work health? This is an event you don’t want to miss. Save your seat today! – Register on Eventbrite Now...
Holiday recipes, from our family to yours.

Holiday recipes, from our family to yours.

The Staffworks team is a small but mighty combination of people of different cultures and holiday traditions. And one of the things that we all have in common is our love of food! We’ve put together a list of our favourite holiday recipes below – we invite you to take a (virtual) peek into our kitchens and maybe even try a new recipe or two! Click on the links below to be taken directly to the recipe. Eritrean Coffee Ceremony – From Lydia’s FamilyUkrainian Cabbage Rolls – From Trisha’s MomPeppercorn-crusted Beef Tenderloin – Adapted by MilaGuyanese Pepper Pot – From Ameena’s FamilyJamaican Rum Cake – From KerineSweet Noodle Kugel – From Lexi’s FamilyShortbread Cookies – From Sandra’s Maternal GrandmotherPeanut Butter Balls – From Rob’s Family Eritrean Coffee Ceremony Recipe Lydia’s family has adapted this recipe for their family get-togethers. They enjoy sitting around the Christmas tree during the coffee ceremony, taking a mindful moment to talk and spend time together as a family. To learn more about the history of this ceremony, and the necessary ingredients and steps, check out this link. Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls Ingredients & Recipe This cabbage roll recipe is meat-free, although it can also be enjoyed with pork. Add a dollop of sour cream onto the finished cabbage rolls for extra yum! 1 medium head cabbage1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice 2 tablespoons butter1 onion, chopped1 can (46 fl. oz.) tomato juicesalt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 165 degrees C (325 degrees F). Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Steam the whole head of cabbage until it is al dente. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups...

Integrating New Work From Home Hires

Looking for practical tips and guidelines? Click here to view Marsh’s “Returning People to the Workplace Safely: A Practical Guide for Managing COVID-19” in pdf format. See below for our selection of informative tips, videos, and articles! TED Series, “The Way We Work”, TED. https://www.ted.com/series/the_way_we_work.Kurter, Heidi Lynne. “4 Ways to Onboard New Hires Quickly Without Harming the Employee Experience”, Forbes.com, 23 Apr 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/heidilynnekurter/2020/04/23/4-ways-to-onboard-new-hires-quickly-without-harming-the-employee-experience/#648249d74017.hronboard, “7 Creative Ideas to Make your Employee Onboarding Amazing”, hronboard.me, 2020. https://hronboard.me/blog/onboarding-ideas/.Stephenson, Jessica. “5 Pro Tips for Quickly Pivoting to a Virtual Employee Onboarding Process”, ExactHire.com, 6 Apr, 2020. https://www.exacthire.com/blog/hiring-process/5-tips-pivoting-virtual-employee-onboarding-process/.Moss, Kevin, & Manzo, Sona. “Considerations to support delivering an exceptional onboarding experience during business disruption”, Human Resources Today, 29 Apr 2020....