Labour in the News, Member Interest Articles

The Case for A 4-Day Workweek

Written by Alexia Fernandez Campbell

Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek.

Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four.

That’s one of the changes unions are proposing as part of their vision for the future of work, which is outlined in a report to be released Friday by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Writers Guild of America East, which is part of the AFL-CIO.) The report, which was shared in advance with Vox, focuses on finding ways to make sure workers can best benefit from automation and other technological changes.

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Member Interest Articles

How to Show Respect in the Workplace

Written by Karen E. Mosier

How to Show Respect in the Workplace

Respect is a key factor to have a healthy work environment. From professional interactions and good communication to giving others credit for their work and working as a team to get things done, we can demonstrate respect in the workplace. A respectful workplace creates a healthy work environment where staff are valued and recognized for their ideas and their role within the organization. Respect in the workplace promotes teamwork and increases productivity.

When we respect others, we respect ourselves.

Here are some ways to demonstrate respect in the workplace: Continue reading “How to Show Respect in the Workplace”

Member Interest Articles

The Benefits of Taking a Leadership Role

By Karen E. Mosier

leadershipA leader is defined as someone who directs or guides an individual, situation or team. Good leaders motivate, inspire, and model a good work ethic. They also encourage participation, cooperation and teamwork in various situations that require individuals to work as a team. They are so many ways that an individual can learn and grow by being in a leadership position. Continue reading “The Benefits of Taking a Leadership Role”

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Benefits of Networking with your Colleagues

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Have you ever thought about the benefits of networking with your colleagues or othernetworking professionals? Networking is very beneficial to ones career. Networking is much more than just connecting with your peers when you are looking for a job. It is more than just shaking hands, making introductions, and handing out business cards to strangers. Networking is about making real connections to people. Continue reading “Benefits of Networking with your Colleagues”

Member Interest Articles

Random Acts of Kindness at Work

Written by Karen E. Mosier

act of kindnessHave you ever been having a bad day, and someone did something nice for you, and your mood instantly changed? Kindness is an often overlooked attribute. Simple acts of kindness do not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, sometimes the smallest gifts can be the most thoughtful. Doing something nice for your coworkers is a wonderful way to improve your relationships and raise moral in the workplace. Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness at Work”

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Everyday Leadership

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Drew Dudley defines every day leadership as “the everyday act of improving each others lives”.

Employees that demonstrate every day leadership:

  • Quickly adapt to changing situations
  • Think outside the box and learn to embrace new ideas and concepts
  • Understand that challenges are all part of personal growth and development process
  • Show up and follow through on commitments
  • Are willing to get their hands dirty and do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Coach others instead of simply telling them what to do
  • Tailor how they motivate others based on individual moods and personality types
  • Help team members to make some progress – everyday
  • Provide continuous feedback
  • Role-model desired behaviors
  • Give quiet words of praise not just the once a quarter “pep” talk
  • Are there to give the pick me up to others when things don’t quite work out

Once we see that leadership is something that we can do every day and that we can expect it from ourselves and others, only then will we see the true value of everyday leadership. Then we can start to purposely look for ways in the workplace to be an everyday leader and feel good about it and give ourselves credit for demonstrating leadership.

 

 References

Dudley Drew. Everyday Leadership. You Tube. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=everyday+leadership&view=detail&mid=B118861DDBBE22AA44CCB118861DDBBE22AA44CC&FORM=VIRE

Kelah Raymond. Insperity. 5 Essential Traits of Effective Everyday Leadership  https://www.insperity.com/blog/everyday-leadership/

Dr. Ken Hudson. Small Wins Innovation. http://smallwinsinnovation.com/the-power-of-everyday-leadership/