Ready, Set, Change…Again
The TalentEgg conference opened with a keynote address from Toronto author and speaker, Gregg Brown. In today’s professional environment, employees and employers must be constantly ready to accept change. Changes in a workplace could include alterations to an operational structure, software or infrastructure implementations, facility changes and more. Gregg drew from his book “Ready, Set, Change…Again” and discussed why employees are often resistant to change, and provided some resilience techniques aimed at helping people adapt better to change. People are often resistant to change because we are most productive when we are within our comfort zones, and we can often react negatively when change disrupts the balance we have worked to create. In order to manage this in a workplace, Gregg outlined some key tips. He stressed the importance of managing the expectations of a team and avoiding false positivity. It’s crucial for employees to understand what changes are expected to occur and how this will affect their working environment. Next, Gregg highlighted that it’s important to tell employees what they will have control over throughout the change and what they will not. Setting this expectation early helps to avoid further disruption later on. Finally, making sure that all team members feel that they are being heard and valued is especially important in order to avoid communication breakdowns as a result of the change.
In another panel discussion, Soft Skills are the Critical Skills — The New Currency of Top Talent, recruitment leaders discussed the increasing importance of honing in on one’s soft skills in the workplace. According to a recent survey, 92% of talent professionals report that soft skills are more important to hire for than technical skills. As one panellist noted, “people are hired for their technical skills and let go for their soft skills.” The value of being able to develop strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills has grown exponentially as companies begin to expand globally. For new graduates, developing these skills can seem daunting. However, it’s important to remember that these essential soft skills may have already been developed through part-time jobs and volunteer activities. For example, the same communication and interpersonal skills developed in a part-time retail job can prove valuable when interacting with coworkers in a corporate setting.
A takeaway from the panel discussion Culture Trumps Everything, Every Time, was the importance of choosing a workplace with a great office culture. Since employees will spend a lot of time at work, it’s important to choose a place where they feel comfortable and valued. By looking at a company’s social media, one can often get a good sense of their office culture. It’s also important to consider the company’s social and volunteer initiatives. During the panel discussion Doing Good Never Looked So Great — How Volunteerism is Transforming Recruitment, panellists highlighted that companies which encourage their employees to volunteer and offer charitable initiatives are often dedicated to helping develop their employees as a whole, rather than just their professional and technical skills. Finally, considering a company’s employee recognition strategy is key in identifying office culture. Does the company offer awards for outstanding performance and length of service? These types of companies are often great places to work, as they encourage professional development and look to retain their talent for the long-term.
[caption id="attachment_17993" align="aligncenter" width="1030"] The FDM Canada team at the TalentEgg Awards and Conference[/caption]
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