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Coaching Your Inner Monkey: Tips for Talking Yourself into Greatness

By Lisa Bull, VP of Employee and Leadership Learning, Ceridian

Psychologists often refer to it as ‘self talk’. You might have also heard the terms ‘inner dialogues’ or ‘limiting beliefs’. In Buddhism, it’s called ‘monkey mind’. All of these terms refer to the running play-by-play that is going on inside of all of our heads – the on-going chatter that impacts the way in which we think and feel everyday. I particularly like the notion of ‘monkey mind’ because it’s easy for me to imagine the little monkey which perches on my shoulder and offers opinions on most everything I do. Like many people, my inner chatter is sometimes critical and often has me question or doubt my behavior and the actions that I take. But the really great news is that we all are ‘in charge’ of our self-talk and, with focus and practice we can learn to coach our inner monkeys and begin to change that self-talk into affirming, optimistic and helpful messaging. Read more

4 steps to transform your performance management process

performance managementBy Kevin Thompson, VP of Professional Services, Ceridian

It’s that time of year, the annual performance review!  We’ve all had them, the grueling session where you and your manager try desperately to remember what you did last year.  Or maybe you are one of the many who have no idea how you are doing; you just receive a note with your new raise in it.  Many of us have been pondering this annual ritual and thinking to ourselves, there has to be something better.  The traditional process of: Read more

Guide your small biz to success with millennial employee engagement #NationalSmallBusinessWeek

performance management blogBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

A fundamental part of human capital management is getting to know your employees and understanding what motivates them to achieve at a high level. The difficulty, however, is when a new generation comes along and changes everything you thought you knew. Every new demographic group of employees is different – their styles of doing work, their attitudes about employment, belief systems and long-term career goals are all starkly unlike those of the generations before them. For precisely this reason, one of the hottest topics in HCM today is that of managing millennials. And as May 1-7 is National Small Business Week throughout the U.S., I thought we’d take a look at how specifically small businesses can keep their millennial people engaged. Read more

4 tips for fostering a culture of innovation

innovationIt is up to management to create a culture that fuels innovation, and there are some steps leadership should take to achieve that sort of workplace.

Innovation doesn’t just happen. It is the result of the sort of office culture that idolizes a forward-thinking approach. New strategies and products are hard to come across in a workplace that doesn’t actively seek them. That sort of pro-innovation attitude is a top-down value. It is up to management to decide whether the company should be one that promotes innovative work. Read more

5 things to know about the ‘global’ generation now entering the workforce

3 strategies for delivering a better recruiting pitch to recent college gradsOne of the biggest questions on the minds of everyone in human capital management is: How will we prepare for the arrival of the next generation of employees? What strategies will be effective for recruiting them, engaging them and pushing them to maximize their potential? Every time a new demographic group arrives in the workforce, the “war for talent” turns into a high-speed race to answer these questions.

The HCM community has already spent countless hours studying boomers, Generation X and millennials, trying to figure out what makes them tick. And now, a new generation is on the horizon. Read more

3 tips for improving office ergonomics

ergonomicsThe best HCM leaders’ understand that keeping your employees engaged and productive is a constant battle, but your people’s health is just as important as everything else.  Comfort for example, is important, but sometimes overlooked at work. When an employee isn’t bothered by the position he or she is sitting in, the angle of the computer monitor or any of the other myriad potential issues with working at a desk all day, that individual may be more productive and may even protect his or her health. Bad office ergonomics can lead to more stress and increase the potential for injury, WebMD explained. The two-fold benefit of improving employees’ health and helping them become more productive at work is something that HCM professionals should consider. Read more


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