Planners’ Picks – February 23, 2021

Planners’ Picks:
A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Today’s PP is all about the TEAM — how to support, nurture and recognize your team and improve upon your successes.


Employee Appreciation Ideas: When and How to Celebrate

Everyone knows it’s important to say thanks. Research proves that employee recognition makes a positive impact on both day-to-day interactions and long-term workplace culture. Yet with so many ways to say thanks, what are the best methods to do it? And when are the appropriate times to express gratitude? In this article, we’ll share employee appreciation ideas and discuss both the “when” and the “how” to appreciate employees and coworkers.

How Managers Can Support Employees with Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illness is extremely common, and the Covid-19 pandemic has helped normalize talking about it in the workplace. It can be hard to know what to say to an employee with a chronic illness — it’s an emotional topic, and your own assumptions can get in the way of real understanding. There are three steps managers can take to ensure they approach these conversations with empathy and confidence. First, take your own emotions out of it. Second, challenge your views about what counts as great work. Third, approach with curiosity and do your research. The experiences of employees experiencing chronic illness can offer valuable lessons to all employees.

The Importance of Inclusive Employee Engagement for Remote Working

Last year many businesses were forced to embed a remote working culture across their entire organization within a couple of weeks. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella famously said that we had seen two years of digital transformation in just two months. Here in 2021, we are just beginning to understand the impacts these changes have had on our staff. Heather Younger of Employee Fanatix gives some pointers on keeping remote workers engaged in the workplace.

How to boost your team’s success with shared mental models

Shared mental models go a long way toward taking the friction out of cross-functional collaboration. But they don’t “just happen.” They have to be cultivated, much like societal norms. Try these exercises with your team and experience first-hand what a difference shared mental models can make.

4 Ways to be More Mindful in 2 Minutes or Less

Are you interested in mindfulness meditation, but not sure if you have the know-how or the time? Mindfulness doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. Just about every moment in your day is an opportunity to be mindful, and research shows the benefits are huge. Originally an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, mindfulness has evolved into a range of secular therapies and courses in recent years. Dr. Melissa Hughes gives us some helpful tips on being more mindful.

Linkedin Learning: Motivating and Engaging Employees

Employees don’t work for companies. They work for people. This means employee engagement begins and ends with the leader. Your leadership style directly impacts engagement in your organization. Why does it matter? Higher engagement leads to greater productivity, customer loyalty, employee retention, and profits. In this course, you can learn what employees need in order to do their best work and how to provide them with purpose, meaning, and control. Talent maximizer Roberta Matuson busts common myths about employee motivations and shares practical ways to increase engagement—including low-cost solutions to show employees they are valued and relationship-building strategies that will lead to lifelong connections with the members of your team.

Upcoming event:

Dr. Jeremy Goldberg webinar: What if kindness was cool

February 25, 2021 – 9:00 am CT

What if kindness was cool: How can compassion raise morale and bring employees, communities, and teams together?

Speaker Dr. Jeremy Goldberg is a scientist trying to start a kindness revolution in his spare time called Long Distance Love Bombs. Jeremy completed a Ph.D. in behavior change, focusing specifically on how our attitudes influence our actions, why habits form, and how we can design our lives to positively impact the world around us. He has presented his research at international retreats, conferences, and online workshops.

In this webinar, Dr. Goldberg will show you the truth about kindness:

  • Using kindness, gratitude, and vulnerability as a means to foster connection and empathy between people
  • Sharing the three surprising tricks that can transform anyone into a more grateful and graceful person every day.
  • Explaining why pain isn’t something to hide but rather a powerful tool that can unite us.

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>>>  “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi