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People Geekly #72

Issue No. 72, brought to you by Culture Amp
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Former Toyota Executive VP Taiichi Ohno believed that having no problems as a company, is the worst problem of all. He believed that when there is a problem, it’s a good opportunity for improvement. He said one should ask “why” five times to find the root of the problem.  "The root cause of any problem is the key to a lasting solution," believed Ohno.  "Data is, of course, important in manufacturing," he often remarked, "but I place greatest emphasis on facts.”

France recently passed a bill in its lower parliamentary house that would make it illegal for companies of 50 or more, to send emails after work hours.  The country has recognized that after-work emails, texts, etc can cause stress levels to escalate. "All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be and that the stress is constant," Benoit Hamon, a Socialist member of parliament, told the BBC. "The texts, the messages, the emails -- they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down." The bill will next be reviewed by the French senate and then to the National Assembly before it is made into law. 

Recognition Deficit (4 min)

David Novak of the HBR emphasizes the importance of employee recognition on a job done well. Regardless of an employee’s role in the organization, people need to know they are valued. Lack of recognition can cause a company to suffer from bad morale, low productivity and eventually profitability. According to findings by Novak’s company OGO, “82% of employed Americans don’t feel that their supervisors recognize them enough for their contributions.” Novak notes: Most people aren’t motivated by paycheck; Show respect by sharing as much information as possible with employees; Ask lots of questions; Celebrate first downs, not just touchdowns; Make recognition fun, personal and timely; Remember that recognition is a privilege, not just another item on your to-do list. 

Kelly Max of Haufe, explains why having a company elected CEO works for his company and why it could work for yours. For Haufe, it all started in 2011 when, founder, and then CEO, Hermann Arnold decided he wasn’t the right person to be their global CEO. Max was elected in 2015 and chosen to be the CEO of Haufe USA. He believes in not only electing CEOs and higher exec positions, but also when it comes to making smaller decisions like which snacks to stock in the break room. But when it comes to electing the C-suite, he says there are many benefits. He says it helps with company transparency; it helps ensure that change inside your org keeps pace with change outside your org; and keeps employees motivated, dedicated and engaged. 

According to studies, age discrimination in Australia is running rampant. Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan is “enraged at the unfairness” and is working to fight the ongoing battle. "It is unthinkable that people who lose their jobs in their 50s may live up to another 40 years without paid employment," says Ryan. A national inquiry led by Ryan reports that approximately a quarter of the population are 55 and older, but make up only 16% of the workforce.  "We need to make sure that ... training is linked to a skill shortage in the area that they can realistically be trained to fill, not just some private provider who is enrolling them in something with a fancy name," says Ryan.


New York Geekup @ Fog Creek Software: May 18th  
Chicago Geekup @ Hotel Monaco: May 19th
Vancouver Geekup @ Lululemon: May 30th 

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