Business Continuity – An Essential Competency in Modern Organizations

By: Matt Grawitch, Ph.D. For many organizations, a lot of time is spent managing what is going on right now, rather than focusing on any number of “what if” scenarios. Yet, those “what if” scenarios can have an enormously large impact on the long-term viability of an organization or even a community. Consider the tornado […]

Celebrating the Heroes Among Us

By: Katie Devany, M.S.  The hospitality industry is seemingly synonymous with grandeur and excitement. After all, what other industry provides the opportunity to work in gorgeous hotels, chic restaurants, plan extravagant weddings, and even travel the world? It sounds simply divine, doesn’t it? To those who adore this unique niche of work, it is divine. […]

Boulders + Pebbles: Building Effective Workplace Communication Habits

By: Dr. Kasi Williamson When I worked as a communications practitioner, I helped to create communication strategies and structures that facilitated collaboration and innovation across departments within a large organization. This structural work is where the “heavy lifting” happens—and that metaphor has the weight of something very real. Sometimes, it can actually feel like you’re […]

Understanding Organizational Informatics

By: Srikanth Mudigonda, Ph.D. Current trends in computing indicate that the costs per computation cycle is going down, while the amount of computational power available is going up. So, other aspects of their operations being equal, organizations that collect the “right” kind of data for making informed decisions are more likely to understand the market […]

Work Flexibility Practices Can Help OR Hurt Your Career

By: Matthew J. Grawitch, Ph.D. A lot is made these days of the importance of creating a flexible work environment so that employees can develop a better work-life interface. Flextime, telecommuting, compressed work weeks, and other innovations in work schedules are supposed to assist employees in managing their demands across different life domains – without having […]

An Appetite for English

By: Jenny Agnew During the Fall 1, 2012 term, I had the opportunity to teach an English 150 class (“The Process of Composition”) in The Learning Studio as an Innovative Teaching Fellow.  The high-tech room—with its wall of screens, moveable furniture, and available tablets and iPads—is reason enough to want to teach in the space.  An […]

Why Being a Scientist-Practitioner Matters

Posted by Matt Grawitch I recently put together a proposal for a panel session that would bring a group of scholars and practitioners together to discuss issues related to the work-life interface. One of the experts on my proposed panel serves as an external consultant to organizations, and she mentioned that many people who work […]

Transfer of Training

Posted by Jason Tapp As professionals in training and development, one of our greatest challenges is helping individuals and organizations transfer learning from the classroom to the job. The accountability for that learning transfer lies with the learner, the leader, and with the organization in which the learner works. A few months ago, there was […]

Is Trust Synonymous with Engagement?

Posted by Matt Grawitch In my last post on this blog, I emphasized the importance of “presence” as the primary element of the engagement experience. I stand by that definition of engagement, but I was criticized by both a reader who informed me that I “missed an essential point to promoting engagement…trust” and another blog […]

A Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Some Things to Keep in Mind

Posted by Matt Grawitch The Organizational Health Initiative at Saint Louis University emphasizes the importance of a psychologically healthy workplace in overall organizational performance. As a way of contributing to the concept of a psychologically healthy workplace, I attended and presented at the recent Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference. It was probably the best conference experience […]