Category By:- Culture

A Unified Workplace: Who Benefits and How?

Who is sitting around the table when your staff comes together? If you’re like many modern American workplaces, you have four generations of employees meeting up around a common business goal. Each with distinctive styles of communication, dress, transportation, information...
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Brackets for Good: Changing the World of Fundraising

With Brackets for Good 2016 about to tip off on February 26, we wanted to showcase a few past nonprofit champions. We invited Jennifer Coffey of Partners in Housing (2014) and Rebecca Stevens of the Humane Society for Hamilton County...
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Building a Life, Not a Resume

Do you feel like you go through the same routine each week? Work out at the gym. Go grocery shopping. Do the laundry. Drop the kids off at soccer. Take this lengthy list of tasks and obligations, sprinkle in a...
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Business Development in Neverland: What I Learned at Disney That Can Energize Your Company

I recently had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Disney Customer Experience Summit, hosted by the Disney Institute, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It was an awe-inspiring experience to be surrounded by 250 professionals in a myriad of...
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Company Culture Serves Customers

Customers have always been my passion. Knowing them, understanding what makes their business tick. Meeting their needs tenaciously and creatively. Nothing makes me happier than launching a new customer relationship and the opportunity to solve new problems, and gain new...
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Create an Onboarding Process, Not an Event

The struggle is real when it comes to onboarding a new employee. The hiring manager wants the new hire to start the job right away, but they’ll need time to train. HR needs the right paperwork filled out, but they...
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Creating a Meaningful Internship Experience

An internship is a two-way street. For the intern, it’s an opportunity to “try things on” and apply knowledge gained from hours of sitting in class each week. For the employer, it leads to enhanced perspectives, increased workflow capability, and...
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Culture, Transparency, Retention, and Happiness, Oh My!

If I had a dollar for every article, blog, or book I have read about “company culture” over the course of my career, I would be well on my way to a comfortable retirement by now. There are so many...
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Dear New Employee: Do This, Not That

Within the past few years here at Element Three we’ve been growing as a marketing agency and elevating our brand to a place where some really smart, and capable people, want to come work for us. And people ask both...
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Does Love Belong in the Workplace?

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and I’ve successfully procrastinated (again) in finding a gift for my wife. Luckily, we both tend to forget this holiday as we’re still feeling the pain from our holiday shopping expenses. Between family and work,...
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Finding Success in Failure: Building an Engaging Culture

It’s easy to think that bad things can’t happen to your organization when things are going well. But signs of trouble can hide themselves during periods of growth. And when left ignored, these issues can cripple a company. Recognizing these...
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Five Lessons After Five Years at FirstPerson

This month, I reached my five year anniversary at FirstPerson. I'm not sure why the number five causes more reflection than four or three years, but it has created the opportunity to look back on my time here. I think...
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Five Social Media Tips to Help Employees Positively Impact Your Business

Social media is here to stay. Whether you’re a fan or not, it has revolutionized the way our world connects and communicates. In fact, a Facebook study found that smartphone users check their Facebook feed an average of 14 times...
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Four Ways to Sell Your Culture

If I asked you to think about your favorite company brands, it probably wouldn’t take long to come up with a solid list. Giants like Nike, Starbucks, and McDonald’s, among others, consistently rank at the top of the most well-known...
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Get in the Fundraising Game with Brackets for Good

One of the best ways we’ve found to round out the employee experience is philanthropy.  People are inspired when the work they do and the people they work with are inspiring. At FirstPerson, The PEEP Project (Personally Embracing and Enriching...
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How to Avoid an Uber Failure at Your Company

It's been a difficult last couple of months for Uber. In case you haven't been following the company as closely as you follow your Uber driver's arrival, a former employee blogged about issues of sexual harassment in February. The issues...
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How to Create Happy Quitters

It’s inevitable that employees will leave their organizations at some point. So what can we do, at the very least, to craft an environment that creates “happy quitters” or maybe even potential boomerang employees? Foster great leaders that care about...
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How to Gauge the Success of Your Company Culture

How do you measure whether you have an energizing culture? We instinctively know a positive company culture enhances employee engagement. The question is how are companies supposed to gauge their cultures? What are the best practices for measuring culture success/shortcomings?...
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How to Recognize Employees without Giving a Promotion

"Let's promote him!" This is unfortunately a very common response by leaders when they have a great performer within their company. He's been with the company "long enough," and now the leaders find themselves wondering what they're going to do...
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Insights on Workspace and Culture from John Albrecht [Video]

We all know that culture leads to higher employee engagement and that higher employee engagement leads to stronger business results. And one component of this is your workspace or office environment. I recently sat down with my friend John Albrecht,...
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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: A Platform for Corporate Philanthropy [Video]

At FirstPerson, community is an integral part of our culture. The PEEP Project is proud to partner with local nonprofits, our most recent being with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB).  We’re grateful to get to work with their team to make...
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LDI Believes Culture Matters: An Interview with Emily Krueger

"We build great companies into companies of greatness." This impactful quote is what pops up when you launch onto the Lacy Diversified Industries' (LDI)  home page. Clearly, they're not messing around! I met with Emily Krueger, VP Administration at LDI,...
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Living in the Matrix Organization

Morpheus was right; The Matrix is all around us. But the matrix I’m talking about isn’t controlled by cyber-intelligence harvesting electricity from humans like in the movie. This matrix refers to a unique organizational structure set up as a grid,...
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Marketing and Human Resources: A Natural Partnership

A recent study in Bersin by Deloitte noted employee engagement as one of the top issues on the minds of CEOs and business leaders. While it may be on the minds of company leadership, the task typically falls on human...
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Performance Series 1: High Performance Culture and its Essential Components

Culture. Whether you understand it or not, your organization has one. The question is, will you let it evolve on its own, or will you leverage it to perform at your best? A consistent trait of high performing organizations is...
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Performance Series 3: Bringing It All Together

How can we help leaders become more effective? To answer this question, FirstPerson made the following hypothesis: C-level executives will effectively learn, grow, and become more effective by interacting with each other and by witnessing high performance culture in action....
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Performance Series 4: Turning Knowledge into Action

In our Performance Series 3 blog we asked, “How can we help leaders become more effective?” To answer this question, FirstPerson brought seven executives together for a pilot training series in which they learned from professional consultants from Performance pH,...
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Seven Ways to Engage Teleworkers and Strengthen Company Culture

In the blog The Case for Telecommuting Workforce, I took a dive into the perks and pitfalls of having employees who telework. In order to get this right, it’s important to understand that it comes down to the issue of...
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Shaping Culture: What's the Big Deal?

I have been fascinated by what causes one employer to rise above the clutter and clatter of today’s marketplace. I’m convinced that company culture is the key ingredient for business success. It’s not an intriguing product, savvy branding, or even...
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Six Steps to Creating a Strong Employee Value Proposition

Often when thinking about creating an employer brand, we immediately think about how it looks. We may focus on a logo or the type of font to use, since this will be what our employees and our prospective employees see...
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Six Tips to Engage a Multigenerational Workforce

An increasingly competitive global marketplace demands talent from workers of all ages. Leading—and successfully engaging—a multigenerational workforce is a business imperative that few organizations can ignore. In fact, nearly 60% of HR managers at large companies say they have seen...
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Strategies to Attract and Retain Millennials

“Millennials aren’t loyal; they’re job hoppers. They’re also entitled, expecting the world and believing they deserve it.” I am a Millennial and I’ve heard it all. It almost feels like an insult the minute I walk into a room and...
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The Case for a Telecommuting Workforce

The case for a telecommuting workforce is easy: it saves time, money, and resources, and can be a huge benefit to employees who demonstrate that they are just as effective, if not more effective, working from home or other non-traditional...
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The Employee Experience is Critical to Business Success

My company, in its early years, was a traditional employee benefits provider. Twenty years ago we offered other employers strategies and solutions to their compensation packages – those ‘gold standard’ benefits like major medical, life insurance, possibly short- and long-term...
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The Healthy Professional's New Year's Resolution

That time of year is here again: New Year’s resolutions. We’re all thinking about it: Gym memberships, weight loss, commitments to personal needs, the list can go on and on. But have you stopped to think about any professional goals...
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The Power of Experience

Our new mantra at FirstPerson: “Is this an exceptional experience?” There’s a continued buzz about experience. Consumer experience, employee experience. A plethora of surveys that trail your purchases, wanting to know “how was your experience?” Steve Jobs obsessed about Apple...
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The Risks of Generational Stereotyping

Baby Boomers are out of touch. Gen Xers are cynics. Millennials are lazy and unmotivated. Have you ever heard these stereotypes? I’ll admit it: I’m as guilty as everyone else, fallen into the trap like the rest of society. I’ve...
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They Can't Copy Your Culture

The decade of human capital is upon us. Your company’s culture is the single greatest differentiator you have. Treat it that way. The World Economic Forum states that talent, not financial capital, is the “key to innovation, competitiveness, and growth...
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Three Reasons Human Resources Should Partner with Marketing

One of the reasons I love human resources is because of the relationships I’m able to have in all areas of the business. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned so much from my colleagues in finance, business development,...
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Three Ways to Add Life to Your Next Meeting

If you’re reading this, you’re probably walking out of a meeting, and on your way to your next one. Or given this stat, you’re in the majority of people who do other things while in a meeting. Meetings can take...
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Tips for Effectively Engaging Your Employees Remotely

FirstPerson has long had a remote culture, allowing employees to work from wherever they needed. Accommodating schedules with flexible work locations has always been important. Through the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to encourage flexibility. Employees aren't expected to be glued...
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Top 10 Blogs from 2016

It's hard to believe 2017 is almost here! This year has been quite crazy with many surprising twists and turns.  Proposed changes to FLSA legislation. Insurance companies dropping out of the Individual Marketplace. Trump elected as president. The list could...
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Top Five Takeaways from RESOLVE 2016

Each year, I’m amazed by how many great minds come together at RESOLVE. The greatest in Indiana, in my opinion. And 2016 was no exception. We couldn’t do it without the support of all of you—our amazing clients, partners, and...
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Top Ten Interview Questions

Preparing for the questions you need to ask in an interview—let alone other things you should be doing to prepare for it—is extremely important, but something we rarely do. Admit it. You've probably scheduled interviews between other meetings, rushing from...
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Trends in Office Space: More than Four Walls

The workplace is changing…radically. For the first time in history, companies have three generations working together with another knocking at the door. Gone are the days when one size fits all. While companies are pondering how they can compete for...
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Use Your People Strategy as Your Competitive Advantage

I was flipping through some old school papers I've hung on to for far too long and found my notes from Michael Porter's book, Competitive Advantage. If you haven't heard of Michael Porter, here's a great summary of him and...
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Want to Be a Great Manager? Get Up and Walk Around.

Management by Walking Around (MBWA) is a term from the 80's. I'm going to explain the term's origin and why it's never been more relevant than now. Tom Peters originated "MBWA" in 1978 when he was at Hewlett-Packard and discovered...
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What Do You Know About Your Employees? (Part 1)

We talk a lot about culture, which we can work to shape and involve everyone in. But at its core, much of company culture comes down to how people interact. As a leader, what do you know about your employees,...
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What Do You Know About Your Employees? (Part 2)

Recently, we explored the brainy side of what we know about our employees. Our unconscious intuition, rather than reason, drives most of our thinking; we judge people based on their warmth and competence, and for leaders, warmth is often more...
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Who Flourishes in the Entrepreneurial Environment?

As an entrepreneur, I’ve come to realize it’s important to have a lot of different types of people around to move our business forward. That seems simplistic, yet it’s critical. Entrepreneurs aren’t known for their awesome execution skills. It takes...
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Why an Employee Value Proposition is Key to Attracting Top Talent

"Progress is measured by the degree of differentiation within a society." Herbert ReadCompanies spend millions of dollars externally to drive a strategy of differentiation. It's how we've come to pay $2 for a coffee. And why a lighted toilet seat...
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