Prediction: Organizations will rethink work for a more productive workforce.


Posted by Kathi Enderes on November 29, 2018.

The world of work has become incredibly complex. Workers are trying to navigate a maze of hierarchies, work processes, and never-ending new communication methods that are all meant to make them more productive, but ultimately having the opposite effect. The rise of the social enterprise means that organizational boundaries are becoming permeable, while what and who constitutes an “employee” will be redefined with broader, more inclusive concepts. And teams are rising to the fore as work processes become project-based, even as many organizations cling to industrial-age hierarchies.

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Predictions for 2019: The productivity imperative


Posted by David Mallon on November 27, 2018.

If there is one line that sums up the outlook for HR in 2019, it might be that backhanded blessing, “May you live in interesting times.” These are interesting times, indeed. The increasingly influential role of social capital in organizational success is compelling companies to reimagine their purpose and redefine what it means to be a good citizen, internally and externally. In this new social enterprise, more collaborative and productive relationships with employees, customers, and communities go hand in hand with the quest for revenue and profit.1

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Communicating in—and about—the social enterprise

Employee expectations have changed, new research tells us. Your approach to communicating with employees should change, too.


Posted by Melissa Yim on November 2, 2018.

In the social enterprise, the voice of the individual is more profound than ever. In turn, the employer–employee contract must involve two-way communication. Employees define what is important to them, both at work and in society, and the employee expectation is that employers will meet their ideals. Without a strategic approach of communicating the organization’s intentions, priorities, and stance on business, workplace, and social issues, even if they reflect workers’ expectations, companies might as well have no position at all. If your people don’t know your mission, then your mission doesn’t exist. Communication is king.

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Spotlight on Unilever: Practicing purposeful business through the Sustainable Living Plan

Posted on June 11, 2018.

Unilever’s long and strong heritage and culture of helping to make the world a better place stems from the company’s earliest beginnings in 1800s Victorian England.1 Today Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan guides the purposeful way the company operates globally through three overarching goals: (1) improve the health and well-being of a billion people, (2) enhance livelihoods for millions of people, and (3) reduce the environmental impact of its business.2 Beyond the positive social and environmental effects of the goals themselves, the Sustainable Living Plan also serves the company by spurring growth, helping to reduce costs and risks, and improving trust in the company.

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