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Hey HR All-Stars! 👋 

Mariam here from HR Brain Pickings, ready to bring you some HR goodness this week!

In This Edition:

Y’all seemed to like the buzzwords edition I did last week, and a majority of you wanted another one - so let’s do it! 🙌 

10 Emerging Trends and Buzzwords [Part 2]

1. Chronoworking

This is the most recent one covered by Forbes. Chronoworking is essentially the idea that you sync your work schedule with your body’s natural clock—so you work when you’re wired to be at your best. 😄 

With more companies embracing remote and hybrid models, this tailor-made work rhythm is becoming an option for the wider workforce. (I'm grateful to be with a company that champions such flexibility!) 🙌 

“This concept prioritizes recognizing and respecting your body’s natural cycles of energy highs and lows, allowing for a more flexible schedule that accommodates peak periods of performance,”

Tawn Williams, Corporate Wellness Consultant

2. Social Loafing

You know those school group projects where it feels like not everyone’s pulling their weight? That's social loafing for you and it applies at work too. It's when folks in a team put in lesser effort together than they would solo. It's like everyone thinks someone else will pick up the slack, or they figure it won't be noticed. 🤫 

Social loafing is a pretty common psychological phenomenon that can affect giant and small groups in equal measure. However, the best way to deal with it and avoid its negative consequences is to be open and honest about it.

3. Employee Experience (EX)

Alright, so Employee Experience (EX) isn't exactly the newest buzzword on the block, but it's definitely worth spotlighting to encourage more focus on it!

EX captures the overall vibe your team experiences throughout their journey with your organization—from the initial application and onboarding to their daily tasks and development opportunities. It really shapes how they perceive their roles and feel about being part of the company. 🚀

Employee Engagement vs Employee Experience

Yes, there’s a difference!

I’m hoping this analogy can help us understand: Imagine that your organization is a ship. As such, employee experience could be seen as the entire journey embarked on by the crew—while employee engagement refers to how passionate and dedicatedthe crew members are during that journey. 🚢 

4. Microlearning

Microlearning is an employee training approach that involves breaking down information into bite-sized, digestible pieces, making it easier for employees to learn and retain new skills and knowledge. 🤓 These modules are typically short in duration, ranging from a few minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes. ⏱️ 

This method is particularly effective in today's fast-paced work environment where time is at a premium and traditional long-form training sessions may be less feasible. 🙌 

5. Flexspace

Flexspace or flexible workplaces are redefining the traditional office setup by blending physical, virtual, and hybrid environments to better accommodate the evolving needs of today's workforce.

By embracing Flexspace, companies can not only adapt to modern work styles but also attract top talent who value autonomy and personalized work experiences (hello Gen Z). 👋 

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6. Employee Listening Tour

Employee listening tours are a way for leaders to directly hear from a diverse group of employees. This can be done through meetings or discussions, and it helps gather unfiltered feedback on concerns, ideas, and frustrations. 🙅 

By creating a safe space for honest dialogue, leaders can use this input to improve company strategies, address workplace issues, and make decisions that better reflect the needs of their workforce. ✔️ 

Taking time to hear employees’ concerns and ideas can help new managers and company divisions work through organizational change

7. Cognitive Diversity

Cognitive diversity goes beyond traditional notions of diversity to include a mix of different thinking styles, problem-solving approaches, and cognitive abilities within a team. 👥 This concept recognizes that everyone processes information and tackles challenges in unique ways.

For HR professionals, promoting cognitive diversity essentially means actively seeking out and encouraging these differences during the hiring process and team development. 🙌 

8. Employee Journey Mapping

If you plan to revamp the employee experience and are not sure where to start - mapping out an employee’s journey would be a great start. Why? By mapping out each touchpoint from the employee's perspective, you can identify areas for improvement. 🤔 Think: onboarding struggles, performance review roadblocks, or even a disconnect during offboarding.

The result? A more positive and productive work experience for your team, leading to higher engagement and - you guessed it - retention! 🙌 

9. Talent Stacking

Opportunities for growth is often the top reason for an employee to join or stay at a company - especially for the new generation of employees. Talent stacking is a proactive strategy that encourages employees to develop multiple, often complementary skill sets, which can create a unique combination of abilities that sets them apart from others and increases their value within the organization. 🌟 

This employee-centric approach prepares them for future opportunities that may arise as industries evolve and job requirements change. 👏 

10. Neuroleadership

I just had to include Neuroleadership as well—there's a wealth of ongoing research on this intriguing topic. Why does this matter to HR? Well, the understanding of this concept enables HR professionals to tailor leadership development programs.

Here’s a quick rundown: Neuroleadership merges insights from neuroscience with leadership practices, delving into how the brain functions within leaders and their teams. Essentially, Neuroleadership equips leaders with the tools to be more effective in inspiring and overseeing their teams.

Missed the last newsletter? Catch up here.

Today’s HR Reads for You 📚️ 

Albus | Feature Highlight 💡

📢 Curious about your workplace communication style?

Is it formal, laid-back, or perhaps filled with humor? However your team communicates, Albus is ready to match it. 🤖 

Introducing: Personas by Albus, your personalized AI assistant. With customizable communication styles, Albus can cater to your company's unique vibe.

Bonus Resource: AI Tools for Meetings 🔈️ 

This document details AI tools designed to enhance and streamline corporate meetings, addressing common challenges such as lengthy and unproductive gatherings. Check it out 👇️ 

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