Corporate Contractors - Winter 2019 Newsletter

Build Innovation Into Your Culture How can you build a culture of creativity and innovation in your organization? Vicki Huff of PwC offers these suggestions on the Strategy + Business website: • Support a sense of pride. Make sure your coworkers and employees know what good things your organization does for your customers and community. When they feel proud of their work, they’ll try harder to find new ideas for improvement. • Don’t punish failure. As long as people are trying their best, don’t make failure something to fear or be ashamed of. Let people know you want them to take risks and fail occasionally on the road to greater success. • Empower people. Let them make decisions about how they work best. Encourage flexible scheduling and telecommuting to show you trust them to make their own decisions. • Put the customer first. For every idea that comes up, start by asking, “How does this help our customers?” Focus on long-term value so you can create loyal customers who’ll keep doing business with you for years. Make A Commitment To Safety In The Workplace Your employees’ safety is a paramount concern, but you can’t protect them all by yourself. They should assume some responsibility for taking care of themselves. Here’s how to motivate employees to create a safe workplace: • Make safety an organizational value. Emphasize safety from Day One. Include it in your employee handbook. Address it on a regular basis. Showing your commitment to safety will help employees take it seriously. • Involve upper management. Make sure the CEO supports employee safety in a visible way—by talking about it, listening to employees’ concerns, and following safety procedures him- or herself. • Involve your workforce. Don’t just hand down rules and procedures from on high. Ask employees for their input. What problems do they see? What works, and what doesn’t? Listen to and act on their opinions. • Set high expectations. Don’t settle for the bare minimum when it comes to safety. Let employees know they’re expected to follow procedures without exception. Work with them on setting goals that protect them fully. SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Better Posture Leads To Better Health Poor posture can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health, doctors say. An article on the Health website suggests that getting up and moving can have these healthy benefits for your body and your mind: • More energy. Research suggests that poor posture, whether you’re standing and sitting, can cause fatigue and stress. Sitting upright in a comfortable position—not slumped over—has been seen to improve people’s moods in clinical studies. • More confidence. You’ll appear more self-confident by standing and walking upright, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. People respond positively to people who exude confidence through their posture and physical behavior. • More openness. Slouching in a chair or while walking tends to make you more guarded. People will be reluctant to interrupt you or chat with you. An open posture invites people in, giving you the opportunity to talk with and learn from them. Discarded Tech Adds Up Chances are you’ve got a few old cell phones sitting around your house that you haven’t used in years. A recent survey by found that Americans have some $33 billion worth of discarded technology lying around, with the average U.S. home hanging onto $264 worth of unused tech. That includes: • Almost 60 percent of U.S. homes with more than two unused cell phones (Apple and Samsung, mostly). • Thirty percent of people who say they keep their old phones for backup, and 30 percent who don’t want to risk losing control of their personal information. • Other devices, such as cameras (40 percent), PCs (25 percent), consoles (10 percent), and iPods, tablets and more (10 percent).