According to Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Index, there is a loneliness epidemic in America, with three in five adults (61%) reporting they are lonely (a 7% increase from 2018). During the Coronavirus pandemic, researchers expect greater social isolation and social distancing will have negative effects on employees, especially ones who already feel lonely or isolated.
Each weekday, NBC’s nightly news includes a final “Inspiring America” story. These stories showcase people who make a difference in the lives of others. They remind us that small actions can have a large impact to better our world. Consider, Jadav Payeng, “The Forest Man of India.” Saddened by how erosion and the changing ecosystem had destroyed the river island he loved, he began to plant one tree sapling each day on this decimated Island. Now, after almost 40 years, the trees he planted have reclaimed more than 1300 acres and become an Island with lush forests and abundant wildlife.
As leaders anticipate 2020, many set aside time to review their 2019 achievements and disappointments, and capture learnings to take into the new year. As part of their planning, we encourage leaders to first consider their employee-specific efforts and results. For example, you might list the gifts or opportunities you’ve provided your employees over the …
Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.
In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.
Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.