15 Things Leaders Should Be More Cognizant Of In The Workplace This Year


Now that 2018 is here, leaders need to become more aware of the workplace environment they are creating for their employees. More emphasis is being placed on providing a workplace that is safe for employees and free of discrimination and harassment.

According to a report by U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, there were 12,860 sex-based harassment charges alleged in 2016 and this number has continually grown since 2014. With the recent focus on exposing sexual harassment in the workplace, 2018 is a year that all can agree should emphasize reducing this type of behavior.

In order to ensure your workplace doesn’t come under fire for these or other claims, 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council share the one thing all leaders should be cognizant of in 2018 when it comes to the workplace and why. Here is what they had to say:

1. Boundaries Are Key

The landscape is changing and so is the conversation. More than ever, it’s important to be clear on what’s appropriate in the workplace and work environment. Right now, sexual harassment is a key topic, but it’s also a starting point. As conversations continue, it’s important to listen, take appropriate action, establish policies and consistently adhere to them. – Gina Gomez, Gina Gomez, Business & Life Coach

2. AI And EI Need To Be Developed Simultaneously

Artificial Intelligence systems will enhance the way we work and will be a major way forward for large organizations to be more productive. Crucially, we need to be cognizant of our need to be balanced during advancement, by helping employees and leaders become more emotionally intelligent in equal measures to create optimum results for organizations, society and humankind. – Caroline Stokes, FORWARD Human Capital Solutions

3. Multiple Generations In The Workforce

Multiple generations (baby boomers, Generation Xers, millennials) require different leadership approaches. In 2018, leaders must be cognizant of not only the differences inherent within each generation, but also of the leadership needs of each generation. A one-size-fits-all approach will only serve to frustrate those in the workplace, preventing organizations from experiencing real growth. – Dr. Stephen Kalaluhi, The StephenK Group

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4. Diversity Is Nothing Without Inclusion

Over the past decade, there has been a steady push towards creating a more diverse workplace; however, many companies still struggle with inclusion. Thriving workplaces understand diversity and inclusion must go hand-in-hand. It isn’t enough to simply hire more women and minorities if these marginalized groups still don’t have an actual seat at the table and a voice in how things are done. – Niquenya Collins, Building Bridges Consulting

5. Equality On All Sides

In case you missed the memo, the boys club is dead. Whether you’re a male or female leader, it’s time to embrace equality on all sides. Men aren’t more qualified, and women shouldn’t be put on a pedestal for being female. We’re all capable of performing at a high level, and as a leader, it’s time to hold everyone accountable and on equal footing. There’s no room for special seats at the table. – Jeanna McGinnis, ReResumeMe®

6. Successful Workplaces Adopt A Coaching Culture

Many organizations are making the shift to developing a coaching culture. A coaching culture promotes employee engagement, ignites top performance, brews effective communication and cross-team collaboration, and delivers better customer service. Learn coaching skills, this can have a large impact. Watch this trend and adopt coaching as a leadership competency. – Debora McLaughlin, The Renegade Leader Coaching & Consulting Group

7. Personality Trumps Skill Set

The workplace is an ecosystem of personalities and responsibilities. The more character-neutral employees, the higher chance of productivity among your team. Hiring for skill will continue to lead to high turnover and dissatisfaction among employees. You can always train for skill but you can’t alter someone’s personality to make them a team player. – Jeff Shuford, Tech From Vets

8. Employees Want To Be Part Of Something Great

Employees are inundated with examples of things organizations are not doing well. These examples provide them with a barometer to compare their experiences at work. While that is natural, another path is turning the focus in an authentic way to the difference the company is making to their customers or in the world. Being a part of something great should be the new barometer. – Lesha Reese, Lesha Reese, LLC

9. Space For Culture Is A Must

With all of the headlines, the workplace has become the backdrop for discussing how we treat each other. Despite virtual teams, many of us still have to show up and share space with people. Make time for conversation to help your team develop the skills to communicate through 2018 headlines and beyond. Consider scheduling regular retreats to build momentum! Be proactive, it’s your culture! – Meredith Moore Crosby, Leverette Weekes

10. Change And Disruption Will Accelerate

As we continue in the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution there will be wider adoption of new technologies in your business and by competitors. Exponential technologies will enable competitors to seemingly come out of nowhere. Be ready. Be aware. Be nimble. – Larry Boyer, Success Rockets LLC

11. Embrace Changes So You Can Prevail

Leaders should be cognizant of the fact that the rapid pace of multiple, simultaneous changes makes business uncertain and business leadership hard. Technology, diversity and globalization are just a few changes happening at once. Business leaders cannot control the pace of changes; however, they can understand them. When leaders embrace the changes, they can position their companies to prevail. – Kelly Byrnes, Voyage Consulting Group

12. Leading In 2018 Is All About Acceptance

In order to lead their team in an ever-changing climate, leaders need to openly embrace new practices and ideas, as well as create an open door of communication. When teams feel supported, they have the confidence to move beyond the tried and true methods, and get creative without feeling judged. – Dominique Anders, Dominant Media/Dominique Anders Coaching

13. Employee Disengagement Is The Dog That Will Bite You

Disengaged employees are an enormous hidden cost. There are costs associated with lost productivity, poor quality or poor service. But the biggest costs come from a disengaged workforce in three areas: missed opportunities, unsafe work practices and cyber carelessness. Without full employee engagement, a leader runs the risk of losing their job or losing the company. – Randy Goruk, The Randall Wade Group, LLC

14. Better Messaging Is Critical

Communication skills are critical. We often overlook them, both in terms of time and effort, by not spending enough time thinking about our message and the best way to deliver the impact we want. We often break trust without realizing it by using poor language. Then consider, do we listen to understand, to connect rather than defend? Better dialog begets better decisions begets better outcomes. – Jennifer Long, Management Possible®

15. Neuroleadership’s Transformative Approach To Performance

Neuroleadership is an organizational and leadership development tool based in science that enables leaders to improve performance, manage diversity and create a learning culture — which are all essential to business success. The people side of the workplace has long been seen as “soft,” but now that there is hard data on how collaboration and relatedness influence success, it will be key in 2018. – Loren Margolis, Training & Leadership Success LLC

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/01/17/15-things-leaders-should-be-more-cognizant-of-in-the-workplace-this-year/#b0b22a519d40

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