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Andy G. Schmidt

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Why the Whole is Smarter than its Parts or the Beekeeper's Edge

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on May 21, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Bees aren’t smart, bee colonies are. No single bee knows how to build a hive, protect the queen, and produce honey. But collectively, they still make it happen, which is quite impressive.

Here is how they do it:

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Topics: Internal Communications, Best Practice

The Beekeeper - Why not copy from nature?

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on May 14, 2021 9:34:14 AM


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Topics: Internal Communications, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency

The Importance of Transparency for a Healthy Company Culture

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on May 4, 2021 6:01:00 PM

Companies have changed the way they do business.

A rigid hierarchy that restricted the flow of information and negatively impacted employee communications used to be the norm. Communication between employees and their supervisors was often limited, and organizational transparency was practically nonexistent.

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Topics: Hospitality, Video, Internal Communications, Employee Experience, Best Practice, Use-Case

Managing a Deskless Workforce to Success

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Apr 13, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Editor’s note: We’re glad to co-author this article with James Chia CEO of Arclab. Their SaaS platform helps frontline teams reach their full potential with Nano Learning that's delivered through customized, just-in-time, bite-sized, mobile learning modules.

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12 Reasons why Money isn't a great Motivator for your work

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Mar 1, 2021 12:06:10 PM

Earning the money we need to live is presumably the main reason we work at all.

But does money motivate us to continuously perform our best work?

Let’s take a peek at what science and research have to say about that:

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Topics: Best Practice

How to communicate with those 2.7 billion deskless workers?

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Feb 5, 2021 3:40:00 PM

Take a guess how many percent of the global workforce do not have a desk?
70 to 80% of workers globally - about 2.7 billion people - are “deskless” and handling jobs that do not require (or allow for) sitting in place.
If that number surprises you, think about all the industries this includes retail and grocery, healthcare, hospitality and foodservice, construction, manufacturing, logistics and utilities.
These frontline workers have unique job demands, volatile working schedules, demanding customers, long hours standing and little to no access to task-critical information.
In 2021 this deskless workforce will undergo an Employee Experience investment renaissance as companies are increasingly recognizing the impact technology has on boosting deskless worker productivity and job satisfaction.

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Topics: Internal Communications, Employee Experience, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency

Still using WhatsApp for Corporate Internal Communication?

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Jan 9, 2021 5:30:10 PM

Have you seen the prompt on WhatsApp requesting you to accept revised Terms & Conditions yet?

Will you continue to use WhatsApp for business communication? What about your internal communications within the company?

Starting Feb 8th 2021 your WhatsApp data will be shared with Facebook.

You still have a choice to protect your business and protect your employees.

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Topics: Internal Communications, Operational Efficiency, Safety, data security

Harnessing Swarm Intelligence to Make the Sum Bigger than its Parts

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Jan 3, 2021 12:48:40 PM

What can we do differently to do better in engaging our employees?

Many bosses believe that valuable knowledge is concentrated in a very few heads. They assume that the key to making good decisions is finding that one right person who will have the answer.

The “genius” of the organization NEVER resides completely in management!

The best ideas will often come from far-flung corners of the community.

We are likely to incur an “ignorance tax” when we fail to consult the crowd before making important decisions.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency

Is stress good or bad for you?

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Nov 30, 2020 7:36:31 PM

The higher a nation’s stress index, the greater its GDP and life expectancy, the more satisfied people are with their lives, their work, their communities, their own health, the happier they are.

Basically, the more people you have who thought yesterday was very stressful, that’s better for public health, it’s better for the economy, it’s better any way you look at it.

It kind of blew the researchers minds.

It is not what they or we would be expecting.

When they dug in a little deeper, it made more sense.

Stress was a barometer for pushing people toward the things that ultimately made them productive & happy.

✔ A tough project at work brings stress, but also a sense of accomplishment when it’s finished.

✔ Raising kids is stressful, but being a parent brings meaning.

✔ Stress focuses your attention in ways good times can’t.

✔ It kills procrastination and indecision, taking what you need to get done and shoving it so close to your face that you have no choice but pursue it, right now and to the best of your ability.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Best Practice

Taking Care of the Disconnected

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Nov 12, 2020 3:28:52 PM

Not-so-fun fact: Employees who work remotely have higher attrition risk than those who work from the office.

In a time when most of us have struggled with feelings of isolation and disconnection, the engagement of meaningful and rewarding work is as vital as ever.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Experience, Best Practice

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