Emtrain Blog

Your workplace culture is constantly changing. The Emtrain blog is dedicated to bringing human resources professionals, compliance officers, and other culture leaders new ideas and resources they can use to cultivate a conscious workplace. From evolving your code of conduct into a culture code to giving your employees the language and workplace skills they need to be a positive part of a respectful workplace culture, we’ve got you covered.

Pride: Opportunistic Activism Can Do More Harm than Good

Pride month is over, and it's time we address the giant, rainbow-colored elephant in the room. This June, our social media feeds were flooded with ads from brands who slapped...
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How Good Managers Develop Successful Employees

When it comes to employee performance, HR pros often lose sight of a critical variable—the employee-manager relationship. When these relationships are running smoothly, and everyone is meeting their business goals,...
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Why Your Employer Brand Should Be A Big Turnoff

Should your employer brand—the way that prospective and current employees view you as an employer—be a turnoff for candidates? Absolutely. In today’s incredibly competitive market for talent, making sure you...
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The Wrongheadedness of Compliance Training

Collectively, there are ~60M people working in US companies with 500 or more people. Based on the 2018 ATD State of the Industry report, those companies spend $137 per employee...
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3 Steps to Build a Culture of Trust

Most talent professionals will tell you that we’re in the middle of a talent shortage and it’s a growing challenge to recruit and retain a high performing workforce. The Bureau...
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How to Build a Better Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Process

Companies that make bad hires pay the price. Placing someone in a role they’re not fit for can cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars, stemming from costs of...
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Why Your Dated Social Media Policies Are A Culture and Legal Issue Waiting to Happen

For years, a common fear for businesses has been that employees might use social media in ways that hurt the company. Everything from sharing confidential information, misrepresenting the views of...
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Watermark’s Conference Shows How We Can Honor International Women’s Day Every Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the fifth annual Watermark Conference for Women in the Silicon Valley. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, Watermark’s...
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Why Your Outdated Employee Relations Strategies Pose a Big Risk in 2019

In 2019, HR professionals will experience a new paradigm in employee relations and the strategies they’ve used for the last 25 years will no longer be effective; old strategies will...
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‘Tis the Season for Workplace Drama...But It Doesn’t Have to Be!

December brings with it a big challenge for company leaders: how to balance spreading holiday cheer with minimizing the corporate risk that can be associated with the company holiday party....
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4 Steps To Develop Your Workplace Culture Skills

Have you ever been angry at your co-workers? Or vented to friends and family about workplace situations? Or perhaps you found out that co-workers were bummed out because of you?...
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How to Develop Our Workplace Respect Skill

Studies show that work conflict impacts us in pretty significant ways—often even more than personal or family drama. That's because our identities are often tied to our work. So feeling disrespected can...
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Developing Our Culture Competency

Why Workplace Skills Are Just As Important As Career Skills People prepare for their career by developing and practicing the skills related to their domain.  Marketers practice writing; salespeople practice...
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How to Respond to "Orange" Workplace Conduct

If you follow Emtrain’s views on sexual harassment and workplace conduct, you know we believe in color coding conduct as a shared workplace language. People have different views on what...
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People Skills Require A Shared Workplace Language

People often believe they have all the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the workplace without conflict … as long as they are a “nice” person. But here’s the...
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Strong Cultures Produce Strong Results

In the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with three remarkable business leaders - Steve Cadigan, who was previously at Linkedin, Dave Mandelbrot, the CEO of...
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Using Core Values in Workplace Culture to Drive Results

How do savvy business leaders use workplace culture to drive results? They weave culture and values into every aspect of the business - from recruiting to onboarding, to team dynamics...
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Check the Drama at the Door: Part 6

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict and promoting a healthy culture. Over the past few weeks, I have been identifying...
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Emtrain CEO to Speak at Techstars FounderCon: How to Cultivate an Employee-Focused Culture that Wins

This week, Techstars will be hosting its 7th annual FounderCon, an event in which hundreds of Techstars Founders come together to collaborate and share their expertise on start-up culture. From Tuesday,...
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Check the Drama at the Door: Part 5

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict and promoting a healthy culture. Over the past few weeks, I have been identifying...
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Check the Drama at the Door: Part 4

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict and promoting a healthy culture. Over the past few weeks, I have been identifying...
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