Workplace Culture

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.

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Your Outdated Employee Relations Strategies Pose a Big Risk in 2019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...

‘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....

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?...

Developing Our Culture Competency

Why Workplace Skills Are Just As Important As Career Skills People prepare for their careers by developing and practicing the skills related to their domain. Marketers practice writing; salespeople practice...

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...

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...

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...

Using Core Values in Workplace Culture to Drive Results

How do savvy business leaders use workplace culture to drive results? They weave culture and core values into every aspect of the business - from recruiting to onboarding, to team...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Check the Drama at the Door: Part 3

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict through best managerial practices and a series of measures that should be taken to...

Check the Drama at the Door: Part 2

Last week you read about the first two steps from my workplace conflict prevention program. We discussed establishing a positive culture asa foundation, and good management strategies for organizational change....

Check the Drama at the Door

Conflict at work is inevitable. Despite this reality, there are many steps that employers can take to avoid and resolve these situations. My experience as an independent workplace investigator has...
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