The FirstPerson Blog

How to Communicate Change to Employees

Posted by Jon Stropes

September 4, 2015

Over the years, I’ve discovered that I have somewhat of a strange character trait. My friends will tell you I have more than one of those traits, but the one in particular that helps me in my career as a designer and a communicator is that I embrace change with open arms.

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Topics: Communication

The Four Pillars of Holistic Well-Being

Posted by Chuck Gillespie

September 2, 2015

Balance. Thrive. Inspire. Live. These pillars of well-being offer a keen insight into your own life, the lives of your family, and the lives of your employees. They are important to keep aligned so you may make important positive changes for both yourself and others around you. How well are you keeping these four words aligned?

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Topics: Well-Being

A Guide to Celebrating Employee Milestones

Posted by Nicole Wood

August 31, 2015

Life is full of milestones, from taking your first step to receiving your bachelor’s degree to getting married. They’re all events worth celebrating with those near and dear to you. And as a parent relishes those moments with their children, employers should also embrace them with employees.

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Topics: Human Resources, Culture

Culture Isn't Just an Employee Issue

Posted by Todd Richardson

August 28, 2015

I’ve been on a bit of a crusade lately to spread the word about the importance of workplace culture. More and more people are talking about culture in the business world these days. And that’s a good start. But, I’ve noticed that the conversation is pretty one-sided. It’s all about the employees: how employees influence culture, what employees can do to change it, and how businesses should use employees to build better workplace environments.

The importance of employees in the cultural equation is undeniable; however, it’s time to take a step back and change the way we think about culture at a higher level. It’s about a lot more than employees. Consider the impact outside partners have when it comes to forming and nurturing workplace cultures.

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Topics: Culture

Three Things You Can't Ignore About Amazon's Workplace Culture

Posted by Mike Bensi

August 26, 2015

Last week, The New York Times wrote about the intense culture of Amazon, a high-performing online retailer based in Seattle. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend the article. It gives insight into not only the company’s unique workplace culture, but also how current and former employees have responded to the fast-paced environment (spoiler alert: not very well). Amazon was quick to respond to the article, which has opened up the conversation on employee engagement and culture.

If you’re looking for an article on whether Amazon is right or wrong, this isn’t it. At the end of the day, Amazon is a successful company. Here are some insights we can take away:
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Topics: Culture