My Company Went Vegan to Change Our Workplace and the World

At my company, a team lunch involves veggie burgers, coconut curry with tofu, and flavorful vegan falafel. When new employees on-board, we host our welcome lunches at plant-based taquerias and delis. At our off-site gatherings, you might spot employees socializing alongside our pet dogs, cats, or our office chicken, Chickpea.  When establishing my company in 2018, I made the vegan lifestyle a part of our company culture. Being vegan is not a prerequisite for employment, but any meal purchased by or expensed under our brand name must be entirely plant-based. Although not all companies have such strict dietary preferences, we are not alone in our decision to go vegan. There’s a growing presence of vegan workplace initiatives happening across the …

5 Ways to Inspire Your Employees

Having a productive workplace doesn’t mean that you have to push your employees to work harder. It’s like the saying goes: It’s easier to attract flies with honey than it is with vinegar! In other words, to get the best out of your employees, you have to inspire them to want to work hard for you. You have to motivate them and let them feel that they are part of the success of the business and not just another cog in the wheel. Motivating your employees is key to a business’s success. The level of commitment, drive and energy that a company’s staff bring to work every day has a significant impact on the growth of a business. Below Are …

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial in Business

Emotional intelligence — or EQ, short for emotional intelligence quotient — is defined as the ability to use one’s emotions to full advantage. Emotionally intelligent people have full command of all their social skills (including self-awareness, empathy and the like) and when placed in leadership positions respect others’ views while inspiring outside-the-box thinking.  Additionally, businesses are starting to take notice of the impact that EQ can have on employee productivity and engagement. While gauging “soft skills” during interviews has always been a part of recruitment efforts, many teams are now finding methods of quantifying emotional intelligence and determining if a candidate is a fit for a job based on these factors in addition to practical competencies.  The value of recruiting …

3 Tips to Become the Boss Your Employees Will Love

Nearly 70% of change in a team’s engagement depends on the manager, according to Gallup. Ideally, the role of a boss is to motivate others to engage in projects and deliver excellent results. But, compelling your employees into following your leadership can be challenging. Your personal traits will have a significant impact on how people respond to your lead. The most successful managers possess different leadership and management skills like problem-solving skills, resilience, and emotional intelligence. Nonetheless, they learn how to develop grit to achieve success in becoming a better boss.   Set Realistic Goals Managers have a lot they need to accomplish within a specified period. While it might seem appealing to delegate the work to employees, it doesn’t help. In most …