Humanity in Business

11 Important Things To Remember When Creating Your Employee Development Program

11 Important Things To Remember When Creating Your Employee Development Program

The most important asset any company has is its people. Like any other business resource, you must invest the proper time and money into developing your employees and helping them grow. Otherwise, they will stagnate and stop producing quality work -- and eventually, they'll leave your organization for another that will give them what they need.

Good employee development programs require more than an annual "training day" or a few workshops throughout the year. Your business must continually nurture its existing talent through a variety of tactics and strategies. 11 members of Forbes Coaches Council share their best advice for creating strong, effective employee development initiatives...

12 Ways To Build A Coaching Website That Converts Prospects Into Clients

12 Ways To Build A Coaching Website That Converts Prospects Into Clients

A winning website is one of the most crucial factors in any organization’s success. An engaging homepage instantly builds trust and connectivity, which is absolutely essential in the relationship between a coach and a potential client. Conversely, you might turn prospective clients off if your website is boring, poorly designed or simply not helpful to your target audience...

11 Lessons About Leadership Transition We Can Learn From Retirement

11 Lessons About Leadership Transition We Can Learn From Retirement

In mid-October, American Express announced the retirement of its CEO, Kenneth Chenault, who has served in his role for the last 16 of his nearly 37 years at the company. Although the financial services giant has been grooming its incoming CEO, vice chairman Stephen Squeri, for the last two years, this will undoubtedly be a time of great change for all American Express employees.

Forbes Coaches Council members pulled some of the most important lessons Chenault's departure can teach leaders about leadership and transition, and what you can do now to ensure a plan is in place...

Top Tips On Building An HR Department From The Ground Up

Top Tips On Building An HR Department From The Ground Up

Every startup needs to start somewhere, and adding a human resources department is a crucial step in its existence. While starting from ground zero offers you the ability to mold your corporate culture into the exact vision you have for your company, the undertaking that needs to occur to create an HR department can be daunting.

According to a report by Smart Recruiters, you should begin with your company handbook as this provides a good framework for your business and its expectations of its employees. Recruiting will follow, but without a handbook to offer prospective new hires, there is no defining information for them to follow and understand the values of your company...

What Makes A Good Leader? Key Differences Between Management And Leadership

What Makes A Good Leader? Key Differences Between Management And Leadership

Every manager strives to become a good leader. Reaching this role takes a shift in thought, as well as in the way that you lead. Becoming a good leader doesn’t happen overnight as it takes time to cultivate your leadership and ensure you are thinking about your organization’s vision rather than the mere execution of different tasks.

According to a report by the Harvard Business Review, managers manage work while leaders lead people. The same report cites the need for leaders to surround themselves with people of influence, while managers typically focus on people of power. The differences may seem slight, but they can determine if you ascend to the next level in your leadership endeavor...

Mental Health Days: A Necessity Or A Burden?

Mental Health Days: A Necessity Or A Burden?

The mental health of your employees is key to their productivity at work. Taking a mental health day to refocus and regroup may be more beneficial than companies realize, and it has prompted several organizations to begin offering it as an added benefit to workers.

According to a report by the National Business Group on Health, mental illness and substance abuse disorders cost employers an estimated $17 billion each year, in addition to 217 million days of lost work. These numbers show the rising issue of mental health among employees and may be reason enough for companies to offer mental health days to employees that need them...

What Can Your Organization Do To Become More Innovative?

What Can Your Organization Do To Become More Innovative?

Top business and career coaches from Forbes Coaches Council offer firsthand insights on leadership development & careers.