5 Reads: Fear, Accountability, Introverts and More

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This week’s reads come at you from your average friendly local workplace. In this collection, we’ve got fear, accountability, introverts and more! Give these great articles a read and then go conquer the week!

The American Workplace is Broken. Here’s How We Can Start Fixing It. 

By Carolyn GregoireThe Huffington Post

Key quote: “We are reaching our limits. People working with big corporations can’t stand their jobs,” Tanaka wrote in a Huffington Post blog on Dec. 16. “People want out. They want to drop everything. Take a look on how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship, people leaving on sabbaticals, people with work-related depression, people [experiencing] burnout.” Read the rest here.

How to Change a Culture of Fear

By Dori Meinert. HR Magazine

Key quote: “One telling sign is when employees sit quietly during meetings, afraid to speak up until senior leaders leave the room. Employees at such organizations also tend to keep a low profile. They may work to the rule, doing exactly what is required of them but no more. Their suggestions in the past were rejected, so they have stopped sharing their thoughts.” Read the rest here

Why You Should Read 50 Books This Year (And How to Do It) 

By Stephanie VozzaFast Company

Key quote: “Leaders are readers,” says author and syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, who reads at least one book a week and gives five of his favorite books to every new team member as part of the onboarding process. “It’s in my DNA to always want to grow as a leader. We want our team to always be learning and growing, too,” he says.” Read the rest here

The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

By Peter BregmanHarvard Business Review

Key quote: “Accountability is not simply taking the blame when something goes wrong. It’s not a confession. Accountability is about delivering on a commitment. It’s responsibility to an outcome, not just a set of tasks. It’s taking initiative with thoughtful, strategic follow-through. And it’s necessary at all levels of the hierarchy.” Read the rest here

The 7 Things Introverts Need For Happiness In The Workplace

By Liz Fosslien and Mollie WestThe Huffington Post

Key quote: “According to Laney, “The introvert is pressured daily, almost from the moment of awakening, to respond and conform to the outer world.” This need to conform can be tiring. But we promise, with just a few tweaks in the workplace, you could make us very happy.” Read the rest here


Image credit: "ISS046-E-3699" by Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center - Astronaut photography of Earth. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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