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Six Practical Steps to Avoid Workplace Age Discrimination (Part 2)

In the previous blog on how to show good judgement by preventing age discrimination in the workplace, these three tips were covered: (1) define age discrimination, develop a policy and distribute it to all employees; (2) emphasize your policy’s importance by having senior leaders facilitate training sessions; and (3) nurture a culture of non-discrimination, support and mutual respect. We continue with a few more tips. Continue Reading

Six Practical Steps to Avoid Age Discrimination in the Workplace (Part 1)


The word “discrimination” has what seems like conflicting definitions.  It can mean the unjust or prejudicial treatment of people on grounds such as their age.  But it can also mean having the ability to exercise good judgement and taste.  If one considers that engaging in discrimination based on older age reflects both prejudicial treatment and bad judgement, then the definitions can be easily reconciled.

The following are three practical tips on showing good judgement by preventing age discrimination in the workplace.  A few more suggestions will be addressed in the next blog.  More detailed discussions regarding legislative and regulatory requirements are left for another time (though the tips will help to meet such obligations).

The aim is to enhance everyone’s experience in the workplace.  The increase in the average age of the overall workforce makes age discrimination a critical issue for most organizations.  Since aging is inevitable, younger employees also have a stake in the matter.  Young workers may also have parents or other people in their life who are dealing with getting older while still working.  (The issue of discrimination based on youth, while possibly less of a problem in the workplace, is something that may be considered in a future article). Continue Reading

The Science Behind Employee Engagement

Employee engagement goes above and beyond having employees who are committed to their company’s goals and motivated to contribute to its success. It’s also about having employees who feel they are able to achieve their own professional and personal objectives through their engagement with the company.

The fact that employee engagement is a top concern for organizations was demonstrated by the enthusiastic turnout at our breakfast seminar on “The Science of Employee Engagement” early this spring. It was hosted by Craig Dowden, Ph.D., Verity Executive Advisor, Coach, Author and Keynote Speaker.

Craig presented an overview of scientific research to showcase the most effective strategies to motivate employees. He also provided attendees with practical and evidence-informed ideas and strategies which they could apply within their workplaces to enhance employee engagement and performance.

According to Craig, while the traditional approach to engagement has focused on financial incentives, research indicates that increasing monetary rewards can negatively impact performance and impair our ability to make ethical decisions. If employees receive what they perceive as an equitable wage, non-financial factors become more important to maintaining or improving their engagement. At the top of the list, people need an emotional attachment to their work. Continue Reading

Succession Planning and Transparency (Part 2) — Why You Should Inform Employees of Their Part

The first part of this series examined some reasons why organizations might not want to let employees know about their part in a succession plan, but it also discussed how the potential negative consequences of disclosure can be avoided or lessened.  This installment will examine the reasons for telling employees about their part in a succession plan. Continue Reading

Succession Plan Transparency (Part 1) — Why Not To Inform Employees of Their Part

Organizations tend not to disclose details of their succession plans or inform individual employees that they may be chosen to take on critical roles in the future.  The discussion below examines a number of reasons why organizations elect not to inform candidates about their part in the succession plan.  However, the discussion also touches on how the potential negative consequences of disclosure can be avoided or lessened.

A subsequent installment, “Succession Plan Transparency (Part 2): Why You Should Inform Employees of Their Part”, will examine the reasons why companies should tell employees about their part in the succession plan. Continue Reading

Five Leadership Development Tactics of Top Companies

Five Leadership Development Tactics of Top Companies

While we cannot accurately predict the future, we can make an attempt to invent it.[1] Effective leadership is an essential component in a company’s planning for a successful and profitable future. In a complex and competitive globalized environment where change is a constant, leaders have to establish a clear path for their company and staff even when the indicators are vague and uncertain.

Studies and surveys have been conducted to identify the characteristics and strategies of companies or organizations which have the best leaders.[2] These studies confirm that there are several core tactics that any company must adopt if it wants to effectively navigate the future. The following are some of the more important ones. Continue Reading

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We live and work in an exciting but challenging world where rapid change seems to be the only constant. When you have been in business for over 30 years, as Verity International has, you have been on an incredible journey. One thing that has not changed, however, is Verity’s desire to create opportunities to learn, share, and explore for its customers, valued partners and others.

As such, we at Verity invite you to join us as we carve another path in our journey by initiating a blog and through it a regular ongoing conversation with you. Our intent is to create a contemplative and thought-provoking space where you can take a few moments away from the hectic pace of your everyday work life to examine a variety of topical issues.

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