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How Improv Can Help Law Enforcement Think On Their Feet

Certain skills in law enforcement aren't easy to learn. It can take years. And not knowing them early on in the job can strongly influence our long-term success or failure in a law enforcement role. It can even put ourselves or our colleagues in danger. Thinking on our feet is one of these valuable skills. And improv is the safe, effective and fun way to hone this priceless job skill.…

Empathy in Law Enforcement

For the police, the motto of "Protect and Serve" is a noble ambition. Officers, departments and administration prove time and again that they're committed to these principles at their very core. But on a daily basis, officers face horrors, dangers, despair and scrutiny most of us could never imagine. In these high-stress jobs, compassion, patience and understanding can "run dry". We struggle to maintain the empathy needed to "protect, serve,…

Optimizing Empathy: Being empathic doesn’t require giving someone advice to solve their problem.

I was sitting on my therapist’s couch, gazing through the partially opened blinds of his office’s floor to ceiling window, while he talked me through a simple gym couple scenario. “Have you ever seen that couple at the gym, where the guy is ridiculing his girlfriend about how her stomach isn’t flat enough or her butt is too small, and she works that much harder during their workout trying to…

True Life: Addicted to Novelty

“Hello, everyone. My name is Jim, and I’m a novelty addict.” [Everyone: “Hi, Jim.”] “It’s been 12 hours since I last ‘liked’ and ‘retweeted’ multiple articles on Twitter and LinkedIn without reading them or doing anything with the knowledge I gained. But it’s time I admit I need help in order to make a change and break this toxic cycle. These constant hits of novelty are only holding me back.”…

Problem Solving – It’s is all About Creativity

Problem solving is perhaps one of the most sought-after traits during the employment interview process, but try as we might as recruiters and hiring managers, we've always struggled to develop interview questions that truly capture someone's problem solving ability. In turn, we may hire someone who thinks they're a problem solver but struggles to think in a non-linear way, impacting their ability to grow in the company. When it comes down…

Protecting your health is no laughing matter (or is it?)

According to the CDC, absenteeism costs employers over $225 billion each year. "Presenteeism", employees coming to work sick but not being fully productive, accounts for two-thirds of the total cost incurred by employees, according to Harvard Business Review. Employee wellness matters at work not only because you care about your employees; it affects the bottom line. Could something as seemingly "unimportant" or even "distracting" as laughter offer a solution to what Harvard researchers call…

“Where you from” as a micro aggression in the workplace

As huge corporations like General Motors manage the backlash regarding certain leadership that did little to combat a culture of overt racism against employees of color, we're reminded that while most people today don't condone racist or other discriminatory behavior, it does exist. It's easy to point fingers and proclaim that your company isn't like that, but it's the more subtle forms of discrimination today that often do the most to divide an office. As leaders within…

5 Ways to Increase Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Over the last decade, more companies are giving attention to the emotional intelligence of their employees. Backed by thousands of studies, high emotional intelligence has been shown to improve job performance, leadership skills, employee interactions, relationships, mental and physical health, and happiness in employees. Most companies have employees that fall all over the emotional intelligence spectrum. How can a company work to bring everyone to a place of higher emotional…

LGBT in the Workplace

Some may think that sharing a workplace with a person who has different life experiences than us can be challenging, and it does not have to be. When it comes to being in a workplace with LGBT+ people, we want to let them know we are an ally and, more importantly, an effective ally. As a cisgender, heterosexual person, however, we may not know precisely how to “deal” with an LGBT+…

The Benefits and Challenges of Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce

It turns out that most people believe variety is the spice of life, at least in terms of working in an environment that includes people of all ages. In their second quarter report on work insights for 2018, the employment agency Randstad indicated that 86 percent of survey respondents indicated that they prefer to work on teams with many age groups represented. Most respondents also stated that working with others 10 to…

Explaining Science Using Improv

Can improv help us become better communicators? As teachers? As co-workers? As managers? Human interactions can seem complicated. We often do not know what a person will say or do and there is little time to develop the most empathic response. Subsequently, we may fail to pick up on signals or we may say something we later regret. In improv, a group of people acts out a theme that the…

Do You Work in a Toxic Workplace?

70% of people say they wouldn't work for an industry leader if they felt the environment was toxic. 77% say they would leave. Millennials say they would take an average $7,600 pay cut if it meant moving into a healthier work environment. And studies show that a toxic work environment can cut productivity by as much as 20%. What's a toxic work environment costing us as companies? Increased turnover? Trouble hiring?…