Articles and readings

  • It’s Proven : Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

    Research shows that a positive work environment benefits employers, employees, and the bottom line. In fact, cut-throat organizations fail to recognize the hidden costs incurred behind all the stress and pressure to perform. Health care spending Health care spending in highly tense companies is almost 50% higher than in other organizations. Workplace stress is indeed correlated […]

  • How to Handle Office Romance in Today’s #MeToo Era

    Falling for your coworker is both normal and common. But before acting on your feelings, you might assess the risks. Many organizations forbid their employees to date coworkers, vendors, customers, or suppliers, or then require specific disclosures. So be sure to check company policies before launching into a relationship. Your colleagues’ perceptions will reflect what they […]

  • How to Make Work More Meaningful?

    Encouraging meaning at work offers numerous organizational and individual benefits. How can an organization develop higher performance, increased satisfaction and self-confidence, as well as greater perseverance and self-motivated skills development? Which set of conditions must be met? Employees must first have clarity in terms of what is expected of them and how to invest their […]

  • Effective Crisis Leadership : Communication and Focus

    Reassurance and transparency. COVID-19 has brought along much uncertaintly about our professional and personal lives. Businesses are experiencing major disruptions ; some are worried about their very survival. It is therefore critical for leaders to help employees stay informed, feel heard, and kept on track. Firstly, organizational leaders should communicate frankly and frequently about how […]

  • Enhancing Remote Teamwork : 4 Practical Steps for Every Manager

    Quality of relationships declines as remote work increases. So how maintain rapport, motivation and a common identity when employees cannot meet often physically? How can managers adjust to sustain performance and wellbeing? Especially when more at ease with “managing by walking around”? High intensity telework may represent a steep learning curve for many managers. Luckily, […]

  • Leading Your Team Back to the Office

    Help your team transition back to the office. Since the beginning of lockdown, you and your team have gradually become used to the new “telework normality“. Only to now have to adjust right back again to a new “social distancing office normality“. Unfortunately, it won’t be as easy as flipping the light switches back on […]

  • Head of Remote Work : A Worthwhile Function?

    What role for a Head of Remote Work? It’s all about ensuring that remote work is properly supported. Not merely allowed. Because getting remote work right requires a slow change in habits instead of a quick flip from a collocated to a remote setting. Will your existing management and HR team be able to address […]

  • Promoting organizational health to contain incivility

      “The accumulation of thoughtless actions that leave employees feeling disrespected—intentionally ignored, undermined by colleagues, or publicly belittled by an insensitive manager—can create lasting damage that should worry every organization. [ ] The costs of incivility rise as employee stress levels increase.” Read more here from the McKinsey Quarterly, December 2016 Vicario Consulting proposes different solutions for preventing workplace […]

  • Major Disruptors Demand Workforce Transformation

    How addressing the human dimension enables to survive. Are your current practices in hiring, training, motivating and retaining your employees preparing you for today and tomorrow’s challenges? Will your people’s competencies meet future clients’ needs, optimize company resources, and out-think the competition? What are you doing to promote a culture of agility and innovation ? […]

  • What Constitutes a “Serious” Psychometric Test?

    Gaining insight into people’s minds and making sound decisions. How can HR assess how current and potential employees think, feel and behave? Publishers of psychometric tests propose a vast array of products which measure personality and abilities. Many instruments offer easy-to-read colored reports, user-friendly digital platforms, and sometimes even an appealing game-format. But what is […]

  • Is Workplace Coaching Worth the Investment?

    Workplace coaching works, as science demonstrates. Workplace coaching is a one-on-one form of learning and development. By focusing on the immediate needs of the manager, it promotes active learning. And indeed improves performance. Technical and leadership skills can be moderately improved. So as attitudes and motivation. But the greatest impact of coaching applies to individual […]