This week, we explore the biology behind the ‘mid-career crisis’, how to boost employee effort 3x with the right goals, how to break the ice at company events, and how to build a solid business case for talent management.

Are Your Employees Suffering From A Mid-Career Crisis?

SHRM

The reason for mid-career crises, it turns out, could be biological. When we’re young, we’re optimistic about the future but “as we age, things don’t go as we planned,” explained Hannes Schwandt, assistant professor of economics at the University of Zurich. Fortunately, there’s a number of ways you can help employees break their slump.

Increase Employee Motivation 3x With the Halftime Effect

BetterWorks

With the NBA finals kicking off, this is a great time to learn how the halftime effect can inform employee motivation. Wharton professor Jonah Berger and a colleague analyzed 20,000+ NBA and found out that that for a small cohort of teams, losing at halftime motivated them to try 3x harder! See how this could work to motivate your workforce.

Cut Through The Small Talk And Connect – Lessons From 130+ Events

First Round Review

Anita Houssain, head of the Knowledge program at First Round Capital, prides herself on not just breaking, but shattering, ice. She’s put on more than 130 events to help startup professionals connect with each other on a deeper level and she shares her advice – everything from pre-event prep to priming people to be vulnerable.

Help Execs Understand Why Talent Management Deserves Budget

Training Journal

HR professionals may know that talent management matters, but their executive teams aren’t always so sure. The c-suite can view HR as a cost center, and can lead their organization to underinvest in talent at a time when, according to Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, it’s more critical than ever. This Training Journal article offers steps for building your business case, from quantifying the issue to getting finance on your side.

That’s it for this week! If your office could use a 3x boost in motivation, check out BetterWorks!

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