This week, we share insights into the power of linguistic diversity in the workplace, learn how to create OKRs that stick, explore the state of paternity policies in the U.K., and offer a five-point plan to improve employee productivity. In the meantime, we here at Betterworks wish all of our readers a happy and safe 4th of July!

This week’s growth quote:

“Growth is the only evidence of life.” 

Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Four Best Practices for Managers to Ensure OKR Program Success

Betterworks

OKRs are your company’s North Star—they keep you on track and provide the most efficient path to your destination. This article lays out how to create OKRs everyone can get behind, monitor tasks without micromanaging, and wrap up projects with the right dose of feedback. 

It’s Not Just Translating that Makes Multilingual Employees So Valuable

TLNT

Multilingual employees can translate both language and culture—essential if you do business across borders. Read about how linguistic diversity helps you avoid marketing blunders (like the time KFC translated their slogan “finger-lickin’ good” to “eat your fingers off” in China) and other cultural faux pas.  

How to Empower Your Employees to Do Their Best Work

Entrepreneur

Purpose equals productivity. Countless studies show that the more connected employees feel to a company’s objectives, the more they’ll achieve. So how do you create an environment where people are aligned with a company’s mission? Apparently, it’s about how you hire, making objectives sticky and giving employees a chance to express themselves. 

Flexible Working: Why Organisations Must Stop Ignoring Working Fathers

HRZone

Men are taking on more parenting duties than ever before, but are workplace policies catching up? A UK study showed that 45% of working fathers experienced pushback from employers when trying to carve out a work-life balance—leading to an erosion of retention and productivity. Read more about how companies and employees can change the equation.

If you missed the last recap, read it here: First Impressions, Dads at Work, and “Company Personality”

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