How we work is changing rapidly … the workforce is at its lowest unemployment level in 16 years … and, there are seven ways to identify the ‘toxic’ workplace, and a few things you can do to change it.  These things, and a humorous video about ‘conference calls’ round out the week’s best.



“Digital technology is having a profound effect on the 21st century organization. It is fundamentally changing the way we work, the way we manage, where we work, how we organize, the products we use, and how we communicate” – Deloitte Report, July 2017.  This DeLoitte Special Report contains a series of articles based on their recent research that provides insights about current and coming disruption that company owners should review in preparation for the near term future. has produced a series of articles about the future of work that provide insights to the many changes digital technology is creating in the workplace, and to the workforce.   Of the articles contained in their report, you’ll find an overview of what’s taking place in their article, ‘Perspective on the Future of Work.’



Leadership and management are key to retaining top talent, but research studies point to one critical skill missing from 91% of company leaders, according to their employees – communication.  But what type of communication skills are missing?  Which ones make a significant impact, and which ones don’t?  You’ll find the answers in this article from Inc. … and, in addition to the missing critical skill, Inc.’s Marcel Schwantes identifies seven leadership habits that create ‘toxic’ workplace environments.  You’ll find the habits and the recommendations for improving the workplace in his article.



Background checks can be highly beneficial, or, open you up to lawsuits.  eESI has created a free webinar that shows you ‘best practices’ in conducting your own.  Click Here to Watch the Webinar.  



Happy workers are a minority, but they do exist.  Harvard Business Review has begun creating brief videos – ala Inc. – that summarize their best articles.  Their 2-minute video on Where Workers are the Happiest is insightful and worth viewing.  We’ve posted it below.