End of Week Roundup! [Issue #42]

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End of Week Roundup! [Issue #42]

Happy Friday from Beem!

Another exciting week has gone! Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to hey@wearebeem.com if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.

Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!




Toys R Us to close or sell all US outlets



Toys R Us will close or sell all its outlets in the United States, putting 33,000 jobs at risk, after the company became a victim of  the increasing trend in consumers shopping online, and children choosing gadgets over traditional toys. The iconic retailer, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, failed to find a buyer or reach a deal to restructure billions of dollars in debt.

The company, which was saddled with $5 billion in debt, had previously announced it was closing all 100 of its stores in the UK, which employs 3,000 people, and they are expected to close within six weeks. It has more than 700 stores in the US, which were expected to close by the end of the year.

What are the implications of all this on the retail market?



Employee Surveys Are Still One of the Best Ways to Measure Engagement



Once upon a time, surveys were a staple for every leader to solicit feedback and every company to assess engagement. But now, surveys are starting to look like diesel trucks collecting dust in the age of electric cars. Companies are using cool new machine-learning algorithms that crunch big data to measure employee engagement through email response times and network connections outside one’s core team, and forecast turnover risk by tracking signals like how often employees update their resumes. Who needs a clunky, time-consuming survey where some employees only tell you what you want to hear, and others don’t bother to respond at all?

We all do! For decades, having regular employee opinion surveys has been on evidence-based lists of high-performance HR practices. Internal research at Facebook suggests that for three reasons, it would be a big mistake to abandon them today.



Micro-behaviours: how to help people manage them



Changing behavior which results in micro-inequalities can be hard when approached at a rational level because these behaviors stem from implicit associations and stereotypes – they need to be addressed using similar brain-based interventions. Shifting beliefs works through exposing leaders to counter-stereotypes, self-awareness training, and opportunities to examine their own assumptions and habits of thinking.

Other interventions include using priming, shifting behavioral norms and managing in-group membership. These can all be effective. An additional way to help leaders which is practical is to use a simple model to audit behavior and mitigate unintended actions. We know people experience a sense of threat or reward in a number of social situations.

To help people remember these it’s been created a CORE model. Focusing on behavior which creates a sense of reward in the brain and avoiding those that create a sense of threat means leaders display more positive inclusive micro-messages and fewer micro-inequalities.



8 of the best Google Chrome extensions to make your life easier



Chrome’s web store is full of little digital gadgets to help make your web browsing simpler, more productive, and more enjoyable. Here are our top eight extensions that tick those boxes and are all downloadable for free in a matter of moments.

Whether you need a safe way to store your passwords, simply have to know the precise hue of something online, you just can’t miss this one!


Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article in next week’s Roundup!

Also, let us know what type of content you guys want more or less of, we’re all ears!

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