THE CONSCIOUS BLOG

Podcast: How can cognitive empathy make us better at work?

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

Rob Volpe talks to Heatherly Bucher about cognitive empathy, and our collective empathy crisis, to find out how caring more about others can make us better at work. The full transcript can be found below: Listen to to the podcast <iframe src="https://anchor.fm/consciousorg/embed/episodes/How-can-being-better-at-cognitive-empathy-make-us-better-humans-at-work--With-Rob-Volpe--empathy-activist-e1grjb6/a-a7nccg3" height="102px" width="400px" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> The podcast can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Amazon, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts. Transcript Alice Corner: Hello, I’m Alice Corner, producer of Work Reimagined: a Conscious Culture podcast.

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Podcast: What do we need to change before we reach a universal four-day workweek?

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

Dr Alex Soojung-Kim Pang talks with Heatherly Bucher about four-day workweeks, how we can all work less, and what obstacles we still need to overcome before society adopts a universal four-day workweek. The full transcript can be found below: Listen to the podcast The podcast is available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Google Podcasts, as well as via the web link. Transcript Alice Corner: Hello I’m Alice Corner, producer of Work Reimagined: A Conscious Culture Podcast.

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How to Build a Conscious Culture Across a Remote Team

Lona Alia

Lona Alia

  • Working Together
  • Conscious Culture

Conscious Culture is not just for the head office! The pandemic has been a game-changer in terms of remote work. 16 percent of companies are now fully-remote while 62 percent of employees now work remotely some of the time. Further, 85 percent of managers believe that remote work will become the new norm. For CEOs who have pledged to create Conscious Culture, remote workers need to be accounted for. As someone whose raison d’être is to help remote workers and companies, I have spent many coffee breaks and nights wondering how to best build a Conscious Culture across my team and other remote teams.

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Conscious Culture: A World Changing Idea

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

Conscious Culture and our movement to make work better has been given an honorable mention in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards. Announced today, the World Changing Ideas Awards honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises. Conscious Culture is honored to have been recognized by Fast Company in these awards in the Workplace category, a new category in 2022 recognizing projects that improve our lives in the office, increase employees rights, or make work safer, smarter, or more meaningful.

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How To Use Design Thinking to Build Conscious Culture

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

Part of the effort to codify and document Conscious Culture is to be the intangible tangible—to take some that’s often thought of as organic or fuzzy and make it something that we can change and improve. That’s why it’s helpful to look at other structures that take something hard-to-define and give it shape. One of those frameworks is known as “Design Thinking”. At its core, design thinking is about beginning with the consumer of a product or service, and then designing backwards from their use cases and needs.

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Heading back to the office? Don't forget these lessons from remote work:

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Win-win partnerships
  • Working Together
  • Conscious Culture

In 2020 and 2021, companies throughout the world returned hours of their employees’ lives back to them. No, it didn’t require more overhead, nor did it mean cutting into the workweek. This change was driven by an external force: the global pandemic. In many cases, the hours returned came in the form of that morning ritual that so many people dread: the commute. When offices closed, commutes ended—and many around the world appreciated not having to schlep to an office to begin their workday.

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Should We Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day?

Alice Corner

Alice Corner (She/her)

  • Working Together
  • Conscious Culture

Feeling valued at work is important for both employees and their employers. Many initiatives have sprung up over the years to systematically prioritize employee appreciation and recognition including bonus schemes, ‘Employee of the Month’ programs, and Employee Appreciation Day. But what is it, and why is it important, and do we really need to celebrate it? What is Employee Appreciation Day? Employee Appreciation Day is a yearly celebration of employees. Each year, on the first Friday of March, businesses are encouraged to thank their employees for their hard work and dedication over the last year.

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What We Learned About Work in 2021 – and What it Means Moving Forward

Heatherly Bucher

Heatherly Bucher (She/her)

  • Conscious Culture

People are opting out. Work itself is being questioned. More people are now re-evaluating all things work they once accepted without thought, from schedules, environment, and expectations to compensation, career advancement, and recognition. To borrow from Malcom Gladwell, we’ve reached a tipping point, a convergence of societal forces, technology adoption, and a global pandemic, and people across industries around the world are demanding better work. What does this mean for Conscious Culture?

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Empowering Employees Regardless of Rank: Bolt's Unique Early Exercise Program

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Founder Mentality
  • Conscious Culture

Conscious Culture founding company Bolt recently announced that it is launching a new program that allows employees to exercise their stock options early, before the traditional one year vesting schedule. Additionally, Bolt will provide tangible help for employees in the form of interest-free loans, making early exercise possible for anyone. A Conscious Culture works to honor both high quality execution and people, with the belief that work improves when we prioritize people in company culture.

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Why The “Great Resignation” Can Yield More Conscious Cultures

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

By almost any available metric, we’re living through an unprecedented shift in work culture—or rather, a culture in which the idea of work itself is being questioned anew. There are statistics, of course: employment rolls and their monthly ups and downs; Bureau of Labor Statistics data about who is and isn’t work; job boards in which countless thousands of open positions go unfilled. But for the most interesting data on how work has changed, we ought to look to the “front door of the internet”: Reddit.

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We're proud to be four-day workweek pioneers: A Q&A with Nexton

Alice Corner

Alice Corner (She/her)

  • Conscious Culture
  • Four-Day Workweek

Nexton is a recruiting company that aims to champion the best Latin American technical talent and connect them to purposeful start ups around the world. As well as being a Conscious Company, Nexton recently announced they were moving to a four-day workweek. I had the pleasure to talk with Diego Sternberg, founder of Nexton. Alice: Can you share a bit about Nexton with me? Diego: Nexton is a recruiting company that connects the best technical talent in Latin America with purposeful startups around the world.

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Building a Good Company Culture Begins with your Values

Heatherly Bucher

Heatherly Bucher (She/her)

  • Conscious Culture

Have you seen the movie Brittany Runs a Marathon? It’s incorrectly categorized as a comedy. It is more a drama with comedic moments that keep us watching during the awkwardness of people working on life. It is also about a woman who is struggling with her life and her health. She decides to run a marathon, believing the finish line of the marathon is the solution to her problems. She fails on her first attempt, unable to even run the marathon she has trained so hard for.

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How We Can Be More Digitally Inclusive to Narrow the Digital Divide

Rebecca A Mendoza

Rebecca A Mendoza (She/her)

  • United & Unique
  • Conscious Culture

In late 2015, I was job hunting when I came across a Digital Inclusion Officer job at a well-known social change charity in the UK. I had spent the previous few years working in digital marketing and desperately needed a change. I read through the job description, did some research and applied. I had a lot of advantages growing up in a nice suburban neighborhood on California’s central coast, not far from Silicon Valley.

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The Benefits of a Four-Day Workweek Infographic

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture
  • Four-Day Workweek

The four-day workweek has many benefits for both the employee and the employer. From better work/life balances, to higher productivity levels. Plus there are even wider environmental and societal benefits. View the full infographic of the benefits of a four-day workweek below:

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An Infusion of Inclusion: A Q&A with We Are Rosie

Alice Corner

Alice Corner (She/her)

  • Conscious Culture

We Are Rosie is a global marketing services agency that believes that work can be better. Recently, they took the pledge to become a Conscious Company and I had the pleasure of chatting with Jessie Kernan, the Head of Product and Strategy at We Are Rosie. She shared We Are Rosie’s mission to create a better model of work. Alice: Can you share a bit about We Are Rosie with me?

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How to Build an Inclusive Workplace

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • United & Unique
  • Conscious Culture

Building an inclusive workplace is an important part of being a Conscious Company. Everybody wants to feel safe and supported in the environment where they spend the majority of their time. Prioritizing inclusion can no longer be an afterthought. But as with all aspects of Conscious Culture, inclusion isn’t a given. Building an inclusive workplace is something that needs to be actively worked on. This guide will give you tips and suggestions for creating an inclusive workplace for all.

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What Is a Good Company Culture?

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture
  • Company Culture

Building a Conscious Culture is a purposeful act that organizations take to create a good company culture for their employees. But the question of what is a good company culture is a little more complex. The answer to that question is one of the most studied, discussed, thought-about, debated-over, and dissected parts of modern business. Every business wants to have a good company culture, but knowing how to start building one, or how to fix a company culture that has gone bad, is often an overwhelming task.

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The Benefits of a Four-Day Workweek

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Win-win partnerships
  • Conscious Culture
  • Four-Day Workweek

We’d all like to work less, right? But what if working less actually meant achieving more? The idea of a 4-day workweek isn’t new, with a movement advocating for a reduced workweek dating back to the 1970s, but it is a hot topic of debate again in 2021 as companies contemplate the future of work. With the global pandemic forever changing our ideas of the office, why can’t we take this opportunity to also reconsider our ideas of a standard working schedule?

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How to Change Company Culture for the Better

The Conscious Team

The Conscious Team

  • Conscious Culture

Every company has a shared culture that is unique to that organization. Sometimes, companies build culture on purpose, spending time, money, and resources nurturing their culture. More often than not, company culture is an accident. At some point in every good company’s journey they will need to choose to be intentional and shift or change their culture. A company culture is made up of the shared values, communication styles, working methods, and relationships that are formed between employees.

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