Leadership (Not Workload) Linked to Cybersecurity Burnout

“Cybersecurity stress is an industrywide epidemic among security professions.  Burnout is a hard conversation, but it’s necessary for CISOs to face workplace stress before it compromises productivity, talent retention or individual well-being”  (Henry, 2020). Long work hours.  Constantly changing priorities.  Insufficient resources.  High turnover.  These are just some of the factors that a recent survey … Continue reading Leadership (Not Workload) Linked to Cybersecurity Burnout

How to Avoid Burnout and Build Resiliency [Interview]

I recently had the opportunity to present a keynote at the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association's Annual Conference.  A funny thing happened as I presented my topic, How to Stop Workplace Burnout and Build Employee Resiliency:  the technology CRASHED! What was unexpected became a study in resiliently bouncing back from this debacle. After the collective gasp from … Continue reading How to Avoid Burnout and Build Resiliency [Interview]

Why Change Initiatives Fail: Position Power vs. Network Power

(This is part 1 in a 5-part series on why change initiatives fail.)   Throughout the years, researchers have discovered that 70% of organizational change initiatives fail.  One of the primary reasons cited is the ambiguity associated with making "change."  Qualitative metrics are often ignored.  Aligning the outcomes with economic realities are often over-emphasized.  Human fears … Continue reading Why Change Initiatives Fail: Position Power vs. Network Power

Workplace Flexibility: Why It’s More Than Just Flexible Hours

When most people think of "flexibility," we usually think about physical flexibility.  In contrast, flex in the workplace is often synonymous with temporal (or time-based) flexibility -- in other words, flex-time, compressed work weeks, or telecommuting.  But neither one of these definitions encompasses the full range of flexible options that employers can and should offer their workers -- especially … Continue reading Workplace Flexibility: Why It’s More Than Just Flexible Hours

Broken Promises: What to Do When Change Managers Promise What They Can’t (or Won’t) Deliver

Trust and promises go hand-in-hand.  We were taught this as children.  We expect it from our friends and family.  And we demand it from our employers and co-workers.  But during organizational change, far too many managerial promises are broken. Perhaps it was the promise that no employees would lose their jobs. Perhaps it was the assurance … Continue reading Broken Promises: What to Do When Change Managers Promise What They Can’t (or Won’t) Deliver