The first full week of March provides us with several opportunities to advocate for change, connect older and younger workers, and embrace transitions in the workplace.
The current sea change behind the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement makes International Women’s Day (March 8th) feel more necessary than ever. First celebrated in 1909 to honor the prior year’s garment workers’ strike in New York, it started as a protest against the dangerous conditions women faced in the workplace.
The following year in Copenhagen, the Socialist International Conference unanimously voted to create a worldwide Women’s Day that would “build support for the continuing women’s suffrage movement across the globe while also focusing on women’s rights as a whole,” according to the United Nation’s website.
This year, the official theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, and is focused on promoting a more gender-balanced world. The official website has a searchable listing of events in your city, and resources for planning an event of your own.
Employee Appreciation Day was last Friday, but Modern Elders still have the opportunity to show appreciation for their support staff in big and small ways throughout the year. A corporate mentoring program is a worthwhile endeavor for any company looking to show appreciation for past efforts, provide opportunities for growth, bridge generational differences, and increase employee loyalty.
Creating an effective mentoring program requires a few key steps, Emma Johnson writes in Success magazine.
- Find a champion in upper management to secure resources and focus the goals of the program
- Seek out people who are truly passionate about being mentors, who are able to see the benefits to the organization, their mentees, as well as themselves
- Training is necessary to define the roles and responsibilities of mentors, establish boundaries, and impart the importance of discretion and trust
- Identify promising mentees and carefully pair them with the right mentor with input from managers. The most successful programs are ones where mentors and mentees have input into who they are paired with
- Create a schedule and timeline Experts advise a regular meeting schedule, such as biweekly, and a one-year commitment from mentor and mentee
- Schedule gatherings for all participants to connect and share experiences “Quarterly meetings for the mentees and another for mentors can be great ways to build on experiences,” writes Johnson
- Measure success “A successful mentor program should improve the individual mentee’s professional success, as well as job satisfaction for both parties.” There are a number of mentoring software platforms that help measure the program’s effectiveness and return on investment
Read the full article: How to: Develop a Mentorship Program
This Sunday, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time, when our clocks Spring Forward an hour. This shift in the cues we get from natural sunlight can cause sleep disruption and affect our productivity at work.
Dr. Michael J. Breus cautions that people who routinely get six hours or less sleep, or consume alcohol or caffeine close to bedtime “may experience the decrements of performance, concentration, and memory common to sleep-deprived individuals, as well as fatigue and daytime sleepiness.” Insomnia is a common complaint in those over 50, and lack of sleep can lead to preventable health problems down the road. He offers these tips to those of us who need time to adjust:
- Expose yourself to the light during the waking hours as much as possible
- Do not expose yourself to bright light when it is dark outside (For example: install a nightlight for nighttime bathroom visits)
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol, both sleep disruptors
- Practice good “sleep hygiene” by creating calming cues such as a hot bath or cup of herbal tea prior to bedtime, putting aside mobile devices in favor of reading a book in bed, and wearing ear plugs and eye masks
Read the full article: How Sleep Is Affected by Time Changes
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This post was updated March 8, 2019