Evolving from culture fit to culture add.

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Finding the right company fit for employees has started to have unintended connotations; at least, for some. There are those who want to hire people who are just like everyone else in the company. Sure, having people around who act alike, think alike and come from a similar set of experiences provides a feel-good environment. But is this the best approach to innovation and decision-making? Nope.

The meaning behind culture fit should not be efforts toward hiring more of the same. It really needs to be a fit for the values; how people can share a basic set of principles…

Do you have an emergency remote work plan in place? Don’t commute your life away.

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March 30, 2017, has officially been marked as the cause for a transportation crisis in Atlanta, Georgia. A massive fire on Interstate 85 caused a bridge to collapse. Closing interstates where more than 1.2 million people pass through weekly leads to commuter chaos. Major players like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and State Farm are urging people to use public transportation or telecommute as a result of the fire. City officials have estimated the connector will not be open again for at least ten weeks. It did not help matters when two weeks later there was a toxic chemical spill on the…

Person-Job Fit. Person-Organization Fit. Know your culture and your needs. Recruit accordingly.

Tina Fey once said, “Being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” This is Management Rule #1. When you hire the right people who fit the culture of the company and their skills and knowledge fit the requirements necessary to perform the job, you should be able to get out of their way and let them work their magic. This is also a critical employee engagement tool. Autonomous work. People tend to be more attached to the job and thus more productive when they have independence over how their work is done in…

Round 1: Life Integration Wins by Knockout

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In my first Medium exposition titled “Life Integration. Go Remote.” I described the benefits for both the employee and employer for choosing a telework style of workplace. Location independence is a way to make room for flexible work options and boost employee engagement; it allows for life integration. From an organizational development perspective it is just plain good business strategy.

But what does it really mean, “Life Integration?” As a personal sentiment, it has other significance. I frame this editorial from the lens of a mother, a hard-worker, an average person trying to do meaningful things, living life. It is…

Location Independence. How it Inspired Me to Start a Telework Business.

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When my husband and I were planning to start a family, thoughts of my career path instantly surfaced. Having grown up with two self-employed parents, I am no stranger to hard work. I witnessed firsthand the countless hours my mother would put in to the job but also the flexibility she had to make time for us kids. She may have burned rubber to get there but she always made it to our piano lessons, basketball games and dance recitals. One thing I knew for sure, I, too, wanted that flexibility.

Learning Through Experience

I thought back to job experiences…

Jennifer Cameron

Co-founder and CEO of @BlendMeInc; Telework Enthusiast; Finding ways to incorporate Life Integration through Employee Engagement and Company Culture.

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