Eleanor Hecks

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Eleanor is the founder and managing editor of Designerly Magazine with a passion for sharing business leadership and branding strategies. She’s also a web design consultant with a focus on customer experience and user interface.

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California's Stalled “Right to Disconnect” Law Proves We Still Have Much to Learn About Work-Life Balance

The lines between work-life balance are constantly blurred in today's remote and hybrid workforce, especially as modern technology has given rise to around-the-clock accessibility. Employees demand schedule flexibility and respect for their personal lives, while employers expect teams to prioritize their jobs, regardless of the time. The result is often burnout, stress and a decline in productivity. 

California's "Right to Disconnect" bill sought to remedy the issue by limiting communications during off-work hours, much to corporate dissatisfaction. However, the bill didn't pass, leaving many wondering what's next for ensuring work-life balance and supporting employee well-being. 

How Leaders Can Leverage VR to Foster an Inclusive Workplace Culture

Many companies strive for an inclusive workplace culture, but it can be challenging without the help of some well-placed tools. In a perfect world, each co-worker would put themselves in others’ shoes. The team would value their input and see the strengths they bring to their role.

Unfortunately, empathy training rarely goes as smoothly as leaders would like. Fostering an inclusive work environment requires targeted education. At the same time, brands must be aware of taking a centered approach that makes everyone feel valued and wanted. Virtual reality makes improving company culture and creating a cohesive workplace easier. 

How to Foster a Winning Relationship with Your Website Redesign Team as a Client

How to Foster a Winning Relationship with Your Website Redesign Team as a Client

Redesigning your website is an exciting proposal. A positive experience with your website design team happens when communication is clear. You can avoid bottlenecks and endless email loops, hashing out the details by improving processes and communications from the start. Here are some best practices as a client to foster a winning relationship with your website redesign team that results in a stellar site experience.

Leaders, Here's How to Smoothly Discuss AI Implementation With Your Employees

AI (artificial intelligence) has quickly become a staple in employees' daily work across various industries. From automating routine tasks to providing insightful information, AI is changing how employees work. It helps them reduce workloads and focus on more meaningful tasks in their jobs. As such, AI has become the tool needed to combat burnout and save time, giving workers more breathing room in their day-to-day work.

Navigating the Coming Leadership Shortage in Middle Management

In the workforce, career management has always been a major goal for many people. Climbing the corporate ladder meant success, with each promotion being a milestone in their professional journey. However, a recent discussion around an anticipated shortage of middle management leaders is arising. Middle management is crucial to any organization, but the coming shortage poses a serious challenge for businesses.

Many companies struggle to find talent willing to step into these roles. With a strong middle management team, businesses can succeed in decision-making and overall productivity.

7 Strategies to Smooth the Classroom-to-Corporate Transition for Your New Graduate Hires

Going from a school setting to the full-time corporate world can be jarring for new hires just entering the workforce, to say the least. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to smooth the transition and make them feel like a valuable part of the team.

1. Prepare Leaders

Generation Z has different experiences and expectations than those that came before. Leaders should work to understand how to communicate with Gen Zers better and what to expect regarding rules and tasks. The generation is highly technological, having grown up with cell phones, computers and automation.

Incentivizing Ongoing Learning in Today's Rapidly Evolving Organizations

In today’s fast-changing industries, staying relevant is a constant challenge. Skills employers highly value now were irrelevant only a few years ago, partly due to the rapid evolution of technology. Companies must actively encourage ongoing learning to keep up to date.

Yet, what can employers do to ensure future innovative success? One way they guarantee growth and commitment to upskilling is through incentives. By making continuous learning attractive, professionals can achieve long-term success with today’s in-demand skills.

Is It Time to Take Your Business Public? 6 Considerations for Leaders Before an IPO

Taking your business public is a significant milestone that can open new opportunities for growth and expansion. Going public can provide access to substantial capital, increase your company’s visibility and enhance its credibility. However, the transition of an initial public offering (IPO) also brings new challenges.

To achieve success, careful preparation and thoughtful planning are essential. There are numerous considerations to have in mind, and knowing each of them will be critical to ensuring public ownership is a good decision.

Is Your Management Style Meeting the Needs of Your Younger Employees?

Younger millennials and Gen Zers are taking over the workforce, and their entry is reshaping workplace dynamics. They are colorful, lively generations full of professional qualities that demand change. However, this shift brings a challenge for today’s leaders.

Traditionally, management styles have prioritized hierarchy, a consistent office presence, and a clear separation of personal and professional life. However, these conventional approaches often clash with the preferences of younger employees. Recognizing those expectations can help you adapt management practices to attract and retain top talent.

Are Company Events Still an Effective Employee Engagement Strategy in 2024?

For small businesses to achieve success, company leaders must make employee engagement a high priority. This engagement directly impacts your team’s satisfaction, and can boost productivity and talent retention. One way enterprises try to nurture employee engagement is through company events. While work parties can be enjoyable for team members, they can also be a double-edged sword.