What’s in the hearts and minds of HR and L&D professionals this month? Company culture. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty about the future of shared offices. Or maybe it’s the talent shortage and fears of losing employees in the Great Resignation. No matter what the cause, one thing is certain. We’re seeing a lot of news and views on what it means to create a company culture that attracts and keeps employees engaged.

Crack the culture code

Company culture can often feel like a vague and hand-wavy term. What does it actually mean? Several concrete aspects of company culture include how teams approach decision-making and rituals that highlight your company values. Get the full scoop — including specific actions to solidify your company culture — from Lattice

The key to creating a culture that fits everyone 

“A company wins the competition for talent by creating a work environment where people can be themselves,” writes Heather Hiles, a member of Udemy’s board of directors. Heather shares steps that company leaders can take to be more inclusive to employees from different backgrounds. Head to Fast Company for tips on making your culture fit everyone rather than expecting employees to fit within certain parameters. 

It’s time to ditch dead-end jobs

The pandemic led many workers in the hospitality industry to question their jobs. Is it worth risking health and safety for minimum wage roles that can vanish in an instant? As a result, many workers are now looking for — and finding — jobs that provide learning and growth opportunities. The New York Times has the whole story. 

How to tackle the cybersecurity skills gap

For the fifth year in a row, the cybersecurity skills shortage has persisted. There are several reasons for this, including unrealistic expectations for skills requirements and an overemphasis on years of experience instead of aptitude. TechRepublic explores what companies can do to hire and keep the cybersecurity professionals they need.

The painful reality of ageism

Discussions around diversity often center around gender and race. But where does age fit in? It turns out hiring managers around the world have a strong preference for younger workers. This makes finding work more difficult for mid-career workers aged 45 and up. On the plus side, training helps these workers become more likely to land a new role. Dig into the data on AARP.

Up the ante with upskilling — even in a hybrid setting

The pandemic led many companies to press pause on employee development programs. Now that we’ve had plenty of time to adjust to remote work, it’s time to renew our commitment to upskilling. What does this look like in a hybrid setting? Head to Human Resources Director for the whole story. 

Set your organization up for success — no matter what’s next

If you still have uncertainty around topics like returning to work and overcoming the skills gap, you’re not alone. This month’s stories show us that employers and employees alike have very similar concerns. 

The key to setting your organization up for success? Continue to develop your employees. Foster a growth mindset and learning culture where employees can seek out answers rather than feeling stuck. Need a little help to get this going? Discuss best practices for training your workforce by speaking with our learning experts today.