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Workplace divisions cripple productivity and innovation. Group dynamics are tricky and teams fall apart. We provide solutions for Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion, and related conflicts and challenges between management, team players, and clients. Fewer tensions means greater productivity, healthy innovation, and satisfied employees and customers.
Harmony Strategies Group offers consulting and professional development solutions to grow and ensure workplace harmony. Our coaching, consulting, workshops, and Circle processes tackle everything from individual to public forums for increasing harmony and efficiency.
Organizational Ombuds - your company's conflict management specialist
When conflicts are bubbling beneath the surface, employees and teams are less productive and innovative, and companies end up wasting precious time and resources with high turnover rates. Organizational Ombuds serve as an independent, impartial, confidential and informal office for employees to raise concerns and discuss festering issues. Not only do Ombuds help empower these employees to better handle their situation, but we also provide vital feedback to senior leaders on key complaints and problems that they otherwise may not recognize.
Want more information about Ombuds Consulting? - contact us for pricing and details.
HSG workshops focus on Conflict Management, Collaboration and Team-Building, Sensitivity & Bias-Awareness, and Management and Leadership Skills. We offer multi-day series' as well as one-day programs, and a robust list of our offerings are now available via FindCourses.com. Generally, workshops are customized to suit specific client interests and needs. Below is a list of our popular workshops that can either be led individually or grouped together as a package:
With the increased attention focused on Diversity practices, there are questions around cultural sensitivity and mindful integration into company systems. This program highlights a key component of successful and effective inclusion: Cultural Humility. We discuss what this concept means, exploration into common pitfalls, and effective ways of promoting in cultural sensitivity and awareness. Participants come away with rich understanding on how to be mindful of cultural differences and practical ways to engage in healthier, more effective workplace practices.
Body language and non-verbal communication can dramatically alter how a conversation progresses. Your subconscious messaging can convey myriad signals that are likely beyond your awareness but can dramatically workplace success. This workshop highlights how non-verbal cues frame interactions and what to do to maximize awareness and control over them in your office dynamics.
Listening-skills are at the core of effective communication, and this practicum challenges participants to re-think how they listen. With a combination of theory and exercises, we reframe what listening and communication means, so that we can have more enriching conversations and better, deeper understanding.
This program introduces the concept of schemas and how they frame our perception of infinite daily routines and patterns. It then develops how schemas lead to stereotypes, prejudice, and ultimately racism and racial profiling. Lively discussion and role-plays help develop sensitivity to the problems that schemas raise in modern society, followed by brainstorming remedies.
Employee relations can make or break a company's morale, productivity, and innovation-potential. Companies save time, money, and resources when teams feel a strong sense of purpose, interconnectedness, and mutual concern. Companies large and small struggle with how to create that sense of belongingness among their staff.
Community dialogues are the ideal solution. Harmony Circles, based on Restorative Practices, bring employees together in an equitable, trust-building, and impactful conversation. More importantly, Circles are immediately effective and build long-lasting results. We can train your team leadership how to implement these Circles, as well as lead and facilitate them ourselves. Some examples of Harmony Circles that we lead are:
- Trust-building Circles
- Team Productivity Circles
- Leadership and Management Circles
- Women and Minority Circles
- Performance Appraisal Circles
Harmony Circles can be customized as brief, 5-minute introductions to your team meetings or longer, 2-hour+ conversations about a workplace issue or challenge.
We can also lead virtual Harmony Circles at your next team retreat - contact us for pricing information.
Conflict Management Systems Design
Most companies experience backlog when conflicts aren't handled efficiently. Usually, this happens because there isn't a specific system in place for how to deal with problems that may arise. For example: Who is in charge when employees aren't getting along? To whom should an employee turn, when her manager is not listening to her? Often, the person trying to manage the situation is untrained to do so efficiently or effectively, wasting hours or weeks of work time. Harmony Strategies offers comprehensive conflict management systems design consulting, to assess the current situation, advise on opportunities for improvement, and training the right individuals to handle internal conflicts in the future.
Coaching & Consulting
Our coaching and consulting services target the specific needs of your company. Solutions include:
Sometimes groups develop bad habits. There are groups that implode with infighting and groups that work terribly inefficiently. Some members will rely on others to do the heavy-lifting, and over time this breeds ill-will and poor group morale. We offer group dynamics assessments to address where are the main pitfalls and then coach group leaders accordingly. Likewise, we can offer targeted analyses to review and revive the group culture, by strategically assessing individual players' strengths and weaknesses.
We always include a free consultation to clarify client goals and develop action-plans to achieve them. These action-plan solutions may include: facilitations, focus group discussions, online or paper surveys, and dedicated conversations with leadership and management. Coaching may be one-on-one or small-group or team coaching for up to 8 individuals.
Even the best corporations and well-run organizations experience dynamics-turbulence. We provide mediations for individuals and teams, where we guide parties to improved communication and better understanding. Through the mediation process, underlying attitudes, incidents, or work habits that are dragging down productivity can be appropriately aired and addressed, in a safe and confidential environment. Mediation brings grievances to light and helps parties develop solutions and strategies to handle the situation. Clients come away with a written agreement and/or strategic plan for how to move forward.