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About Tom Davenport

Tom brings 30 years of consulting experience with Willis Towers Watson, the global human resource consulting firm. He provides consulting services on manager effectiveness, rewards research and human capital strategy. Tom has particular knowledge of how to understand and address the cultural and managerial causes and implications of workplace stress. His clients span many industries, including the technology, health care, consumer products, retail, financial services and energy sectors.

Thriving In The Virus Time

By |2020-07-01T15:19:22+00:00July 1st, 2020|Blog Posts|

Three Ways to Help Employees Thrive During the Virus Time COVID-19 threatens almost all of us, endangering our individual well-being and imperiling the collective health of our businesses. It also poses a more insidious hazard in the way it increases individual STRESS. Here are some data points from surveys done recently by Willis Towers Watson, [...]

3 Reasons Why You Need to Laugh…RIGHT NOW!

By |2020-04-01T19:54:51+00:00April 1st, 2020|Blog Posts|

During the coronavirus sequestering, all jokes will become…inside jokes. I got that gag off the internet. Feel free to reuse. If that dad joke didn’t strike your funny bone, then find some other reason to snicker, smile, or smirk. Why make the effort during this gloomy time of crisis? Precisely because it’s a time of [...]

Five Ways to Build Trust Between Employees and Gig Workers

By |2019-12-03T13:35:27+00:00November 21st, 2019|Blog Posts|

How is interpersonal trust like a butterfly’s wings? It’s compelling and functional: beautiful to behold and good at providing uplift. It’s also difficult to create – just ask the caterpillar – and fragile, more easily destroyed than built. Infusing trust into a work environment with both employees and gig workers can be particularly challenging. These [...]

Three Ways Humor Reduces Workplace Stress

By |2019-03-31T13:20:35+00:00March 31st, 2019|Stress & Stress Management|

When the American Psychological Association studies stress in the U.S., their findings routinely identify work as one of the top three sources of elevated anxiety. The other major sources vary, from money worries to fear of being abducted by zombies from space. What do the psychologists tell us to do about workplace stress? Physical violence [...]

Humor at Work

By |2019-03-31T13:21:48+00:00March 31st, 2019|Blog Posts|

When the American Psychological Association studies stress in the U.S., their findings routinely identify work as one of the top three sources of elevated anxiety. The other major sources vary, from money worries to fear of being abducted by zombies from space. What do the psychologists tell us to do about workplace stress? Physical violence [...]

Does Digital Media Use Increase Stress? Yes and No.

By |2018-12-06T13:22:12+00:00December 6th, 2018|Stress & Stress Management|

Not long ago, I found myself in a client meeting, sitting opposite a senior manager from the overseas parent company. Before him at the conference table he had laid out three telephones, a computer and a tablet. He was also attempting to pay attention to a web-delivered audio visual presentation, supplemented by comments from his [...]

Stress and Digital Media Use – The Light Side and The Dark Side

By |2018-12-06T13:19:59+00:00December 6th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Not long ago, I found myself in a client meeting, sitting opposite a senior manager from the overseas parent company. Before him at the conference table he had laid out three telephones, a computer and a tablet. He was also attempting to pay attention to a web-delivered audio visual presentation, supplemented by comments from his [...]

Six Ways Executives Shaped the Culture of Their Organization

By |2018-08-14T14:56:16+00:00August 14th, 2018|Managers & Manager Behavior|

Imagine you work in a small high-tech company, and this is what the CEO says about his ideal workplace culture: “Fire people who are not workaholics. Come on folks, this is startup life, it’s not a game. Go work at the post office or Starbucks if you want balance in your life.” Working here would almost [...]