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6 Characteristics of a Meaningful Job

6 Characteristics of a Meaningful Job
Daniel Pink, prolific author and expert on the workplace and motivation, reminds us that money alone is not enough to push us to do our best. Rather, we are driven and inspired to do our best when we believe that we are doing something that benefits or serves others, or something that is important beyond […]
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There’s More to Success than Passion

There's More to Success than Passion
There is an old cliché–and even a book–titled, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow! If you Google “love your job” or “passion for your job,” you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that come up. Passion in your job is such a popular topic that there are even coaching companies who have […]
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A Leader’s Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse

A Leader's Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse | Angry business man smashing office technology
What attitude did you bring to work with you today? Unfortunately, very few leaders are aware of their attitude at any given moment. We talk about attitude a lot, but what, exactly, is it? Psychologists define attitude as a learned tendency to evaluate things a certain way. Most people are aware if they don’t feel […]
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Make Time for Fun at Work

Make Time for Fun at Work
Annually, The Great Place to Work Institute asks thousands of employees to rate their experience at work. Their rankings result in the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” 81% of employees working in these “great” companies responded positively that they are working in a fun environment. By comparison, only 62% of employees in good companies, […]
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How to Build a Great Employer Brand

How to Build a Great Employer Brand
By Peter Stark and Amanda McDoulett (Marketing Coordinator) A New York Times article recently upheld the important role the family narrative plays in a healthy family. The term narrative refers to a story that’s pieced together with facts, events, and emotions. The more parents honestly communicated with children about their family’s past, present and future […]
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Your Customers Care About Your Employees (Almost As Much as You Do)

Your Customers Care About Your Employees
In the 90’s, customers demanded to know where your products were made to ensure they weren’t supporting a company that used sweatshops. In the early 2000’s, customers wanted to know how and with what your products were made to ensure they weren’t supporting an environmentally irresponsible company. Today, customers want to know how your employees […]
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Are Disengaged Employees Stealing From Your Organization?

Are Disengaged Employees Stealing From Your Organization?
When we work with leaders, we love to ask them, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” Almost always the leaders quickly respond by stating, “If an employee steals, they’re immediately fired.”
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8 Guidelines for a Successful Pay-for-Performance System

8 Guidelines for a Successful Pay-for-Performance System
Top performers need to be rewarded based on their productivity and results. Organizations that have successfully implemented a well-defined pay-for-performance system understand that it’s almost impossible to have an engaged workforce that’s committed with both their heads and their hearts without having a performance management system in place that recognizes outstanding performance. We’re often asked […]
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Go Beyond Engagement in Your Survey

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We are often asked by clients, “How many questions are needed to measure engagement?” If you ask Gallup, the answer is 12 questions. We answer this question with another question: “What results do you want to achieve, and what are the issues at hand?” You could ask any number of questions, but if the questions […]
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Employee Satisfaction is Overrated

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For twenty-three years, we have conducted Employee Engagement Surveys. We have never conducted an Employee Satisfaction Survey. Why? We learned early on that you can have satisfied and happy employees while leading a company right out of business. What would make an employee satisfied? High wages, good benefits, predictability, a kind boss, job security, and […]
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