Recent research indicates that 71% of the American workforce is currently on the job market. These people are either employed and actively seeking or open to new opportunities, or unemployed/underemployed and looking for a job. Given that our current unemployment rate countrywide was just 5.8 percent at the end of November, 2014, we can assume that the majority of those...
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 ourselves. In other words, we...
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 it as their mission to...
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 well or if they are...
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, (those that applied to be...
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 direction, the happier the children...
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 are being treated to ensure...
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.”
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 to help organizations looking for...
Fourth quarter is a popular time to conduct employee engagement surveys since many organizations want quantifiable data to begin their strategic planning process for the upcoming year. However, recently the individuals inquiring about conducting an organizational survey have said, “We really need our data now, because we are worried about people leaving or thinking about leaving in the future.” When...