Imagine that you have one opening you’re trying to fill, and 16 eager applicants aged 17 to 22 — all with more than adequate skills for the job — awaiting their second interview.
Before the interviews begin, you discover that among those candidates are five recovering addicts, two pregnant unwed teens, three who are on probation, eight high school dropouts, four who have earned only a G.E.D., and one who’s recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
And those issues are just the ones listed on the background checks of the young people you are about to meet. There are many that aren’t listed, to be sure. Read more…
Of the many obstacles to improving employee engagement in an organization, creating buy-in for employee engagement surveys and respective change initiatives is perhaps one of the most challenging — and the most prolific.
Are senior executives actually indifferent about employee engagement? Are managers too close-minded to realize the positive effects of engagement? Are employees too needy or too hard-to-please?
The answer to any of these questions is simply “No.” Don’t believe me? Keep reading. Read more…
Strategy is one of my passions. I’m fortunate that helping clients formulate strategy is also my job.
Indeed, my title is Vice President, Client Strategy and Consulting. I greatly enjoy my work helping organizations of all stripes develop a strategy for proactive management of their company culture. Yet, I also believe that everyone is (or should be) strategist in their organization.
Two pieces on strategy I read last week helped me coalesce my thinking. First, from Strategy + Business comes the ideas of Cynthia Montgomery, Timken Professor of Business Administration and former chair of the strategy unit at Harvard Business School. Read more…
What’s the most powerful word in business today? Innovation.
Read any blog, any news source, any prospectus and you will quickly stumble over “innovation” — how the company pursues innovation, how innovative the products are, and how “innovation” is a core value of the company.
And this is all well and good because innovation truly is what propels industries and markets ever forward.
But the real question smart companies should be encouraging every employee, in every role, to ask is: “What can I do, in what I do every day, to be more innovative? How can I innovate our product, our service approach, to better serve our customers, change the market, or push the company forward?” Read more…
Many people agree turnover is a growing issue, particularly as hiring picks up.
But what are most organizations doing about it, aside from implementing some short-term solutions when they discover it’s a problem?
Reducing employee turnover actually starts with the hiring process — but there are important management aspects to consider as well. Here’s what several experts had to say about the issue: Read more…
As a Baby Boomer teen born to Depression-era parents, I never heard that term once.
It didn’t exist back then and, if it had, it would have never come out of my father’s mouth. Hard work was his life, and when he had a day off, he worked. To my dad and those who were his age and older, balance was something you did to your checkbook when the statement arrived.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s when this three-word term entered the American lexicon, and it wasn’t popularized until the late 1990s. Now, those three words are said in conjunction as frequently as pass the salt. Read more…
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer got the world talking earlier this year when an internal memo was leaked, effectively announcing her intention to put an end to the company’s work from home policy.
Beginning in June, employees who work from home will be expected to start working from the office:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.”
Of course, this announcement was greeted with a lot of criticism from the tech community and proponents of flexible work environments. Read more…
When you fly, do you actually pay attention to the airline safety announcement?
Neither do I.
These FAA-mandated announcements are, for the most part, monotonous, mundane, and insulting to the intelligence of anyone with a fifth grade education. Instructing passengers on how to fasten their seat belt by inserting the end with the clip into the metal buckle? PLEEZE!
However, this past week I experienced one that made me drop my USA Today Sports section, as it captured my undivided attention for nearly five minutes. Read more…
I have to say that one of my most well-read posts, ever, and one that I continue to take the most crap about, is What Would it Take to Get You to Work 80 Hours Per Week?
People actually take this post as a personal attack on their work ethic. So, I’m here to say – I still don’t believe you!
And now, I have research to back up how you don’t really work 80 hours in a week. This is from Fast Company and titled The Truth About How Much Workaholics Actually Work: Read more…