Employers are always looking for ways to boost employee engagement and get the best out of their people.
But even as they do, many are inadvertently causing their workers to disengage. Could you be one of them?
“I would advise all of them if they find another career, take it and do not look back.”
This statement came from a captain in a local police force. He was referencing the layoffs that had hampered the police department in a large East Coast city.
Close to 200 officers had been laid off, and according to the newspaper article, only a handful had been rehired back into their career of law enforcement. Read more…
Why do so many managers continue to accept mediocre, second-rate results?
Hundreds of research studies have quantified the difference between having an “A” player versus a “C” player in a job, any job.
Every one of them concludes the difference in productivity and the impact on the bottom line is anywhere from 20 percent to over 1000 percent greater return when you compare the best, most productive employees to those who are average. Read more…
Talent is getting unprecedented recognition as a key determinant of business success, and talent management has become so crucial to business growth that it’s forcing organizations to re-examine how they attract, develop, retain and engage employees.
Therefore, building leadership capacity is perhaps the most pressing strategic imperative in business today.
In a global survey of business executives conducted by Right Management and The Conference Board, over 80 percent of companies reported they intend to grow talent internally versus hiring leaders from the open market. Read more…
Addressing attraction and retention was cited as the top business challenge for 52 percent of employers in a recent HireRight survey.
Attracting quality talent and keeping them is vital, for obvious reasons, but employers are frequently shooting themselves in the foot by not following through on promises they made in the recruiting and hiring process.
“The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs 4.4 years according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.” Read more…
Last week, I had the privilege of taking a behind the scenes tour of Zappos and speaking with several of their top leaders. ]
Mine was not the popular tour advertised on their website, but rather a real peek behind the curtain to see the wizardry of this renowned workplace culture phenomena and iconic brand.
I’ve read Tony Hsieh’s bestselling business book, Delivering Happiness, and have seen some of the clever Zappos employee videos on YouTube, so I wasn’t shellshocked by this very non-traditional workplace environment.
The converted city hall building in downtown Las Vegas that serves as Zappos headquarters radiates individuality and personality with a spattering of controlled chaos thrown in for good measure. Read more…
It sounds counterintuitive, but an office environment with the right mix of distractions is actually a part of a high performance culture.
The reason is simple – we don’t have the mental endurance to consistently work straight through the business day.
Supporting this, research continues to show that adding breaks to your workday is essential for staying productive. Further, not only does it protect you against burnout in the short and long-term, it also enhances your ability to innovate. Read more…
Web phenom Reddit, the self-styled “front page of the Internet,” is small but influential. It became its own lead story last week as word leaked out that it had offered its numerous, and in many cases long-term remote employees, the choice of relocation to San Francisco headquarters or a “generous severance package.”
The move-here-or-move-on edict did not seem tied to performance issues, the collapse of collaboration or imminent financial or competitive peril. In fact, the high-flying firm had just secured a $50 million investment from a group of tech funders (unrelated to this policy, we are told.) Read more…
I like watching the TV show The Voice.
It’s singing competition show that has four famous singer judges who compete against each other by picking teams of singers who compete against each other. But, The Voice doesn’t allow the professional judges/coaches to actually physically see the participants before they’re selected.
It’s a “blind” audition. They the judges can hear them and have to decide if they want the singer based upon their voice, not how they look. It’s really well produced and the people are talented and hungry. Read more…
In one of his blogs, Seth Godin talks about the Levy Law which describes the way animals forage for food and how that law applies to the Internet.
The more I think about the Levy Law, the more I see how it applies to the world of work.
The Law says that forging animals work an area and then, once food gets scarce, they move on to another area, work that area, and move on again.
I see myself doing this on the web. I find a website or blog and visit it for several weeks. Then I notice that it starts to repeat itself, so I move on to look for new nuggets of wisdom elsewhere. Read more…