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Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement?
Many of us have, and new research from the UK’s Ashridge Business School provides some answers.
The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it could do for their organizations. They view engagement as a strategic narrative (and ongoing dialogue) within their organizations that creates emotional connections and purpose for employees. Their view of the end result is a culture where people choose to give the very best of themselves at work. Read more…
Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office?
Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?
What’s your personal reaction to this environment? How do you work within it or contribute to improving it? Do you see this as your responsibility? Read more…
HR Strategy? No, People Strategy
What’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked!
I don’t think that there is anyone in the human resources profession who doesn’t yearn to be “strategic,” but what does that really mean? Read more…
I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.
She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.
This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.
For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…
Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix.
It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,”
I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it’s probably a good thing that my plans changed because I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, “He’s wrong! Please don’t do this!” Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
My Facebook and Twitter feeds were blowing up yesterday with links to articles at NYTimes.com, The Huffington Post, and Jezebel about how the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain supposedly makes its sandwich makers and delivery drivers sign non-competition agreements.
These agreements purport to preclude employees from working for certain nearby competitors for two years after their employment with Jimmy John’s ends.
I’m not going to comment specifically on Jimmy John’s and its purported practice other than to say that I work in Philadelphia and it would be sacrilege to let a “sub sandwich” pass between these lips. But, I do have a few general pointers from employers about restrictive covenants. 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…
By Howard Mavity
I remember the near hysteria and the lack of clear workplace and public health guidance when I began receiving questions about responding to AIDS in the workplace in 1984. If you have forgotten how people reacted, watch the excellent Dallas Buyers Club.
We’re in a similar situation with Ebola. Read more…