Are you feeling uninspired and stuck at work? Perhaps it’s the people around you.
It’s nice to have colleagues who support us and are of like mind – they boost our confidence and allow us to relax. We develop a network of people with whom we like to work because we know their styles and they know ours.
It’s comfortable and expedient and it works. Read more…
The reason why so many organizations have so much trouble doing what they intend to do, on time, is because when they fail to meet a deadline, nothing happens.
The dates come and go and no one talks about it.
And then there is no new focused deadline established because no one is talking about it at all. Read more…
Who do you spend the most time with?
Is it the reliable, self-starters or the mediocre folks who cannot be counted on to get things done on time?
If you’re like most managers, your day is spent “fighting fires” and trying to avert or remedy problems created by your team’s less than stellar performers.
While this may seem warranted, when the squeaky wheels get all the oil, the high performance wheels get burn out. Read more…
When I walked into the MINI dealer to buy a new car, the last thing I expected to find was a great example of leadership, but that is exactly what I found.
It took a while for my early observations to draw the conclusion that the secret sauce of this dealership was the Sales Manager.
This busy, almost chaotic dealership was full of energy and organized. We were approached immediately by a salesperson who was quick to tell us that this was her first week, and she’d just moved from Pittsburgh. Read more…
Notwithstanding Yahoo’s end to employee telecommuting, the global trend toward virtual workplaces is accelerating.
Surveys vary widely on the percentage of companies with remote workers — from about 30 percent in some surveys up to SHRM’s finding that nearly half (46 percent) of all companies have at least some contractors, freelancers, or remote workers who rarely, if ever, come into the office.
Another estimate predicts that in a year, 40 percent of the global workforce will be virtual.
Whatever the numbers are saying, it’s undeniable that more and more workers are working remotely, and this is creating a challenge for recruiters. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
But, if you send Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you’re asking for trouble.
Did you read the headline and think to yourself, “FMLA notice? You mean there’s a notice? You mean, like in our handbook, right?” Read more…
Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces.
Their study, titled Relationships @Work, surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K.
What did they find? A large percentage of professionals surveyed (46 percent) admit that work friendships play a role in their overall happiness, and it’s clear from the research that the amount of value placed on workplace friendships, and the level of confidence (or how personal they were) varies significantly depending on the generation. Read more…
At the time you announce a new strategy, reorganization, acquisition, or any significant change in your organization, the conversations are likely already underway everywhere.
It is human nature, and brain science has verified, that we want to eliminate uncertainty in our lives; therefore, we talk to each other about what is happening around us.
If we are not talking, then you can be certain that we are thinking about what is going on around us and not focused on the task at hand resulting in less than normal productivity.
Stated another way, the amount of alignment and clarity in your organization is decreasing. Read more…
You only have one opening and two good candidates, but one stands out.
You hire that one, and it is now six months later and you’re forced to admit that you made a mistake.
It’s time to cut your losses, start over, and look for a replacement.
But, maybe not, IF you handled the second-choice candidate well. Read more…
If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?
Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.
German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungen, which means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…