Articles tagged 'Company culture'

Benefits, HR Basics

The 20 Best (and Real) Employee Benefits

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Benefits? Perks? “What are those?” you might ask.

Yes, they may be hard to come by these days, but trust me, they do exist.

Don’t believe me? Check out these 20 real employee benefits (and I’ll have 13 more benefits tomorrow) in no particular order. Read more…


Learning From Lousy: You Can Take Away Good From the Bad, Too

It’s often said that each of us can learn a great deal from having a good boss to work for, a solid role model of just how a manager is supposed to act.

We hear about learning the “right” way from our mentors, from people we admire, from good leaders. And we can also benefit from associating with other good employees, learning from the experienced and high performers how things should be done.

That’s all true enough, but how many of us are fortunate enough to find ourselves in that position? Who even has a mentor these days? Read more…


Changing Organization Behavior For Today’s Modern Workplace Culture

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Many modern organizations are locked into a mindset – an organizational culture – that began with the Industrial Revolution in 18th-century Britain and was fully developed during the Second Industrial Revolution in the U.S.

The great success of these revolutions, creating modern business and generating huge wealth, makes it easy to believe that what worked as a way of managing great corporations in the early 1900s is still the best way to run an organization in the 21st century. But, times have changed. Read more…

Culture, HR Management

It’s Pretty Clear That Your Workforce Issues May Be Bigger Than HR

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There’s no question that there are things that HR can do to change how we service both the business and our employees.

But the other side of the coin  that rarely gets discussed is how HR is fairly low in the food chain when we look at the contributing factors of why the overall workforce has challenges and issues.

The decision to lag the market, lead the market, or remain stagnant with regard to wages —  like what we have seen in recent years — is administered and managed by Compensation Pros. However, wage increases or stagnation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It has to have higher levels of approval than HR. Read more…

Culture, HR Management

Social Engagement: If It’s Good For Employees, It’s Good For Customers

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It makes me proud to work for this company, because when I travel back to my home country on holiday, I can see the school that my company (along with all the volunteers) built. I am so proud to work here.”

That was a statement from one of our clients that I spoke to as she told me about her company.

I thought of that statement the other day as I flew back home from a business trip. The Chairman/Founder of the airline Virgin Atlantic made a pitch about their charity and volunteer effort called “Change for Children.” Richard Branson delivers this message and shows the schools and others that his company and employees are all engaged.

His quest is to get his customers involved as well. Read more…


Today’s Business Dilemma: How to Develop More Enterprise Leaders

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Three-fourths of business units report they do not have the leaders they need for the future.

In fact, one-third of HR leaders, according to CEB’s recent study Creating Enterprise Leaders, would replace members of their current leadership team if given the chance.

This dissatisfaction with current leaders is not because they ineffectively demonstrate leadership competencies. On the contrary, the history of investments directed toward creating and sustaining strong individual leadership outcomes has paid off overall: 67 percent of leaders excel at key competencies, according to the research, and 82 percent of leaders are hitting their business unit objectives. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Four Steps to Effective Change Management for HR

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No matter the size of the organization, change is one of life’s constants in today’s business environment.

With all that change going on, everyone must be an expert on managing change effectively — right?


Most changes in organizations fail, due in part to employee resistance, failure to adequately prepare and miscommunication. Research shows that change initiatives are nearly twice as likely to fail as a result of organizational resistance rather than technical or operational issues. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

Why It’s Critical to Spell Out Exactly What Employees Do Right

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Every manager has been told that it’s important to acknowledge, recognize, and reward their top performing employees.

Unfortunately, most haven’t been coached on how to do this effectively. And if one of the goals is to get the performer to continue performing at a high level, the why has to be linked to the what.

“You’ve done a good job around here, Jevon. Congratulations on being our Employee of the Month.” Read more…

Classic TLNT

Would One of Your Former Employees Really Want to Come Back?


Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.Would you want to go back?

I was just asked for references, so it looks good — right?” read the text message. This young lady was in the throes of interviewing, and yes, I told her this is a good sign.

However what happened next caused both of us to do some thinking. As she reached out to her old boss and another former team member, the trajectory changed. Sure they would give her a reference, but more importantly, would she consider coming back? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions


Like many of you, I spend a good bit of my time thinking about and/or interacting with organizational leaders and wondering what the hell makes them tick.

Or, to put it another way: Why do smart leaders make really dumb decisions? Because when it comes right down to it, leaders are only as effective as the decisions they make.

The truth of this slapped me upside the head the other day while speaking with an acquaintance about his company culture. This gentleman reported that morale is dreadfully low, and most of that has to do with the head honcho. (Let’s call him Frank.) Read more…