Leaders are busy people who need to set and manage priorities, often dismissing or delegating tasks that don’t provide a strong return on their investment of time.
Nonetheless, there’s one area of responsibility that leaders should never ignore — their employees.
Gallup has repeatedly found that leaders who compliment their teams enjoy extremely low (1 percent) employee disengagement levels. As you’d expect, when leaders criticize employees, disengagement levels rise to 22 percent. However, disengagement almost doubles to a shocking 40 percent when leaders ignore their direct reports. Read more…
Before the calendar turned, I had blogged about why 2015 will be the “Year of the Employee.”
HR professionals will be looking for high levels of employee retention and productivity in 2015,and in some way, shape, or form, this has always been their job.
But this year, there’s been a lot of buzz about approaching this goal with a new-found focus. When it comes to retention, is there more that can be done? Read more…
Have you ever found yourself relaxed in a comfy chair, either warm by the fire or enjoying a good read with a favorite beverage close by?
Perhaps you’re just letting the day wash over you as you watch TV, or even dosing off a bit? Maybe there’s a sleeping cat on your lap, curled up against any intrusion.
Now, that’s a great picture of someone who’s not living in the moment, but is content with what life has to offer. Ahhhhh.
Careful now — don’t you go and bother with that image; life is fine and dandy just the way it is, and they want to keep it that way. Read more…
Data suggests that 70 percent of employees are disengaged.
To put this in perspective – 70 percent is considered barely a passing grade by most educational institutions.
That’s an unacceptable statistic for long-term growth and success.
Regardless of what type of business you are in, people (human capital) are your biggest asset. People operate your business, service your customers, and help drive innovation, allowing you to compete in a competitive marketplace. Read more…
The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach, Bill Belichick.
Belichick stands to become the first head coach ever to appear in six (6) Super Bowls, and with a victory over Seattle, can become the only coach to ever win four (4) of them.
In addition, New England Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his record-breaking sixth start in a Super Bowl, and if he wins, he will join the elite ranks of NFL legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four victories in pro football’s biggest game. Read more…
Every employee who works for you will eventually arrive at a crucial intersection, if they haven’t already.
At that point, you hope they turn right and buy-in to your leadership and the vision and values of your company. Turning that direction means that they see a future for themselves with your organization so they’ll invest themselves fully and go all-in.
Unfortunately, some will turn left and quit on you without actually quitting. They’ll take on the “me against the machine” mindset and begin looking for shortcuts and ways they can do just the MDR (Minimum Daily Requirement) that it takes to fly below the radar and avoid getting called out or fired. Read more…
It’s no secret that employee engagement drives productivity in the workplace.
In fact, organizations with a high level of engagement reported having 21 percent higher productivity, according to research by Gallup.
In an effort to create an engaging company culture that both boosts productivity in the workplace and creates loyal employees, companies are choosing to adopt new, unique ways of keeping their workers satisfied and engaged while at work. Read more…
Why is it that every other article I read on employee engagement begins by quoting alarming figures on the state of the global workforce?
They all seem to be variation on a theme, something along the lines of:
“Less than 15 percent of employees across the globe are engaged in their work. The vast majority of employees are psychologically absent from their workplace, and are unlikely to be making a positive contribution.” Read more…
I think there are two types of people in the world:
- People who stay in their lane;
- People who don’t stay in their lane.
The first group, lane stayers, are the type of people who follow a natural life path. Basically, these are the people who don’t push the natural evolution of their lives — I started at this company. I worked my job. In a certain time I’ll get promoted. There is a sequence of life that I’ll follow, and for the most part, things will work out. Read more…
I know, I know — we’re only two weeks into the New Year and you have already gotten a boatload of workplace predictions and trends for 2015.
That’s what happens when we roll in to a new year, and if you haven’t had enough already, here is one more list of them, courtesy of the The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated:
Here are their Top Workplace Trends for 2015: Read more…