I never cease to be amazed at how hard it is for talent managers to get their hands around the issue of employee engagement.
And, a new study from Deloitte titled Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work tells you exactly why.
According to the just released survey of more than 3,300 HR and business leaders in 106 countries, lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing a whopping 87 percent of HR and business leaders, and that’s up from 79 percent last year. In addition: Read more…
Entry-level training programs for Millennials up to this point have neared perfection.
However, HR professionals now have another development conundrum: How do we train Generation Y for leadership?
In order to establish a leadership profile for the up-and-coming professionals, it is essential to understand the generation first. More importantly, you have to understand how they view leadership and what their role as leaders might look like. Read more…
By Jeff Wolf
Everybody in business, at one time or another, and probably more than once, has witnessed the results of poor leadership: listless and confused employees leading to stagnating sales, excess costs, and crumbling profits.
It happens at every level of the organization, from frontline supervisors right through the top echelons.
Teamwork is key, but it doesn’t happen automatically.
To create a fully functional team, the leader needs to exhibit six (6) leadership traits: Read more…
The world of franchising is exploding as more and more franchised brands and concepts emerge each year.
Sadly, in many of those organizations, there exists a wide chasm separating disenfranchised franchisees from the brand’s franchisor, usually stemming from broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. In those franchised brands that are thriving, however, harmony reigns supreme as both parties are firmly committed to the other’s success.
A shining example of this is Costa Vida, an 11-year-old chain of nearly 70 fast casual, fresh Mexican restaurants. Read more…
Is there a difference between a mission statement and a manifesto?
Yes and no. Their intentions may be the same but that’s where the similarity ends.
In practice, the outcomes of mission statements and manifestos are miles apart. Though manifestos and missions are crafted to bring people together behind a cause, manifesto’s have a much better track record of igniting action.
The best are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. Such was the case for the 10 Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. Read more…
We’ve all been there — mounting tasks, competing priorities – and sometimes it’s hard to be truly productive.
So, why not implement these three (3) simple and easy ways to help improve your workplace productivity?
1. Flex the sched
Whether it’s 8-5, 9-6, or whatever — get rid of it! What you’ve done, in theory, is to truncate the amount of time your people will actually work. Read more…
Last week, compensation solutions expert PayScale released its annual 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report.
PayScale titled its report Attack of the Out-of-Date Comp Plan (cute, huh?), because they believe:
- Compensation data gathered in real time (versus “aged” data) is needed to make the best compensation decisions; and,
- No company can afford to not understand that, lest said company find itself a victim of its own out-of-date business practices. (At least that’s what I think they believe.) Read more…
Increasing employee engagement is a priority for most companies.
That’s because having a workforce devoid of enthusiasm can come at a steep price: Lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace accidents, increased health care costs, and high turnover.
But as most HR professionals know, it’s difficult to motivate employees. Read more…
From awards to perks, managers can run themselves into the ground seeking ways to keep employees happy so they won’t wander off to another company.
But what if the answer wasn’t in the perks, or the money, or even a fancy new break room complete with a Keurig?
It’s true; coffee and snacks will not inspire your employees to stay put — BambooHR’s survey confirms it. Less than 1 percent of respondents selected “free food and perks” as something that would have “helped them stay” at a job they quit after only working there for six months. Read more…
You’ve probably heard Grace Hopper’s famous axiom, “It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.” As a child, my father used to tell me that all the time!
As a pioneering computer scientist and one of the first female admirals in the U.S. Navy, “Amazing Grace” surely learned the value of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission during her long, storied career. Indeed, Hopper’s Law seems to make a lot of sense in many real-world situations.
But is it applicable to the workplace? Read more…