Call it a combination of ohhhhm and aha!
Those simple, powerful sounds sum up what my colleagues and I think is crucial for organizations when it comes to talent these days.
That is, companies need to be “Enlightened Organizations” in order to be great workplaces and to be successful.
We mean “Enlightened” in both the Eastern and Western senses of the term. Eastern in the sense of principles of wisdom, kindness and harmony. Western in the sense of the Age of Enlightenment, and its concepts of scientific inquiry, progress and analysis. 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…
Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year.
One of the most important decisions leaders make is simply whom they hire as managers, according to research by the Gallup Organization. Yet Gallup finds companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82 percent of the time.
This is an alarming problem for employee engagement and the development of high-performing cultures. Without the raw natural talent to individualize, focus on each employee’s needs and strengths, boldly review their team members, rally people around a cause, and execute efficient processes, the day-to-day experience will burn out both the manager and their team. Read more…
Why are you in HR?
Perhaps I could end this post with the title alone because it’s a poignant question. If you work in HR or make money off of HR, have you asked yourself lately why you are here?
Most will say they work in HR because they “love to work with people,” or they “like making a difference in organizations.” The funny thing is, the more you work in HR the more you find that the relationship you have with your employees is a bit of a sordid tale, and that making a difference is a periodic win that graces you with its presence maybe every solar eclipse.
So again I ask — why are you in HR? Read more…
OK, C-level executive — I’m talking to you.
There’s a lot on your plate these days. You have to keep your organization afloat and make critical strategic business decisions that will ultimately shape the financial future of your firm.
However, if you’re overlooking one key element of your company’s operations, you could be missing out on the greatest opportunities to boost productivity and maximize performance. In the end, this aspect has some of the greatest impact on the bottom line. Read more…
What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties?
SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey Employee Financial Stress. They found that 61 percent of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38 percent would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”
Organizations that had more full-time hourly employees were more likely to have a response of “fair” compared to organizations with fewer full-time hourly employees who were more likely to report better financial health amongst employees. Read more…
What do you do with a productive outlier?
Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver who is sometimes collaborative, and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher — tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse lighting itself over and over again like a trick stick of dynamite.
One minute she’s figuring everything out, and the next, she’s blowing up.
Sizzle. Hiss. Ka-boom. Read more…
Companies today face several unprecedented challenges.
- An increasingly competitive hiring landscape, combined with growing talent shortages and skills gaps, makes finding the right people harder than ever.
- Looming retirements among Baby Boomers means companies will soon lose their most senior employees, along with their skills and knowledge.
- And, with rampant employee disengagement, companies often struggle to retain their best and most promising workers.
As these issues converge, talent management has become increasingly difficult. So, what can employers do to counteract these factors? Read more…
It’s never too early to carve out your path to success.
Start to think, act, and communicate like a leader to get the promotion you ultimately want. Even if you’re still several levels away from your dream promotion, there are numerous ways you can get on the path of your dreams, claims Amy Gallo.
In her Harvard Business Review article, she provides tips for doing just that. Read more…
Here’s one thing that’s good to remember: one highly engaged employee can make a world of difference.
Take the case of Frontier Airlines, a Colorado-based air carrier that earned dubious title of Second-Most-Complained-About-Carrier in 2013 (in fairness, Spirit Airlines, the No. 1 most-complained-about-carrier, outnumbered Frontier’s complaints by almost 8-to-1).
However, 2014 is looking brighter for Frontier, and they’ve enjoyed a boost in positive awareness since a story broke about an enterprising Frontier pilot teamed up with a Domino’s Pizza manager to deliver a customer experience his passengers won’t soon forget.
Sound like the plot to a new primetime drama? Wrong. It’s employee engagement at its finest. Read more…