Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.
By Timothy R. Clark
How do you learn engagement from someone who’s disengaged?
You don’t. That’s like trying to learn French from a Spanish teacher. People simply can’t teach you what they don’t know.
So we decided that the key to understanding high engagement was to study the highly engaged. We studied 150 highly engaged employees in 13 different industries and 50 different organizations, from aerospace and health care to technology and media. 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…
By Eric B. Meyer
Come Jan. 1, 2015, most New Jersey employers will no longer be able to ask about an applicant’s criminal record during the initial employment application process.
Ban the box will be b-b-b-b-banned in the Garden State! Read more…
Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.
What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:
“Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”
It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…
“New Employee Incentive Plan: Work or get fired.” — Hand-lettered sign behind the counter of a country store.
According to a recent story in Inc. magazine, Brian Halligan, CEO of software marketing firm Hubspot, has a singular way of handling go-getter employees who present him with great ideas with the potential to improve the company’s bottom line.
He fires them.
The punchline? He fires them from their “day jobs.” He then appoints them as the CEOs of their own change initiatives, something like little start-up companies within the company. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
What happens when an employer-defendant argues that cancer — CANCER! — is not an ADA disability?
How do you think that worked out? (I’ve got a pretty good guess too).
In EEOC v. Midwest Regional Medical Center, LLC (yes, the employer-defendant was a friggin’ hospital!), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on behalf of an employee who had been diagnosed with basal-cell carcinoma. According to the EEOC, the employee informed her supervisor of her cancer diagnosis and that she would undergo radiation treatment. Read more…
Here are four (4) qualifications to consider when creating training programs for the workforce of tomorrow.
You may have heard of them; they’re called Millennials. I’m one of them and chances are, you might be, too. There are 80 million of us taking over close to half (46 percent) of the corporate jobs in America by 2020.
With that in mind, here is what we look for in corporate training: Read more…
Several leading business journals recently have declared the job itself, as a vehicle for packaging work, to be on the endangered species list .
Commenting on the same phenomenon, Charles Savage describes “the rigor mortis of the industrial era” where the division of work and managerial supervision represented “structured distrust.” As the industrial era is replaced by the knowledge era, he predicts, both jobs and managers will be gone. Thus, making the need for the position description redundant.
While, this is, admittedly, a fairly radical stance, the Academy of Management Executive concurs: 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…