It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?
In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.
This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…
“Employees are the most valuable asset that any organization has. In the past managers said ‘jump” and the employees said, ‘How high?’ Now, the managers are jumping with employees.” — Jacob Morgan, American business writer
During the past generation or so, something unusual has happened in business: managers have evolved from the boss to a team player.
Figuratively, they are still in charge, of course, but leaders realized they got farther by being in partnership with their employees. They act more like a visionary facilitator, rather than a strategy imposter. Read more…
Second of two parts
Editor’s note: If you missed Part 1, see New Study: 96% Think Culture Change is Needed in Their Organization
The bottom line from the Booz & Company culture study is this: 96 percent said culture change is needed.
The challenge is that leaders must go far beyond basic tips, keys, or “levers,” like Booz & Co. highlighted in their study, if there is hope for sustainable culture change.
There must be a better way to build pride, drive out fear, and support the purpose and strategy of an organization with effective culture work. We believe the answer is to build your unique culture foundation. Read more…
Kmart’s decision to open its doors at 6 am on Thanksgiving Day sent shock waves throughout the nation.
Though bargain-seekers were thrilled, many are questioning the retail chain’s decision. In recent years, such “Thanksgiving creep” has inspired multiple protests from employees, with one petition calling it “inhumane and inconsiderate.”
And unfortunately, this problem doesn’t just exist in retail establishments around the holidays. Across all job types and industries, Americans are working more than ever. Read more…
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King” — Erasmus of Rotterdam
I love quotes, but sometimes one comes across that you have not heard of and it is all too powerful. My interpretation is even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
I had a conversation a few weeks back from a young professional that I mentor. On her LinkedIn page, she listed herself as a “PR expert.” Two years into her career and she was already an expert. How did that happen? Read more…
With the holiday season really kicking off next week, so will the deluge of stories, articles and blog posts about the perils of the annual workplace holiday party.
I think these kind of events were always difficult to deal with, but they have become even more so in the Age of Social Media (where everything seems to eventually end up on Facebook), and during an era that is both over-the-top politically correct and incredibly litigious.
As attorney Patti Weisberg wrote here on TLNT last year: Read more…
Yesterday I read an article titled Why We No Longer Need HR Departments, and apparently I wasn’t the only one sucked in by the catchy title.
The article garnered more than 3,000 comments, and I surely didn’t read them all, but I read enough to be able to declare here that many readers, like myself, don’t think the author said much of anything.
Here’s the gist of what he said: HR is a stupid name. HR can’t effectively serve two masters. Basic HR functions can be outsourced.
Blah Blah Blah. Read more…
Humility may be a virtue, but it’s also a competitive advantage.
According to research from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, humble people are more likely to be high performers in individual and team settings and they also tend to make the most effective leaders. Yet the attribute of humility seems to be neglected in leadership development programs and it’s often misunderstood.
The research team defined humility as a three-part personality trait consisting of an accurate view of the self, teachability, and appreciation of others’ strengths.
“Humble leaders foster learning-oriented teams and engage employees. They also optimize job satisfaction and employee retention,” says study co-author Michael Johnson. Read more…
When employee performance is managed effectively, it drives higher performance, produces higher levels of engagement, and reduces turnover among the better performers.
It also provides information needed for staffing, career management, individual development plans, and reward management. Research studies have confirmed effective performance management is instrumental in building and sustaining a high performance culture.
But despite its proven value, many employers allow managers to downplay their responsibility, treating it as an “HR requirement” that has to be tolerated. Read more…
“When you follow your passion, success will follow you.”
When I heard that statement, I looked up at the TV. Not really being a TV person, I normally leave it on for background noise.
As I gazed at the TV, I could not let that slogan go. The name of the company did not register but the phrase that they are using as their tag line did.
There has been a lot of chatter about finding your passion in life. As I talk to young people, it seems that everyone is on the hunt for something — whether it is a job or a career. Yes, people are looking and searching for that hidden treasure called passion. Read more…