“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”
How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”
History shows that’s just not true. For the last 25 years, tenure has been consistently low across nearly all age ranges. And the youngest generation in the workplace tends to stay the shortest amount of time (which is not surprising considering where they are in their careers).
More recent data published in The Wall Street Journal shows average tenure across occupations doesn’t even reach five (5) years. Read more…
Employees with more friends at work are more engaged, according to the Fall 2014 MoodTracker Report released by Globoforce.
Only 28 percent of employees who reported having no friends at work were engaged, while 69 percent who reported having at least 25 friends were highly engaged.
The implications are clear: We need more friends at work. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Does a company invade an employee’s privacy by accessing personal texts on a work-issued iPad?
This “invasion of privacy” question is the lynchpin of a new lawsuit from two former employees of one of the largest beer companies in the world. The complaint (Nascimento v. Anheuser Busch), which began in state court, has been removed to federal court in New Jersey.
David Gialanella, reporting for the New Jersey Law Journal, summarizes the facts of the case: Read more…
I have people ask me to help them write a resignation letter, which is a little funny because it really doesn’t matter what you write, because only two things are going to happen:
- They’ll freak out that you are leaving and try and talk you out it.
- They’ll go “Oh, that’s too bad, we will hate to see you go.”
For your ego’s sake, you want No. 1, not No. 2. Read more…
“The most expensive person you’ll ever hire is the one you have to fire.“
If it seems like more trouble than it’s worth to set a high standard, do a thorough job, and hire tough, here are just some of the repercussions if you don’t: Read more…
The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is “People are our greatest asset.”
Those five words do more damage than good.
That was the hook as I began my speech this week at the Great Place to Work list announcement in Dubai .
I have gotten so that when I hear that phrase, to me it is a signal that whoever said it is not really connected about those assets. If you have to say it, you probably do not believe it yourself. Read more…
Engaged employees are the harbingers of workforce retention and happiness in the workplace, however numerous companies struggle with creating practices and protocols that result in enthusiastic personnel.
From haphazard questionnaires to ambiguous measurements, countless companies are striving to produce solutions that will boost morale and prevent great team members from leaving, but these companies are falling desperately short of their aspirations.
This begs the questions: Can happiness truly be measured? Can employee engagement be quantifiably tracked? Has the traditional employee engagement industry become obsolete? Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Got a busted bracket in your HR Department’s NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket pool?
Well, according to this CareerBuilder.com survey, 1 in 7 U.S. workers planned to fill out a bracket in an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament office pool. Most likely to participate would be the folks in IT (40 percent), with senior management 50 percent more likely to participate than entry-level employees. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.
Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.
And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.
I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…
A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel caught my attention.
It reports that a leasing company has stopped the process of making tenants agree in the lease to not post bad social media reviews, at the penalty of $10,000. Wow! I must be naïve because I just cannot fathom anyone making such a business decision. Well, it’s good they stopped it.
Reading a little deeper, apparently the leasing company was concerned about a “’growing trend’ of real estate renters posting unjustified and defamatory reviews on social media in order to negotiate lower rents.” OK, that is certainly unfair, if that is actually happening.
Trying to control what people write on social media, however, is a little bit like trying to bail out a sinking canoe. If someone wants to write a negative review and not pay a penalty, they’ll find a way to do it, even if it means getting cousin Gertrude to write the review. Read more…