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Employees Stay for Meaningful Work
Finding meaningful work is one of life’s greatest challenges. Some people spend their whole life trying to identify their purpose, yet never figure it out. Millennials, who will continue to make up a growing percentage of our workforce, are especially driven by their pursuit of personal development and purpose. Most savvy employers know the importance […]
Employee Productivity: Here’s What Really Matters
Today’s business leaders are dealing with a lot. Along with the technology-shaped elephant in the room, the increase in internal business collaboration (50 percent in the past two decades), the change in performance management and the influx of millennials have left many companies scrambling. Despite these changes, the goals of businesses have remained constant: Generate […]
Employee Engagement vs. Employee Motivation
Are Employee Engagement and Employee Motivation the Same Thing? Frank Sinatra said it best in his classic Love and Marriage, “you can’t have one without the other.” Both are crucial to driving your employees to do big things for your business. Before we dive in, it’s important to explore the idea of motivation itself. Intrinsic […]
Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017?
If you manage a team of five or more people, chances are at least one of your direct reports are considering a change of employers in the next ten months. According to the latest CareerBuilder survey, more than one in five American workers, or 22 percent, are planning to change jobs in 2017. Among younger […]
7 Deadly Sins of Employee Engagement
Even with the best of intentions, some of the methods chosen to improve employee engagement can backfire. Engaged employees can improve retention, strengthen a company culture and increase productivity, but all that is quickly ruined when any of these seven deadly sins are committed.
An Open Letter to HR
Dear HR, We know you are juggling the challenges of managing benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding. The struggle is real, right? We understand these tasks are crucial to the success of the organization, but we need information. When do we need it? Typically, at 4:50 p.m. on a Friday, when all you want to do is […]
4 Benefits You Gain When You Explain the ‘Why’
People are innately curious. Think back to when you were a child and constantly asking “why,” like “why is the sky blue?” or “Why is the grass green?”
Three Must-have Conversations for the New Year
Everyone should consider having the following three conversations over the course of the next few weeks. Taking this time with your direct reports, yourself and your spouse will only improve the beginning of your new year. 1. Speak With Your Squad As for your direct reports, many individuals– especially millennials – need these types of […]
True Confessions: The Biggest Mistake Organizations Make in Employee Surveys
Your company issued an engagement survey. Employees were enthusiastic about participating, and did. The results are in. Now what do you do?
4 Ways to Make Your Employees Want to Come to Work
Disengaged employees don’t feel motivated to work. A 2015 survey by Gallup revealed that 50.8 percent of American workers were not engaged in their jobs. Consequently, disengaged employees may arrive to work late, miss deadlines, submit poor-quality work, alienate themselves from co-workers or seek employment elsewhere. While the employee could be solely responsible for his or […]
The Inside Scoop: How to Find Out What Your Employees Aren’t Telling You
We talk a lot about employee engagement on this blog, and for good reason: Companies with an engaged workforce outperform those without by nearly 202 percent. Today, we’re not here to drill such stats into your head – besides, that one makes a pretty solid case on its own – but to discuss how businesses can engage their employees by surveying each and every one of them.
6 Tips for Using ‘Stay’ Surveys to Retain Your Best Teachers
Teacher attrition is a complicated phenomenon that impacts every school differently.