peer-to-peer recognition

Peer-to-Peer Recognition and It’s Effect on Employee Motivation

Employee motivation is hard to quantify, but our company never shies away from a challenge. As a global business network dedicated to happiness at work, Happy Melly is backed by an 11-person team focused on helping people increase job satisfaction. We live and breathe experimentation, so we take ideas and test drive them on each other. And so in the spirit of our culture of adventure and analysis, a few months ago our founder Jurgen Appelo suggested we see if we could draw any tangible data from our peer-to-peer recognition program, one of our ongoing experiments…. Read More»

inclusive workplace

10 Ways Inspired Leaders Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace

An inclusive workplace is a critical component to individual as well as corporate well-being. But did you know being ostracized, or excluded, at work can be more harmful than bullying? How can we explain this confusing dichotomy? When we are ostracized we are, essentially, ignored. We feel left out, invisible and therefore detached from our […] Read moreRead More»

toxic leaders

How to Identify Toxic Leaders and Improve Company Culture

Unfortunately, most professionals have had a bad boss or two. But did you know there’s more than one kind? Recently, Binghamton University professor Seth M. Spain published findings along these lines in “Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being.” In the chapter in question, Professor Spain asserts toxic leaders come in two main varieties. Knowing how to tell the difference between the two is key for protecting your company’s culture and the sanity of the folks who work there… Read More»

office environment

Seven Simple Ways to Create a Kinder Office Environment

Kindness seems to be scarce these days. So much so, that a whopping 76 percent of respondents in a recent poll said the world is a less kind place than it was 10 to 20 years ago. This lack of kindness is prevalent in both our personal and professional lives. It’s especially pervasive in an office environment, where everyone is on a deadline, stressed about projects, and looking toward their next promotion. When we’re so focused on ourselves, it’s hard to be kind to one another…. Read More»

employee experience

The Employee Experience: An Interview with Authors Tracy Maylett and Matthew Wride

We recently talked with authors Tracy Maylett, Ed.D and Matthew Wride, J.D., P.H.R. about their new book, The Employee Experience: How to Attract Talent, Retain Top Performers, and Drive Results. The book explores what is shaping up to be the hot HR topic of 2017—the employee experience. Mayett and Wride are chief executives at DecisionWise…. Read More»

employee experience

Don’t Let the Boss’s Eccentricities Drive the Employee Experience

It goes without saying that an organization’s employee experience is heavily influenced by a founder and those key individuals who are at the organization’s helm. From a cultural perspective, it’s natural to adapt workplace customs to meet the needs (but mostly demands) of those who were, or are, driving the organization towards success. An organization’s customs and values, however, need to be intentional rather than reactive. Here are a few amusing stories to help illustrate how crazy life can be when the boss’s eccentricities dominate the Employee Experience.
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cultural health

Time for a check-up? Assessing Cultural Health [Video]

Here’s Chris’ second Culture Leadership Charge video episode exclusively for Switch and Shift viewers. In these crisp, concise segments, Chris outlines proven practices for creating a purposeful, positive, productive work culture. In this episode, Chris describes five levels of organizational cultural health as detailed in his Amazon best-selling book, The Culture Engine. From worst to best, those […] Read moreRead More»

new hires

6 Ways Managers Can Engage and Retain New Hires

Starting a job is an exciting and scary moment for new hires. The first 90 days of employment are a critical time when they develop lasting opinions about their workplace that will affect their future performance. When handled well, the onboarding experience sets up an employee for success that will pay strong dividends to the company…. Read More»

trust issues

Trust Issues: What Happens When You Trust Your Customers

It is hard to have a positive relationship with someone you don’t trust. When you don’t trust someone, it’s hard to believe they have your best interests at heart. Without trust, there can be no true partnership. The thing most of us don’t realize is that trust issues affect more than just our personal lives, they impact our business relationships as well…. Read More»

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