You’ve downed your third cup of coffee since 6:30 am. Your next online meeting is in five minutes and the Blue Screen of Death taunts you from your computer screen. You get a message from your boss asking when you’ll be done with the draft proposal you promised you’d get to last week. An invitation to […] Read more… Read More»
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»
If put on the spot, I bet anyone could name a manager who inspired or encouraged them. Would your team recognize you as one of their most successful managers? Successful managers motivate employees while also creating a stable, enjoyable working environment. With managers increasingly considering employee engagement, why is the number of engaged employees still so low?
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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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Dedicated and driven employees are a great asset to any business. Without staff, your business wouldn’t function and you’d struggle to manage daily operations single-handedly. To ensure your business maintains high levels of efficiency and productivity, you must do everything you can to ensure your employees feel engaged and appreciated for their hard work. In other words, you need to keep your employees happy…. Read More»
With the holiday season over, we are all likely experiencing some stress while we try to ramp up for the new year, and manage our backlog of work and our endless stream of emails. This might be a good time to think about what we can do to reduce employee stress…. Read More»
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»
The issue of gender parity in leadership roles has received a lot of attention from the business community in recent years. Progress is being made as more and more companies fill executive positions with qualified female candidates. What is often overlooked, however, is the very real gender bias faced by women who already serve in leadership roles. Many female leaders are trapped by the perception that they have to behave in accordance with traditional male stereotypes in order to be effective, but the truth is that most of the traits traditionally exhibited by each gender are seen as equally effective…. Read More»
We all want to feel good and true happiness is the answer, right? Well, according to Harvard Medical School psychologist, Dr. Susan David, it’s more nuanced than “happiness equals goodness.” In Dr. David’s book Emotional Agility, she writes, “The paradox of happiness is that deliberately striving for it is fundamentally incompatible with the nature of happiness itself.” … Read More»
Team leaders are often encouraged to communicate appreciation to colleagues during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Expressing thanks for a job well done is sure to be received well, right? Not necessarily. At times, clueless managers are at risk for saying “thanks” in ways that won’t be received well…. Read More»