A recent research study of 200,000 plus individuals concluded that 79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving. When employees don’t feel valued for who they are or what they bring to the workplace, they disengage and often leave. Disengaged employees have a negative impact on the work environment. Turnover is disruptive and costly to companies, and it’s also disruptive to all the individuals involved – to those who leave and to those who stay behind. The statistic is disheartening – but the condition is easily preventable.Read More
Does your company’s work save your workers from boredom? Or have you dumbed it down so much that even a monkey would yawn?
Does your company’s work save your employees from vice? Or is the work itself a vice, as your whole organization swindles your customers, deceives your recruits, and outsmarts the communities in which you operate?
Does your company’s work save your workers from need? Or are their jobs actually J.O.B.s – as in, Just Over Broke?Read More
Ted Coiné posted a quiz to see if we are all Millennials. Ted made some excellent points, and his challenge sparked a thought. Aren’t we all generations? If not, shouldn’t we be? The reality is we are a sum of all generations, and we should be. Each generation has fought battles, won, failed, learned, invented, wrote, led, and tried to leave a better place than those before them. We need to embrace the lessons from each generation.Read More
“Be Trustworthy: Act with integrity and always keep your word.” Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? And to many of us, this is our default position already; being trustworthy is a matter of pride. But we can all probably think of a person right now who could use a couple of reasons to behave in a more honorable manner, huh? For that shifty schemer in everyone’s life, our friend Barbara Kimmel came up with this terrific list of ten reasons to be trustworthy…Read More
Imagine recent outcomes at GM, and Toyota before it, if some frontline engineer – or even assembly line worker – used the company Intranet to say “Hey, CEO, there’s a fundamental design problem with (fill in the blank),” …and the CEO stopped production while the glitch was fixed, even if that meant months of stalled production.
Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all.Read More
We all want to feel powerful. But is there a shortcut we can take to get there? We all know some roles are more powerful than others. Managers, CEOs and leaders usually feel more powerful than their employees or their followers since they are the ones who control promotions, salaries, hiring and firing of their less powerful subordinates. Studies have shown that when a person feels powerful it activates certain behaviors and cognitions.Read More
Holacracy as an organizational method assumes that all employees are capable of working in flat teams, called ‘circles’ that are self-regulating. Authority and decision-making are distributed throughout these circles; managers and executives are no longer placed in a pedestal.
In a Holacracy, the organization puts emphasis on iterative governance, adaptive processes, and self-organization – and puts the employees comfortably in the driver’s seat.Read More
Research suggests that if you listen and act on your employees’ ideas, then they will respond by taking more initiative and increasing productivity. It’s time to start inviting employees to offer their advice and share their knowledge. Here are five things worth asking them about.Read More
When we think about motivation we tend to imagine people bounding around, smiling and excited to make things happen. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not much of a recipe for long-term productivity in a work place. While I’m all for a healthy dose of inspiration, there are three things which are completely underestimated in their ability to motivate employees, and all available without delivering a stirring speech.Read More
“He is totally out of control; always questioning why we do things, coming up with strange and silly ideas of how we could do things differently and showing little respect for authorities, and our well-established routines, rules and traditions. On a number of occasions he has even initiated new activities without asking for my permission. “Thank you, that is exactly what I suspected,” I answered, hung up and then called the candidate and told him that the job was his.Read More
I’m currently working my way through the series Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with my daughters. The premise is this: take a long-held belief or story, and put it to the reality test. For instance, one of my favorites is their test of the common expression “like a bull in a china shop.” Mythbusters ran a series of bulls through a mock china shop. You guessed it – the china was fine (bulls are “daintily” nimble and agile).
Can we use this same concept as we think about accelerating our companies towards growth and improving employee engagement? I believe we can.Read More