Imagine a world where young people are escorted, protected, and paid as they find their place, their work, and their lives. This is the difference between a system based on temporary, exploitive internships and a system based on long-term development of a mentor, apprentice, and protégé…. Read More»
Last week I had the opportunity to sit with our team of miners at our Rockville quarry and talk some shop. Blue-collar workers to the core, these front line associates are the heart and soul of our company. They define themselves by their values, their work ethic, and the family like relationships they have with each other. Since spending time with them, there is one more distinguishable attribute I would add to the list… common sense. As Voltaire said, “common sense is not so common.” In the case of our Rockville miners, I do not think that could be further from the truth…. Read More»
Several themes emerge when you look over the top guest posts of 2014. Whether it be deepening your understanding of Millennials and what this much-talked about generation is changing in the workplace, or a need for some positivity. What delights us, and apparently you, too, is a focus on human-centered business practices. When you look […] Read more… Read More»
Do you remember the thrill you felt when you just joined a firm or project team? The intellectual sparks that brought feelings of untapped, incredible possibilities? Possibilities of what you could create, the impact you could generate, or the difference you could make with the resources at your disposal? You were ready to lead, run with it, engage with others, and prove yourself. The sky was the limit. At least until you ran into that someone we’ve all met in our careers – the person who has “been there and done that.” They were too focused on the roadblocks to see the possibilities you saw so clearly…. Read More»
Precious gems that leave staff feeling valued, also make work a fun a place to be. Few can afford priceless gifts for everybody at work, yet everybody can ring in holidays at work with lasting takeaways in bright packages. To create holiday extras that others will find festive—yet you can afford—consider the brainy benefits within […] Read more… Read More»
CEOs define success in terms of revenue and money. Knowing that, VPs focus on numbers and justifying decisions. Managers worry about costs while trying to make sure the team is strong enough to accomplish goals. Supervisors want to make sure the team performs well, and so on.
The typical top-down recognition needs to change, and in its place should be a more timely, peer-to-peer recognition program…. Read More»
Here in the United States, we’re celebrating thanksgiving today. A holiday surrounded by the idea of giving thanks. Among the many other things we’re thankful for, YOU are our greatest blessing. We wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to our generous community. You are a people of great resolve and character, and we are honored you’ve chosen to spend so much time, talents, and treasures supporting the human-side movement. We have truly become a community of purpose and it’s a privilege to work alongside all of you. Thank you…. Read More»
It often surprises my executive coaching clients how important their emotions are to their workplace success. Most of us have been trained to keep our emotions out of the office, so we let lag an ongoing investment in our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Part of the problem is that investing in developing EQ is work that doesn’t always have an immediate payoff, and most of us are focused on results now! But part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding about what EQ is. … Read More»
Some employers tend to underestimate the effect of their words and expressions on the morale of their workers. The truth is that what managers say and how they say it impacts employee engagement and loyalty, to the point when the supervisor’s comments become the prime motive for leaving the company. Here are some examples of things responsible employers should never say to their workers…. Read More»
The modern workplace is a collection of new technologies, new business strategies, and new leadership methodologies… and the same staggering number of disengaged employees.
What was once an emerging trend is now a full-blown problem that costs US businesses an estimated $450 to $550 billion each year. However, the cost of poor employee engagement is hardly confined to a monetary figure…. Read More»