Editor’s Note: This post is part of the series “Workplace Morale,” a weeklong effort co-hosted by Switch & Shift and the folks at SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership. Be sure to keep track of the series here and check out our daily e-mail newsletter. Don’t subscribe? Sign up. Few would disagree that low morale comes from a sense of feeling […] Read more… Read More»
Creating a workplace culture that breeds high morale and engagement doesn’t happen by accident. It requires leadership – wise, empathetic, discerning, thoughtful, strategic, and caring leadership. And it’s a leadership you can’t fake. It has to flow from the ethos of who you are as a person…. Read More»
It’s easy to focus on the negative side of workplace morale. The problem of poor morale is such a common one that it’s become a major point of discussion for managers and executives across the economy. But this focus on the problem in itself brings us down. After all, if you’re busy trying to solve the negatives then you aren’t drawing attention to and celebrating the positives.
So how can you get this right? How can you pull out of the negative spiral?… Read More»
Being real is especially important to the younger Generation Y, currently representing about one third of the U.S. working population and expecting to take up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. Being digital natives, they expect companies to be open and transparent and to behave in line with their personal values and belief systems. Using REAL as an acronym, I would like to touch upon 4 ways for companies to drive more realness in their workplaces…… Read More»
People sense your level of engagement. They read you like a book, carefully interpreting every facial expression. They read your lines, and in between the lines. People react to what you say and the way you say it. They hear and interpret the subtlest undertones in your voice. They know how engaged you are, as a leader, employee number one, head of the pack.
You are the CEO, chief engagement officer. How engaged are you? What’s your level of your emotional commitment to the organization and its goals? How much discretionary effort do you apply?… Read More»
HR gurus at conferences mouth the word ‘engagement’ more times per minute than Robert Plant used to sing ‘baby’ in the average Led Zeppelin song. But what do the terms engagement, morale and motivation mean in practice? Here we look at some core principles and exemplars of how engagement, morale and motivation really work, so that you may adopt adapt them for your own purposes…. Read More»
Daniel Parent, director of field human resources at video game retailer GameStop, is one of those rare, enlightened leaders who does just that. He has a clever way of finding out how his employees are feeling about their work – he asks them. Regularly. And then he makes every effort to address their concerns so they can be happy at work.
Daniel has learned over the years that simply asking that question and showing that he cares about them makes his employees feel supported. Furthermore, he learns what their real issues are so he can provide them with meaningful direction…. Read More»
A vibrant and effective business culture creates a palpable energy that you can feel the moment you walk in the door. It’s more than employees who enjoy their work and it’s more than employees with a single-minded focus on execution. What you feel is a sense of purposeful activity, passion and commitment. You feel the dynamic resonance of a group of people with diverse talents and perspectives, joined by a common passion. You feel the energy of a group of people who have come alive…. Read More»
“Quite simply in any human group the leader has maximal power to sway everyone’s emotions. If people’s emotions are pushed toward the range of enthusiasm, performance can soar; if people are pushed toward rancor and anxiety, they will be thrown off stride.” At Luck Companies, we could not agree more…. Read More»
Welcome to the modern world of over-the-top workplaces, designed to save employees time, money, and life-aches. The brightest companies have been paying close attention to employee wellness for years, to embrace new capacity, greater productivity, and a positive culture. Management discussions are placing more emphasis on benefiting their company quotidian and HR brand, while fiercely protecting their bottom line. Make no mistake; top employees either wake up eager to engage a workplace culture they love, or are seeking to exit a workplace culture they hate…. Read More»