According to Dr. Robert Cooke, CEO of Human Synergistics and Associate Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago, “The organization as a whole, including all departments, teams, and individuals within it—and really, almost every outcome relevant to them—is impacted by culture and climate.”… Read More»
Does it sometimes feel like you’re wasting your breath trying to inspire uninspired employees? Managers make their best attempt at coaching employees to harness their own sense of motivation to achieve their personal and professional goals. But many tactics aimed at motivating uninspired employees have one major flaw: they don’t account for the person and the impact emotions, feelings, thoughts, and mindset have on their ability to feel drive.
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When you think of your workspace, you probably think about a featureless desk you labor at every day. The truth is, you spend more time at your desk than anywhere else except your bed. And just as an uncomfortable bed means you won’t get good sleep, an uncomfortable, impersonal desk means you won’t be productive. Get more out of your work hours by creating a more personal, productive workspace…. Read More»
You spent a lot of time constructing an eloquent mission statement — one full of promises and overflowing with trendy jargon. Top management applauds it, and clients appreciate it. But do your employees see it merely as rambling, meaningless verbiage? Less than 50 percent of the nation’s workers feel motivated by their employers’ core value statements. And that disconnect between what workers need and what they get is causing a catastrophic drop in team accountability. The people who are most important to your business’s success deserve a mission statement that’s more than a snappy sound bite. Your core values must resonate at every level, providing dependable anchors on which personnel can rely.
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We spend a large part of our adult lives at work. Many of us, however, aren’t happy about it. We wake up in the morning and force ourselves to go somewhere we don’t really want to be, and spend the day mumbling, “This job sucks!” There has to be a way to work happier, right?… Read More»
What can employers do to help employees improve their health? Hunger can be a productivity-killing distraction – so skip the sugary sweets and supply healthy snacks instead. Encouraging physical activity is another simple way to help employees keep their minds fresh and focused. The accompanying infographic includes a look at the connection between health and productivity along with tips on how to stay healthy at work…. Read More»
Most leaders appreciate the importance of leadership, culture, and engagement within their organizations. While they may not consciously think about the impact on individuals from a human perspective, managers sense these concepts are critical to healthy organizational performance. However, these three areas are often addressed individually, as if one doesn’t interact with the others. This leads to a disconnected organization…. 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»
Most bosses are really good at identifying your areas of possible improvement, but typically they are really bad at identifying their areas of possible improvement. So how do we help our boss take a good look in the mirror? This is a big topic, too big to be discussed to completion in a single blog post. But the overarching themes throughout should be Trust and Respect…. Read More»