Is it possible employee engagement in the U.S. has increased by only 3 percentage points from 2012 to 2016? The State of the American Workforce report released February 15, 2017 offers startling data. If ever there was a strong call to action for leaders and HR professionals, here it is in black and white. According to Gallup "The U.S. - and the world at large - is in the midst of an employee engagement crisis." Something isn't working about the way we're working We've been … [Read more...] about Gallup’s State of the American Workforce Report issues a STRONG call to action. Will you heed it?
“Resilience? Oh yes, we’re very resilient.” That’s the common retort when asked if people consider themselves to be resilient. People intuitively understand the nature of resilience and are able to describe it using a number of anecdotes on perseverance, rags-to-riches stories, facing and overcoming challenges, surviving economic downturns, and others. However, people are less sure when asked if their organizations are resilient – not to mention the blank stares when asked to … [Read more...] about Measuring the Impact of Resilience in an Organization (and what companies can learn)
It’s the dog days of summer and your employees are lazy and distracted. They’re dreaming of the next vacation, bustling to get the kids ready for school, or maybe they’re burnt out because they didn’t get enough time off. It doesn't really matter what time of year it is, any season can bring distractions, stress, and low team productivity. How you manage your teams can make all the difference and help them stay fresh and focused. Here are 3 tips to get your team refocused and … [Read more...] about How to Keep Up Team Productivity (and overcome burnout)
Most people are frightened when they hear they’re going to be merged or acquired by another organization. The announcement provokes stressful conversation at the workplace and at the home dinner table. I’ve even seen grown people cry when hearing the news of an impending acquisition. Uncertainty can be the cause for personal distress. There’s usually a modicum of relief when you happen to work for the acquiring company, but the transaction nevertheless still has its impact on morale … [Read more...] about What Every Company Can Do to Maintain Morale While Engaged in an M&A
With the demands of life – work, personal, community, life, it is no wonder most of us are constantly reacting! Reacting to put out a fire, defend work, respond to an inquiry, or solve a urgent pressing issue. React to get “it” out of the way and make space for more reacting. React to say “we did it” and move on. Only to have to “do it again and again” and eventually become exhausted and over taxed. Reacting is a talent, one many of us master without ever intending to. It is learned through … [Read more...] about What Great Leaders Need to Know About Resilience at Work
Being a great leader is more than being in a leadership position. It is what you do once you are in a position of leadership that determines your success and effectiveness. One doesn’t have to look far to find examples and demonstrations of great leadership (or not so great leadership). Why, just Google ‘examples of great leadership’ and take your pick of articles highlighting some pretty amazing individuals. Whether at a grand big brand level or within a smaller organization, great … [Read more...] about An Unexpected List of What All Great Leaders Have in Common