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Employee Engagement

It's the Culture, Stupid

Randy Pennington | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Culture follows performance and behavior, not the other way around. The difference between you and the competitor who is beating you is the discipline to make these choices more often and effectively.

Why I Regretted Hiring the 'Perfect' Employee

Marc Lore | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Marc Lore

On paper, he looked like the ideal hire. Ivy League education. Top-notch work experience. Strong referrals. Rationally, all signs suggested I should hire him. And yet, I felt what can only be described as a "tap on the shoulder" -- an intuitive, but impossible-to-pinpoint feeling that something was off.

5 Signs Your Team is Dyfunctional

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Patrick Lencioni in his work The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team outlined the key things that contribute to ineffective team outcomes. Let's explore those and what you, the leader, can do to create a fully functional team.

Team Building Activities: 5 Things to Consider

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Teamwork is an important part of any organization. It leads to higher productivity, more effective communication and a better climate and culture. Many organizations are trying to foster team building, and one way they are doing it is through dedicated team-building activities.

Three Tests of Leadership in the New Disengagement Economy

Robert Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing concern regarding disengaged employees reflects a simple truth: leadership requirements have changed, most leaders have not.

Is This the End of Human Resources?

David Hassell | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
David Hassell

Treating employees as assets instead of people dehumanizes them and strips them of any motivation to contribute their unique strengths to the company.

A Workplace Flexibilities Guide for Working Families

Katherine Archuleta | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Katherine Archuleta

This week, as President Obama continues his conversations with working families across the country, OPM is proud to release a new online handbook that gives federal employees the information they need to take advantage of the government's many leave policies.

How One Fortune 500 Company Drives Employee Productivity

Kirsi Paalanen | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kirsi Paalanen

How does this Fortune 500 company know what they're doing works? They have had very high participation in the activities they have asked people to participate in and it has been reflected in their employee engagement scores too. And if this weren't enough they can boast the accolade of being a best place to work company.

Would You Rather Be a 'Valued' or 'Valuable' Employee?

John Friedman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
John Friedman

One of the best ways to value employees is to allow them to use their unique expertise in making the contribution. Allowing employees to use their skills also helps demonstrate the value that the company brings to the community.

A Radical New Approach to Employee Engagement!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In my new book Triggers, I propose a radical new approach to employee engagement. To me, this new approach is the "other half of the equation", the missing piece, the thing that we've been overlooking that could change the business landscape for good!

A Cost-Free Incentive to Motivate Employees

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 03.30.2015 | Small Business
Rosalind Cardinal

What is the best way for a manager to motivate employees? The traditional answer would be to give them a cash bonus, but studies have shown that cash bonuses are becoming less effective.

4 Tips for Attracting Top Talent

Mike Harden | Posted 03.27.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

Successful companies populate their teams with A-players. To do otherwise is a disservice to the company and its stakeholders. Unfortunately, most A-players aren't actively seeking new employment.

7 Signals of Turnover in Silicon Valley

Richard Moran | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Richard Moran

Great employees fuel the Silicon Valley engine. But keeping them can be a challenge. Like a card player who broadcasts the next move, maybe we can read the turnover signals in advance.

Driving High-Impact Through More Strategic Partnerships

Steve Delfin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Steve Delfin

As an organization that sits at the nexus of employer-charity interactions, America's Charities sees how both employers and charities are struggling with this new reality as evidenced by our 2014 Snapshot Report.

The Secret Weapon to Retain Your Top Performers

Joyce Maroney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Business
Joyce Maroney

It won't be news to many Huffington Post readers that the majority of workers don't love their jobs. The most recent Gallup State of the American Workplace survey reports that 70 percent of employees are not actively engaged at work.

Our Employer-Employee Marriages Need Counseling

Dov Seidman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Dov Seidman

The quality of our employer-employee relationships is downright dysfunctional. The primary reason for this is that we're doing too much shifting and not enough elevating.

How to Inspire Your Team

David Dye | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
David Dye

When I was sixteen years old, I told my father I wanted to be a vegetarian. "That's great!" he said, and jumped up from the couch, went to his file cabinet and pulled out old magazine articles and copies of nutrition guidelines.

The Business Case for Private-Sector Involvement in Youth Mentoring

Nancy A. Altobello | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Nancy A. Altobello

The investments in quality youth mentoring made by companies are direct contributions to the future strength of our communities and our country. They connect young people to the powerful asset that is mentoring, to opportunity, and to success.

Why Evaluate Performance?

Nora T. Akins | Posted 02.12.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Performance appraisals have received a lot of criticism over the past several years. Most supervisors and employees dislike the whole process. Perhap...

Never Ever Ever Give Away Your Power

Ayelet Baron | Posted 04.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ayelet Baron

If your dream is to accumulate more and more stuff, more power to you. You know what's important to your well being. But if it isn't, maybe you'll shift to making a life and not just a living?

The Volunteer Committee

James M. Lynch | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Building on the success of a winter coat drive, I took a risk by posting a sign in our company cafeteria calling for anyone who was involved with any kind of volunteer activity to attend a meeting. I expected about five people to attend and got twelve. 'Not bad', I thought, for a company of fifty.

How Helpfulness Drives Employee Engagement

Matt Tenney | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Matt Tenney

Most leaders are aware of the link between employee engagement and business results. We've seen studies like Aon Hewitt's 2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement, which showed that a 5% increase in engagement is linked to a 3% increase in revenues.

Another Data Point for Performance Reviews: Employee Volunteering

Ryan Scott | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

As corporate volunteerism becomes an increasingly important part of the work experience, companies are coming up with new ways to embrace volunteering and tie it to their bottom lines.

To Drive Business Results, Measure Employees' Strategic Relationships

David Nour | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
David Nour

Using data collection, analysis, and action plans to impact organizational health is absolutely valid. But please, let's find a way to measure what really matters: depth and breadth of strategic relationships, internal and external to the organization.

Workplace Stress? Check Your Inbox

Glenn Riseley | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Glenn Riseley

According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, the average employee today will spend close to 30% of their time just slogging through email.