Take a look at the scene you're setting and what business culture you're promoting. If you see a business model that depletes your employees, try to adjust accordingly and see if your employees' moods lift.
The best form of engagement is still simple: showing you care for your employees and their loved ones. This is why I have always made a practice of inviting spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, and children to my company events.
What I found in researching this piece, is that large, ostentatious perks aren't what make companies tick on a daily basis. A foundation of meaningful work, subtle and personal perks, and enjoying time with talented colleagues sounds like the perfect formula.
We should stop denying that for many, the workplace culture is an obstacle to a healthy lifestyle and may even exacerbate weight gain and unfitness. If we don't, we should not be surprised at the continual rise in health care costs and the simultaneous decline of our health.
You have wonderful things to offer an employer -- your brains, instincts, energy and time, for starters -- and you have a flame worth growing. Why dim your flame in the wrong place, when there are people in so many other places who will be happy to know you and collaborate with you?
Tracking your employees' keystrokes and their visits to websites is not leadership. But when you're honest and human and forthright with people, that is leadership. Here are more things that do not constitute leadership in any way, shape or form.
Ironically, the colonization of everyday life by work is often particularly strongly felt by the underemployed and unemployed trying to break into the information economy, which is an essential part of today's economic landscape.
If you can find a way to unlock the primal mojo of your workforce, you won't need to manage as much as you do. You won't need to rely so heavily on incentive plans, performance reviews, pep talks, frowns, and punishment.
You can hardly swing a foam dart gun without hitting an XBox in startupville these days. We're all for a little fun around the office, but at some point, the hoodie and Vans pendulum swings too far, and a little formality is needed.