The Goldilocks Effect: Which Leadership Style Engages Employees the Most?

In the classic children’s tale The Story of the Three Bears, Goldilocks stumbles upon an empty home where three bears reside. She finds that each bear has its own preference for porridge, chairs, and beds. After testing each of these, she determines that two of them are always too much in one extreme (e.g., too hot, too soft); ho...

What Kind of Leadership Style Do You Have?

Leadership styles vary, and can vary greatly. Furthermore, a style that might work for one company or industry might be a total bust for another. So… what kind of leader are you? How do you engage your people? What are the characteristics that make yo...

The 4 Winners of a Successful, Dynamic Performance Strategy

In many organizations, performance management is synonymous with performance appraisal. It's time to think about performance strategy. Performance appraisal is an event that focuses primarily on two parties—the employee and the supervisor—and is structured to provide feedback regarding the employee’s perform...

6 Tips for Optimizing Employee Performance Reviews

Are you optimizing your employee performance reviews? Contrary to how many managers approach it, the employee performance review should not be so much an event as an ongoing process. Having a “performance management” mindset, where employees are perpetually guided towards their ultimate potential, is the ideal practice t...

How to Conduct Employee Engagement Surveys

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which makes it the perfect opportunity to conduct an organization-wide employee engagement survey. In fact, even here at Wonderlic, we are going through our annual employee engagement survey. In this process, employees can reflect on all that has happened over the past year—successes, setbacks...

Soft Skills: Positively Necessary

Basic and technical skills are only the start of what your employees will need in order to succeed. Let’s look at the rest of the picture. Today we're going to cover the important topic of soft skills. We’ve all met those peo...

The Value of HR

Here are a few tips on how you can make sure your HR department is functioning at the highest level possible. HR can help to increase a company’s economic performance and improve overall employee satisfaction. Since the economy shifted, the role of human resource management has evolved dramatically. Prior to the economic decline, HR...

The Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is costly, there is no doubt about that, and it’s a big problem for organizations. In 2010, employers reported an average employee turnover rate of 11%. However, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated the average national turnover rate was 38%, which is significantly higher....