7 mistakes leaders make trying to engage employees

It doesn’t carry quite the same intention as when Jean-Luc Picard drew it up, but “engage!” is truly a command all business leaders need to follow. To engage employees is essential to maintaining productivity, fostering a thriving company culture, and reducing turnover. According to a...

How to Value Existing Employees as Much as New Hires

Do you remember the days when banks would offer awesome, shiny new products to new customers? Banks gave away free slow cookers, 150-piece Tupperware sets, and 800-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. It was a great time to be a new customer for big banks back then, but what were they offering their loyal customers who'd already gotten th...

Your Brand Ambassadors Are the People You’re Hiring

Every successful company aspires to create a strong brand. And part of building a brand is creating a workforce full of brand ambassadors. Not only does a strong brand correlate with the obvious benefits of increased sales volume and allowance for premium pricing, it can also have an amazing effect on your applic...

14 Characteristics Impacting Student Engagement

What can you start doing today to begin boosting student engagement? In a recent study conducted by Wonderlic, Inc. and the Imagine America Foundation, researchers discovered the top 14 characteristics that are highly correlated with student engagement. This is promising research for schools that are looking for ways to increase retention...

Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

As an academic director, faculty frequently sent struggling students to my office. These students were at risk of being kicked out or doing their best to drop out. From high absenteeism to nonexistent study habits, there was a host of symptoms that contributed to the students’ challenges. But, regardless of the symptoms, I found that student...

SHRM 2014 Conference – Transformational Thinking

It seems like employers are back on track when it comes to making corporate improvements by investing in people. Whether it was around employee engagement, onboarding, recruiting, hiring… the SHRM Conference was replete with sessions on not just improving existing methods, but evolving them to take employee success to the next level....

Leadership: Directions for Employee Motivation

If you’ve ever been involved in a hiring decision, did you pay any special attention to the competencies and motivation of the applicants? We know that highly skilled and motivated employees will do more, do it better, and be around to do it long...

Motivating and Retaining Employees in the New Economy

There’s no doubt that we still face challenging times in the workplace.... employee engagement levels are at record lows, and the levels for top performers and high-potential employees have fallen the furthest of any group. Surveys reveal that 60% of employees plan to leave their current employer within a year, and another 21% are activ...

Your Employees Want to Fire You

If things seem tense around the office and you’re not sure why, you’ll want to find out ASAP. The problem might not be your employees... Here’s the situation: Departmental productivity over the last few months has dropped. Lately, the office seems quieter than usual. Smiles are hard to find, but blank stares are abundant. You hear w...