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...

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...

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....

Hiring Motivated Employees

You have probably always intuitively known that employee motivation—the internal drive, desire, and commitment to “get the job done”—matters a great deal within your organization. In fact, study after study validates your gut feeling and shows that employee motivation has a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line...

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...

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...

Out with Performance Reviews, in with Performance Management

Performance reviews are often a source of dread for both labor and management, and can be a paperwork nightmare for HR and administrative staff. It’s time to move to a better model. The practice of giving performance reviews is often labor-intensive, time-consuming and stressful. To further complicate matters, traditional performance re...

The Cost of Employee Disengagement

The unfortunate fact is well more than half of employees are disengaged at work. We know employee disengagement is bad—but exactly how bad? Let's look at some statistics that should put the issue at the top of your priority list... Let's start with a few questions: How do you approach work? Is it merely a job or is it your passion...

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...