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 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...

Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

“You need to work on this.” “You need to work on formatting columns, creating pivot tables, and animating presentations.” Ok... so which of the previous two statements is more helpful when it comes to developing your employees’ software skills? The latter, of course. It’s clear, actionable feedback that can be used to impro...

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...