Most employees performing significantly below their potential—but does anyone care?

Leadership development training is a smart, prudent investment that drives economic value and bottom line results. But if senior executives don’t care about development then—guess what—development will not be a priority in the company. That’s what Scott Blanchard, principal and EVP with The Ken Blanchard Companies, found out the hard way when his company lost…

Exit interviews show top 10 reasons why employees quit

Ask employers why people quit a company and 9 out of 10 will tell you it’s about the money. Ask employees the same question and you’ll get a whole different story. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) discovered this when they asked 19,000+ people their reasons for leaving as a part of exit interviews they conducted for clients. The…

Only 14% of employees understand their company’s strategy and direction

Why don’t more employees do what they are supposed to do?  Author and consultant William Schiemann might have part of the answer—only 14% of the organizations he polled report that their employees have a good understanding of their company’s strategy and direction. He shares that fact and some of the causes as a contributing author…

How would employees answer these five questions about YOUR corporate culture?

WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge and best-selling author Ken Blanchard got some eye-opening responses to questions they asked in a recent webinar.  They were sharing some of the key points from their book Helping People Win at Work, and as a part of their presentation they conducted a survey with their audience.  They wanted to find…

Poor leadership costs average organization over $1 million dollars annually

A new white paper from The Ken Blanchard Companies shows that poor leadership is costing the average company an amount equal to 7% of their annual revenue. That’s over a million dollars a year for any organization with $15 million dollars or more in annual sales.  The three big culprits?  Employee turnover.  Poor leadership is…

Employee Work Passion. Who is responsible for employee engagement? New survey results!

A recent survey conducted by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard Companies asked more than 800 Training magazine readers to share their thoughts on the factors that create an engaging work environment.  Readers were asked to rank order 12 factors first identified by The Ken Blanchard Companies as a part of their ongoing research into…

People aren’t picking up new skills fast enough? It might be your fault. Six questions to ask yourself

In a recent webinar on 6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage, 76% of participants said that in their opinion, at least 60% of a person’s success on the job can be attributed to their ability to learn job specific skills. Yet only 9% identified that any company they had ever worked…

Performance Review: Survey Says…

In a recent webinar for The Ken Blanchard Companies, WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge asked participants to assess their performance review system.  Over 400 people shared their thoughts in three key areas. Here are their responses to each question.  How would you have answered these same questions on behalf of your organization?   Our organization’s performance…

3 Top Concerns of Chief Human Resource Officers

IBM recently surveyed 700 human resource executives to find out the key challenges they expect to face in the near future and their degree of readiness to meet those challenges successfully.  Nine different areas of concern were identified: Managing labor costs Sourcing and recruiting from outside the organization Evaluating workforce performance Efficiently allocating the workforce…

SHRM 2010 Employee Job Satisfaction Report: Don’t Forget the Individual Perspective

The Society for Human Resource Management just posted its annual look at the factors that drive employee satisfaction in the workplace.  One unique element of the SHRM research is that it looks at the factors from two perspectives—employees and HR professionals.  First time readers of the report will be surprised that the lists of what…