3 Ways People Cope–Instead of Flourish–at Work

“Not looking out for the emotional well-being of our people hurts individuals and organizations in terms of increased illness, stress and disability claims—not to mention the opportunity losses of productivity and creativity,” explains motivation expert Susan Fowler. Surprisingly, when Fowler talks with leaders about what is motivating them on their current tasks and responsibilities, people…

Managers: Don’t make this mistake with your best people

We all know the saying “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” It’s sound advice—but it’s also a dangerous habit unless you step back occasionally to see what impact it might be having on the busy person’s experience at work. For most managers, having a “go to” person is a great…

Employee Engagement? The best consultants are already on your payroll: 5 steps to finding them

Wondering where to find the best “how-to” consultants on employee engagement? Look no further than your own company. Today, right now, inside your own organization are managers who consistently provide the right organizational environment that promotes well-being and generates high levels of engagement.  And they do it all while operating under the existing umbrella of…

Have your people quit and stayed? Five questions to ask yourself

Only 20% of people say that they are truly passionate about their work according to a recent survey from Deloitte.  The vast majority of workers are disengaged, with an estimated 23 million “actively disengaged” in the U.S. alone according to Gallup.  The lingering economic slowdown has created a real motivational problem for today’s leaders.  A…

Don’t Lose Your Best People Because of a Poor Growth Strategy

That’s the message Scott Blanchard shares with readers in his latest column for Fast Company magazine.  Drawing on exclusive, primary research that shows Growth as one of the lowest-rated employee work passion factors in today’s organizations, Blanchard shares what individuals, managers, and senior leaders can do to improve growth perceptions inside their organizations. Individual Employees For…

Employee Engagement: Are you building a cathedral—or just breaking rocks?

There is a classic fable about a man who approaches three laborers breaking and shaping rocks. The man asks the first laborer what he is doing. “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m breaking rocks,” the laborer replies. The man asks the second laborer what he is doing and he responds that he is…

Employee Engagement: Take an individual approach for best results

Your latest employee engagement survey results are in and now the hard work begins. If you are like most organizations, you’ve scored well in some areas—providing Meaningful Work, for example—and you’ve scored low in some areas—Growth opportunities and Collaboration perhaps.  You sit with the results for awhile and think about what you can do to…

Employee Engagement: One important statistic we all keep forgetting

Nearly 10 years ago when Marcus Buckingham first burst upon the employee engagement scene as a consultant at Gallup, he announced an important finding: “There is more engagement level variation within companies, than between companies.” This fact has largely been forgotten as leaders, consultants, and practitioners have focused more on measuring against industry benchmarks than on practical ways…