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Employee Engagement: Should Millennials Be Included In Succession Planning?

It’s an exciting and dynamic time in the world of business. There’s a generational hand-off occurring in the workplace, as more and more Boomers retire, Gen X moves into leadership roles (51%), and (by 2025) Millennials pass the seventy-five-percent-of-the-workforce mark. With this inevitable movement comes a tectonic shift in the fundamentals of workplace expectations, and the desires and goals of modern employees. Managers and business owners who want to lead in their industries must ride the wave of these changes. To be successful in this rapidly changing world, you have to be out in front, leading the way, in the areas that matter.

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It’s Time to Scrap “Scientific Management” and Replace it with NATURAL Management

In my last blog article I described a flawed system of management called “scientific management” that is harmful to everyone involved: shareholders, executives, managers, employees, customers, and society as a whole.

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Topics: years of service, experiential rewards, sales incentives

Employee Burnout: A Cry For Intentional Leadership

Burnout. The term conjures images of washed-up, tired out employees surreptitiously playing solitaire games as soon as the boss’ back is turned… Motivationless, uninvolved, no longer dreaming of the future: burned out. That’s depressing. It’s definitely not what any manager wants to see in their workforce! And yet a Gallup poll this past summer found that 23% of employees report feeling burned out at work often or always, and an additional 44% felt burned out occasionally. Job burnout costs between $125 billion and $190 billion in health-care spending every year and is linked to everything from type 2 diabetes to death for those under the age of 45. What is going on here, and what can you do about it? How can you ensure that your people are motivated, engaged, inspired, and excited about their careers and their future?

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5 Simple Ways to Boost Employee Engagement Today

The importance of employee engagement is a topic of conversation that should be a priority for all organizations. Unfortunately, trying to determine how to boost employee engagement can be as challenging as trying to send a text message with a rotary phone. Employees are not wired the same, so how do you use the same message to reach each employee individually?  

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Appreciation

Employee Engagement Improves Workplace Safety

Improving Safety Through Employee Engagement

Building a safe work environment is a challenge for any company. But, perhaps even more challenging, is the ability to maintain that safety over the long-term. Many companies struggle with how to best keep workers and customers safe. And with so many statistics and opinions out there, it can be hard to determine the right solutions for your environment. One tactic that works across the board, however, is active employee engagement -- a critical element of our Safegagement concept.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement, Employee Appreciation

How Did We Get Employee Motivation so Wrong?

In my previous blog article I defined intrinsic motivation as the, “five, natural pleasures of work.” I then made an outrageous claim, “Companies can double employee motivation, productivity and profits by simply activating the natural, productive pleasures wired into the human brain. I can almost feel your skepticism, “If it were that simple, wouldn’t everybody already pay employees this “magical,” free, intrinsic-reward bonus?

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Topics: people are everything, Employee Appreciation, years of service

Creating the Magic Moment; That's Employee Recognition

Sometimes, as managers, we forget about the value that even the simplest praise and recognition has to our employees. We forget that it is human nature to need reassurance from people that we look up to and respect. We forget how much people thrive when they feel appreciated. But the real value lies in HOW we show our appreciation, not just that we do it.

So, How Should We Effectively Recognize Employees?

By ensuring that your organization's employee recognition program not only reinforces the organization’s culture but achieves a higher level of engagement includes the following:

  • Builds self-esteem

  • Reinforces desired behaviors

  • Works to create an atmosphere of appreciation and trust

  • Promotes empowerment and involvement

  • Creates loyalty to a company

  • Includes all people and in a form that resonates with them

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, years of service awards, Employee Appreciation, years of service

“Intrinsic Motivation" - Part One of Three: The Definition...

Hurray, it’s a beautiful day! I’ve been studying intrinsic motivation for 40 years and I’ve FINALLY been asked to write a blog post about it. Thank you Scott Russell, and C.A. Short Company, for this wonderful opportunity. Blog posts are short, and I’ve been known to drone on, so here is a BRIEF definition of intrinsic motivation.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, people are everything, Employee Appreciation, years of service

Recognition is Essential to Driving Employee Engagement

Engaging your people. It’s the key to improving your workplace culture and the payoff is real for both your employees and your company. Employees are happier and more productive, high performers tend to stay longer and your company is more successful in recruiting high potential candidates.  And of course, these things all positively impact the bottom line.

If engagement drives all these positive results, then what drives Employee Engagement? While there are many elements that go into an overall engagement strategy, at the top of the list is employee recognition. If recognition isn’t a major part of your engagement program, you really don’t have an engagement program.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Appreciation, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

Social Media in the Workplace: Your Secret Weapon for Employee Engagement

Social Media. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s become an integral part of society-- including the modern workplace. And while there are plenty of negatives we could complain about, there are also advantages that can contribute to the overall growth of a healthy, supportive social structure within your workforce. If the thought of memes, inspirational quotes, and cute cats cluttering up the communication channels of your office make you break out in a cold sweat, just take a step back and give the concept a quick second look.

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Topics: Employee Appreciation, Employee Awards, years of service

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