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How Will You Honor Your Employees on Recognition Day?

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 21 2017 | Comments (0)
Recognizing and affirming employee value is critical to creating and sustaining employee engagement. And while workplace recognition should be a no-brainer, Gallup research found otherwise. According to Gallup practice manager Annamarie Mann and researcher Nate...

What to Look for When Replacing a Manager

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 31 2017 | Comments (0)
A colleague expressed frustration about a corporate search that took nearly a year to replace a department head. It takes time to bring in the right person, and urgency takes a back seat to finding the right fit. The challenge, however, is getting through the process...

The Need for Engagement and “Enlightened Hospitality”

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 29 2016 | Comments (0)
Regardless of where you stand on the results of the recent presidential election, employee engagement has been affected by post-election uncertainty. That’s why Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, has encouraged employees to re-focus on the...

Employee Engagement: When the Employee Just Doesn’t Feel It

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 01 2016 | Comments (0)
Why is it that even in companies with a positive, engaged culture, there’s no guarantee all employees will be fully engaged? The answer has to do with who’s ultimately responsible for employee engagement – a responsibility shared by employees and their employers. Employers...

Employment Terms – Not Just for Nonprofits

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 18 2016 | Comments (0)
I’ve always enjoyed tongue-in-cheek translations of help wanted ads. Apparently, so does nonprofit executive and humorist  Vu Le who compiled such a list for his Nonprofit with Balls blog. Here are some of my favorite employment translations from that...

The Psychological Recession & Generational Engagement: Interview with Dr. Judith Bardwick

Posted by sybil | On: Sep 06 2016 | Comments (0)
I don’t remember when I started reading (and frequently quoting) posts by Judith M. Bardwick, Ph.D., but I was hooked on her insight into employee and organizational development. A highly respected writer, consultant, and speaker, she is known for combining...

What’s the Matter with Management? It’s Not What You Think

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 22 2016 | Comments (6)
Actually, the question should be “What’s the matter with managing?” as I’m hearing from more colleagues who tell me they still love their work, but they dislike the managing people part. I shared my concern about this with Mary Theresa...

What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 08 2016 | Comments (0)
Plenty, if you’re cynical about it. And such cynicism is not surprising given how many employees endure lame attempts to improve engagement. For example: Providing a special lunch for employees as a token employee appreciation event. Conducting periodic...

Companies Get Lucky (?) with Partial Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 16 2016 | Comments (0)
“I love working with my customers. They’re what keep me engaged. Can’t say I feel the same about the company I work for.” “I’m upset by the lack of professionalism in my office. Co-workers dress sloppily. They curse in the office...

There’s No “Me” in Leadership

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 02 2016 | Comments (6)
I spoke recently with a colleague about the organizational damage done by CEOs whose egos outweigh their management and people skills. Rather than creating a legacy of their greatness, these executives often leave a toxic workplace in their wake. “If a leader...