Is Your Feedback an April Fools’ Joke?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

April Fools’ Day is a fun tradition of fooling others into believing something that isn’t true. It’s mostly harmless and in good fun. It’s less harmless when this becomes the standard practice for giving feedback in the company. Yet all too often, companies inadvertently set up feedback mechanisms that encourage foolish feedback – the type that is inaccurate, incomplete, and …

Employee Engagement and 6-Second Abs

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

We (my family – not sure if I was part of the discussion) have been trying to get back (back?) in shape. So we started making the changes necessary to ensure we all end up on Family America Ninja Warrior. I mean we’re doing it all. We’ve read all the books. We set the environment up just perfectly to be in …

Clock In, Check Out

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, John Whitaker

“Presenteeism costing employers 11 weeks per worker.” That’s the article heading that leapt off the page when I received my HR Daily update. (“Presenteeism…” you know it’s a relatively new concept when it gets spell-checked in WordPress.) Not absenteeism, mind you. We can all count the days when employees don’t show. Presenteeism is way more prevalent than absenteeism—how much more? …

PREACH IT: March Madness Means Half Your Employees Are Back to Mailing It In…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Performance, T+D, The HR Profession

It’s mid-March in the United States. That means the following things: – Some of your employees are about to get absolutely hammered this Thursday on St. Patrick’s Day. Green dye in the liquid of their choice?  Absolutely no problem. If there’s one thing Americans can do, it’s celebrate days that are centered around other countries. We’re Irish on 3/17. We celebrate …

You’ll Know You Have True Employee Engagement When Your Employee Says This…

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

Yeah—clickbait headline. But it worked right? But I do finish the sentence… You will know you have employee engagement when an employee at some level in the company says “no” to a promotion, job change, raise, etc., because it doesn’t benefit the company long-term. When that happens you know you have 100% employee engagement from that employee. Will that ever …

What Trait Holds Leaders Back

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Leadership

Effective leadership involves a million traits. As discussed in What Leadership Isn’t, it’s often easier to explain what leaders want to avoid than it is to review the laundry list of traits effective leaders employ. This post is about one behavior to avoid: getting triggered. As I’ve coached leaders over the years, and indeed as I myself have learned where …

Performance Management Economics: Regression to the Mean of Top Performers…

Kris Dunn Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Performance

I’ve got a theory I’ve written about before: EVERY MANAGER and INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR HAS A SHELF LIFE AT A COMPANY. What’s a shelf life? Shelf life means that you come into a new opportunity with lots of fresh ideas, and you’re engaged and ready to kick some ass. And you do that. Just as importantly, the people around you—the receptors …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

What To Do When Struggling With a Jerk at Work

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Personal Brand

Unfortunately, many of us will eventually have to work with someone we don’t get along with. Most of us will believe this other person is incompetent (or rude or dishonest or unqualified or whatever it is that we have a problem with), so we’ll spend the better part of the relationship simply wishing the other person would simply move along. …

Me & Chuck Muncie

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Talent Strategy

If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and its history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. Nope, for me, that name still resonates loudly …