Building Employee Engagement AND Positive Culture
Jun30

Building Employee Engagement AND Positive Culture

10 Key Points in the Employee Life Cycle There are numerous points in the course of an employee’s career with you, that allow you to build the connection between the company and its employees. Reasons to be concerned about this are: positive employee engagement correlates with financial success; positive engagement contributes to positive culture; engagement leads to retention of your best people. Retention in today’s...

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You Reap the Culture You Sew – 5 Steps to Keeping Things Positive!
Jun06

You Reap the Culture You Sew – 5 Steps to Keeping Things Positive!

5 Steps to Getting and Keeping Positive Culture Organizational culture is a combination of the nature of your business/mission, stated values and philosophies; leaders’ personal philosophies; and employee personal values. Corporate policies and leadership guidance strongly influence employee behavior. If leadership demands facts and data before product or program changes, employees are influenced to base decisions and...

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HR “Rule of Thirds”- Key to Building Positive Culture
Jan04

HR “Rule of Thirds”- Key to Building Positive Culture

Unless you have been unusually successful managing your workplace culture (more on this below), there are some general rules that can help you when planning changes, improvements or just plain communicating company decisions to your employees. Not all your employees think alike. Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is routinely used in political campaigns in order to tailor messages to undecided voters. Campaign managers assume that some...

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Employee Resistance to Change

The process of change – how the world of business works is aptly described in Spencer Johnson’s 1998 book Who Moved My Cheese?* I recently needed an illustration of the maladaptive ways in which employees respond to change, while teaching Psychology in the Workplace.  Students didn’t have the time to read an additional text so I created the following outline based upon Johnson’s book.  I showed my students the book,...

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Quick Tips For Surviving Toxic Worker Run-ins

It is a rare workplace made up of consistently professional and respectful staff. Learning how to navigate difficult coworkers is a fairly basic requirement for work in the modern American workplace. Toxic employees, by their nature, understand how to take advantage of others.  They are willing to escalate their behavior to the point where others will acquiesce and walk away frustrated. You aren’t the first “victim.” You’ve seen this...

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2012 Human Trends That Threaten Positive Workplace Culture

Companies and nonprofits are attending to their culture in greater numbers than ever.  Inspiring stories from companies like Zappos are making their way around social media circles. Further, unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that younger workers have less tolerance for the workplace shenanigans of bullies and disagreeable coworkers that others have just put up with for years.  If we could all start from the same...

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