The Biggest Obstacle to Great Employee Relations

We’ve heard the slogans: “People are our most important asset.” “We want to be an employer of choice.”

And we know most companies fall far short of those aspirations, for lots of reasons.

Sometimes, it’s because their leaders say the words but really don’t understand why they should have an engaged workforce. To them, it seems like […]

By |2021-05-11T17:46:14+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Three Keys to Great Employee Relations

Amazon and some of its workers are going through tough times right now. News coverage of Amazon’s labor problems often refer to the company as being “at war” with its employees.

Imagine that.

It’s like an auto-immune disorder in which the mechanisms designed to keep the body healthy attack it instead.

The company’s leadership needs employees in order […]

By |2021-04-09T22:21:08+00:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Manage Like You Live Next Door

As a manager, your job is pretty straightforward: make sure the people on your team do their work as well and as efficiently as possible.

Good managers accomplish this by putting their team members first, keeping their focus on the business (not on their own ego), communicating honestly and frequently, rewarding success, and publicly promoting their […]

By |2021-04-04T21:09:26+00:00April 4th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What Young Millennials and Gen Z Employees Expect

The latest Gallup report says all employees look for ethical leadership and companies that care about employees’ wellbeing, while younger employees also prioritize diverse and inclusive company cultures.

But are managers creating those kinds of workplaces? Most often, no.

“Employees experience your organization through their manager. If your managers aren’t doing it, it’s not your culture.”

4 […]

By |2021-04-04T19:47:57+00:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Another Day, Another Scandal – Why Don’t We Learn?

(published January 26, 2021) Another day, another scandal involving executives who are said to have engaged in sexist, racist behavior.

Today’s story has all the usual elements—bad boys whose maturation appears to have stopped in the frat house, traumatized staff afraid of retaliation, and a corporation expressing shock that such things could have […]

By |2021-02-20T23:25:30+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Terms of Engagement

There’s no debate that companies with engaged employees and diverse teams are more successful. They have greater profitability, lower costs, and higher stock prices than companies with disengaged, homogeneous workforces. For years, studies and real-world experience have shown this to be true, and yet here we are at the beginning of 2021, […]

By |2021-01-20T22:08:03+00:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Myth of the Golden Gut

Imagine you have a skill so rare and so valuable that companies will pay tremendous amounts of money for access to your talent. They’ll go to great lengths to win you over because your extraordinary abilities can bring riches to your company, accolades to your boss, and thrills to your shareholders.

Because they–and you—believe you have […]

By |2020-12-03T00:25:48+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Myth of the Golden Gut

10 Interview Questions to Uncover Management Talent

We all know managers have a tremendous impact on the productivity and engagement of their teams. And we know that not everyone can manage people: Gallup says only 10% of people are natural managers and another 20% are coachable.

Upgrading the quality of your existing managers can seem like an arduous task, but one thing […]

By |2020-11-25T00:47:53+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Insubordination Must Go

Do you know what insubordination is? Do you think your managers do?

It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? Such hierarchical language, hinting at dominance and submission. It all seems so out of place for today’s workforce. “You are my subordinate, I am your superior. You must act submissively, or I shall charge you with insubordination.”

Except that’s […]

By |2020-11-05T14:26:10+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ask Me No Questions

When an employee questions one of your decisions, how does it make you feel? Is your first thought, “Who do they think they are?” Are you tempted to say, “That’s above your pay grade?”

Or are you happy to take a few moments and explain why you made the call you did?

Your answer reveals a lot […]

By |2020-10-27T20:03:30+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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