Start Igniting Employees’ Passion (Instead of Engagement)

We’ve all heard about the importance of “engaging” employees.  Engaged employees are: Happier and more satisfied in their jobs. Less likely to leave the company for a better opportunity. Able to be more productive and create higher quality results for customers. The foundation for organizational constancy, profitability, and sustainability. Sounds great, huh? But what is … Continue reading Start Igniting Employees’ Passion (Instead of Engagement)

The Journey of Workplace Burnout

Workplace burnout is rampant.  But what causes it?  Is it organizational practices -- or is it the employee's maladaptive response to stress?  And, more importantly, can you actually recover from burnout? In my interview with Carol Miltersteiner for her new Dutch blog, The Better Achiever, I discussed the 10 organizational stressors that lead to burnout and … Continue reading The Journey of Workplace Burnout

5 Reasons Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail: After 60 Years, We Still Don’t Get It

Change management has been around for a long time...so you'd think we'd finally get it right.  But, unfortunately, studies have consistently found that 70% of change initiatives ultimately fail to achieve their desired results. That means that the tumultuous work environment and emotional/physical toll on workers resulted in the status quo rather than the idealized … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail: After 60 Years, We Still Don’t Get It

The Compassionate Workplace: What It Is, Why It’s Missing, and How It Contributes to Organizational Success

Should we expect to find compassion in our workplaces – or should we check our emotions at the door in order to be more productive at work?   Is workplace compassion a “nice to have” bonus at work – or is it an organizational imperative for innovation and profitability?  According to recent research, compassion may be … Continue reading The Compassionate Workplace: What It Is, Why It’s Missing, and How It Contributes to Organizational Success

Inadequate Resources, Poor Performance, and Employee Burnout: Are Managers to Blame?

When was the last time that you told an employee to "make it happen?"  Did you stress the importance of putting forth the necessary effort?  Did you reinforce the urgency of the request?  If you're like most managers, you probably did all these things. But were these requests to "make it happen" actually met? This is the … Continue reading Inadequate Resources, Poor Performance, and Employee Burnout: Are Managers to Blame?