Employee engagement. It seems to be the new buzzword in leadership and human resources. The argument is that engaged employees are more productive, which helps the organization achieve its goals. It also supports the idea that engaged employees are less likely to leave the organization, which helps HR’s retention efforts. The definitions of what it … Continue reading Disengaged Employees? Maybe They Don’t Think You Care
Attention all HR practitioners! You are in the ideal position to create fundamental, transformational change in your organization! You can be the catalyst for bringing the human back into human resources! The question is: will you? Organizational leaders far too often treat human resources as the bastard child (or at least the distant cousin) in … Continue reading Why Should HR Care About Burnout?
Burnout. It’s (finally!) beginning to make national news. In May 2019, the World Health Organization identified burnout as a workplace phenomenon that occurs when “chronic workplace stress…has not been successfully managed.” So if your workplace is full of overworked, stressed out, and burned out workers, then it’s the employees’ problem that they ineffectively manage their … Continue reading Burnout: The Canary in the Coal Mine?
Spotting a burned out employee is not so easy. Usually when others recognize the warning signs of burnout in a colleague or subordinate, that worker is far along the downward spiral to burnout. The question is: how can effective managers and organizational leaders spot the warning signs of burnout before a worker is no longer … Continue reading How to Spot and Help a Burned Out Employee
Integrity, honesty, transparency, and ethics. These highly valued characteristics are critical in building trust, engagement, and commitment in the workplace. But the importance of ethics goes beyond the accepted treatment of employees: ethics represent the core values that will shape decision-making behaviors throughout the organization. Many companies have published ethics and compliance policies. By having … Continue reading The Unethical Boss: Is Your Culture a Willing Accomplice?