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?
For anyone who has ever taken a management course, the message is clear: focus on the tangible metrics and quit having fun! Even though managers focus on coordinating the efforts of other people, "people" are often left out of the equation. In other words, management seems to inordinately focus on data and ignores the basic … Continue reading The Role of Serendipity in Change Management: More than fun and games
The keys to innovation are not found in an organization's technology. Nor are they found in their accounting practices or strategic planning tools. In fact, the seeds of innovation are not found in formalized rules and procedures. Instead, innovative companies embrace, recognize, and reward the uniquely human values of each individual worker. They bring the … Continue reading Why Innovative Companies Are Different: 6 Cultural Characteristics