During a Pandemic, Be Curious and Ask Fearlessly

The coronavirus has challenged our basic assumptions and the way we move through our lives.  It is something rarely seen in the medical community.  Its incubation period may make us unknowing carriers who unintentionally inflict harm on others.  It is a frightening reality with global implications.   In addition to these health concerns, the coronavirus has … Continue reading During a Pandemic, Be Curious and Ask Fearlessly

Disengaged Employees? Maybe They Don’t Think You Care

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

Why Should HR Care About Burnout?

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: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

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?

How to Spot and Help a Burned Out Employee

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