I read an interesting column today, 2011 could mark beginning of true recovery, by local author Jerry Thurber. He’s talking specifically about the employment background checking industry, but when it comes to recovery, this clearly applies to all the corporate customers which will hire companies such as his.
Continue reading Impending turnover
An article today in the Colorado Springs Business Journal alerted me to a new study at Right Management which indicates that 54% of employers report losing high-performance workers during the first half of this year. As soon as I’m able to chase down the source for this I’ll post it here. Or if you know where [...]
I read an interesting article in the Financial Times today entitled Flexible Leaders Reap Reward of Trust. This reinforces what I’ve been talking about with the connection between leadership skill and employee engagement. This is based on a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, a London-based organization which supports the development of leaders.
A recent survey of 5,000 employees shows a strong correlation between management actions in recent years and the trust of employees. Those leaders who chose to employ the most draconian downsizings resulted in extraordinarily low trust levels. Continue reading Flexibility results in trust
When it comes down to it, your employees want to spend their days doing useful things. People can only exist in a limbo of inaction for so long, and then they become restless.
Granted, there are many different kinds of “doing.”
Continue reading Leadership principle #7: Value
Engagement comes from the combination of investing one’s passion and energies plus the trust that those energies will not be in vain.
- Jeff Rogers
I just had to share this quote with you today, as it’s so appropriate for what we’ve been talking about with engaging your employees with their work.
What would cause an employee to trust that their work won’t be in vain?
Continue reading Engaging in your work and life
The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article yesterday, titled Leadership Training Gains Urgency Amid Stronger Economy. They remind us of some important dynamics in leadership development:
- Existing leadership continues to age, many now getting dangerously close to retirement age.
- Leadership ranks have been downsized as the workforce has experienced the same crunch.
- Investments in leadership development have waned (or have been eliminated) due to the recent economic turmoil.
Continue reading Will your upcoming leaders disappear?
I ran across a very useful e-book today: The Top Tens of Employee Engagement.
It’s a huge number of “top ten lists” from various writers, all with ideas about how to increase the passion and engagement of your workers.
This morning I had a chance to read a powerful article by Bob Kelleher, entitled The Storm is Approaching: Staff Turnover Will Return with A Vengeance!
Recommended reading, for sure.
I’ve been talking about this topic for awhile, and I’m not surprised to see industry experts noticing the trend. This is a big one, folks, and may shock a lot of managers in its depth and speed. There is a LOT of pent-up frustration with the lack of job security, flexibility, and how companies appear to value (or not) their employees.
Continue reading Staff turnover will return with a vengeance!
Today, we understand that motivation — and therefore engagement — comes from loving what you do. You love what you do when you are in the right job, feel valued and are given opportunities to grow. Get your people to love what they do, and they are yours — fully engaged.
- Terri Kabachnick
I’m going to take this discussion in a different direction than you might expect, given this quote.
The concept that Ms. Kabachnick conveys here is true, but … limited. It’s true that loving what you do leads to engagement.
Continue reading Loving what you do
It’s vital that your people know that you value the contributions they’re making. But this is a trickier issue than you might expect!
There’s been a backlash lately against the idea, promoted in the 1970s-1990s, that our kids need to develop high self esteem. Some would say that we’ve created a generation of spoiled adults who need to be constantly fed praise and recognition, even when not warranted. There may be some truth to this, but it’s not my point. I’m talking about a timeless human need, which is much deeper than being praised for the tiniest flicker of initiative.
Continue reading Leadership principle #6: Recognition