The drama over the next Speaker of the House gives an unexpected boost to work-life integration

Work-life integration, and the work place flexibility necessary to enable it, received an unexpected boost from Republican Congressman Paul Ryan last week. He announced that if he agreed to be Speaker of the House, it would not be at the…

Traditional Performance Management Doesn’t Work Any More. Try this…

GE, Ford, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and other well-known companies put “up or out” performance management systems in place in the 1980s. These systems rated employees on results and behaviors, and the ratings were used to make decisions about employee potential. …

The real key to employee retention may surprise you

Last week, TINYpulse, the employee survey and engagement company, released its latest report on retention. Employee engagement in the United States and around the globe has been rather anemic—and for a long time! When Gallup released its State of the…

Can You Make More Profit than the Competition with Good Jobs?

Which stock would you rather have owned for the ten years ending in June, 2013, Costco or Walmart? During those years, Costco stock outperformed Walmart stock by more than 200 percent. Why? I am not a stock expert, but a…

Have a Global Team? Here’s How to Make It Work!

Today’s companies, both large and small, can quickly find themselves needing a global workforce in order to succeed. The challenge of uniting and motivating workers separated by language, distance, culture, and time can be daunting. Uniting workers is key, however,…

Cortes and the elusive chase of work-life balance

Many employees chase the elusive pursuit of work-life balance, like the Spaniard Cortes combing the jungles of South America in the 16th century, looking for the city of gold, Eldorado. Work-life balance for full-time workers is elusive and nearly impossible…

Employee engagement remains anemic. Here are nine ways to fix it!

During the past weeks, we have seen headlines declaring continued anemic scores for employee engagement. Other headlines have predicted small base pay increases for 2016. TINYpulse, the B2B employee survey company published the results of their latest employee engagement survey…

This one practice will double your hiring success!

Research from 65 years ago shows that impressions made of a job candidate during the first four minutes of an interview play a dominant role in shaping an interviewer’s hiring decision. First impressions establish a bias, which colors all subsequent…