5 Steps to Success in 2019 Many people recognize the beginning of a new calendar year as an opportunity for change. Healthy eating habits are reinstated, gym membership statistics rise, mindsets shift, goals are set. While it can be easy to kickstart the new year in the first few days, what happens as the hype subsides and we lose our motivation? How do we keep our stamina, hone our focus and continue to be successful?
Workspace Matters: Encouraging Engagement and Productivity Through Office Design A Gallup report recently revealed that employee engagement in the U.S. is increasing. The percentage of workers who feel enthusiastic about their jobs this year is up to 34%. It’s good news that engagement is on the rise, but the percentage of employees who are not engaged is still significantly higher. More than half of U.S. workers do not feel committed to their positions and companies.
Stop Using Management As a Reward By Keith Enochs “Come work for our company!! Great advancement potential! Be a manager in 2 years!!” Does this language sound familiar? Sure it does. It’s probably part of at least half of all job postings out there right now. We love to dangle carrots, and this one is the macdaddy of carrots: promotion opportunities. I’m not saying that we can’t or shouldn’t market advancement potential as a company benefit,
According to studies, an average job-seeker spends about 49 seconds on reading your post before deciding whether it’s a match for their skills and needs. He spends 76 seconds reading the ad if he feels like it’s a good match. This clearly shows that companies don’t have a lot of time before their ad is dismissed. However, many companies still waste their time, and the time of their candidates, with sub-par job descriptions. The best
As we approach the end of 2018 and take our first steps into the final year of the 20-teens, it is thought-provoking to consider some of the many changes that the first two decades of this century have introduced into our daily working lives. Without question, technology has reigned supreme in redefining our everyday activities both personally and professionally. Most of us walk around with more computing power and telecommunication abilities at our fingertips (re:
Tips for Successfully Navigating Your Company-Sponsored Holiday Party The festive season is approaching and with it, the invitation to your company’s holiday party. Depending on your personality type and feelings about your co-workers and workplace, this function can either be a welcome break from the grind or an awkward affair that you only attend out of obligation. One of the most challenging aspects of these sorts of events is that they straddle the line between
Half of Your Employees Think They’re Underpaid By Suzanne Lucas Do you pay your employees fairly? Of course! You did your research when making salary offers, you award the regular cost of living raises and you pay for their overtime work. Still, according to a recent study, 46 percent of employees feel that they are underpaid. This, of course, doesn’t necessarily indicate the truth about salary, since these particular findings are based on feelings. I’m
How to Look for a Job When You Already Have a Job Gallup’s 2018 “State of the American Workplace” report recently revealed that 51% of workers in the U.S. are either actively looking for a different job or are keeping their eyes open for new and better work opportunities. Inspired by an upswing in the U.S. economy and job market, many employees are optimistic about their chances of finding a better position. If you are
How Will Unions Respond To A Post-Janus World? By Lisa Vickery On the final day of the Supreme Court’s just-completed term, it issued its long-awaited decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, changing the labor law landscape as we know it. The case involved the compulsory “fair share” fees paid by public sector employees who choose to not belong to a union, but are still covered by a collective bargaining agreement. As we described in
Tips for Effective Team Communication By Keith Enochs One of the most critical skills for a new leader is also one for which many are the least prepared: how to communicate with your team members effectively. I remember back to the first time I sat down with an employee who wanted to talk about an issue they had. I could hardly wait. I was so excited to help point him in the right direction and