Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

Engagement Isn’t Rocket Science Folks!

There’s a lot of talk in the market about “Employee Engagement” and all these tactics and tools an organization can use to improve in this area, but the fact is – engaging your employees is much easier to do than you think and doesn’t cost a penny. The problem many companies – and even volunteer… Continue reading Engagement Isn’t Rocket Science Folks!

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3

You’ve talked to or surveyed your employees to find out what they would like to see around the office that would make them feel more appreciated or part of the “team.”  You researched different Employee Engagement programs to find out which ones could be implemented right away and at little to no cost to the… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about first getting to know what your employees would like to see.  Here in Part 2, we will talk about some general ideas to consider integrating into your workplace.  While there are plenty of different options available, sometimes its best to start with some simple ideas and let the company… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to lead a session at #HRU’s first Chicago conference focused on Employee Engagement.  (For upcoming dates in other U.S. cities, check them out here at: http://www.globalhru.com) Employee Engagement is the latest “buzz” phrase in HR with so many companies now realizing that they have to step up and do something… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, New Hire, Performance, Recruiting

Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work

After weeks or months are trying to find the "perfect candidate," you finally hired that new employee!  On Day 1: they came in, did their paperwork and you whisked them off to their new department to become familiar with their new position and new employees. Your job is done, right?  Sure, if all you wanted… Continue reading Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are All “Employees” Really Created Equal?

I recently had a discussion with a manager as to whether or not the Temporary Staffing employees we use during our busy seasons should be entitled to the same benefits as our long-term employees…and I was shocked at our opposing points of view on the matter. First, what are “Temps?  Wikipedia defines it as:  Temporary… Continue reading Are All “Employees” Really Created Equal?

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Because Its “Tradition” Doesn’t Make It Okay

Last week, a flight attendant made the news in Chicago for taking a picture inside the engine of the plane she was working on and airline employees were all up in arms over the situation because, as they put it, “It’s been a long-standing tradition in our industry.” Translation:   They saw nothing wrong with it.… Continue reading Because Its “Tradition” Doesn’t Make It Okay

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Do Not Use Overtime as a “Performance” Award!

Whether you are a seasoned or new manager – repeat after me:  “Overtime is not an award for performance.” Reality: “Overtime” is that necessary evil businesses have to face when a critical job simply needs to get done and it can’t be done within a normal allotted period of time.  Yes – employees like overtime… Continue reading Do Not Use Overtime as a “Performance” Award!

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It

The dynamics of the workplace have changed from employees simply punching a timeclock to this world of “working until the job is done”…regardless of the number of hours it takes.  As employers, we push our employees to give 100% and employees, in turn, have had it burned into their brains that they need to give… Continue reading Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

“Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?

Whether its because the weather is just awful outside and they don’t want to leave the house, they are feeling stressed from the job and tell themselves they need a “mental health day” or they truly have personal issues that need to be taken care of but are afraid to reveal to you, absenteeism in the workplace… Continue reading “Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?