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The Surprising Benefits of Water Cooler Talks

STUDIES SHOW THAT CASUAL CONVERSATION STIMULATES OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY.

The long-standing tradition of employees shooting the breeze around the water cooler may sound like a waste of time in today’s fast-paced, productivity-focused business world. On the surface, it makes sense that leaders might be tempted to nix this behavior—but let’s take a closer look at its surprising benefits.

Topics: Employee Engagement

Coaching for the Win: Everyone Benefits from Two-Way Feedback

SHARING CONSTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY LEADER AND TEAM MEMBER.

The term “coach” may conjure up images of a whistle-wearing leader barking directions and commands at a team. I'm sure we can agree, this is not how a workplace coach should behave.

For one thing, everyone has the privilege and responsibility of coaching other team members—it's not meant to be the responsibility of a single person. Additionally, coaching is not merely telling someone what to do or how to do it better. It’s about giving and receiving feedback that’s beneficial for growth and development.

Topics: Coaching

New Study Reveals Why Chasing Employee Engagement Isn't Yielding Higher Productivity

FIND OUT HOW SMART OPERATIONS LEADERS ARE GETTING RESULTS WITH A MORE DIVERSIFIED APPROACH.

Operations leaders know that ensuring and improving productivity is one of their top priorities. However, many feel frustrated in their ability to influence this goal when employee engagement is the hot topic everyone is talking about. Has your organization hopped on the bandwagon with a hyper-engagement approach, only to find that it’s not working?

Topics: Employee Engagement Productivity

Employee Engagement Versus Productivity – A New Study Reveals Whether One is More Important than the Other

SAVVY HR PROFESSIONALS ARE USING THIS SURPRISING DISCOVERY TO RETHINK ENGAGEMENT.

Employee engagement efforts have become the go-to answer for fixing a host of common workforce issues. And while important, engagement is often given so much attention that organizations may lose sight of the end goal.

Why do organizations want engaged employees? There are several reasons, but most of them boil down to the fact that engaged employees are productive employees. Productivity affects the bottom line. So it makes sense to prioritize engagement, right?

Topics: Employee Engagement Productivity

What Your Employees Really, Really Want

Grade-school students may get excited about a pizza party reward, but grown-up organizations can do better for their employees. Isn’t it time to get a little more creative? And we don’t mean just upping the ante by providing booze.

Simple rewards may be fun, and they have their place. But they’re not fulfilling, don’t foster commitment, and shouldn’t be confused with true engagement efforts.

Working Together—Not Against


Why Minding Your Own Business Doesn’t Work In Business.

The very idea of working together implies not working against, however this is not always the case. When it comes to collaboration, sometimes people get the idea that they are merely working alongside someone on a project or endeavor—not really as partners or teammates, but as individuals contributors.

Topics: Collaboration

The Secret Science Behind Great Teams

From The Chicago Bulls to The Beatles, there’s one special thing that great teams have in common – chemistry. The way different personalities come together in the right way at the right time is where the magic of teamwork happens.

Topics: Employee Engagement Sustainable Change Leadership Collaboration

An Open Letter to Leaders Who Don’t Believe in Engagement Surveys

DEAR CEO: 

You’re right, engagement surveys can be a colossal waste of time and money.
So why do you keep using them?

Have you fallen prey to any of these justifications:

Topics: Employee Engagement Collaboration Breakthrough

Master This Simple Skill to Become a Great Leader

THE ART OF LISTENING

It’s no newsflash that being a good listener is important. Human beings are hardwired with a fundamental need to feel heard. For most of us, hearing comes naturally—but true listening involves more than merely hearing. Listening is an art.

Topics: Employee Engagement Leadership

Want Engaged Employees? Start with Fairness.

SATISFACTION MATTERS

“I love my job and work hard every day because I’m treated poorly.” Said no employee, ever.

Topics: Collaboration Leadership Employee Engagement