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    Statistics prove time and time again that bad leadership drives employees away; indeed, it’s one of the most common reasons for job transfers and career changes. But when you’re actually experiencing bad leadership, day in and day out, you can’t simply up and run. You’ve got to weather the storm, at least for a little […]

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    It goes without saying that some employees—and some leaders—are more productive than others. The age-old question is, what separates the high achievers from those who are middling and average? A recent article from Fast Company has an interesting answer. According to the article, the high-achieving leader is distinguished by a single weekly ritual. Weekly Re-Alignment […]

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    Do you remember the last time you had to choose between two job offers? Or, perhaps, the last time you had to choose between staying at your current job or accepting a new position elsewhere? Do you remember how you made your decision? Which factors you considered? There are some obvious ones—salary, benefits, career progression. […]

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    Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news—and when you’re a team leader, delivering grim tidings can be especially difficult. After all, bad news about the state of the company—or about an error you’ve made—can have a direct impact on the morale of your employees, on the solidity of the company, and even on […]

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    When it comes to motivating your employees, are you the good cop or the bad one? Or, to put it another way: Do you tend to rely on the carrot, or the stick? For a long time, there has been disagreement over how best to engage and inspire a team—and while positivity has become increasingly […]

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    The annual employee review process is nothing new; it’s been a staple of the workplace for generations, and it remains widely practiced. But does that mean it’s effective? Not necessarily. According to new data, 72 percent of U.S. employees find annual reviews to be time-consuming. More than half of employees say reviews have no impact […]

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    Employee engagement remains a lively topic among today’s leaders, coaches, and HR professionals—a topic that invites plenty of nuanced discussion, but also demands a big-picture view. Let’s start with some simple facts and figures: About what percentage of the workforce would you say is truly engaged? According to a recent Gallup survey, the picture is […]

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    There’s an old saying: Hire behaviors, train skills. Even for those employers who live by this adage, and who hire team members based on their cultural fit, there may be the occasional behavioral issue on your team. It doesn’t even have to be that people are behaving badly, either; sometimes they’re just not quite aligned […]

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    Few things are more precious than a great workplace culture. Studies show that many employees—especially millennials—will actually settle for lower pay if it means working within a better, more positive culture. And as such, it’s no surprise to see so many companies boasting of their cultural excellence. But let’s be real: Not every workplace culture […]

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    In an effort to pad their culture and motivate employees, many companies spring for superficial trappings—ping-pong tables, casual Fridays, fridges stocked with exciting snacks. These things are fine, but their appeal is fleeting. Once the novelty wears off, their motivational power is diminished. But what if I told you there was a motivational technique that […]

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    Do your employees show up to work each day engaged with your mission, and ready to do their best work to advance the company’s goals? Or are they just there for a paycheck? Far too often, team members fall into the latter camp—and of course, that means they’re not engaged. Boosting employee engagement is a […]

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    There’s nothing in your company culture that doesn’t have an impact on employee engagement. Every ritual, every rule, every practice affects employee engagement in some way—whether for good or for ill. As such, even team leaders who have the best intentions can inadvertently undercut their own attempts to keep employees motivated. Here are three of […]

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    Great leaders go to astonishing lengths to be the best they can be—to perform at the highest possible level every day. It’s not enough to make your company a success, though. You can’t do it alone. You need an entire team that’s similarly committed to peak performance. And one of your jobs as the leader […]

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    Study after study confirms that, when it comes to employee engagement, one of the critical factors is development. Employees need to feel like they have opportunities to grow, to broaden their horizons, to deepen their skillsets. To keep your employees engaged, offering these growth opportunities is absolutely essential—and here’s why. When there’s no room for […]

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    Sometimes it’s helpful to step back and look at the big picture. That’s certainly true where employee engagement is concerned. As you think about your company’s own engagement standards—and think of ways to improve them—why not pause to consider what employee engagement looks like overall? Here are a few significant trends that I’ve found to […]

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    Communication impacts everything—how well your team members work together, how much they accomplish, how engaged they are, and on down the list. In a word, communication shapes your culture—so whether you’re looking to overhaul your company culture or simply improve what you already have in place, it’s never a bad time to review your workplace […]

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    Every company has its own internal culture—whether you’re shaping it intentionally or allowing it to happen by accident. And when you take a proactive approach, you can actually turn your company culture into a competitive advantage. Culture Helps with Recruiting For an example, look no further than to recruiting. You obviously want to bring on […]

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    Employee engagement matters, and there are many factors that can drive it—or, conversely, diminish it. One of the primary ones is leadership. Simply put, the person you work for—your boss, manager, or team leader—can actively promote or diminish the enthusiasm you feel for your work. This has some obvious implications for leaders, yet it also […]

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    Diversity makes your team stronger—yet it can also present its own set of challenges. Generational diversity is especially difficult to manage. While there are limitations to the sweeping statements and broad inferences to be made about Boomers, Gen Xers, etc., the simple truth is that people from different generations can bring different motivators and different […]

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    Effective communication isn’t just about your vocabulary choices, nor even your tone of voice. In fact, communicating effectively is as much about your body language as it is your speech. For leaders, this always presents a prime opportunity for growth: You may never have thought much about things like posture and assertive eye contact, but […]

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    The New Year is a new opportunity—a chance to do better, to be better. One area where all businesses could stand to be better? Employee engagement. The good news is, there are a number of avenues for improvement here. What follows are just a few resolutions I’d recommend as far as employee engagement goes. See […]

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    Chances are, there are millennials in your office—and if not, there will be. It’s a rapidly growing workplace demographic, and as such, it’s important for leaders to consider the ways to get the best out of their millennial-age employees. There are a lot of great things about this generation, which consistently proves itself to be […]

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    All businesses strive to engage their employees—but some face particular challenges. For smaller companies, where budgets are more restrictive, it can be tough to know just what you can do to keep your workforce committed and motivated. But you don’t have to have big-company resources to keep your team members engaged. Here are a few […]

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    What motivates your employees? What makes them happy? What helps them to feel like you’ve invested in them? There are a few possible answers to that question, but here’s a big one: Education. Simply put: Your employees want to grow. They want opportunities for personal betterment and professional development. And if you provide it to […]

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    Company culture is often discussed in esoteric terms; most business owners will agree that culture matters, but only in nebulous and unquantifiable ways. It’s a great idea more than it is a prized commodity. The truth is that company culture has a real, physical impact on your company’s bottom line—period. It can move the sales […]