March Madness Teamwork Lessons We Can Use In Business

Whether it’s in sports or in business, people generally like to connect themselves with winners. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that most people filling out their brackets for March Madness office pools are predicting Kentucky to emerge as the eventual champion. During this special time of the year,… Read more »

So What if You’re Not a “Best Place to Work”?

Are you frustrated by trying to get your finance people or other senior executives to understand the value of measuring and building employee engagement? If so, you are not alone. I’ve talked to thousands of managers and HR people who are at their wits end trying to justify the cost on such initiatives. Sometimes, people… Read more »

The Wrong Way to Thank Employees

No worker has ever received an engraved plaque that read “Thanks for keeping your seat warm for 10 years.” Yet that is the message employers send with awards for employees’ five, ten or 20-year anniversaries, according to human resources and recognition experts. They say that most recognition programs reward the wrong things.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Align Employee Success with Company Goals

There is no better time to focus on employee and company goals than the beginning of a new year. Communicating and aligning employee goals to that of their team and the overall company vision builds morale and improves individual and team performance. Engaged, well-performing employees contribute greatly to the long-term success of an organization.

Safety Spotlight newletter

Beating the cold How to stay safe when working in cold  weather Working in cold weather puts enormous strain on your body. To fight back, try these cold-weather safety tips while working on the job: Securely tie down or weigh down supplies so they are safe from gusts of wind. Wear a hat—20 to 30… Read more »

US Retailers to Hire More Than 725,000 Seasonal Workers

US retailers are expected to hire between 725,000 and 800,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, potentially more than the 768,000 they actually hired during the 2013 holiday season, the National Retail Federation announced today. Seasonal employment in 2013 had increased 14 percent over the previous holiday season.

Leadership Styles

Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading. Leadership styles are not something to be tried on like so many suits, to see which fits. Rather, they should be adapted to the particular demands of the situation, the particular requirements of the people… Read more »