Workplace Issues

The Career Development Gap – Why Employees Think There’s No Growth Opportunity

March 30, 2017

When it comes to advancing their careers, employees aren’t feeling the love. That’s a key finding from a recent white paper produced by TINYPulse, a firm that specializes in gathering data on employee engagement and satisfaction. Only 26% of employees surveyed felt they had adequate opportunities for career growth. The managers of these same employees […]

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Trends in Professional Development – Self-Serve Learning

February 7, 2017

Humans are naturally curious creatures. When my kids were little it was such fun to watch them learn about their world. Give them a cardboard box, plastic spoons and nesting measuring cups and they would experiment endlessly. Somewhere along the line, many of us got our curiosity drilled out of us – probably due to […]

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Research that Supports Being “Good with People”

February 2, 2017

For years, I’ve written about how to “master the people equation” to make a positive impact in your work life. It seems obvious (to me, at least) that people who “get along” with others are more effective at getting stuff done. People aren’t real fond of Negative Nellies and Neds. They don’t like to work […]

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My Must-Attend Conference of 2017 #workhuman

January 19, 2017

This time each year, many people peruse their industry’s conference offerings to decide which ones to attend. If you’re in the human resources, talent management, organizational development or leadership functions in your company, I suggest the WorkHuman 2017 conference. Now in its third year, the conference—sponsored by technology solutions provider Globoforce—seeks to help companies build […]

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Learn Directly from Employee Engagement Expert @Kruse

November 8, 2016

A few years ago, I interviewed Kevin Kruse for his book Employee Engagement is for Everyone. Kevin is the author of several books, one of which hit the New York Times best seller list.  Kevin writes a weekly leadership column for Forbes, and was an Inc. 500 entrepreneur. When we talked, I immediately liked Kevin’s […]

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Giving Praise as a Way to Increase Your Happiness

July 25, 2016

Are you a praise giver or taker? How you respond may offer a clue into your level of happiness at work. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has made a name for himself studying the many facets of happiness. His research has uncovered a startling connection between praise and happiness: the more praise you give, the happier […]

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Michael J. Fox’s Life Lessons on Work, Optimism, and Choice

May 17, 2016

“I’m going to a conference next month and the keynote speaker is Michael J. Fox.” “Cool! Although, I just saw on Facebook that his health isn’t very good. I hope he’s able to make the event.” Such was the conversation I had several weeks ago with a friend. I’d seen the post about Michael J. […]

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6 Reasons Why #WorkHuman 2017 is a Must for Your Leadership Team

May 16, 2016

They had me at “make work more human.” I’ll admit it, I was already sold on Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2016 conference before I ever set foot in Orlando. Word of the inaugural event in 2015 had spread like wildfire in my HR community, with many of my conference-weary colleagues proclaiming this event one of the best—if […]

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People Equation Quick Hits: Learning Nuggets from #WorkHuman 2016

May 11, 2016

For the past three days, I’ve been immersed in Globoforce’s WorkHuman conference. Have you ever been to a conference that was so amazing, you feel like you’re literally bursting at the seams with all the ideas? Yeah, that’s how I am right now, two hours after the conference wrapped.     Watch for detailed coverage […]

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4 Tips for Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes

April 19, 2016

How many interviews should a company conduct to find the ideal job candidate? What role does “gut instinct” play in hiring? Is there a perfect applicant screening process? These are the questions that HR directors and hiring managers grapple with every day. The answer is discouraging, yet unsurprising: it’s a lot more complicated than you […]

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