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Why aren’t we more grateful? (No really, why?)

It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S. which marks the official start of our holiday season. Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday because its meaning varies widely from person to person and family to family. For some it’s about eating yourself intoRead More…

Policies don’t Fix Anything

One reason I was always an outlier when I worked in HR is that I have a healthy disdain for policies. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that necessity of some policies.  I’m not completely anti-policy. But I am anti-unnecessaryRead More…

2 Steps to Building Trust as a Manager

One of the most common questions I get from managers and leaders is about building trust. In most cases, they understand the importance of trust to a healthy and productive relationship with their employees, but they are stumped about howRead More…

Fixing Work with the Relationship Test

I’ve been making the case now for a while that a primary reason that employee engagement remains so dismally low within so many organizations is that leaders (and HR) treat work as a contract instead of as a relationship. WhenRead More…

Can Technology Drive Employee Engagement?

Next week, I’m headed off to Las Vegas to speak at and attend the HR Technology Conference. I’ll be spending the week with those who build, consume and generally are interested in technology solutions to human resources problems. If youRead More…

Employee Engagement doesn’t have to be so Complicated

Is it just me or does it seem like we are overcomplicating everything in our workplaces? Policy manuals, competency models, career lattices, even performance appraisals…complicated, often convoluted, stuff. We even make simple things complicated. “Dress appropriately for work” become pagesRead More…

Here’s why everyone is talking about Employee Experience

Over the past year or so, the phrase “employee experience” has barged its way into conversations about human resources and employee engagement. This prompted some eye rolling from some who felt like this was just another example of repackaging the sameRead More…

Is your Physical Work Environment hurting employees?

Yesterday, I spent some time at the WELCOA Annual Summit. If you aren’t familiar with the work of WELCOA, you should be. They are one of the leading voices in corporate wellness in the world and they are boldy leadingRead More…

How often should we survey employees?

As technology has advanced, it’s become almost too easy and cheap to survey your employees. Gone are the days when surveys were expensive and cumbersome. There are still expensive ways to do it, but you have options. The fact thatRead More…

No, Your Employees aren’t Responsible for their own Engagement

Over that past few years, I’ve been hearing the idea floated more frequently that employees should be accountable for their own engagement. This is an appealing idea to management because it shifts the burden off of their shoulders (and lordRead More…

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