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Work is a Relationship, Not a Contract

When you look for data about what drives employee engagement, the list is always pretty similar. Feeling valued Trust Knowing someone cares about me and my development Appreciation Here’s the funny thing. If I were to show you just thisRead More…

The Increasing Importance of Work #WorkHuman

When I was growing up on a farm near a small town in rural Iowa, I remember my parents being a part of a number of different social groups. There was the card club that met once a month whereRead More…

Making Work More Human #Workhuman

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at and attend WorkHuman, a conference hosted by HR technology company Globoforce. As someone who’s been crusading to make work human for many years, I’ve been an admirer of this event sinceRead More…

Employee Happiness Matters, A lot.

A post titled “Why Happiness Doesn’t Matter” showed up on my radar this week.  It’s the typical “happiness isn’t engagement” debate frequently used to stir up a reaction. But this article made me angry. The author,  a startup CEO, isRead More…

The Most Important Number You’ve Never Heard Of

Note: Today I’m sharing a post written by my friend and fellow keynote speaker, Jeff Havens. It’s about one of my favorite topics, relationships. I think you will enjoy it. You can also learn more about Jeff at the endRead More…

“You are being a jerk lately”

Many years ago, early in my management career, I had an employee who came into my office and said these words to me. Actually, it wasn’t quite that nice.  Here’s what she actually said. “You are being a real a**holeRead More…

How Does Pay Impact Employee Engagement?

I have a confession to make. For years, I’ve been arguing that you can’t “buy” employee engagement with compensation. I was pretty certain of this fact. I’d even gotten pretty skilled at explaining away the low scores on pay questionsRead More…

Simple Steps to Increase Employee Engagement – Management Quick Tip #1

The longer I spend studying employee engagement and managing other people, the more I notice how we love to overcomplicate things. Engaging employees isn’t nearly as complicated as many would have us believe. As managers, it often boils down toRead More…

What does it mean to make work “Human?”

Make work human. This has been my professional purpose for over a decade now. I’m encouraged by all of the conversation recently about creating more human work experiences. I hope that it isn’t simply the latest marketing strategy, a new wayRead More…

Is This a Better Way to Approach Employee Feedback?

Last fall, a colleague sent me an email introducing me to Joe Sullivan, the founder of a company called Vohtr. He thought I’d find Joe’s product interesting.  He was right. Vohtr is one of the most innovative new approaches to employee feedbackRead More…

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