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Should Employee Feedback Be Banned?
Should Employee Feedback Be Banned? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

For most of my adult life, I have bought into the conventional wisdom that feedback is critical to performance and growth. As individuals, we are taught to embrace feedback and treat it as a learning experience. As managers, we are told that giving feedback is part of our job.  Those of us who work on…

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What Does It Mean to Be “Human” at Work? 
What Does It Mean to Be “Human” at Work?  150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Over the past few years, it is becoming more common and popular to talk about being human at work. We talk about designing work to work for humans. We invite people to bring their “whole selves” to work. There are even disciplines like wellbeing that are focused on helping people be better and healthier whole…

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We Need to Stop Saying That 66% of Employees Are Not Engaged
We Need to Stop Saying That 66% of Employees Are Not Engaged 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

When we talk about employee engagement, one of the most commonly cited statistics comes from Gallup. I’m sure you’ve seen it: Only 1/3 of employees in the U.S. are engaged according to Gallup’s Q12 measure. That number is a more shocking 17% globally. That also means that somewhere between 66% and 83% of employees are…

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The Two Biggest Barriers for Managers Faced with Employee Engagement
The Two Biggest Barriers for Managers Faced with Employee Engagement 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

The longer I am immersed in the work of employee engagement, the clearer it is to me that getting it right as a manager is simple and hard. That may sound contradictory, but it’s not. Engaging employees isn’t all that complicated. It starts with forming and maintaining a healthy, positive relationship with each person you…

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Assumptions, Projection, and Other Ways to Kill Engagement at Work
Assumptions, Projection, and Other Ways to Kill Engagement at Work 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

A wise friend is fond of saying, “If only people would conform to our expectations of them.” It’s her way of reminding us (and probably herself) that much of the drama that exists in our lives with other people starts with us. And that if we’d accept people for who they are and where they…

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5 Podcast Episodes to Change How You Think About Work
5 Podcast Episodes to Change How You Think About Work 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I am a podcast junkie. I struggle to find as much time to read as I’d like. But podcasts have helped me feed (or distract) my brain in times when I can’t read but I can listen (walking the dog, running, doing yard work, etc.). I love them. That said, I don’t only listen to…

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How Did Your Parents Impact the Way You Experience Work?
How Did Your Parents Impact the Way You Experience Work? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

When I was 14 years old, my dad quit his job. It was a job he’d had since I was born. He didn’t quit because he’d accepted another job. He quit because his boss asked him to compromise his integrity. Let me explain. As a cattle buyer, my dad’s customers were the farmers and ranchers…

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One-on-One Meetings: 3 Ways to Stop Screwing Them Up With Your Employees
One-on-One Meetings: 3 Ways to Stop Screwing Them Up With Your Employees 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Managers: How important are one-on-one meetings with your employees? This question comes up somewhat regularly because these meetings are time-consuming, and most managers are so overwhelmed with work that they are hunting for any excuse to cut something from the calendar. And I was asked this question again recently. Are these meetings really necessary? To…

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“Thank you for firing me” (A Reminder That Employee Engagement Is Hard Work)
“Thank you for firing me” (A Reminder That Employee Engagement Is Hard Work) 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

This weekend, while at a beer garden with my wife during our community’s summer festival, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in years. When I first saw him, we chatted for a few minutes, and I learned that he’d just moved his family to our town and that he has a new baby.  I…

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Are Employees Responsible for Their Own Engagement?
Are Employees Responsible for Their Own Engagement? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

There’s an interesting “chicken or the egg” debate going on regarding employee engagement. Maybe you’ve had some version of this discussion within your own organization. Who is responsible for employee engagement?  Is it the employer/manager/leader’s job to engage employees? Or is it the responsibility of the employee to BE engaged? It reminds me of my…

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