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My Birthday Wish for 2022
My Birthday Wish for 2022 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

It’s my birthday this weekend. Everyone has a little different relationship with their birthday. Some embrace it and welcome the attention (thanks, Facebook). Others avoid mentioning it because it reminds them of another year gone and opportunities missed. I’ve always enjoyed my birthday. As someone who is naturally extroverted, I’m sure the attention is part…

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The Simplest Way to Build Trust
The Simplest Way to Build Trust 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

Few things have a more powerful effect on employee engagement and performance than trust. Hopefully, I don’t have to convince you of the importance trust at work. We have thirty or forty years’ worth of research to demonstrate its importance (examples: here, here, and here). Work is a relationship for the employee, and trust is…

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FORECAST 2022: What to expect and what to do about it
FORECAST 2022: What to expect and what to do about it 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

What’s going to happen this year? That’s the million dollar question.  There is no way to know for certain. The future is yet to be written and when we feel too certain that we know what’s going to happen, the universe has a way of reminding us that we aren’t in control.  Today, I’m going…

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Top Employee Engagement Challenges for 2022 (and what do about them)
Top Employee Engagement Challenges for 2022 (and what do about them) 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

A few weeks ago, I fielded a survey to inquire about the biggest employee engagement challenges for 2022. If you were one of those who took the time to respond, thank you.   Selfishly, I created this survey because I wanted to check in and get an understanding of what people are anticipating as they head…

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Same storm, different boats
Same storm, different boats 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

In March 2020, just as the pandemic was ramping up to wreak havoc on us, writer and broadcaster Damian Barr shared this short reflection on Twitter. We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some are in superyachts. Some have just the one oar. It was an invitation…

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A Time for Thanks
A Time for Thanks 150 150 Jason Lauritsen
Why Now is the Perfect Time for an Employee Engagement Survey
Why Now is the Perfect Time for an Employee Engagement Survey 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Last week, I launched a survey to better understand what challenges leaders are anticipating during the next year related to employee engagement. Some themes are emerging in the data. There’s concern about employee burnout. There’s a focus on how to keep remote and hybrid workers engaged. There’s also some worry about the impact of return…

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What I Learned at My First In-Person Conference in Two Years
What I Learned at My First In-Person Conference in Two Years 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Two weeks ago, the time had finally come for me to speak in-person at a large conference for the first time in a long time—nearly two years, in fact. I’d known for months that this was coming, and I was really curious how it would feel to once again be face to face with both…

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There Is No Finish Line
There Is No Finish Line 1080 565 Jason Lauritsen

Last week, my daughter ran her first cross country race. For those who aren’t familiar with cross country, at her age, it’s a mile and a half run in the “country” (i.e., on grass, through the trees, up and down hills, etc.). She’s new to running and had never run any kind of race in…

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Is a “Thank You” too much to ask?
Is a “Thank You” too much to ask? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I’m a fan of the This American Life podcast. I rarely miss an episode. In a recent episode titled “Essential,” they talk to a series of people whose jobs were deemed essential during the pandemic about how their experience working through COVID changed them. As I listened, hearing these stories really reminded me of the…

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