Little Shop of Engagement Horrors

It is no secret that employee engagement has become a vapor for most companies. The percentage of “engaged” employees has remained stable (and low) for well over 10 years. I’ve even suggested that maybe our 30%-ish engagement statistics represent the upper limit on engagement and trying to increase it above 30% is like trying to […]
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Tess Ausman on the “Paul”Cast – Dress for Success?

Haven’t done a “Paul”Cast in a while and frankly – I felt really rusty in this episode. But Tess Ausman helped pull me through and we ended up with an interesting discussion on dressing for success when starting your career (or starting any new job for that matter.) For the record – we had this […]
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If I’m not home … I might be here…

When I started writing my blog I was prolific. One a day. Every day. Over time I got busier and busier. And the blog suffered. Still does. I’m still writing but not always here. If you’ve checked the sidebar on some of my pages you’d have noticed I write for Fistful of Talent and HRExaminer. […]
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Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. A good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled: “Employers are creepily analyzing your emails and Slack chats to see if you’re happy.”  And […]
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Don’t Mess With Lisa Rosendahl!

HR is a tough job. And there are tough people who do this job. One of them is Lisa Rosendahl. Today is Tim Sackett Day – a day to recognize someone in HR who doesn’t usually get the props they deserve. Someone who makes the trains run and makes people happy. She’s a cross-fit enthusiast, […]
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Words With Friends – Words With Emotion

Incentives and rewards influence behavior. Recognition influences behavior. Simply paying attention influences behavior (ask Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger after their studies at the Hawthorne plant in the 1920s). What you say influences behavior. HOW you say things also has a profound effect. Rational vs. Emotional If you’ve read the book Switch you’re aware that […]
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