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Stats Emphasize the Importance of Employee Engagement

Only 51% of employees are engaged at work according to Gallup’s recent State of the American Workplace report.  The 2017 Workplace Health Survey revealed that 70% of respondents were either actively looking for new jobs or considering it.  A 2018 Randstad U.S. study showed that 60% of respondents would leave or have left a job […]

Why Do Employees Quit?

I have always thought the reasons why employees quit are obvious.  All of us are, or at one time, have been employees and we know our reasons for departure likely mirror others.  A desire for more pay and a better boss are the commonly accused culprits for employees jumping ship but they aren’t the only […]

5 Ways To Be Happier At Work

Studies show a clear correlation between happiness and productivity at work.  A recent study from the University of Warwick of randomly selected individuals revealed that happy workers demonstrate 12% greater productivity.  In his book, “The Happiness Advantage”, author Shawn Achor explains that positivity fuels productivity, creativity and motivation leading him to suggest that happiness fuels […]

Are Your Employees Doping?

Barry Bonds’ office was the baseball diamond, Lance Armstrong’s the mountains, and Marion Jones’ the track.  Each sports star exceled at their place of business but what distinguishes Barry, Lance, Marion and scores of other athletes is not just how well they performed at work but why they performed so well.  All, and many like […]

Why Empathy Needs to Make a Comeback!

A recent study of 15,000 leaders from 300+ organizations across eighteen countries by Development Dimensions International revealed that the conversational skill that has the highest impact on overall performance was empathy.  Empathy however is in decline according to Richard Wellins, one of the authors of DDI’s report.  He pointed to a University of Michigan study […]

Why Are Women Leaving the Workforce?

The labor force participation rate for women grew greatly between 1975 and 2000 to a point where 59.9% of women 16 and older were participating.  During the ten years that followed, the rate fell by 1.3% to 58.6% in 2010.  Not a substantial drop but in the five years that followed, the rate had dropped […]

The Benefits of Hiring Veterans!

Each year as many as 360,000 military men and women join the civilian workforce.  Programs such as the Veteran Jobs Mission and the White House Joining Forces have helped reduce high unemployment numbers for veterans in recent years, however former military personnel still face several challenges when trying to find civilian work. A stigma of […]

Millennials: Statistics About Them You Need to Know For Retention

Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1996, make up a majority of the workforce and by 2020 will comprise nearly half of all workers.  Millennials, as with previous generations before them, have been labeled as job hoppers.  Perhaps job hopping is a symptom of youth or perhaps millennials truly are different from previous generations. Either […]

Would You Bench One of Your Employees for Unbecoming Conduct?

Many companies have employee code of conduct and work rule policies in place to ensure not only that operations go smoothly but also to ensure the interests and safety of its employees and the organization.  Here are a few workplace behaviors that can often warrant disciplinary action or termination. ·         Theft of company property ·         […]

Employee Turnover: It’s Not Always As Bad As You Think

In business most professionals understand that employee turnover is bad while employee retention is good.  Perhaps because in the corporate world success is measured in dollars gained vs. dollars lost and most know that employee turnover is a big expense.  The cost of replacing entry level employees is 30-50 percent of their annual salary while […]