Category Archives: Employee Engagement

The hard fact of “soft skills” in hiring decisions

In a recent meeting with a client, they were lamenting about a poor employee.  My client was very frustrated about an employee they hired a few months ago and stated “she just isn’t working out”.  She has the experience and … Continue reading

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Conversational Management

I love a good conversation. Great conversations offer an interesting flow of ideas and opinions, back and forth, respectfully and honestly.  With texting, emails and voicemail, it seems we’re losing that art and skill, both in our personal lives and our work environment.  How many of us have hidden behind emails instead of … Continue reading

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Lighten Up!

As I begin this series of blog posts, I hope to bring a fresh, lighter perspective. Is it just me or has the world become oh so serious? Where’s the humor? The kindness? For those of us in the “business of people”, we’re often the most serious of … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Re-Engage Your Team

We’re over half way through the year.  Do you know where are you in relation to the goals and plans discussed at the beginning of the year?  It’s the perfect time to dig out those January 2012 strategic plans, company … Continue reading

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The Hidden (and very real) Costs of Employees

With the economy slowly recovering,  employers are beginning to hire carefully.  Perhaps in your organization,  you are  adding new employees.  In any business, it is essential to balance expenses and investments with the value gained. Is there enough value to … Continue reading

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Money and Motivation

Does money motivate?  As a compensation expert for many years I say “No,  I don’t believe money motivates at all!” I believe simply that inequitable, unfair and misunderstood pay practices are huge de-motivators. However, just because an employee is fairly … Continue reading

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Time to get rid of the Annual Performance Evaluation

After over 25 years of professional Human Resources consulting with companies on performance management systems and compensation plans, I support eliminating the annual performance evaluation.  They just don’t work,  are disliked by most everyone involved, and even when done correctly … Continue reading

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