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Incentive Award Choices – Focus on “We” Awards

What I thought about this weekend is that most companies would love to have all their employees (or their distribution channel and customers for that matter) focused on the best interests of the company.  However, that is a difficult task. … Continue Reading →

Why Employee Engagement Needs to Be Re-Thought (Warning: It’s a Rant)

I love being engaged on my job. I don’t think I’ve ever been more engaged. Mostly because I directly see (and hear) the value I’m adding to the company. I’ve had other employees say they are happy I’m at the… Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement Isn’t an Employee Engagement Problem

I know I said a few weeks back I wouldn’t post again about employee engagement. Technically I said I wouldn’t post on the importance of employee engagement and this is a post about how to actually increase engagement which is… Continue Reading →

Why I can’t write another post about the importance of employee engagement.

Because it is 2018. That’s why. Writing another post on employee engagement would be like writing a post about why fire is good. Or why electricity is good. I think they’ve actually changed the opening scene of Animal House to… Continue Reading →

Austin Powers, Gandhi and Your Mom

Holding the envelope to my forehead, the large turban perched atop my head I read these words – Austin Powers, Gandhi and Your Mom. I pull envelope down, rip the short edge of the envelope off and blow into it… Continue Reading →

Your Company is no Longer Your Employees’ Nexus of Value

Remember the idea of the “company man”? I say that in true 1920s speak when that phrase was a popular derogatory remark about workers who would oppose the union because they were loyal to the company. Today it would be… Continue Reading →

I Knew Paul Was Meant for Greater Things When…

Unfortunately, I’ve been to funerals. I’ll wager you have too. Common to most is the “memory lane” exercise, where a family member, friend or religious representative, walks through the life and times of the deceased. For one funeral I attended… Continue Reading →

Why All the Individual Suggestions for Engagement Are WRONG

Where there is demand there will be supply. Especially in the world of thought leadership. Thought leadership costs almost nothing to create and has almost zero downside. When was the last time someone went back and looked at a post… Continue Reading →

5-Part Blog Series in PDF Form – Thoughts on Enterprise Incentive & Reward Design

The first post in this series went up July 25, 2017 and the final installment was live on October 12, 2017. Can’t rush brilliance – or its opposite. I said when I started the series that I’d combine the posts… Continue Reading →

If You Manage People This Post Will Make You 100% More Effective

One of my all-time favorite books is “The Drunkard’s Walk. How Randomness Rules Our Lives.” I am a big fan of randomness – or more accurately – how we mistake randomness for causation or how we continue to ignore the… Continue Reading →

Should You Pay Employees Extra for Working on Special Organizational Projects?

Somewhat recently (sorry – I’m a bit backlogged) a question came up on one of my HR-focused discussion groups in Facebook. The poster was seeking ideas on how to compensate employees for being part of a company effort described as…… Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement and The Stanford Prison Experiment

Image a world where the meek have really inherited the earth. Where the rich are now at the bottom of the economic pyramid and the poor are now the ruling class. Imagine working in a factory shooting screws for 10… Continue Reading →

New Research: Employees Work Harder When They Are Almost Starving

[Warning – rant ahead] Love that headline? What if I told you that you can get more production from your employees if they are hungry? Or cold. Or tired. Or flat out exhausted. What if I told you that the… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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:… Continue Reading →

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