Employee Satisfaction

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“Whose job is it to keep you motivated?”

When employees are asked this question, you might think the response would be “It’s my job to keep myself motivated.” But, in reality, the most frequent and correct answer is, “It’s my boss’s job.” [Read more…]

Do You Have a Bad Boss?

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The bad boss. We’ve all had at least one. Hopefully, not more than one and, still more hopefully, we haven’t been one ourselves. [Read more…]

The High Performance Workplace

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You’ve just completed checking over a new subcontractor’s construction expenditures on a large hospital project. You had reservations about using a new subcontractor on such a visible project, but the construction manager was able to persuade the CEO about the firm’s capabilities. Now, you’re beginning to see cost overruns that you will need to nip in the bud if you are to deliver the project within budget. You get up from your desk to pour yourself another cup of coffee before tackling the next task. There’s still a huge amount of work you need to get done before the end of the day, but you pour the steamy brew and pause for a few moments to gaze at the people around you. [Read more…]

Employee Engagement – Engaged? Who Me?

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Employee engagement has all the earmarks of a marriage—a business one anyway. It exists when an employee feels that he or she has a job with an employer they support, believe in, and to which they can make a personal contribution. [Read more…]

The Rules of Accountability

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“It takes much more than a great product or service and a smart competitive strategy to be successful in today’s business world. Instead, success requires the concentrated effort and support of everyone in your company. Your entire work force be must accountable, not only to management, but also to each other. When your people are accountable your organization will have a competitive edge. [Read more…]

Who Stole Your Enthusiasm?

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No. That is not a rhetorical question, not really. But you may be one of many people who are having difficulty in experiencing any enthusiasm lately. This is quite understandable, and is directly related to the trials of living and working in today’s high-pressure working environment and challenging economic situation.

With far too many people worried about their future and seeing the glass as half-empty, not half-full, it’s no wonder so few are enthusiastic about anything. What to do? You cannot always control what happens around you, but you can learn from the wise. I believe Walter Chrysler said it best: “The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Enthusiasts are fighters. They have fortitude. They have staying qualities. Enthusiasm is the bottom of all progress. [Read more…]