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The Biggest Factor in Employee Engagement

Trust Fall

Everybody should know that engaged employees are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work.” And, almost everyone has already seen that only about 30 percent of the American workforce is considered “engaged.” Any employer realizes that employee engagement is important. That being said, there is one factor in particular that may not be as familiar to employers that will increase their employees’ engagement. According to an article in Psychology Today, “leaders operating with trust enjoy higher engagement levels.” The article provides five things every employer and manager should know about the trust/engagement connection, to improve their leadership skills and increase the company’s employee engagement level.

4 Tips for Onboarding Millennials


Millennials: the generational cohort following Generation X, and the subject of much discussion in the HR world. If you’ve kept your ear to the ground in the past decade, you already know that Millennials will be taking over just under half of the corporate jobs in America in the next five years. In fact, there’s a good chance you are one (I am, and can vouch for the following information). If not (and even if you are) there are a few things you should know about what Millennials want, and how to best onboard and develop them, myself included.

Easily Execute Employee Engagement

employee engagement

Whether people realize it or not, the lack of employee engagement is astonishing. Gallup cited that roughly only 30 percent of employees are engaged! In today’s business world, it’s crucial that human resource professionals and managers truly understand how to engage the people that they employ.

The Magic Word to Increase Productivity

Increase Productivity

“Abracadabra." "Alakazam.” "Hocus pocus." “Ajji Majji la Tarajji.” “Jantar Mantar Jadu Mantar.” “Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho.”

For millennia, people have looked for or tried to use a magic word to make the things they want come to fruition. It’s something almost instinctual, ingrained in the human condition. The earliest known written magical incantations come from ancient Mesopotamia, in Uruk, dated between the 5th and 4th centuries BC.

Around the same time, ancient Egyptians also employed magical incantations. Most people would consider the idea of using a magic word archaic, pointless, or reserved for performing magicians. But research by Priyanka Carr and Greg Walton of Stanford University has found there actually is one powerful, scientifically viable word that, by merely uttering it, will increase productivity.

School’s Back in Session: Hot in HR

Alice Cooper Manchester 2011

School was not, in fact, out forever. Class is back in session for the kiddos. But effective managers know they never stop learning from what leaders can teach them. Here’s what’s hot in HR this week.

Be Brief

Les is more

I’ll try to be brief. The average person’s attention span is eight seconds (one second less than a goldfish). That means most of you won’t read all the way through my article. Brevity is the new standard for businesses and HR professionals. It’s a lot more difficult than you’d think. Mark Twain said “I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead,” and the same probably goes for the majority of the emails you send out. To increase productivity, people need to learn how to do more with less.

4 Generations of Engagement Infographic

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4 Generations of Engagement Infographic

Every generation has its own exceptional style and world view. This can be great news for managers—with four generations concurrently working together—but each generation has been influenced by their era and environment, so each one may need something different to stay engaged. Take a look at this infographic to learn demographic statistics about each of the four generations in the workplace, to better tailor your engagement strategy. 

Confusing High Potential for High Performance

High Potentials

People who know how to be an effective manager know that investing in their high-potential (HiPo) employees is paramount to future leadership benchstrength, workforce strategy, and succession planning, potentially doubling a company’s revenue and profit growth. But, as effective managers also know, with any great investment comes great risk. TLNT reports that 55 percent of those deemed worthy by upper management to enter a HiPo development program drop out.

Three Types of Difficult Employees (and How to Deal with Them)

Managing difficult employees

There are three types of difficult employees in the office that seem to constantly cause workplace conflict: the “drama queen,” the “victim,” and the “nonconformist.” According to an article in Inc., these three types of difficult employees can be dangerous to an organization, and cause toxicity in the workplace. It is important to know how to deal with difficult employees like these, to increase productivity and improve employee engagement.

Hot in HR


Summer is ticking away, but the world of HR is still sweltering. Here’s what’s “Hot in HR” this week.

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