More and more organizations are discovering the need for trained facilitators as they move in the direction of implementing continuous process improvement (CPI), Lean, and Six Sigma. In this blog I will refer to this position as Lean facilitator. The purpose of this blog is to (a) describe the roles and responsibilities of Lean facilitators, (b) describe the areas of knowledge [...]
Guest author blog, written and researched by: McKendree J. Hickory, Michael P. Yoder, Teanna S. Ziegler Employee engagement has become an increasingly familiar topic in both organizations and research. Leaders want to know how to best encourage and utilize their employee’s engagement, while research has strived to make this construct clear. Engagement includes aspects of [...]
Learning is embedded, either formally or informally, in almost every aspect of our lives. Much of what we learn each day is acquired with little or no conscious effort. For example, we learn about current events by watching the news, or learn about other people by listening to their stories. Now shift into action learning [...]
Organizations of all sizes are turning to mentoring programs as a way to make use of existing talent to develop new employees and high potentials. While mentoring programs are cost effective and capable of fulfilling several important objectives, they still must be carefully planned and supported by the organization. In order to build success into [...]
Employees want to feel heard. In fact, the desire to influence, interact with and have an impact on our environment is basic human nature. So when people feel powerless or micromanaged in their work, what do they do?
With decades of research, the merits of job satisfaction are fairly clear, but what about happiness? Do happy employees perform better than their morose counterparts? If so how can you encourage and promote well-being in the workplace? This blog seeks to answer both questions.
As of 2012, overall job satisfaction is at around 50%. Averaging across all industries, job levels, and pay rates, only 1/2 of all employees are satisfied with their jobs. The other 1/2 rate their job satisfaction as neutral, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. Mirroring this statistic (not surprisingly), only 50% of employees feel that their jobs are interesting. Does this describe you, your peers, or your employees?
Results from the most recent nation-wide Employee Engagement and Retention survey (Kenexa, 2011) revealed some surprising discrepancies between employee and manager opinions regarding turnover, satisfaction, and engagement.
Imagine you are on a first date. After a wonderful night of good conversation, fine dining and lots of laughter, your date asks how you felt about the evening. Even though you normally would be reserved, you feel good about this person so you say exactly how you feel. When you’re finished, your date turns [...]
Leadership effectiveness has been integral to the field of applied organizational research for over half of a century. Over the years, we have seen charismatic leadership, Rushmorean leadership, servant leadership, transformational leadership, etc… The wealth of different categories and definitions of leadership can become overwhelming at times, which is why it is nice to look at actual concrete behaviors.