Teams are the backbone of most organizations – almost everyone who has been employed has been a member of a team at one time or another. This article seeks to explore the conditions that are necessary for effective team performance. Teams have a few things in common: they have clear boundaries on membership (you’re [...]
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?
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 [...]