Leaders: Creating a Happier Workplace Culture

We all want to be happy; however, many struggle with maintaining this state. No truer is this statement than in the workplace where many drudge along and don't seem to find any positives in their work environment. Workers want to go to an organization that is relaxed, fun, open, i.e happy. They don't want to …

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The Highest Rated Skill Organizations Want You to Have Today

If you've been following the news (or my blog), you've no undoubtedly been seeing that leaders want workers who possess specific job skills, and that is what hiring isĀ  all about these days. But, I think the important skills get overlooked, particularly the soft - or people- skills; you can possess great technical skills but …

How to Career Path Employees Who Don’t Want Upward Mobility

Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of career pathing and how it helps with employee engagement, and as a strategy in succession planning. It's the way to identify high potentials and filling leadership positions that open up as Baby Boomers leave the organization. But, I also mentioned that not everyone wants to move up the …

The Perils of Blocking a Worker’s Job Movement Within the Organization

The question of the day: is it a wise decision for a manager to block, or prevent, a worker from making a job move within the organization? This can be answered from different perspectives, both pro and con. But the real question is, what is the long-term effect this will have on the worker in …

Dealing with ‘Deadwoods’ in the Workplace

Louis shows up to work every day, but puts in minimal effort; he gets work in but not always on time, and his interactions with coworkers is subpar, at best. Mistakes? common for Louis. So why is Louis still employed? Louis has become what is known as a 'deadwood,' which refers to those who are …

Critical Thinking Moves You Up

An often over-looked skill that will move you up in your organization is that of critical thinking; this is going deep in analyzing and interpreting situations to form beliefs, opinions and judgements for how to best handle them. It's about looking at a situation from different viewpoints and not just staying with what is seen. …