As a Leader, Do you Know When You Have Unhappy Employees?

I've see it over and over again - someone coming for help to deal with the job they say they hate. It didn't seem to be what they expected, or thought, and they don't know how to deal with this sad fact. Often, these individuals are having mood issues, i.e. feeling sad, anxious, angry, frustrated, …

Even a Cat Can Get a Job

I'm always looking to see the latest news/trends that involve work and the workplace. A recent news article really caught my eye, as it said "Pa. program gives mean cats a chance to punch a clock." My initial reaction was 'huh?' It seems that cats who are unadoptable, such as those who swat or won't …

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 is  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 …

New Month – How is the ‘Health’ of Your Career?

Today is the start of a new month; with that, brings many possibilities. This is a great time to do a check-up on the 'health' of your career; just like you go to the doctor to ensure your health is fine, you can (and should) do the same with your career. Job happiness is vital …

Making the Case for Leaders to Focus on the Strengths of their Workers

A new study out by Gallop (Rigoni & Asplund, 2016) makes the case for managers to focus on their employees strengths that will get the work done and achieve organizational goals. According to the study, 67% of workers are engaged when their managers use a strength-based approach by recognizing and honoring their strengths. Workers value …

Do Numbers Really Reflect Employee Engagement?

I'm sure you've heard the term 'employee engagement' to reflect what an organization wants in their workers. Engagement has several meaning, but basically it's an emotional connection one has with their work. It doesn't necessarily mean job satisfaction or 'fit.' It's an individual feeling that results from getting one's needs met on the job. This …

Being Engaged in the Work You Do

We hear so much these days about employee engagement, which is the intersection of job satisfaction and investment in the work being done.  A recent Gallop poll found that we have a very unhappy workforce (48%) which would lead one to believe that half are disengaged.  However, a new report from Blessing White, a consulting …

How to Retain Top Performers in a Tough Economy

As the economy is picking up and people are feeling somewhat more relaxed, organizations need to be aware that more of their top performers may choose to leave for greener pastures.  In a recent article in Success Magazine (Johnson, April 2012), it discusses four employee needs that organizations must focus on if they want to …

How Satisfied Are You With Your Organizational Life?

I find that the majority of clients I work with are not unhappy with the job they do but they are miserable with their organizational life.  Work-overload, deadlines, personal problems and worries over potential job loss all impact the workplace environment and can contribute to job dissatisfaction.  One can be very involved in the job they …