Employee engagement ranks high on the list of human resource challenges, yet fewer than half the companies in a survey by SHRM and Globoforce said they track it.
Of those that do, more of their HR professionals say workers are rewarded according to their performance, that managers are effective in acknowledging and appreciating employees, and employees are satisfied with the level of recognition they get.
These are some of the findings of a twice-yearly survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management in collaboration with employee recognition vendor, Globoforce. The most recent survey looked at: keep reading…
Whether a sign of confidence or desperation, the number of workers quitting without having another job is growing. Last month alone nearly 1.1 million workers left their jobs.
It’s the largest number of “job-leavers,” as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calls them, in more than a decade. Included in the count are workers who took buyouts, some who quit ahead of a dismissal, and others who may be taking time off before starting a new job. The bulk, however, are those who decided to leave a job without having another lined up.
There’s no way of telling what kind of workers these job-leavers are. However, any number of surveys over the last few years show there’s a gathering wave of intentions about leaving, if not actual departures. keep reading…
Someone asked me a question out of nowhere yesterday — in a restroom of all places — that took me aback.
It got me thinking about a very different — and more important — question you need to ask if you’re a manager.
“I Beg Your Pardon?”
As I approached the hotel restroom sink to wash my hands, a man in a suit turned to me and said:
“I know this is a weird question to ask, but … do I smell bad?”
He explained that he had been sweating profusely because of the hot conference room and was worried that he now reeked and would repel others. While this is never a pleasant thought, since this was an event where you wanted to network with others, he was especially concerned about being perceived as a noxious life form.
Since he was being so authentic and genuine, how could I not accommodate his request? I got a bit closer and took a whiff. keep reading…