Archive for Employee Engagement

How to reward employees

How Should Companies Reward Their Employees?

How to reward valued employees is a complex undertaking. Some companies feel that a mere well-timed “thank you” is sufficient. Others will equate reward to compensation.

Still others think that simply working for the leader in the industry is sufficient and they don’t have to address discontent.

After all, what do employees have to complain about? The discontent will go away. But it won’t. Read More→

Employees as change agents

Employees as Company Change Agents

Companies live and die by the strength and believability of their brands – what they want their organizations to be known for.

But in this digital age companies are struggling to control their brand essence and key messages as information – both good and bad – is shared across social networks around the globe in a matter of seconds, often diluting the power of their brands.

New technologies are transforming the way companies do business. But employees are underutilized as advocates of change. They are not being motivated to rally around the company’s mission and goals. Read More→

CEO traits that led them to top leadership post.

What Does it Take for a CEO to be a Successful Leader?    

It’s hard to pinpoint the particular traits that enable CEOs to become successful leaders. They’re different, like you and me, coming from a variety of backgrounds without a single common denominator.

Nonetheless, a New York Times reporter has found a number of similarities in leadership styles in his interviews of CEOs for a weekly column called Corner Office in the SundayBusiness section.

Ten years and 525 columns later, Adam Bryant wrote his last column in yesterday’s edition and disclosed the lessons he learned about how to be the Big Boss.

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The wired water cooler is no substitute for face time

It Isn’t So Lonely Around the Water Cooler

Working virtually from home, at least part of the time, has become the norm in many companies. The more senior you are the more likely you have the authority to decide when and where you work.

Working virtually no doubt has its benefits: no long commute on the train, flexible hours, problem solving in your pajamas.

It’s gotten so prevalent that companies don’t even have offices for a lot of their staff and do “hoteling.” You call ahead and reserve an office when you absolutely must be there.

So, what’s wrong with this picture?

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