Employee engagement

The Power of Everyday Sabbatical

by Jesse Lahey on March 1, 2017

Several years ago, I called to reconnect with one of my mentors from my college days at Xavier University. Early in my conversation with Gene, I mentioned that I thought I recalled reading in Xavier’s alumni magazine that he’d recently completed a one-year sabbatical. (As at most colleges and 15% of US companies, Xavier periodically provides what is essentially an extended paid vacation so that a staff member can recharge and perhaps focus on a special project, such as writing a book or learning something new. The typical sabbatical program provides 2-12 months of paid leave for every 5-7 years worked, but the details regarding length, frequency, and pay vary greatly among employers.)

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125: Engaging Hourly Workers

by Jesse Lahey on December 1, 2015

Workers In Warehouse Preparing Goods For Dispatch

Hourly workers make up nearly 60% of the United States workforce. They are often people who directly impact customers, such as through customer service or making the products. And improving the engagement of hourly workers can decrease absenteeism and turnover costs, while improving productivity, customer satisfaction, and the overall culture of the organization. [click to continue…]

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Are You Making the Most of Mobile Communication? The Time Is Now.

September 9, 2015

Guest post by Joe Loya. Communication is changing rapidly. Technology has transformed not only how we consume and absorb information, but it has also transformed what captures our attention, keeps us interested, and motivates us to take action. In their recent book, The Mobile Mind Shift, authors Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, and Julie Ask of Forrester […]

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114: How Well-being Boosts Employee Engagement and Profitability | with Doug Stover from Gallup

June 15, 2015

According to The Gallup Organization, when companies add a well-being focus to their engagement efforts, it has an accelerating effect. Focusing on employee engagement and employee well-being together helps companies maximize productivity. Today we’ll discuss how your organization can improve your culture, employee engagement, and the bottom line by taking a whole-person approach that allows […]

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088: Happy @ Work: Top Habits That Keep People Engaged and Successful | with Jim Donovan

May 8, 2014

A growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is a secret ingredient to success at work. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state. What are the top habits for leaders and employees who are happy at work? How can we […]

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079: How to Engage Cynical Employees | with Bob Kelleher, author of Employee Engagement for Dummies

March 6, 2014

How do you engage employees who are cynical or jaded? And what if your organization is trying to improve employee engagement, but employees and even managers are cynical about the engagement initiative itself? To help us address this issue, our guest is Bob Kelleher, author, speaker, and founder of The Employee Engagement Group. Bob Kelleher’s […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Zero: Research Reveals Powerful Impact of Manager’s Feedback on Employee Engagement

October 30, 2013

“I don’t know if it even matters whether I do a good job,” Erica said. “Sometimes it’s tempting to cut corners, because it seems like no one would even notice.” Listening to this knowledge worker, you would think she had a rotten boss. Not at all. Her manager John is a nice, thoughtful person. But […]

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037: How to Engage Others In Creating the Future | with Terry Pearce

May 16, 2013

How do you inspire people to take action toward a shared goal? To answer that question, we welcome back Terry Pearce, author of Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future. This is the bestselling guide to authentic leadership communication, and the newest edition of this book hit bookstores earlier this […]

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GC06: The Game of Work: Unlocking Employee Engagement and Energy | with Chuck Coonradt

May 6, 2013

Chuck Coonradt has been called the “Grandfather of Gamification.” He is the author of the book The Game of Work, first published in 1984 and frequently updated. Since 1973, Chuck has been teaching companies game-based principles that unlock keys to employee involvement, engagement and energy. Decades before gamification was a buzzword, around the time Pong […]

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How to Get Your Team to Take Ownership [video]

February 19, 2013

How we communicate affects whether other people feel a sense of ownership, accountability, and engagement. On the Power-Pronoun matrix, engaging leaders stay in the first-person most of the time.

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019: How to Help Your Team Have More Great Days at Work | with Chris Rice

January 10, 2013

In this episode Jesse is joined again by BlessingWhite CEO Christopher Rice for the second part of their two-part interview on employee engagement.  This time Chris and Jesse focus on how as a leader you can inspire your team to be more engaged and have more great days at work. Chris shares his C.A.R.E. method […]

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Who Has the “Why”?

January 9, 2013

All of us at some point wonder if what we’re doing matters. – Jeff Goins, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)   Some time ago, author and career coach Kevin Brennfleck told me about a time when he and his wife Marie noticed construction workers installing underground pipe near their home. When […]

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