Can remote work – work?

There’s a whole host of stories, studies, and opinions on productivity and team collaboration in our pandemic era. Some people are convinced that there’s no way collaboration and innovation can be effective in a remote or hybrid workplace. Other people point to studies showing that many teams and companies are reporting higher productivity and greater trust. What to believe? What to …

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The hybrid dilemma

Is the sky falling? Will all your employees quit if you don’t offer a hybrid work solution? Do you absolutely need your people in the office? Are you concerned about productivity if people work from home? What about if they work in the office? Can you trust your employees to do what’s right? There. That last question. That’s the real question. …

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A simple preventive for employee turnover

Want to prevent employee turnover? Keep your best employees engaged? Avoid the really high cost of hiring replacements? Say “Thank you.” According to Eric Mosley of WorkHuman, as heard in an interview on Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast, just five thank-yous  in a year reduces the likelihood of turnover by a bit more than half, from 15% to 7%. …

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Down with Mandatory Fun!

What in the world will we do about the holiday party?! Let’s just start right here: no Zoom parties, please. Everyone is Zoomed out with meetings. And getting together on Zoom to raise a glass and pretend we’re all together is not going to cut it.  In fact, Mandatory Fun has never been actual fun for everyone. Undoubtedly some people enjoy the …

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Who needs help?

Someone on your team needs help. Maybe it’s one of your colleagues. Or someone on your leadership team. Or one of your first-line or middle managers. Maybe you’re the one who needs help. People in your organization need help. They’re overwhelmed with a project deadline. They’re trying to figure out how to manage from home. They’ve offered to help someone else, …

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How can you motivate your team?

Okay, that was a trick question, because if you read my last post, you know I’m not a fan of motivation as a way to keep people on track and moving forward. So what can you do? Don’t worry. I’m not suggesting you have to leave it up to chance and whim. In fact, as the leader of your team or department, …

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How to keep remote employees engaged

A lot of people are asking variations on this question. How to keep remote teams engaged. How to keep remote employees engaged with the company culture. How to make sure remote employees feel part of the team / part of the company. How to onboard remote employees. And so on. And on. And on. Apparently it’s a deep and burning issue. …

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How do you reward?

Several years ago, I read a fascinating book called Punished by Rewards: the trouble with gold st★rs, incentive plan$, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn. The basic premise is that, as the back-of-the-book blurb summarizes, “people actually do inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, or other incentives. The more we use artificial inducements to motivate people, …

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Does employee engagement matter?

There’s a lot of flutter and angst around employee engagement and the latest trend of employee experience. Questions abound on everything from how to measure engagement on through to how to improve employee experience, leading to the ultimate dilemma: is it really worth the effort? Do happy employees actually improve the bottom line? For those of us who care about …

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Is that fair?

As a manager, supervisor, and leader, you want to treat your team fairly. But just exactly what does “fair” mean? When we’re little, we tend to interpret “fair” as “equivalent” (even though “equivalent” probably isn’t in our vocabulary!). If Johnny gets a peanut-butter cup, then we should get one too. But as we grow up, we learn that maybe this …

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