Flexible working hours. Supportive managers. Permission to head home when your work is finished, even if it’s before 5:00. Cultural elements like these strongly influence employee engagement on the job, and hopefully, the people you hire will be a good fit for the culture you’ve designed. But sometimes, the work isn’t what the employee expected it to be, personalities clash or they receive a more lucrative offer from another company, and you find yourself parting ways.Read More
We’ve all probably experienced it at one point or another in our personal or professional lives, the dreadful sight of a constant nagger approaching. What could there possibly be to complain about first thing in the day, when the coffee is still hot? They’ll find something. If you don’t find an exit strategy, you’ll find yourself captive audience to the negative chatter, and suddenly your mood is affected too. As will be the next person you encounter, and so on. Negativity is contagious and will undoubtedly impact the work atmosphere in such a way that productivity suffers and employees disengage.Read More
If you’ve ever had a young child of your own or have been around nieces or nephews, you’ve probably witnessed the overwhelming panic - and corresponding tantrum - associated with being separated from a favorite belonging. For many kids, it’s something plush like a stuffed animal or soft linen, and it has the superpower of making the most troubling situations seem okay. If you happen to misplace this beloved item, beware. The concept of a security blanket is introduced to us at a young age, but the need for security stays with us as our lives ebb and flow.
We’ve all heard the phrase “married to our job.” For many people, the hard truth is that one-third (or more) of our time as adults is spent at work, and at times you may even spend more time with your work family than your nuclear family. There are quite a few similarities between the two types of relationship as well. Employees want a job that provides a sense of meaning and offers them the opportunity to feel accomplished, fulfilled and satisfied. These same desires are commonly expressed in romantic relationships. Likewise, in each of these relationships, we want to wake up each day with some level of excitement and anticipation about the hours ahead.