Tackling Workplace Depression

Depression is widespread across North American workplaces and occurs at an alarming rate. It can affect men and women at any age, economic or social status. In both Canada and the US, depression tops the list of health-related productivity costs at work. While many employers understand the huge financial and human costs of depression, the big…

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Level of Engagement

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for employee engagement?  The reality is, everyone is responsible for employee engagement, including you.  Leaders do their part by ensuring they themselves are engaged and for creating a culture that promotes engagement.  HR is responsible for partnering with leaders to help them understand and support their employees’ development…

New Boss: 5 Ways to De-motivate a Successful Team of High Performers

It can be overly tempting for some recently hired leaders to want to put their stamp on the department or division that they’ve just been hired to run.  This is particularly understandable when the business or unit has been underperforming. But with an all too common regularity I’ve observed new leaders enter successful situations and…

Dis – Loyalty and Your Talent Pool

You’ve worked hard for your employer. You’ve been passionate about your job and have made many contributions. You’ve been recognized as a star player and are well thought of by everyone, team mates, bosses and customers alike. Yet, you’ve just been kicked to the curb by the new incoming boss. If you think this scenario…

How Web Surfing Can Increase Productivity. Really.

From the file of WTH comes an interesting tidbit of research regarding surfing the web while on the job. Like many productivity minded bosses, you might think that such practices should be banned, similar to those ‘spandex’ days at work. In fact, while seeing your staff surfing the web might not make you happy, it…

Indecisive Leaders are Harsh

Have you ever been frustrated waiting for a decision from your boss?  Once in a while, it’s OK right?  Everyone gets annoyingly behind now and then.  It’s pretty much impossible to stay on top of everything all the time.  We all know that.  But when your boss’s indecisiveness is a pattern, it’s a completely different…

Thriving: Creating Sustainable Performance in Your Workforce

No matter what the state of the economy, research shows that the best way to sustain a consistently high performing workforce is to have a happy workforce. In their work on creating sustainable performance, Gretchen Spreitzer and Christine demonstrate the foundation of long term business success. Their message is simple: If you give your employees…

Standing Out in Tough Times: Treating Employees like Customers

I just came from a restaurant where I was powerfully reminded of the importance of an often elusive piece of business success – great customer service.  For me, it’s like the elephant in the middle of the room.  So many companies flout their extraordinary customer service yet deliver the opposite.  I’m particularly puzzled about this,…