Employee Engagement

The Best Ways To Boost Employee Engagement

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 by

  Are you a company looking for a few effective ways to boost employee engagement? What about creating a friendly office culture that makes employees excited about coming to work everyday? I have some suggestions for you. But before we dig into effective ways to boost employee engagement, I’d like to take you back in time to high school so you can see a bit of what not to do. No wait, let’s go back to middle school. That’s a bit more rebellious and interesting. Come to class with me. If I remember correctly, there were rows of chairs. Textbooks were opened and casually laid out on the desks. Students were sitting in various positions. Some slouched, others crossed their legs. I… Read more »

How To Build The Best Teams

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 by

There was a fantastic article in the New York times recently about Google’s efforts to build the best teams. It’s worth reading if you’re hoping to improve your corporate culture and continue striving to understand how to build the best teams. In my opinion the strongest take away from the article is no surprise. It’s that emotional interactions, dialogue, who we are and how we treat each other are vital. Have your leaders listen – My very first rule for how to build the best teams is to forgo top down leadership within your meeting. Great leaders know that one of their most important jobs is to listen. Why have a meeting if not to listen and get input from team members? Create a… Read more »

Can Events Help Seasonal Affective Disorder In Employees?

Posted: Jan 7, 2016 by

January can be a tough time for employees. From coming back to a new grind after a long holiday to continuing to muster energy and excitement during a dreary winter season, employees face tough challenges to stay on task at work during the first month of the year. While we aren’t claiming to be psychologists or experts in seasonal affective disorder in employees, we do have the benefit of having inspired and connected with many groups of people over the years, which leads us to believe that events can help keep team members happy and on task. Do Events Make Teams Happy and More Productive? Well-planned and executed events can inspire huge upticks in productivity and general increase overall employee… Read more »

How To Announce An Upcoming Meeting Without Inspiring Groans

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 by

Ok, everyone, on the count of three, how much do you love receiving the monthly reminder for the next “All Staff Development Meeting”? One… Two… No, we’ll stop you there. We already know the answer. You’re already groaning at the thought of it. Maybe it is the tone-deaf announcement from a sterilized, watered down company voice. Maybe it is the overly corny, “no one gets the joke except the one person in HR” messaging. Or maybe you are just anticipating more of the same ‘ol same ‘ol. No matter which way you slice it, you are simply not excited about the message you’re receiving. And no one else is either. Invariably, most employees end up on both the sending and… Read more »

Team Building, Millennials and Engagement

Posted: Oct 31, 2012 by

Millennials need engagement. They need to feel involved and they need to feel ownership. Team building is a vital component to achieving all of this. I was reminded of this today while meeting with my business manager, Rob Taylor. Rob mentioned how different his young associates are than the veterans, or Gen X’rs. Millennials have an expectation of finding satisfaction in their work. They view this as a vital part of their overall reward. Providing engagement and enabling your workforce to have an active voice in your organization is part of the compensation package required to retain younger hires. Picking up a paycheck, while obviously important, is not the be-all end-all. I spoke with another friend last year who was… Read more »

Co-creating Engaging Events

Posted: Sep 6, 2011 by

Wow – I wasn’t sure just how the program would work, although I knew it would work. How can I make that statement? How can I have made that statement to my client prior to our event? The answer is simple, Engagement. Co-creating Events My experience has taught me that groups we work with are highly engaged during our team building activities. Fun, music, laughter and creative challenge begs participation, even by those who are initially hesitant. And that’s why I’m often willing to dive into new experiences and to co-create events with clients, just as we co-create songs during our team building programs. As long as the bottom line is creative engagement, I know the details will work themselves… Read more »

Engagement Catalyst

Posted: Mar 3, 2011 by

The contemporary workforce demands engagement in ways that require more than just financial compensation. Being part of a team, sharing a sense of purpose, belonging, and shared mission are vital to promoting positive corporate culture and engagement. Employees want to co-create their shared vision of what they do. Believe it or not, I didn’t just make that up. We often hear from business owners who worry about their team lacking a sense of team. They often have a workforce that is well compensated but disengaged. Smart leaders want to know how to tap into what motivates employees. A half day team building event won’t change your company culture or your life. Am I supposed to tell you it will because… Read more »