Does Music Increase Productivity?

music at work can increase productivity

When asked the question, does music increase productivity?, my immediate response is to shout yes, yes, yes from the rooftops…I might even be seen shaking a tambourine for emphasis, haha.   As a lifelong musician, hit songwriter and veteran of bringing music to the corporate world, the idea that music increases productivity is pretty well proven for me personally.  But perhaps you’re a leader of a biotech company or the head of HR at a law firm. Maybe you’re a financial analyst or an insurance underwriter. The idea that music may have real value in your work environment might seem a bit strange to you. So I realize that you may need some science and cold hard facts to be… Read more »

Does Employee Engagement Matter?

Without employee engagement you may feel like this person

As a leader in your organization, you have some big decisions to make for the coming year. Should you invest some of your available budget and precious time into events and activities that boost employee engagement? Or should you just throw in the towel and buy those new standing desks everyone is talking about?  It seems like buying some desks might be easier than really tackling your workforce challenges. And maybe you’re not 100% sure if engagement is all that important.  Does employee engagement matter? I have three answers for you; yes, yes, yes. To help you better understand, I’d like you hit the rewind button on your life. Let’s go all the way back to high school. I know… Read more »

How To Build The Best Teams

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?

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

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

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

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

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 »