employee engagement

More than half of U.S. workers (51%) have been part of an office romance, according to the 2015 Office Romance Survey from Vault, which produces workplace rankings and reviews. Most of these are just casual romances, but 10% actually found their spouse or partner at work! Unfortunately, workplace romances introduce a host of potential personnel issues for employers.

Not all employees are alike. Some excel in their roles, while under-performing workers can drag down the bottom-line. Most fall somewhere in the middle. In Part 1 of this series, we introduced several ways to figure out which employee is which. Today, we’ll be discussing management strategies specific to those workers in the middle of the range. 

Redefine your thinking: high potential, if not high performance.

In the space of just a couple of months or so, the U.S. goes through a series of major holiday events, starting with Halloween and ending with New Year’s Day. With so many major events crammed into a relatively brief period, the holiday season is often one of the busiest and most demanding times of year for everyone – employers and employees alike. That, in turn, can have a negative impact on productivity, if employees are distracted by being pulled in too many directions at once, or they are fretting over meeting all the demands on their time and energy, or the workplace is unprepared. Here are six tips for keeping productivity high during and after the holidays!
Job-related stress is a serious issue, that may be getting worse: the American Psychology Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence found in 2013 that one-third of working Americans experience chronic stress. The problem may be getting worse: a more recent 2015 survey from Workplace Trends and Staples Advantage, reported by CIO Magazine, found that over half (53%) of workers are overworked and burned out.
Who needs reality TV when you’ve got work in the morning? According to a 2016 Accountemps survey, 80% of professionals believe that office politics exist in their workplace, and 86% believe participating in office politics is at least somewhat necessary to get ahead. That said, it’s possible to discourage politics – especially the negative, toxic variety – from taking over your work experience. Here are four foundational keys.
According to Alamo Rent-A-Car’s 2016 “Family Vacation Survey,” American businesses are increasingly making employees feel ashamed or guilty for taking vacations.
In previous articles about employee attendance, we’ve discussed the surprising problems with presenteeism (when workers show up to work when they shouldn’t) and 25 ways to deal with absenteeism (when workers don’t show up when they should).
Game mechanics, or gamification, is very popular in business circles right now. It’s easy to dismiss as just the latest business fad, particularly given that the name itself seems to suggest something light-weight.
One in two employees has left a job to get away from their manager, according to Gallup Polls. Those employees were so actively disengaged that they vacated a position rather than continue. But perhaps it makes sense, when you consider that Gallup also found that only one-third (35%) of managers themselves are engaged.
Fewer than one-third of American workers are engaged at work. Given that engagement makes money, and disengagement costs employers, it’s important to ask why disengagement is so prevalent.
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