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Building an environment to retain today’s workforce involves looking beyond traditional corporate values, metrics, and benefits.  The business of work has changed. Some say the pandemic made a large impact on employee outlook and how we view the everyday work experience.  Finding happiness in each day became paramount. This caused a mind shift in the …

Communicating Optimism

Bad news travels fast so they say. People are quick to pass along negative stories, ideas and if we are being observant, behaviors. Conversely, an optimistic idea (positivity) takes effort to multiply to the masses. You must know their biases or historical experiences to be successful in getting a positive message of optimism to take …

How many times have you had a great idea, an idea that you thought could change the course of your team, your department, or even your company only to have it shot down?  To have the status quo chosen over this beautiful, incredible, amazing idea. Well, I’m here to tell you that your peers or …

Wellness Incentives to Match the Action

Do your well-being incentives reinforce the well-being activity? While cash or a gift card to a favorite retailer might be appreciated, employers often miss the opportunity to further promote healthy activity by using well-themed incentives. In a previous post, Wellness Incentives: Everyone Doesn’t Have to Get a Trophy,  we shared how a raffle-style big reward …

Culture in the Workplace

The concept of “Culture” has been on my mind a great deal over the past few years. Prevailing wisdom says the definition of “Culture” has changed during the pandemic. Perhaps that depends on what one’s definition of “Culture” was in the first place? Indeed, the definition of “Work” changed FROM a place TO a thing.  …

Trust Moves Faster

In conversations with various people, I find it common for an overarching theme to involve trust. People often ask me what sources of information I trust, who do I trust, and, most importantly, why do I trust. I don’t know if I made this up or read it somewhere, but there’s a statement I am …

Finding Margin Through Increased Productivity

With the new year and resolutions upon us, many folks use this season to focus on personal development and self-improvement.  The options for such are wide and varied, and our attempt at “boiling the ocean” makes the subject complex. A simplified and clarifying question regarding that very topic came up on an internal call today.  …

The Question Behind the Question

I recall as a kid getting into a lot of trouble. Harmless trouble, mind you. Growing up in what was then the middle of nowhere in South Fulton County where our nearest neighbor was a half-mile away, there wasn’t much trouble you could get into that harmed other people. Shooting each other with BB guns, …