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Fall for Fall – What’s Not to Love?

Here in the U.S., it’s officially been Fall for a grand total of 11 days and I can certainly feel it in the air. I am based in our Herndon, VA, office (just outside of Washington, D.C.) and the cooler temperatures have arrived! This weekend I picked up two pumpkins for my front steps and enjoyed a delicious slice of…

9 Surefire Ways to Demotivate Employees

Most managers don’t demotivate their employees on purpose. They act improperly without thinking about what damage they are doing to the enthusiasm and motivation of their employees. It’s not surprising: Employees don’t leave jobs—they leave managers. How’s your employee engagement today? When recognition and incentive programs are designed properly and implemented thoughtfully, they can serve as great vehicles to motivate…

5 Insightful Questions for Evaluating Employee Performance and Why You Should Include Them

A few years ago, the Dilbert comic strip, known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office, portrayed employee performance reviews with this clever dialogue: Boss: Would you like some feedback on your performance? Dilbert: No. Boss: You’re supposed to appreciate feedback because it makes you feel valued. Dilbert: How does listening to you belittle me about things…

5 Surprising Questions Your Employee Engagement Survey Must Have

How important is an employee engagement survey? During his GE tenure, highly respected CEO Jack Welch argued, “There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without…

How 360-Degree Feedback Can Benefit Your Organization

Many companies avoid 360-degree employee evaluation because of its complexity. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about 360-degree feedback, which is unfortunate, because it “can” be a powerful tool for people to improve their performance, particularly at the higher levels in an organization. Following are 4 practical ways your business can benefit from 360-degree feedback: Opens the Channels of Communication Adopting…

Employee Surveys Do Work: The Do’s and Don’ts for Getting It Right

Are you getting the most out of your employee survey?  Are you overcoming survey fatigue and low response rates?  Do you know what your survey results are really telling you? Maintaining highly engaged employees at all levels in an organization is an important factor in achieving a competitive advantage. High employee turnover is a sure sign a business is headed for trouble.…

Best Practices for Improving Your Employee Survey Participation Rate

It happens every year—your company rolls out the annual employee survey so that management can measure engagement levels across the organization. But with all the expense and effort to administer employee surveys, the average employee survey response rate is a meager 30%-40%, and without employee participation, the survey is worthless! Getting employees to take the time to complete the survey…