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  • How to Get Your Employees to Use Technology

    Posted 6 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    The particular individuals who left these comments on my site do not work for the same company. I don’t know about you, but I definitely sense office drama brewing beneath the surface...

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  • How to Always Have Time for Learning and Development

    Posted 7 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Sometimes it takes a Learning and Development Manager to point out that there’s no learning or development. So, what does a Learning and Development Manager do in a company that is stuck in a rut?

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  • 12 Reasons to Celebrate at Work

    Posted 7 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    I was excited to find this brave little challenge in the sea of productivity and negativity complaints. Here’s a person, I thought, who is not out to brainwash and slave-drive her fellow coworkers. But to refresh and entertain...

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  • How to Develop Employees to their Full Potential

    Posted 7 days ago in How come nobody’s asking

    It’s time for us to step away from the mundane challenges and ask a really big and bold question. We’ve been talking about legendary companies who can afford to hire geniuses. Can real-world employers have super rock star employees?

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  • Do Your Employees Use Their Best Skills? (And Why You Should Care)

    Posted 12 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    During my ten or so years on the job market, none of my many managers ever asked me any of these questions. Now that I am a manager myself, I can see how this might be an awkward subject...

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  • How to Keep a New Hire Excited About the Job

    Posted 16 days ago in How come nobody’s asking

    Even if your new hire is not sure how the job is going to turn out, all the cheerful noises from family and friends—who, by the way, also have no clue—give him, at-the-least, a temporary high. How temporary? It depends on many factors...

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  • How to Hire Motivated Employees

    Posted 16 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Unfortunately, more and more workplaces look like busy understaffed kitchens these days. I mean, you really have to be motivated to work there! So, what’s a manger to do?

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  • How to Make Your Intranet Work for You Instead of Against You

    Posted 16 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Congrats on your new intranet! Today, let's talk about how to make your intranet really work for you, instead of making tasks more difficult to complete. Shall we begin?

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  • The Value of Processes and Procedures in the Workplace

    Posted 16 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Nothing kills a project like a little lack of sharing and collaborating on standard processes and procedures. And, having spent my whole life in IT, I’ve seen the proof of this first hand. Here's how to fix it...

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  • How Patagonia Helped Axero Overcome Pettiness

    Posted 17 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    How do you solve pettiness in the workplace? I love this challenge, because I’ve actually solved it in my company. I’ve actually solved it without trying to solve it...

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  • Can a Company’s Voice Be Strong and Clear When the Leadership Isn’t?

    Posted 23 days ago in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Today, let’s focus on something Internal Comms can do to make things better up and down the chain. Here’s a simple recipe. Whatever the message, make sure it comes across clear and strong...

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  • How to Get Employees to Read Your Emails

    Posted 6/13/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    How can you advise people who refuse to read your advice, let alone take it? Maybe this is one of those rare occasions when you can blame the messenger. Meaning email…

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  • What is a Shit Sandwich? And Why it Doesn't Work

    Posted 6/13/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    Even if you’ve never heard of a shit sandwich, you’re most likely familiar with its taste and composition. The shit sandwich is a time-honored way to tell people you’ve failed their expectations. And I’ll tell you why this shit doesn’t work…

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  • Super Chickens, Why We Work, and How We Succeed

    Posted 6/4/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    The reason for this post is an amazing TED podcast on our favorite topic, The Meaning Of Work. If you haven’t heard it before, the first story will blow you away. And it may motivate you to listen to the second story, which will touch and inspire you…

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  • How to Communicate Change in the Workplace

    Posted 5/30/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Continuing with the topic of communication, we now turn our attention to the second biggest complaint of comms professionals: communicating change. How do we communicate change?

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  • How to Communicate to a Large Diverse and Widespread Workforce

    Posted 5/21/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Today, our Communications Manager is facing two communication challenges: size and spread. First, let’s ask ourselves why these are a problem. Then, let's see if we can come up with a solution...

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  • Can Internal Communications Help Employee Engagement?

    Posted 5/16/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    Communication is often our first line of defense against disengagement. A manager asks: “What can I say to my employees to get them to work better?” Internal Communications should be able to answer this question better than anyone, right?

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  • Managing Diverse Personalities: What We Can Learn from the Best Companies to Work for

    Posted 5/10/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    When working on Who the Hell Wants to Work for You?, I researched scores of employee-friendly companies that made Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work for in America. I wanted to see how these companies figured out what employees wanted, and whether or not to give it to them. So, what can we learn from Fortune’s best about managing diverse personalities?

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  • Please Don’t Measure Employee Engagement!

    Posted 5/9/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    How do you measure employee engagement? It’s an obvious question, especially coming from a manager. How can you manage something if you don’t know where it stands and where it’s trending? So, here's an obvious answer...

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  • Engage Like a Cult Leader: Blair Warren's 5 Keys to Winning Followers

    Posted 5/2/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    If my theory is correct, then any fail-proof employee engagement strategy must include Blair Warren’s principles. Here’s what they are and what each one looks like inside a workplace…

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  • What Every Manager Needs to Know About Employee Engagement

    Posted 5/1/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    So, what can you do about employee engagement? The first thing to do is to realize that they don’t owe it to you. Employees are paid for their time. But all the magic that makes their time worthwhile happens on a whole different plane of existence...

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  • Workplace Procrastination, Employee Engagement, and Asking Different Questions

    Posted 4/27/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    Procrastination is not the enemy we think it is. It’s only the messenger. And the message is that you’re disengaged from the work you need to do. Here’s how to get back on track...

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  • “So many projects, so little time"

    Posted 4/25/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    You can’t solve a problem until you frame it in a way that invites a solution. Saying “I don't have time” does little to point you in the right direction. When productivity is a challenge, train yourself to ask a different set of questions...

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  • Work Life Balance. The Best Place to Start.

    Posted 4/17/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    As managers, we are taught to look after work results, and let people figure out on their own how to rest. And yet the best managers seem to do the opposite...

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  • Trending Now: Wacky Employee Engagement Activities

    Posted 4/14/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    When I started writing Who the Hell Wants to Work for You?, I wanted to look into what all of the best companies to work for had in common. I ended up with something wacky in every chapter. The companies everyone wanted to work for did something outrageous in every domain...

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  • Employee Engagement Ideas Will Make You Crazy

    Posted 4/12/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    This Analyst’s company decided to do something about employee engagement. They created an Employee Engagement Council. Each department nominated a representative. Some declined, because they were on too many councils already, and some enthusiastically accepted. Next, the Council solemnly convenes in the big conference room—and this is where it gets off-track...

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  • How to Eliminate Shitwork

    Posted 4/11/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    Where does all the shitwork come from? And why is shitwork always plentiful, no matter how much of it we outsource to India and China?

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  • How To Make Your Work Fulfilling And Rewarding

    Posted 4/11/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Realizing that your work sucks is a vital first step. Else, you would be part of the crowd who can’t even imagine it being any other way. There’s no hope in that. Looking for help is another excellent move. There's only one step missing...

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  • "Morons like you peddling cheap stuff like this so as to get contacts for Business Development"

    Posted 4/4/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    This guy just couldn’t wait to get his hands on 22 Surefire Ways to Boost Employee Engagement. The missing link was possibly right there in front of him. One more keystroke, and he’ll know exactly how to get his employees and coworkers to give him the dedication and respect he deserves. He clicks on “Download” and…

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  • What Does it Mean to “Be Yourself” at Work?

    Posted 4/4/2017 in How come nobody’s asking

    People don’t respond to what we do, as much as to why we do it. They can smell our hidden agendas. So, here’s something to consider. What is it that keeps you from showing your feelings?

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  • Help! My Boss is Not Engaged.

    Posted 4/4/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Recently, we’ve asked the question: "Who is the best person in your company to solve the employee engagement problem?" And the short answer is—

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  • Can HR Help Employee Engagement?

    Posted 3/14/2017 in Biggest Challenge at Work: Commentary

    Something is going on inside HR departments. Is it part of a larger trend to get creative with job titles? Or could it be that HR is looking to reinvent itself to give us a more engaged higher-performing employee?

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  • Why Lack of Communication has Become the Number One Reason People Quit

    Posted 3/3/2017 in Published on the Web

    Communication is a core part of the human experience. And yet, we still struggle with it. Despite the explosion of communication technology, under-communication remains a major challenge at work. It prevents organizations, and employees, from reaching their full potential.

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  • Here’s How You Can Make More Friends at Work

    Posted 3/2/2017 in Published on the Web

    Authenticity has become a buzzword for everything from advertising to personal style to politics. The challenge is that authenticity, by definition, can’t be manufactured. But there are still things employers, and employees, can do to build meaningful workplace relationships.

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  • 10 Simple Secrets You Need to Know to Increase Employee Engagement

    Posted 3/1/2017 in Published on the Web

    Saying "thank you" and offering flexibility and authenticity are key -- and actually they're not "secrets" at all.

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