One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why? Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable truths that people are sometimes otherwise reluctant to share.
And speaking of movies…a lot of workplaces have business book clubs or …
Guest Blog courtesy Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified, www.greatnessmagnified.com
Many people believe recognition is the leader’s job. Well, no wondering it’s not sustainable and most organizations’ recognition scores are through the floor! We’ve worked in industries (e.g., healthcare) where it’s not uncommon for a leader to have 100+ direct reports. Now, does this sound sustainable to you? Even …
An interesting info graphic highlighting some of the top employee incentives and perks…what perks would help you stay inspired in your workplace? What incentives would help you remain loyal to your company?
You know the old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” isn’t always true. Sometimes what happens in Vegas follows you back to the office! A European study found that 23% of vacationers noticed no difference in how rested they felt when they returned from their time away! None! An astounding 17% actually reported feeling worse after their vacation!
Research shows that when people in a conflict situation laugh and find the humor in a situation, they are likely to shift from convergent thinking (believing there is only one possible solution) to divergent thinking (seeing other possibilities and ideas that might solve the conflict). Here are a few tips on how to use humor in a conflict situation to …
Single-focus meetings can be an effective way to dive deeper into an issue. When you have one central purpose, theme or goal tied to a meeting, chances are you’ll have a more effective meeting and achieve better results. Too often teams try to cram too many issues into their meetings, yet different topics often require different forums and different types …
I speak often about the “5 Ps” of workplace motivation that matter more than money: purpose, progress, pride, praise and passion. Money, in fact, isn’t always honey when it comes to motivating employees. What money is great at motivating people to do is this: look for work when they are unemployed, and show up at work week after week. …
A few weeks ago in my weekly e-zine Inspiring Workplaces I raised the issue of employees not speaking up in their workplaces. I was flooded with responses from subscribers adding to the list of reasons employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their senior managers. Some told stories of how they were fired for speaking up too often at …
Several studies have shown that open and honest candor is one of the singles biggest predictors of future success in an organization. Allowing employees to have a voice and share their input is also one of the simplest things managers can do to improve employee engagement and give employees a sense of ownership in their workplace. The info-graphic below …
Do your employees understand the importance of expressing empathy to your customers when required?
My wife and I just returned from a speaking trip in another country. The trip turned into an epic adventure involving delayed flights, missed connections, missing baggage, and yes, more delayed flights. Some of it was weather related, some issues were mechanical, sometimes we were waiting …
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Mike talks about four great questions/ways to frame a great conversation around change in your workplace, a fun at work tip to add some humor to your business website, a great quote and some weird and wacky newspaper headlines.
Mike talks about the importance of workplace recognition and taking ownership for your own workplace happiness, a fun at work tip that’s a great way to help team mates get to know each other better, a hilarious but-oh-so true quote from Elbert Hubbard and some famous, funny last words.
This lemon-scented episode features another round of random musings and ideas related to humor at work and inspiring workplace cultures. Plus, as always, there’s a great fun at work tip, a deep thought of the week, and a story about the most Canadian thief of all time.
Inspiring, high-performing teams don’t just happen by accident. Mike offers six habits of high-performing teams, a “back to work/school” meeting icebreaker, a quote from comedy legend Gene Wilder and a preview of some of the fun, offbeat, wacky theme days headed your way this September.
Health care studies show time and time again how important trust, customer service and communication is when it comes to patient satisfaction – but are you paying attention in your business to these critical elements? Plus a fun alter ego name generator, the humor quote of the week, and some interesting news for beer drinkers.
Mike offers some creative ideas on how to jump start change and build new habits at work, a fun at work tip that will strengthen your culture and add some fun, the quote of the week, and some funny sandwich board signs.
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