Walking through the office hallway can make a boss feel a bit like the nerdy kid in the locker room. Just like jocks end cool conversations whenever there’s a nerd in sight, employees are constantly closing browser tabs and slamming laptops shut when their boss walks by. Whether they’re playing games, chatting on Facebook, or admiring cat memes, these workers …
The Ig Nobel awards were handed out recently at a ceremony at Harvard University. The annual awards are given out to recognize the quirkier, sillier side of scientific research – research projects that make you laugh, then make you think (which is not a bad goal for any attempt at effective communication by the way). This year’s winners included a …
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 …
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Michael talks about how some companies use company wide-to-do lists to share information and improve productivity and communication, a fun at work tip that offers a simple and unifying way to honor or recognize an employee, the quote of the week, and a wacky smile software program that encourages employees in a Japanese company to smile properly.
International business speaker Michael Kerr shares some great ideas on creating a more inspiring workplace culture including a great reminder about the importance of recognizing not just the goals, but the team assists. And there’s also a great fun at work tip that’s the perfect way to start the year, the quote of the week and a few of the wacky January theme days headed to your workplace.
International business speaker Michael Kerr offers some lessons from the Ritz-Carlton on how to deliver legendary customer service, plus a fun team competition, the quote of the week and a great example of humor in action.
Mike shares some creative and fun ways companies are recognizing and saying thanks to their employees’ families, Mike’s fun at work tip involves a little time traveling, a great quote on the nature of life and laughter, and a hilarious example of an ad that definitely got lost in translation.
Tired of complaining about the complainers who complain about all the complaining in your office? Mike shares some startling research findings related to complaining and some ideas on how to curb it, a fun at work tip to help you identify the real nature of your work, the usual quote of the week, and a preview of the wacky, offbeat December theme days.
If you want to build a more inspiring workplace, you need to make it personal. Mike offers some tips on how to make it more personal for your employees and customers, plus a fun at work tip, a great quote of the week and some unintentionally funny newspaper headlines!
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