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Employees live the dream with $100,000 bonuses

A company bonus is nice. A $100,000 bonus is life-changing. That’s the amount pocketed this year by employees of Hilcorp, a Houston-based, privately held oil and gas exploration and production company. They are living “Dream 2015,” a five-year incentive plan that offered a $100,000 cash award if the company doubled its production rate, reserves, and value. […]

Good Things Come to Companies that Invest in Culture

Inside Detroit’s Top Workplaces: Good Things Come to Companies that Invest in Culture When companies invest in employees who have good attitudes and who show effort, good things will follow, top business leaders in Detroit say. Find those people, motivate them, and keep them. Nearly 500 people heard that advice from Bill Emerson, CEO of […]

Domino’s CEO on the Importance of Taking Risks

by | December 1, 2015 | Employee Engagement, Top Workplaces

Domino’s CEO: Companies Need to Spend More Time Encouraging Employees to Take Risks Companies should spend more time encouraging employees to take risks, claims the CEO of Domino’s. “It makes it a lot more fun to work for a company that is trying things, that is doing things,” Patrick Doyle said at a Top Workplaces event […]

The Sustainability of Results: Part I

by | November 14, 2015 | Sustainability

Evidence of Sustainable Change All too often when a large-scale change effort is nearing its end, some bright-eyed change agent asks, “What shall we do about sustainability of this effort?” It’s a great question to ask; it’s just the wrong time to ask it. Research supports this. Studies show up to 70% of all change […]

Fun at Work

The Serious Business of Fun at Work Have you ever walked into a business and immediately sensed whether or not it would be a good place to work? Have you ever said to yourself, “I’d love to work here” or “I’m not sure I would fit in”? The culture and environment of your office, and […]

PeoplesBank Makes a Game-Changing Decision

by | November 12, 2015 | Employee Engagement

“We had a new chief executive officer, a new chief financial officer, and some really big decisions to make.” How the commitment to employee engagement helped PeoplesBank prosper during turbulent times. It took PeoplesBank 123 years to reach one billion dollars in assets. That was 2007 and things were going well. But when the financial crisis hit, […]

Top Workplaces Highlight – Southwest Airlines

by | November 10, 2015 | Employee Engagement, Top Workplaces

Southwest Airlines Executive Explains Circle of Success The perky attitude of Southwest Airlines employees is no accident. It’s part of the company’s commitment to a culture of success, one of its top executives explained in a keynote address at a recent Top Workplaces event in Houston. Ginger Hardage, the airline’s vice president of culture and […]

It’s Time to Listen: The Key to Employee Engagement Part IV

Lee, the “Reluctant CEO’s” trusted lieutenant, had contacted me six weeks earlier to defend his boss and object to my conclusion that their company’s poor performance was directly related to the organization’s poor employee engagement scores. I asked, “If you dramatically cut the salaries of your employees—or even stopped paying them altogether—would any of them […]

It’s Time to Listen: The Key to Engaging Employees Part III

The call was from one of the “Reluctant CEO’s” trusted lieutenants who had been asked by his boss to contact me. “I don’t get it, Dan,” he said. “Our CEO is a great guy. I know dozens of people here who would walk on hot coals for him. Sure, he can be loud and demanding. […]

It’s Time to Listen: The Key to Engaging Employees Part II

The “reluctant CEO” called me a few weeks later and invited me to spend the day with his managers and employees. “Listen to them and see if you can tell me what’s wrong,” he said. He repeated his position. “These folks just need to grow up.” The point of my earlier visit, I offered, was […]