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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 […]

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

The CEO across the desk was reluctant to budge an inch. “The problem, Dan, is that my people just need to grow up.” “But what is it that they should grow into?” I replied. “Spare me the psychobabble,” he said, sharply. “I know the market is tough and my people are working hard. But we’re just […]

What Healthy Organizations Know About Employee Engagement

So it’s all about the perks at healthy organizations, right? I get this question all the time.  Espresso machines, massage chairs, and free yoga classes. Surely this makes the difference between a top workplace and just an average workplace. Not so fast. Back in 2006, we set out to determine what truly matters most to […]