Archives for June 2014

4 employee bonus programs that work wonders

Employee bonus programs have regained their luster, and if you don't offer any, you might reconsider. A survey by WorldatWork  found that the popularity of employee bonus programs, which had been steadily falling, is now at an all-time high. The four most popular incentives are sign-on bonuses, spot bonuses, referral bonuses and retention bonuses. "The uptick in sign-on and retention … [Read more...]

3 steps to working with people you dislike

Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like. For the rest of us, well, you know you have. And when you are stuck working with people you dislike day in and day out, all bets are off. Well-trained managers with good intentions know better than to let personal feelings get in the way of creating engaged work relationships.  It is something drilled into us from Day One. Yet managers … [Read more...]

Go ahead and gripe: What bugs you about work?

It’s said you can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s broken. True enough. And that goes for the workplace as well. If you don’t know what’s driving your people nuts - or driving them away - you can’t help. Recently, a London-based animal-welfare group called  The Brooke surveyed 2,000 of its employees and asked "what bugs you about work?" (The Brooke was hoping to draw attention to the … [Read more...]

One mouth, two ears … you do the math

We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk less. – Epictetus Or is it … We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say. – Zeno of Citium Or maybe … We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less. – Diogenes Laërtius When philosophers know their words could be memorialized through the centuries, shouldn't … [Read more...]