How to Stop Silencing Employees by Mistake

Employee voice is crucial for high performance and innovation, yet leaders continue to silence and disengage their employees unknowingly.

Bubbles form around management that reinforce beliefs that their communication is sufficient, yet modern research suggests otherwise.

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By Jessica Collins on January 18, 2017

How to Recognize and Prevent Burnout in a Startup

A startup is an interesting place to work and, as such, it attracts a different type of employee, most of whom are energetic and driven self-starters.

However, startups also tend to put more stress on employees than established businesses, with employees often taking on the job of two or three people in addition to dealing with regular concerns about funding and the life of the company.

When responsibilities become too great, employees burn out.

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By Jessica Thiefels on January 04, 2017

How to Make Staff Appreciation a More Natural Interaction

You know staff appreciation is important to your organization's success — there's really no debate or controversy on that point anymore.

So you decided to implement some employee appreciation ideas you found in a guide.

Maybe you brought the team some donuts one day with a deliciously clever note about how you "donut" know what you'd do without them, or announced an employee of the month during an all-hands meeting.

Despite all that effort, you're still not seeing the cornucopia of benefits you were promised, and only a handful of employees even seem like they want to participate.

Why is that? 

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By George Dickson on December 21, 2016

Is Trust More Important Than Individual Potential?

Chief Human Resources Officers believe that high-potential employees are 91 percent more valuable to their organizations than average employees, so it is no surprise that HR's main concern is retaining them.

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By Jessica Collins on December 14, 2016

How to Keep a Contingent Worker Engaged and Motivated

There are plenty of guides and advice on keeping full-time employees motivated and engaged, but what about contingent workers? As the contingent workforce trends larger and larger across the world, this becomes an increasingly significant question to answer.

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By George Dickson on December 07, 2016

7 Simple but Powerful Ways to Lower Employee Turnover Rate

Your organization's employee turnover rate can have a major impact on its trajectory, and if you're having trouble with it, you're not alone.

Despite its important place in a successful operation, turnover is still one area even the best companies struggle with. Luckily, the struggle isn't mandatory, even if it is common.

Let's take a few minutes to explore turnover — what triggers it, and some easy ways to improve.

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By George Dickson on November 30, 2016

7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Inspire Discretionary Effort

Discretionary effort can make the difference between a great team, and an extraordinary team — but what does it take to inspire and support that effort?

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By George Dickson on November 16, 2016

How to Inspire Different Types of Motivation

Motivation is not an easy thing to master, but the reward for getting it right can be massive.

Much of the challenge comes from the varied and individualistic nature of motivation. Everyone is motivated by slightly (or dramatically) different things, and in different ways. Despite those variances, there's always a common thread you can follow to find success.

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By George Dickson on November 09, 2016

One Acre Fund's Allison Bream: Scaling Teams across the Globe

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Allie Bream from One Acre Fund.

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By George Dickson on November 02, 2016

How to Lead a Team Like a Pro Your First Time

There are a lot of reasons you can be put in a leadership position, and it's not always something you're prepared for. I've met a lot of reluctant de facto leaders who have painstakingly grown to become outstanding leaders. Although most of them braved the crucible of trial and error to get to that level, you don't have to. 

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By George Dickson on October 26, 2016

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