September is the New January

September marks a new beginning for many people (back-to-school or not). It’s a lot like January.   People are returning from their vacations. People are wondering why every year seems to go by faster. People are planning ahead and setting goals. People are more motivated than usual.   But most importantly, this “September feeling” is just one example of a […]

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How “Outsiders” Drive Innovation

Sometimes the most remarkable innovations come from “outsiders.” Why do people who aren’t experts in a given field sometimes have the greatest ideas? There are two potential reasons. Outsiders might bring knowledge and expertise from a different field. Outsiders might pay more attention to details that the experts take for granted.   Hang on. Recent research suggests that only one of […]

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3 Types of Employee Engagement

Is the idea of “employee engagement” too simple to be useful? It’s easy to think in simple terms…that some employees are just more engaged than others. But what does it really look like?   We know that many factors influence employee engagement, including: The candidate experience Job characteristics Leadership style Perceptions of fairness Employee recognition Work/life balance Sleep quality   […]

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The Power of Sharing Employee Stories

It’s important for organizations to establish a mission and vision for the future. Ideally, employees should be able to describe what they do…and why it’s important.   People want to do work that has meaning and purpose. They want to work for an organization that shares their values, and they want to work with other people that uphold those values. […]

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