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Remind More. Instruct Less.

Occasionally, people complain about how often others fail to follow their instructions. I was having coffee with a business colleague and he was telling me how frustrated he was by the fact that some members of his team don’t report for work on time. He remarked, “No one ever had to tell me to be Read More

Top of Mind

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of facilitating a discussion with a group of supervisors from various companies on “Time Mastery”. When I present on this topic, I share Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. I have the group identify activities that fall in each of the 4 quadrants. (If you aren’t familiar with this matrix, Read More

Are You Ready For The Worst?

As an EAP, we respond when disaster strikes – the death of an employee due to a traffic accident, suicide of an employee, serious injury from an industrial accident, an employee receiving a life threatening diagnosis are just a few examples of the situations that we have been called upon to help employers. We know having Read More

What Will You Be Planting?

Next month, I will have the opportunity to present about Talent Development at the Michigan Bankers Association BEST conference. Since spring will be here soon, I’m working on an analogy of preparing a garden and developing people. Couple today’s employment market with rapidly changing technology and regulations and you could fail to achieve your bank’s Read More

Fostering Trust in the Workplace

My last blog post revolved around creating a sense of belonging and significance for employees.  This is done by having a positive work culture.  There are many ways to create a positive work culture, but one of those key components is trust.  Trust develops when we are open with one another. During the summer of Read More

To Review or Not to Review…That is the Question (Part I)

Over the last several years, controversy has raged among human resource professionals regarding the value of performance appraisals. One opinion is that they are a waste of time and resources – an old school, out dated method of giving employees feedback.  Others see them as a valuable tool to help focus the discussion on job Read More

What Is the Cause of Workplace Stress?

A recent survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company, found 75% of US employers say stress is their number one workplace health concern. The survey goes on to reveal a disconnect between employers and employees as to the cause of the stress.  Employers in the survey indicated that the number Read More