Not Everyone Wants a Trophy: The Deloitte Report on Millennials in the Workplace 2016

Millennials just recently officially became the largest generation in the US work force. There has been much written and said about Millennials, and managers continue to repeat the stereotypes of entitlement, trophies and 3 hour spa breaks at lunch. Millennials, like all of us, rarely fall so easily into those stereotypes. Deloitte conducted a survey … Continue reading

The World of Work, Part 2: Debunking the Millennial Myths

I train managers most every week, and the moment someone mentions a Millennial employee, immediately someone in the room says something like, “They are all so entitled.” Here we go again. There may be some general truth to the stereotype for some employees, certainly not all, but it actually is quite unfair because the research … Continue reading

The World of Work, Part 1: The Big Shifts

This week, I will be posting a few infographics and entries concerning the workplaces that are taking shape in 2016. They are quite different than those of the past as new generations shift the contours of the relationship between employer and employee, as well as reconfigure our concepts of the spaces in which we do … Continue reading

Rethinking the Employee Engagement Survey: Asking the Right Questions

What if the questions your organization is asking on employee engagement surveys actually are further disengaging your employees rather than engaging them? Studies conducted by business consultant and coach Marshall Goldsmith show that employee engagement surveys actually may cause the employee to focus more on the faults of the manager or the company rather than … Continue reading

Work as a Calling: How Southwest Airlines Hires the Right People

Southwest Airlines consistently hires people who represent its service-oriented and humorous culture well. How? An insistence on hiring for values and personality, and the candidate must exhibit these qualities before being hired. A recent blog article describes how Southwest Airlines does it over and over again. Key to their success: Over 70% of Southwest Airlines employees describe … Continue reading

5 Ways Modern Learners Learn: A Checklist for Growing Knowledge and Shifting Behavior

We are experiencing a learning revolution. The broad use of technology across generations means that new possibilities exist for learning and change for every age group and generation. There are three significant shifts taking place that fuel this learning revolution (other trends identified by Deloitte here) When knowledge changes so quickly and is so readily available, … Continue reading

The Fortune 50: What Great Small Companies Do to Engage Employees and Create Sustainable Cultures

Fortune magazine in its most recent edition names the top 50 best companies to work for in America, and all of them have under a thousand employees (a great majority have under 500). Despite their relatively small size, these companies like Studer Group and Etsy are some of the most influential brands that are leading … Continue reading

Millennials In the Workplace: A Little Comedy

The Millennial Generation: Workplace 2.0

In my previous entry, I continued a series on the Millennial Generation and their view of business, work and career.  I reflected on the desire of Millennials to be entrepreneurial, to experience flexibility in their work arrangements, and to perform meaningful work. Here, I make a few observations based on that data and some recommendations … Continue reading

The Millennial Generation: Work / Life Balance or A Bad Work Ethic?

This is part 2 of a series on new data on The Millennial Generation. In the first entry, I examined more broadly their view of business and entrepreneurship. Much has been written about their desire for flexible hours and work/life balance, but misunderstandings by both managers and Millennials abound. Are Millennials really asking to get … Continue reading