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Catch Me Speaking Here in DC

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With all the speaking I do, it’s actually rare for me to be doing three appearances here in the DC area over a two week period, but that’s about to happen! On Thursday, June 6, I’m doing a session for a group of COOs who are part of a forum organized by CEO Update.

You Won't Improve Engagement with Slide Decks

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One of the biggest problems with our current approach to employee engagement is our never-ending focus on pain points. All engagement surveys seek to draw out pain points—the questions that have the highest percentage of “unfavorable” responses are the ones we focus on.

Getting Past the Lip Service around "Human" Workplaces

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). I can’t believe that it’s been EIGHT years since Maddie and I wrote our first book, Humanize.

The Hidden Cost of Culture Friction

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I was on a call last week with Paula, our new SVP of Business Development , and we were talking to a possible client in Texas. During the conversation, the senior executive on the call asked us a fair and important question: Why should we invest in culture work?

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How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Knowledge Economy? Sure. What about "The Collaboration Economy?"

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Gig economy. App economy. Knowledge economy. Sharing economy. On-demand economy. Entrepreneurial economy. We call this era a lot of things. How about the "Team Collaboration Economy?" Here's why!

Increasing Engagement Does NOT Improve Your Culture

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I think a lot of people focus on improving employee engagement because they want to create a strong culture. Think about it: if you’re “average” (according to Gallup research), only 34% of your employees are highly engaged.

How Do You Know If You're Doing Culture Right?

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In pretty much every part of our organizations, we build in a component of evaluation. We run programs, and then we ask participants what they think. We hire employees, and we ask managers to rate their performance annually.

I can't make you love me: the truth about employee engagement

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There are a lot of definitions of employee engagement out there, and they’re all missing the mark. It’s not that they are inaccurate—it’s that the way we define engagement is making it harder, ironically, for us to solve the problem of disengagement.

How Does Your Culture Foster Connection?

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). One of the fundamental tenets of traditional, 20th-century management is the division of labor. While the concept goes back much farther, division of labor was critical to the “revolution” part of the industrial revolution.

2019 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

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How should you even define "culture?"

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From here: Culture has been a real focus for many years. I think organizations are realizing that, while we describe culture a lot of different ways, it really boils down to the nature of the relationships between the people in the organization. Let's dive deep on this for a second or two.

Culture Tools Primer

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This post is an excerpt from The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. It discusses a variety of what we call “culture tools” - technologies, software, services and providers that can help move the needle when you’re starting to implement culture plays.

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The Brass Tacks of Culture Management

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I’ve been saying for a while now that we need to make culture management “a thing.” You wouldn’t consider running an organization without having your financial management systems, processes, and people in place—yet it’s apparently okay to ignore culture for years, simply because you are too busy.

Tips for Managing a Successful Remote Workforce

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This is a guest post by Maddie Davis of ——- Connecting with one another is easier than ever in today's tech heavy world. As more jobs become centered around computer tasks, companies are adjusting their internal policies to work in favor of remote employees.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Here would be an idea: Stop promoting a s

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Emma Seppalla , a PhD over at Stanford (she's the Director of their Compassion Center), is also the author of an upcoming book, The Happiness Track. Today, she took to Harvard Business Review to write another in the increasing line of "Hey, this is why all this culture stuff really matters!"

Turning Employee Experience Data into Operational Excellence

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Jamie hosted a webinar with Charlie Judy, with whom we created our culture assessment the Workplace Genome, last week. It was a really good one - here’s the replay if you’re interested in learning more about our approach.

Focus on productivity, not wellbeing (really!)

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Just came across this great article about a company that has implemented a 4 day workweek (which is what we would call a “play” in your Culture Playbook). The crux of success for them? Focus on productivity, not wellbeing.” Barnes says there are a few simple steps to follow to achieve a successful transition, and the cardinal rule is this: Focus on productivity, not wellbeing, when explaining the policy. A four-day week could make employees happier.

Why aren't workplaces more humane?

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Well, first, how do we know that work isn’t humane? good place to start. We’ve had work called “shockingly inhumane” by Stanford Business School, which came through in an article called “The Workplace Is Killing People And No One Cares.” (Fun Fun title.) We’ve also got stats about 85% of people globally not liking their job. That’s a bit better than “inhumane,” but not per se much better. So if we can agree that certainly at least a percentage of jobs are not humane, well, why is that?

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

A review of The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement

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Review by Karyne E. Messina, Ed.D Author of Misogyny, Projective Identification and Mentalization: Psychoanalytic, Social and Institutional Manifestations Read more reviews on Amazon here ! ————- This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who manages, supervises or participates with people in a work environment of any type.

This one quote can kill employee engagement

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Employee engagement activities: how relevant are they and what does that even friggin' mean? Let's dive into this for a second but keep it somewhat short so that it's consumable by a Temple of Busy-loving middle manager. I think we need to understand two basic facts (issues?) about standard business to get at this idea of employee engagement activities: The first is a misunderstanding of what profits are and represent.

Improve employee engagement: The "community of strategy"

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I doubt many executives really care about their company’s employee engagement model — much like how most employee engagement action plans seem to be complete BS. You can argue, and probably successfully, that employee engagement is a consultant-driven scam. ) I’m not necessarily knocking any of these concepts, by the way. Most people who come to run companies are beholden to a specific group of stakeholders, and those stakeholders would like to discuss money and growth — not employee engagement.

Would a "compassionate culture" mean more profits?

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Emma Seppala, a professor at Stanford, has a book called The Happiness Track. One of the most popular things I've written in the past few months, 'You'll Never Have A Good Work Culture Unless You Stop Promoting A s,' is rooted in some of her research too. Now she's got an excerpt from her book over at Wharton's website, entitled 'Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest.'

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

Lots cooking already in 2019!

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Hear ye, hear ye! We’re kicking off 2019 with a bang. Here’s some of what we’re up to. Our new book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement , is coming out January 31! Woop woop! It’s available for pre-order now. Want to know more? Here’s the boring-but-necessary press release :) Here’s an awesome interview Jamie just did for the Future-Proof podcast. Want Your Employees to Feel More Engaged on the Job? New Book Says This is the Secret Weapon (Washington Exec) Intrigued?

Jamie Notter joins the Forbes Coaches Council

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We're excited to announce that Jamie has been accepted into the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches.


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IT’S A BETTER CULTURE ASSESSMENT At Human Workplaces, most of our culture consulting projects start with the Workplace Genome® culture assessment as a first step. Our choice of this assessment is biased, of course, since we created it, together with our partner and HR expert, Charlie Judy, in 2015.

As Seen on

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Here are Jamie’s posts on Forbes: February 5, 2018 Employee Engagement is a Lagging Indicator of Culture I once heard an author describe the “crisis” of disengagement among employees in our workforce as “a disease affecting the central nervous system of our economy.” And he’s right. There are many different measures of employee engagement out there, but pretty much every report I have read… READ MORE.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

Upcoming Speaking: Fall 2018

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I’m about to start the Fall speaking season, so here's where you'll find me in the coming weeks/months (and if I'm visiting your town, reach out and we can have coffee or something!):


Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace

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We are super excited to share with you our brand new Generations on-demand course. This is based on a really popular 4-hour in-person training that Jamie has been facilitating for a couple of years, and we’ve been wanting to figure out how to make it accessible to more people. So ta-daa! Here it is.

From Traditionalist to Futurist

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Inherent to the culture assessment we created (the Workplace Genome ) is a scale that doesn’t use any kind of good/bad or favorable/unfavorable scale. Instead, scores are presented along a scale of traditionalist to contemporary to futurist. Here’s what we mean by those terms. Traditionalist means aligned with traditional management, which refers to management practices that embrace the command-and-control approach that was established and perfected during the 20th century.

Managing Conflict with Confidence: New Online Course!

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We are excited to announce our latest online training program over on our WorkXO Solutions site: Managing Conflict with Confidence: 8 Tips for Better Conflict Conversations. Many of you know that my background started in the field of conflict resolution.

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.