How Organizations and Employees Can Start Focusing on Wellness

HR Bartender

An increasing number of companies are offering employee wellness programs. employers offer wellness benefits (up from 58 percent in 2008). A RAND Corporation study found that every $1 invested in wellness yields a return on investment (ROI) of $1.50. But the reality is wellness programs can be hard for both the company and the individual. For employees, it’s hard to incorporate wellness activities into our daily routine.

Do Your Core Business Well

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When a business is initially successful, it is generally in one type of business. That success often leads owners and managers to begin thinking they can make any business successful. They start thinking about diversifying into other types of businesses. The reverse of this is when a business is struggling and the owner or manager believes that the only way to achieve success is to diversify.

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Mr. Marcus Buckingham: September Inductee Into the Order of the Golden Slacker

Transparent Office

A typical one-hour performance discussion might spend 2 minutes focused on what a person does well and 58 minutes on what needs to be improved. The Order of the Golden Slackers: September 2008: Marcus Buckingham. August 2008: David Allen. July 2008: Tim Wright. June 2008: Tom Peters. May 2008: Leo Baubuta. April 2008: Steve Roesler. March 2008: Rocky Noe. February 2008: Harvey Schachter. January 2008: Wayne Tunnel.

15 tips for successful knowledge sharing

Knowledge Musings

Here is Lucas' list (check the source for his comments): Share failures as well as successes. Talk to people you already know as well. Lucas McDonnell has a list of 15 tips for successful knowledge sharing. Reading through them, I couldn't help think of the Carnegie tips from How to Win Friends and Influence People. In both cases, the general principle is to listen more than you talk and let people have interesting ideas - no matter who really owns them.

8 Steps to Charismatic Leadership

Transparent Office

A successful leader understands that they represent the interests of the team members as well as the macro-interests of the entire team, and that leader will stand up for the members who have put their trust in their leader. This record is something you can point to when a leadership opportunity comes your way, as well as something that you can look at to build or restore your own confidence in the tough times.

More on Learning Through Blogging: What Readers Think

Boxes and Arrows

I attended Penn State's 2008 TLT (Teaching & Learning with Technology) Symposium in March 2008 as a requirement for a graduate class I was taking, entitled "Disruptive Technology in the Teaching & Learning Process." The same desire may well tempt learners to put comments on blog posts.

Are you LDD? Why We Are All Becoming Listening Deficient

Nobscot

How well do you listen these days? I mean really listen. Like the kind of listening that the old management books used to tell us to do when meeting with our employees. The door closed, good eye contact, mind focused 100% on the communicator kind of listening.I have noticed that in the past year or so we have all become a little bit listening deficient. I''m sure you have noticed it too.

Happy Holidays--Time to "Let the Belly Go Jelly!"

The Bamboo Project Blog

P.S. It's not like I've been writing a lot in December anyway, but I might as well make it official. Tis the season. to gain weight! And in that vein, let me share with you the latest holiday tune, "Let the Belly go Jelly," from a colleague who apparently has a lot of time on his hands. That's Tim on the left, in the hat). Happy Holidays!

I'm Sorry, But This is Taking Twitter TOO Far!

The Bamboo Project Blog

Every time the baby kicks, it uploads a message to the server and I get a text message on my phone as well.". An NYU grad student has invented a device that his pregnant wife can wear to transmit each kick of their unborn child. For a class project, the second year grad student invented what he dubbed the Kickbee. T he wearable device made of a stretchable band with embedded electronics and sensors isn't exactly a model of comfort.

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Invest Wisely In Information Technology

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If modifications are necessary to the software, make sure they are well defined. They will be able to tell you what works and doesn''t work so well with the existing software or system. The rate of change in information technology is staggering. It seems that as soon as you purchase and install a new piece of hardware or software, its replacement is hitting the market.

4 Solution Areas

Transparent Office

The result is a rich source of insights for the company, as well as a highly energized and committed group of stakeholders One of the questions I get a lot is "What do you use a wiki for?" It's a fundamental question, but I've been frustrated for a while at how long-winded and imprecise the answers are that people give to it.

An Introduction To Building Effective Teams

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While in the short-run, employees motivated by fear might produce well, they are often reluctant to express opinions that they perceive run counter to the manager''s and/or will attempt to hide problems. Therefore, each team must have well defined, actionable goals and expectations. Reinforce good ideas and successes through sincere and well timed praise. A manager''s role has changed dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years.

Would You Pay Applicants to Interview? Not I.

Nobscot

This has served me pretty well throughout my years as a business professional, entrepreneur, recruiter, and HR Staffing Manager.Which makes me really scratch my head in wonder about the new employment website that requires companies to pay applicants simply for the benefit of When I hire new employees I look for people who are excited about the opportunity and not just in it for the money.

Don't Just Talk About Customer Service

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How many organizations do you see promoting themselves as leaders in customer service or just generally bragging about how well they serve their customers? There is so much lip service being paid to customer service these days with very little actually being done about it that it is almost laughable. The truth is most organizations are not coming close to delivering even average customer service, let alone outstanding customer service which is what they should be striving for.

Inventory Your Employees Regularly

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Taking inventory of your employees simply means taking stock of the quality of your people in order assess: 1) how well you have been hiring, 2) how well you have been training them, 3) how well they are being managed and 4) how healthy your company is likely to be. It is our belief that to hit this target, businesses must do a lot of things very well in terms of hiring, training and managing employees. The title of this article sounds cold and impersonal.

Implementing Social Media: A Tale of Two Case Studies

The Bamboo Project Blog

Really great stuff, well worth your time. A couple of interesting posts from Nathan Wallace on his organization's experiences in implementing a wiki and then a year later, a customized microblogging platform called Jitter. You need to read both, but here are some key points: The organizational wiki seems to have been adopted more quickly and used more extensively than the Jitter solution.

Deconstructing the Work Literacy Learning Event

The Bamboo Project Blog

From my perspective, Ning seemed to work well. The Work Literacy online learning event is over and Harold Jarche has posted some of what he learned from our facilitation of the course. Time for me to share some of my thoughts. Using Ning for the Course Our first big decision was what platform to use. We ended up going with Ning because it integrated several different tools (blogs, forums, video and photo-sharing, social networking profiles, groups) at the right price (free).

The Major Drawback To Checking References

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Even asking questions such as "When Mary was faced with high expectations, how well did she meet those expectations?" This will provide some insight into how well the candidate understands the notion of accountability, but perhaps more importantly will reveal something about the culture(s) he/she has operated in previously. In terms of references, asking questions such as "when (candidate name) was faced with meeting demanding expectations, how well did he/she meet them?"

Your Last 5 Zingers (revisited - October 2007)

Transparent Office

Tap into your own deep well of strengths and make sure you bring them to the surface. Going, going… by D avid Zinger. Here is a classic from October of last year. I have 7 posts left for Slacker Manager. What would be the last 5 statements you would voice to other managers if you knew those statements were the last 5 things you could say? This was a very thoughtful and emotional post to write. It builds upon Phil’s post: The 5 things to say at your last team meeting.

Make The Most of Your Assets

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As an employee this let''s you know how you have performed throughout your review period and what needs to be done to perform well. Employee''s are a company''s biggest and most important asset typically consuming around 70% of a company''s overall budget. This is exactly why you want to make the most of your assets (employee''s). Companies can hire a world of potentially talented employees, but don''t have the processes in place to get the most out of that world of talent.

6 Steps to Mapping Your Goals

Transparent Office

Pretty soon it will be second nature and you will be well on your way to getting more done than you could have imagined before you started making your maps. Note: This is a guest post from @Stephen, editor of Business Development in Context and a co-founder of the work.life.creativity forum. You can follow him on Twitter at @hdbb_stephen. Have you ever decided to take a long weekend and go on a road-trip?

What to do when someone is out of the office unexpectedly?

Transparent Office

Often this means each person gets 2 or 3 more tickets to work on a day that will already be busy, but it works really well for us. A ton of things need to be thought of when one person is out of the office unexpectedly, and even more things when you’re shorthanded and stressed out. This year, my team has been stressed out and shorthanded a LOT!

Obama or McCain: Charismatic or Traditional Leadership

Transparent Office

The two models represent a particular philosophy as well as direction, which require scholarship and experience.

27 Inspiring Women Edubloggers

Boxes and Arrows

Instead, he showed the courage of the true learner and used our observations as a springboard to expanding his own thinking--and ours as well. 27 Inspiring Women Edubloggers View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: education women ). A few weeks ago I blogged about Zaid's list of the top Edubloggers and Janet Clarey's observation that out of 25 bloggers, there were only 3 women on Zaid's list.

Don't Let Customer Service Be Your Downfall

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Customer service is a broad term generally used to define how well customers are served by the organizations they do business with. It is a well known fact that customer service is one of the primary factors in a customer''s decision to purchase again from a particular business. And employees who cannot execute according to well-defined procedures will cause mistakes, delays and frustration. Customers cannot be served well one time and poorly the next.

5 Ways to Ruin Employee Morale

Transparent Office

It’s a good thing the boss is a clique member as well! Frequent commenter CK shared a response to 5 Ways to Improve Employee Morale that gave me pause. As a manager, I hope I don’t fall into the pit of despair CK’s management team has fallen into. Job Fit - Get the person management wants (or recommended by the buddy system) and train them how to do the job they are hired to do.

Blogging for Learning: Blog Challenges

Boxes and Arrows

Well-structured challenges are fun , especially if you bring prizes into the mix. This helps connect learners to one another as well as helping to connect the different strands of thinking and learning that are happening. . This week we’re exploring various strategies for using a blog to support personal and formal learning as part of the Work Literacy course’s focus on blogging. Today we’re going to discuss running a blog challenge. What is a Blog Challenge?

Go Paperless and Automate Your Reviews

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With ReviewSNAP''s recent implementation of our new eSignature and comment suggestion functions you can fully automate your performance review process and go paperless as well. If you are looking for the simplest answer to transitioning from manual paper reviews to an automated system then ReviewSNAP is your answer. There is no software implementation or implementation costs and you will have access to the system as soon as you have subscribed to ReviewSNAP.

The 4F’s of Life: Farting, Fumbling, Falling and Failing

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You might as well embrace it and learn to move on.&# David at 54, Where Are You? by David Zinger. I turned 54 yesterday. I know that is old for a blogger but blogging is part of what keeps me young. Here are a few random things that I have learned: If it is to be it is up to we…community and connection are keys. You can have gray hair but a “green&# (growing) mind. Nothing lasts, long live the Buddhist concept of impermanence.

Structure and Corporate Communities

Transparent Office

What other categories have you seen work well? Dawn Foster of Fast Wonder Consulting recently posted a really useful, practical discussion of different types of structures for corporate communities. She puts corporate communities into three categories: emergent, highly structured, and adaptive. Emergent Approach: Community has little or no structure at launch, and a structure emerges over time.

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How to talk like a leader!

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” Upper management will respond well to your bottom-dime leadership approach. I am re-publishing this post. It was a special post because it had an impact. This post was very important to me as Galba Bright, who died this year in March, and was one of the most wonderful bloggers really enjoyed the “belly laugh&# he got from this article. It is not always what we write as bloggers it is the impact we have on others.

McAfee on Widening the Flow

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» January 22, 2008 McAfee on Widening the Flow HBSs Andrew McAfee recently blogged on " widening the flow " Building on my distinction between in-the-flow and above-the-flow , McAfee argues eloquently that the organizational benefit of Enterprise 2.0 tools is that, when used well, they blur almost beyond recognition the line between in-the-flow and above-the-flow. Jason Posted by: Jason | January 28, 2008 at 08:03 PM Jason, I agree.

Hiring Rockstars and Camping Buddies

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I find this 10-80-10 curve is VERY true in my hiring experience as well. I find that folks that stack up well in my camping analogy also do well on my team. Sam Decker shared a fantastically helpful articled about the 5 stars of a Rockstar Employee. Initiative. Integrity. Execution. Strategic Agility. Communication.

Hiring Rockstars and Camping Buddies

Transparent Office

I find this 10-80-10 curve is VERY true in my hiring experience as well. I find that folks that stack up well in my camping analogy also do well on my team. Sam Decker shared a fantastically helpful articled about the 5 stars of a Rockstar Employee. Initiative. Integrity. Execution. Strategic Agility. Communication.

MyBusinessBooks Releases Marketing Plan Manual

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It works equally well in small and large businesses. MyBusinessBooks has just released our new Marketing Plan Manual! Writing a comprehensive and sound marketing plan can mean the difference between success and failure. The Marketing Plan Manual is a complete guide that includes all of the instructions, forms and templates needed to write the kind of plan that will help ensure high levels of success. This manual will help you: -Create effective marketing objectives and strategies.

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Business Problem: High Employee Turnover Quick Tip

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You will want to assess how they view the organization''s working environment, their superiors, communication, perceptions about how they feel they are valued by the company, benefits, compensation, attitudes toward company policies, their comfort level with their peers and with their current position as well as other factors specific to your organization. Determine how well employees are suited to the jobs they hold. A common problem in many organizations.

The Bamboo Project Blog: The Social Media Spiral

The Bamboo Project Blog

Then comes email subscriptions to listservs and to newsletters, something a lot of people are comfortable with as well. Not that there needs to be a slow plodding through the different levels, but time spent operating in the different environments is time well-spent before moving to the Content Creation level. Posted by: Shannon Ritter | January 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM Shannon has it. Posted by: Kate Foy | January 13, 2008 at 01:51 PM Your spiral makes a great deal of sense.

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Transparent Office: Supply and demand 2.0

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Transparent Office Michael Idinopuloss Blog on Social Software in the Enterprise Home Archives Subscribe « McAfee on Widening the Flow | Main | A Moment of Clarity » January 30, 2008 Supply and demand 2.0 That has worked well on Wikipedia. Posted by: son | January 30, 2008 at 10:58 PM Thanks for the comment. Posted by: Michael Idinopulos | January 31, 2008 at 12:43 AM Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by: | This is only a preview.

Transparent Office: McKinsey on Informal Networks

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Transparent Office Michael Idinopuloss Blog on Social Software in the Enterprise Home Archives Subscribe « A Moment of Clarity | Main | Work-in-Progress Culture » March 02, 2008 McKinsey on Informal Networks Catching up on some back reading, I ran across Harnessing the Power of Informal Networks in the Q4 edition of McKinsey Quarterly. Well worth a read. link] Posted by: John Tropea | March 19, 2008 at 09:20 PM Have you checked out www.keyhubs.com?

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Hiring In a Tight Labor Market

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We all run into them every day, but fail to make the connection that they could well be working for us. In a strong economy, current and prospective employees have a broader range of employment opportunities. This means that the always challenging job of finding good people becomes even more challenging. It''s important, however, that you not compromise your requirements for top notch people.