Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

If the best part of your job is that the chair swivels… sadly, you’re probably not alone.

We’re an overly serious lot when it comes to work.  According research noted in Harvard Business Review http://bit.ly/1Nav9r5 

The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! http://bit.ly/1uIEd2u

Far less during the week than on weekends

Yet the downside to this dearth of happiness is no laughing matter.  Seriously, good fun at work is good for business.
Funny Business?  No Joke
Here are some salient stats.

Humor gets hired. 98% of 737 CEOs surveyed preferred job candidates with a sense of […]

  • Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Did you know the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with workplace conflict? That’s up to two days a week of manager’s time, according to a Washington Business Journal report.

When this insidious productivity killer runs amok, its sneaky, underlying destructiveness can be as carefully hidden as “Game of Thrones” backroom machinations.  Typically, by the time workplace conflict is observed and addressed, too late – if it’s ever addressed at all.

Conflict is not always bad; sometimes it’s […]

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. 

Recreational pot smoking is now legal in four states in the US. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 (and counting) states. The trend seems clear – if medical and/or recreational marijuana is not currently legal in your state, it’s likely to become so in the relatively near future.

But what does that mean for employers and employees in those states?

Is it a free-for-all?  Can you legally smoke or consume marijuana, more commonly referred to as “pot” any place, any time?  What are employee “rights”? Are employers now required to hire and retain employees even when they test positive for marijuana? […]

Talent Keepers

How to keep the good ones
Hint: In the IT Industry, it’s not about the money!
Talent Retention

During the heady days of the .com boom, tech talent retention escalated to previously unseen levels.  Employees were offered huge retention bonuses, big screen TVs, computers, even cars were given away in huge numbers.  Salaries were adjusted up not just once or even twice a year, but sometimes quarterly and even monthly.  

Remember those days?

Today we are rebounding from the worst economic crisis in recent history.  As the economy heats up and we re-enter a candidate-driven market, will we see a return of the types of retention efforts that we saw in then?  Time will tell.

“Back then” in 2000, smart companies learned compensation alone would not retain their best talent.   Smart companies (and smart managers) can, should and are proactively taking heed now, creating retention programs around the Three C’s: […]

I Quit!

Are YOUR employees happy?
Employee Preparing to Quit

In the IT Industry if you’re paying attention, it should never come as a surprise that a key employee leaves. Most employees who are thinking of leaving will tip their hand in one way or another. Here are some telltale signs.

Noticeable change in attitude.
If an active and involved employee becomes passive and uncaring it may mean that the employee figures it’s a waste of time and energy to make waves.
Sharp increase in personal phone calls. They may be making arrangements for interviews or conducting telephone interviews.
Less communication with management. Employees thinking of leaving want to avoid the boss and want to be less visible.
Change in vacation pattern or schedule. Employees often ask for vacation schedules to be pushed up so that they can follow up on job leads or to take a vacation before they leave.
Longer lunch breaks or more frequent absenteeism. They may be out interviewing.
Noticeable improvement in […]