What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

Disengaged employees explaining employee engagement to their boss

In 2016 you received the results of your company’s employee engagement survey. They were disappointing. In 2017 you need to understand why and make changes that will boost employee engagement.

Suppose you could hear the honest truth about what the people you are responsible for leading think you should do to engage them? Here’s what it would most likely sound like if communicated through a wise and capable spokesperson.

What Mayo Clinic Discovered About Burnout

Business Lunch to Stop Burnout

Could something as simple as regularly having a meal with colleagues to discuss work experience-related issues help reduce burnout? It seems too simple doesn’t it? Although several factors contribute to burnout, there is good reason to believe connection practices such as taking time to talk with others over lunch or dinner provides a measure of protection. It is certainly having that desired effect at Mayo Clinic.

The Surprising Way to Protect Yourself from Burnout

Business woman experiencing burnout

Amy has been under increasing stress. Her boss is pressuring her to significantly boost the productivity of the team she manages. She’s working longer hours and spending more time on work while away from her office. Adding to that, Amy feels stress from her commute to work and the financial pressures to support her family. The time she once spent on self-care – getting sufficient sleep, exercising and engaging in leisure activities with family and fiends – has gradually been squeezed out of her schedule. Sound familiar?

Why We Connect

Hand reaching out illustrates why we connect

Peter DeMarco, a writer in Boston, lost his 34-year old wife, Laura Levis, following a severe asthma attack. Last week, The New York Times reprinted Mr. DeMarco’s “A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife.” It went viral. Take time to read it.

Mr. DeMarco’s letter expresses his profound gratitude for the words and deeds of doctors, nurses, technicians and the cleaning crew during his wife’s seven days in the ICU. They carried out their tasks in a professional manner AND went above and beyond by taking time to care and connect.

Wall Street Journal Recognizes TCU #2 for Student Engagement

TCU Frog Fountain

Congratulations to Texas Christian University (TCU) for being recognized by The Wall Street Journal as #2 in the U.S. for student engagement, an assessment that measures, according to the Journal, “how connected the students are with their school, each other and the outside world, and how challenging their courses are…”

To learn about TCU’s unique “Connection Culture” check out this TCU Magazine article and the TCU Center for Connection Culture.

I’d like you to be aware of the upcoming workshop co-offered by New Jersey Organization Development and TCU Center for Connection Culture that is being opened up to outside individuals for a limited time. Here is a rare opportunity for you to experience the workshop we do for institutions and consider whether to bring it to your own organization. I hope to see you there!

Date: November 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Event: Connection Culture Workshop on November 3
Topic: How to Build a Connection Culture in the Workshop
Sponsor: New Jersey Organization Development
Venue: Ramada Plaza in Newark, NJ
Location: 160 Frontage Road
Newark, NJ 07114
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

3 Ways to Develop Winning Team Spirit

Jeff Webb of Varsity Brands

Photo of Jeff Webb courtesy of Varsity Brands

As football season begins, millions of fans are excited about cheering on their favorite high school, college or NFL teams. The best teams, those that are competitive over time, benefit from having a winning team spirit.

A winning team spirit is a mood that fills an individual or group with life. It brings about enthusiasm, energy and engagement, and helps the team perform at the top of its game. Therefore, every leader who aspires to lead his or her team to sustainable success – whether in the sports world or business world – must be able to create and maintain a winning team spirit.