Star Employees Quit When We Don't Give Them Reasons to Stay

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Star Employees Quit When We Don't Give Them Reasons to Stay

Marketers know that die-hard customer loyalty is the key to building great brands. But businesses often overlook the fact that keeping stellar employees engaged also depends on an intangible, emotional connection.

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How to Turn a C+ Employee Into a Top Performer

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How to Turn a C+ Employee Into a Top Performer

Getting hired for the wrong job can bring out the mediocre in all of us -- good managers understand this. What turns a C+ employee into an A performer is a commitment to matching the right workers to the right job, and a willingness to modify their roles to make the most of their talents and interests.

How Internships Can Turbocharge Your Talent Pipeline

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How Internships Can Turbocharge Your Talent Pipeline

There is a disconnect between what college graduates know and what employers need from them. Academic institutions teach students how to be theorists, not the active problem-solvers that employers seek in today's service economy. So when a college senior marches down the aisle to pick up her diploma, she's still lacking some key tools she needs to land a job.

3 Reasons Why Employees Underperform

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3 Reasons Why Employees Underperform

What an ongoing struggle it is to get employees to perform. At HR conferences, CEO meetings and among organizational development groups, the topic always seems to revolve around getting our employees to step up and do great work.

4 Ways To Spark Ownership in Employee Education

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4 Ways To Spark Ownership in Employee Education

When it comes to improving employee education, the conversation usually begins and ends with instructors and materials. We ask employees to critique programs (whether web, self-directed or live) and trainers — yet even when sessions are well supported and applauded, results often fall short.

How to Get Employees Out of Dark and Into the Light of Performance

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How to Get Employees Out of Dark and Into the Light of Performance

Most employees work in the dark. Here’s what they don’t know (but we still expect them to bring to their work):

3D Living: How to Inspire Better Employee Performance

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3D Living: How to Inspire Better Employee Performance

We want our employees to excel at what they do. Let’s presume for this moment that you have hired your employees wisely — they have the skills, experience and behaviors necessary to perform the required tasks. You know the employee is capable. Now you need to have a plan in place that can support the employee to raise his performance.

When You're Not Watching, Are They Really Working?

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When You're Not Watching, Are They Really Working?

It's the workplace version of trees falling in the forest: if you're not there to see them, how do you really know your employees are working when they're out of the office but still on the clock?

How to Make Learning and Improving Part of Your Workday in Two Minutes

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How to Make Learning and Improving Part of Your Workday in Two Minutes

When we ask our employees about learning and improving, they generally think of a formal education program. But what if learning and improving were just the way they approached their day? If we were able to create small, two minute learning moments throughout the day, how much more practical could we make learning? How might it inspire a learning workplace culture?

4 Ways Your Employees Can Help Recruit Top Talent

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4 Ways Your Employees Can Help Recruit Top Talent

Finding the right person for the right job is rarely easy -- and made more difficult in today's workplace, where employees are increasingly asked not only to do their jobs but also to think creatively about ways they can inspire customer loyalty, drive profitability, and -- just as important -- help recruit A-level outside talent. Employees, after all, see and talk to talented people every day through their social and professional networks. But they tend to be an underutilized army of recruiters, whether you're hiring today or simply filling the pipeline for future openings. Here's how smart companies tap into this potential:

How to Get Employees to Bring Their Best Brain to Work

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How to Get Employees to Bring Their Best Brain to Work

We complain that many of our employees do just enough at work. In fact, the statistic from the Gallup is that 52 percent of employees are disengaged — they do just enough not to get fired. What level of success can an organization have with an employees committed to doing just enough? Moreover, what can management do to inspire greater thinking and greater performance in the workplace?

Mindful Management: What Opportunities Are You Missing?

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Mindful Management: What Opportunities Are You Missing?

Most of us are pretty mindless. We forget the names of people we just met. We're so attached to our devices we walk into people and trip over curbs. We all do it. So much of what we need is right in front of us; we just don’t know how to tune in to it. We need to learn to be more mindful.

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