Engagement just takes a little effort.
We all have our preferred language of appreciation and it's important to bring that to the office.
It's great when you get to be the friend, but how do you become the boss?
I recently stayed at a hotel and was eating breakfast at the hotel restaurant. An occupational hazard of our work is that we often observe teams working in public and can well assess the health of the culture. You’ve probably done the same thing at a restaurant. You can just “feel” how the team works together.
It is not a secret that mentoring has been and continues to be a critical piece to a person's development. Mentoring allows new employees to get acquainted to a company and location. It allows executives to have conversations with trusted advisors. It helps all of us find and build safe relationships to grow our social networks.
About five years ago, I wrote a blog called, “We get it. You’re Busy. Who Isn’t…” in which I stated that I hated the word “busy” because people use it as a way to describe their lives. I still don’t want to hear that you are busy when I ask how you are. It is one of my biggest pet peeves. I further went on to say I prefer to believe that I am active and engaged and taking on new challenges, and not busy. In my world, I chose to stop glorifying the word busy. It has been about five years since I wrote that blog and well...
Recently, it was released that banks including Goldman Sachs are adjusting their dress code to be less "stuffy". International companies like Nordea are hosting fashion shows, and a majority of us know of a company that has either a space for napping or a gym for working out.
When we started our careers or new jobs, we each had some sort of preconceived expectation or goal. The company we were joining had no idea what we were capable of. The sky was the limit and we had plans; BIG plans.
We don't always like everyone, but we do have to work with them.
Talent attraction and retention is a battlefield. Companies are vying for employee attention, and we are all determined to find the perfect match. Traditional hiring tells us that to find this person, we need to search for someone who might simply 'work' or 'do the job.' And we generally hire this person because we get hiring fatigue and choose to settle.