Are you a zombie company?

Are you having trouble hiring? Is it because you’re a zombie company? This post from Bloomberg is incendiary (scroll down to “And finally, here’s what Joe’s interested in this morning”). The basic argument is that there is a belief that some companies are kept alive only because of government help that makes their financing, resources, etc. cheaper. If they had to …

Your coworker, the flat-earther

There is an important point about employee engagement below. But first, a quote. Do any of the following coworkers sound like people you have known? If you can get past the old-fashioned (and hilarious) writing style, this list of bank employees will give you a smile: The place was full of quaint characters. There was West, who had been requested …

Hanging out at airports with Gen Z

I’m not quite sure what to make of this Vice article about “Airport Culture.” The short version: Generation Z in London have been taking the bus to the airport and using it as a hangout. It’s cheap. It’s safe. And you can people-watch or even connect with strangers–many of whom are in the middle of major life events. It is …

Podcast 48: How do you recognize people–and why?

Subscribe and listen on Spotify or Apple … or watch below. We’re taught to say “thank you” from childhood. Why is it so powerful for adults … and why is it so hard? Mike and Mark share stories about its power and how to apply it. Resource: “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People” …

Are your employees punk?

Do you want employees with green mohawks and safety pins in their cheek? How about employees who understand their work, say what’s really going on, strive to strip away what’s not working, willingly suffer to point out problems and pursue joy in their work? This fascinating article details “principles of punk rock at work” that may resonate with you. If …

Opportunities in American dissatisfaction

Is there an opportunity for employers in this interesting study from Gallup? Americans are more dissatisfied this year than since the annual survey began in January 2001. Conservatives are more dissatisfied with the government–and with corporations. Liberals are more dissatisfied with organized religion. But satisfaction has dropped, period. Is there an opportunity here? Research shows that workers who are more …

Chick-fil-A manager fixes vaccination traffic jam

The PR team at Chick-fil-A must just walk around giving each other high-fives. A South Carolina mayor asked a Chick-fil-A manager to help out at a Covid vaccination site where a software glitch had contributed to a 1-hour backup. The manager got it down to 15 minutes. If you think this is just about process improvement, you aren’t paying attention.

Does your team need a scoreboard or a book club?

Here are two radically different approaches to employee engagement: If your culture revolves around “clocking hours, tight schedules and achieving deadlines,” maybe you need to “gamify your workplace.”  Gamification turns work tasks into games where the employee gets real-time feedback (“scores”) that give them something to accomplish or improve against. If you play video games, think “achievement unlocked!” You’ve probably …