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  • Stop Fearing Your People Will Leave

      Why?  Because they will.  Some day they will find a better opportunity, and when they do, be proud you were part of their journey and celebrate their commitment to playing even bigger. In Read more >

  • Can Your Compensation Pass the Printer Test?

      Nanci Meadows, the People Champion of Hubb (an event management software company out of Vancouver, WA), recently shared their compensation printer test. Here’s the printer test: If a copy of everyone’s compensation was Read more >

  • Workplace Compensation Trap: Fairness

    A very well-known culture survey (not Choose People’s) asks team members to assess the following statement: I am paid fairly. Be careful what you assess. The term “fair” exists in comparison.  In comparison to Read more >

Recruitment Quickstart

How to Find Good Employees

March 8th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Find Good Employees

Have them come to you. Often we try to figure out how to find good employees when the most effective way to find good employees is simply to attract them. Think about the combination Read more >

Retention Quickstart

Stop Fearing Your People Will Leave

October 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Stop Fearing Your People Will Leave

  Why?  Because they will.  Some day they will find a better opportunity, and when they do, be proud you were part of their journey and celebrate their commitment to playing even bigger. In Read more >

Retention: Imperative First Impressions

February 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Retention: Imperative First Impressions

You are being watched, compared and judged.  Your team is being evaluated. It’s your new hire’s first day, first week, first month.  This is an extremely impressionable time. While they are looking to impress and Read more >

Golden Handcuffs Are Still Handcuffs

June 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Golden Handcuffs Are Still Handcuffs

With the unemployment rate so low these days – here in Denver we’re down to 2.7% - organizations are getting nervous about losing their top talent.  There’s been an uptick in talk about how to Read more >

Onboarding Employees

How to Find a Job You Love

December 14th, 2017|Comments Off on How to Find a Job You Love

About a year ago I shared with you “How to Support Someone Who Wants to Leave Your Organization.” This Culture Tip is the other side of this coin and has been a longtime coming.  Over Read more >

What’s the value of my Psychic Compensation? Add it up here.

November 29th, 2011|0 Comments

What's it worth to you to work in a company where you feel good about coming to work? Grab a pen and paper and find out. Calculate how much each of these is worth to you on an annual basis:

  1. Doing work that contributes to the success of your company (knowing what you do makes a difference)
  2. Working for a company that helps society through its product/service/contributions
  3. Enjoying the people you work with
  4. Being genuinely appreciated for your hard work
  5. Working in a workplace where you trust the people you work with and know that you are trusted
  6. Working in a workplace where you respect the people you work with and know you are respected
  7. Being "in the know" of what's going on within your company
  8. Knowing that if you need to occasionally take care of a loved one who's sick you can without repercussions or sideways glances
  9. Having a manager or supervisor you respect, can count on and who's fair
  10. Knowing you have control over how to get your work done
  11. Working where there's truly transparency, open communication and where feedback is not only heard, but taken seriously

Now add it up. How much?

Employee Lifecycle

Can Your Compensation Pass the Printer Test?

October 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Can Your Compensation Pass the Printer Test?

  Nanci Meadows, the People Champion of Hubb (an event management software company out of Vancouver, WA), recently shared their compensation printer test. Here’s the printer test: If a copy of everyone’s compensation was Read more >

Workplace Compensation Trap: Fairness

August 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Workplace Compensation Trap: Fairness

A very well-known culture survey (not Choose People’s) asks team members to assess the following statement: I am paid fairly. Be careful what you assess. The term “fair” exists in comparison.  In comparison to Read more >

Tricky Titles: 8 Key Considerations

February 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Tricky Titles: 8 Key Considerations

Many managers wonder what to do about titles and their team’s desire to climb the proverbial ladder. Here are 8 key considerations… The reason titles are so tricky is because they feed into people’s identity Read more >

Employer Reputation

One Important Question to Ask Your Team

November 16th, 2017|Comments Off on One Important Question to Ask Your Team

Go ask each of your team members:  Walk me through what makes a good work day for you.* This simple request will get to the heart of what’s important to your team from a culture Read more >

3 Insights to Support Low-Income Employees

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on 3 Insights to Support Low-Income Employees

I used to run a moving company and many of my crew members came from a low-income background. Back in 2003 I read Ruby Payne’s book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty.  This book was immensely Read more >

Compensation: Mitigate Money Stories

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Compensation: Mitigate Money Stories

While money is fictitious paper, it’s reality as energy is undeniable.   It empowers Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.  Money spurs self-determination and autonomy. It provides a roof over Read more >

Employer Trust

Employee Turnover

How Emotional Health Won the Superbowl

February 5th, 2014|0 Comments

ESPN recently wrote an extensive article on the unusual coaching methodology of Pete Carroll, Head Coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Unusual because his philosophy hatched in answer to his question, "I wanted to find out if we went to the NFL and really took care of guys, really cared about each and every individual, what would happen?" They’ll win the Superbowl, that’s what’ll happen.

Long Term Strategies

Do "Green" Companies Get it?

November 11th, 2009|2 Comments

Employee satisfaction.  Employee engagement.  That's part of what I'm here to find out here at the Green Business Conference in San Francisco. (I should preface this blog to say that I have deep gratitude for those businesses who Read more >

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