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February 14, 2018

Is Your Company Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week?

Getting genuine, authentic engagement with a workforce comes in large part from taking advantage of as many opportunities as you can to genuinely and authentically engage them. Random Acts of Kindness Week is one of those opportunities, and it’s this week, Feb 11 – 17, so it’s a great time to do some good. Here […]

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October 17, 2017

The NFL Opts for a Culture That Celebrates Wins

At one time in the NFL, excessive touchdown celebrations on the field were frowned upon by the league and penalized as unsportsmanlike conduct. Nonetheless several players and teams routinely defied this practice, creating their own celebration rituals like the Ickey Shuffle, the Lambeau Leap, and the infamous Dirty Bird, for which they were sometimes penalized […]

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March 1, 2017

Culture Change Fuels the Wall Street Brain Drain

So-called “brain drains,” or mass exoduses of talent from one place to another, are a common occurrence in business, and are usually driven by more competitive salaries and benefits on the other side. However the brain drain currently being experienced on Wall Street is unlike any other – the top minds exiting the financial field […]

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January 9, 2017

Tales of Great Bosses: Thinking Out of the ‘Boxed’

How do you motivate a debt-saddled millennial workforce when the economy makes it extremely difficult to plan for the future? That’s the question many millennials are currently facing as they start to raise families in a world that is much different than the ones their parents flourished in. A world where college tuition has risen […]

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November 17, 2016

The Black Friday Backlash

Black Friday is that unofficial holiday in America on the Friday after Thanksgiving wherein we ask a hungover turkey-stuffed workforce to jump out of bed at three a.m. to go work millions of jobs at retail outlets, sometimes for twelve hours straight, so that hungover turkey-stuffed consumers can jump out of bed at three a.m. […]

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November 11, 2016

Mall of America’s Thanksgiving Treat

On past Thanksgivings we’ve praised businesses that close their doors to let employees spend the holiday with their families. Each year the list grows longer as organizations continue to exploit the engagement benefits of having a breather before the busy season and providing more work-life balance. 2016 is no exception with forty major retailers opting […]

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October 24, 2016

Why Right Now is the Best Time to Build Culture

The U.S. Labor Department recently reported that jobless claims hit a 42-year low this year, and employee retention is rising everywhere as employers are more reluctant to lay off workers in a strong labor market. It would appear that we are finally, at long last recovering from the economic crash in 2008 that sent unemployment […]

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September 16, 2016

5 Ways Leadership Can Support Working Parents

As parents all over the country prepare to get their kids ready for another school year, a more structured routine is a welcome change for many (if not all) of them, whose summers are busy juggling caretakers and camp schedules, vacations, screen time, and trying to make sure their kids don’t forget everything they learned […]

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July 13, 2016

Enabling the Disabled with Engagement and Respect

If you think your daily commute is bad, you should meet Jason Olsen. Jason lives in Gaithersberg, MD and commutes to Washington D.C. for his job, which involves working on disability policy for the federal government. He encounters all the same stressors and hassles of the average commute, the only difference being he’s paralyzed from […]

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June 14, 2016

Bring a Positive Daditude to SHRM 2016

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is holding their annual conference in Washington D.C. this year, June 19-22. While making final preparations to our booth, it got me thinking about how often the SHRM Conference overlaps with Father’s Day. (The 2017 Conference in New Orleans June 18-21 will also overlap with Father’s Day) Father […]

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