Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review

clappingHere is a timely article from Tony Schwartz, someone I have been of fan of for many years and leader/founder of “The Energy Project.”

Read on and let me know what YOU think.

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review.

Secrets Of America’s Happiest Companies | Fast Company

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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies | Fast Company.

I’m always interested in this. What can you learn from this research that can make a difference in your workplace?

Also, if you are interested in more, here is the link to a New York Times book review of Anne Kreamer’s book, “It’s Always Personal.”

For Employee Wellbeing, Engagement Trumps Time Off

It’s easy to think of vacation and time off as the best way to increase employee well-being, but, in fact, in the long run, engagement is much more important to an employee’s well-being than the amount of time they have off of work.

The employee that is highly engaged at work, frequently enjoys a blurring of the distinction between work and play, and often finds themselves energized by things that occur at work rather than de-energized or depleted.

In addition, numerous serious research studies have shown that the more often people find themselves in the state of “flow”, (where they are so entirely consumed in what is happening in the moment that they lose all sense of time and of the other activities going on around them), the happier they are.

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For Employee Wellbeing, Engagement Trumps Time Off.

Coaching Tip:
Forget about long vacations, and consider what changes you can make to move more in the direction of “I love my work” and “I get a chance to do my best work every day.”

Go for more “flow.”

Big Idea 2013: Flexibility Without Shame | LinkedIn

What Do YOU Think of this “Big Idea”?
It’s been my experience that Generation X and Y individuals, both men and women, are just not interested in working for companies that are not working on this.

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Big Idea 2013: Flexibility Without Shame | LinkedIn.

5 Powerful Things Happen When A Leader Is Transparent – Forbes

How Transparent it Your Leadership?

5 Powerful Things Happen When A Leader Is Transparent – Forbes.

What do you think of this perspective? Do you agree? There were many comments on this article in Forbes. Let us hear YOUR voice.

The Top 75 Websites For Your Career – Forbes

This is a very useful list.  Hang on to it!  Even if you don’t need it now, chances are, there will be a time that you do… If not for you, for someone you know.

The Top 75 Websites For Your Career – Forbes.

What  would you add to the list?

8 Signs You’ve Found Your Life’s Work | Fast Company

This is a high bar… but what a great way to end the week.  I would suggest you keep this article around and use it as a measure from time to time as you work on getting closer… and staying closer to this ideal place in your work.

 

8 Signs You’ve Found Your Life’s Work | Fast Company.

I’d love your comments on this article, “8 Signs You’ve Found Your Life’s Work”

What are your experiences with getting there, and, staying there?

Unhealthy, Stressed Employees Are Hurting Your Business

The whole person comes to work, not just the worker. So how you manage that person affects key outcomes like new disease burden, sick days, and obesity, which have direct implications on annual health-related costs. “   Jim Harter, Ph.D., Gallup’s chief scientist for workplace management and wellbeing

Companies that ignore their employees’ wellbeing are losing money. Here’s one big example: Employees with high wellbeing have 41% lower health-related costs compared with employees who have lower wellbeing. In a firm that has 10,000 employees, this difference amounts to nearly $30 million.

This Q and A with Harter and Tom Rath, who leads Gallup’s workplace research and leadership consulting practice, co-authors of the book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements presents some interesting data about the relationship of wellbeing to any organization’s bottom line.

Unhealthy, Stressed Employees Are Hurting Your Business.

Quick Strategies to Bust the 10 Most Common Stressors | Psychology Today

Managing stress and the fast moving pace of life is a constant challenge. Too much stress and you burn out; too little stress and you become bored. Performing at optimal levels requires that you take stock of what stresses you and utilize specific strategies for managing those stressors. Recently, Harvard Medical School published a list of the ten most common stressors. Here is that list of ten, along with quick strategies for dealing with each:

Quick Strategies to Bust the 10 Most Common Stressors | Psychology Today.

How to Motivate Yourself: 14 Easy Ways | Inc.com

14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated

These simple strategies can keep you energized both on and off the job.

How to Motivate Yourself: 14 Easy Ways | Inc.com.

(This has  to be one of my favorite posts!)

(Print this one out and put it where you can see it daily!)