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TEDxPugetSound - Simon Sinek - 9/17/09

TEDxPugetSound - Simon Sinek - 9/17/09

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Faster than a Speeding Text: “Emotional Contagion” At Work Photo: Creative Commons: Flickr/seanb Social media content found online is part of our lives, especially when it goes “viral” as funny cat videos, the MS “bucket” challenge or taunting tweets. This viral material which is shared as quickly as it’s viewed, can make us laugh or feel inspired or even angry. Worldwide, 13% of Employees Are Engaged at Work WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup's new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers -- roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied -- are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations. The bulk of employees worldwide -- 63% -- are "not engaged," meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes. And 24% are "actively disengaged," indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. In rough numbers, this translates into 900 million not engaged and 340 million actively disengaged workers around the globe. The 13% of engaged employees in the 2011-2012 study has ticked upward from the 11% in Gallup's previous global workplace assessment, conducted in 2009-2010.

Interview Questions and Answers By Alison Doyle The best way to get ready for a job interview is to take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Knowing what you're going to say can eliminate a lot of interview stress. Visualization Can Help You Succeed Advertisers spend millions of dollars to motivate us into purchasing things that we probably don't even need. Think about automobile commercials. In them, you virtually experience the speed, smell, and luxury associated with owning the car of your dreams.

Motivating people: Getting beyond money Companies around the world are cutting back their financial-incentive programs, but few have used other ways of inspiring talent. We think they should. Numerous studies have concluded that for people with satisfactory salaries, some nonfinancial motivators are more effective than extra cash in building long-term employee engagement in most sectors, job functions, and business contexts. Many financial rewards mainly generate short-term boosts of energy, which can have damaging unintended consequences. Indeed, the economic crisis, with its imperative to reduce costs and to balance short- and long-term performance effectively, gives business leaders a great opportunity to reassess the combination of financial and nonfinancial incentives that will serve their companies best through and beyond the downturn. A recent McKinsey Quarterly survey underscores the opportunity.

Mind Gym UK » No laughing matter How jokes in the workplace can make or break an inclusive culture Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines. Do You Have What It Takes to Help Your Team Be Creative? Competencies testing and training has proved invaluable in business ever since Harvard psychologist David C. McClelland got the ball rolling in the 1970s. Invariably, we have learned that murky human performance categories like sales ability and leadership can be broken down into skill sets that are not only measurable; they are also trainable. I have pushed the competencies approach into several new areas over the years, including parenting, stress management, and even love, but the area where this approach has had the greatest success has been creativity. In a study I published in 2008, for example, eight months after 173 employees of a small city in California were trained in creativity competencies, managers were still receiving 55% more new ideas than they had been receiving before the training, and city officials attributed $600,000 in new revenues and $3.5 million in innovative revenue reductions specifically to the training.

4 Common Concerns About Remote Teams - Solved Communication issues are one of the most oft-quoted concerns regarding working with remote teams, especially when said teams are based in a distant location. This is why we have produced this post to help allay any communication fears that you may have regarding the process of working with a remote development team, as well as a number of other concerns that may arise. The need to start working with remote teams is practically an inevitability that many companies will at some point encounter in today’s complex business environment. Whether it’s a brand new company app that has been given the green light for production, or a complete bespoke software suite that’s on the agenda to improve productivity and workflow, it will often come down to an outsourced remote team to complete the work.

What Creates Energy in Organizations? References (4) 1. Energy is defined as “a type of positive affective arousal, which people can experience as emotion — short responses to specific events — or mood — longer-lasting affective states that need not be a response to a specific event.” See R. Quinn and J. Dutton, “Coordination as Energy-in-Conversation: A Process Theory of Organizing,” Academy of Management Review, in press. Treat Employees Like Business Owners Employee loyalty and engagement are hot topics, and for good reason. Companies want to attract and retain talented people who really dig into their work. But most employers ignore two of the most powerful tools for making that happen. Tool #1 is enabling employees to build real ownership in the business. Of course, many public corporations offer stock-purchase plans or the like as part of their retirement benefit.

5 Communication Tactics For Building Great Web Applications Netguru’s clients are always included throughout the creation process of their applications. We understand that business requirements can change a lot, especially in the environment of the Internet. This is why we focus on the strong communication with a client. Here’s how we do it: Weekly calls One of the most important parts of our communication is the weekly call. Empowered Employee Teams As many organizations begin restructuring their corporate cultures with empowered employee teams, employees across the organization will be involved in the decision-making process. Truly empowered employee teams can help those organizations improve customer satisfaction, increase employee productivity, increase quality and lower costs. So what should be expected of empowered employee team members? To start, taking on more responsibilities and being vocally assertive and decisive.

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