The Importance of Culture in Your Organization

I have had the good fortune of working at Johnson Health Center (JHC) for nearly four years.   And I’m proud to be associated with a team of talented individuals, who have achieved many accolades, including the Employer of Choice Award in May, 2016.  When I reflect on what contributed to achieving these results, I can sum it up with one word: culture.  We are lucky to have a CEO with a vision and the leadership to have helped us build it.  He’s led us to believe that we if set our minds on something we can achieve it.  And we’ve been able to do it through building an outstanding culture of dedicated teams.

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The Case for Leadership Engagement

Many of us are familiar with the term ‘employee engagement’, whereby the extent to which our employees are engaged and happy to come to work, our organizations will be productive and profitable.  A whole host of books and articles have been written on the topic of employee engagement, including how to assess for it, analyze the results, improve upon the results, and to sustain good results.  OK, but where should one begin?

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The Performance Evaluation Paradigm Shift

When was the last time you looked at your organization’s performance evaluation, if, you still use one?  If you have one, are you happy with it?  Research shows that more than one-third of our nation’s organizations have abandoned the traditional annual performance evaluation in favor of more frequent, informal ‘check-ins’ between managers and employees.

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Measurable Benefits of an Employee Volunteer Program

Employee Volunteer Programs are enjoying increased popularity.  Does your organization have one?  If you’re asking yourself, “Why would I want one?” you’re not alone.  Read on.

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The State of Connection in Today's Workplaces

Have you ever stepped back and taken a good long look at how we connect in the workplace?

Let Me Count the Ways

After reading the TED blog, Career advice for millennials (and really anyone) from Margaret Heffernan, it got me thinking.  When I need to communicate with someone in the office, I try to go and visit with that person.  This gets me up and away from my desk, puts me on the other person's turf, and it's usually the most satisfying way to communicate.  You can see each other's body language, and you can 'squeeze in' one or two additional topics.  And you've either made or strengthened a connection.

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Bias in the Workplace

It's time to 'fess up.  We all have them - ingrained conscious and unconscious biases.  Why do we naturally gravitate to the familiar and are a bit wary of the unfamiliar?  Recently, Starbucks made headlines when they closed all of their stores for a half-day, all-staff training on discrimination and bias. 

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