There lies a marked distinction between joy and happiness; one that psychologists and scientists struggle to define. However, until they reach a conclusion, let’s think of joy as an intense momentary experience of positive emotion, one that makes us smile and want to jump up and down. While happiness is how good you feel over … Continue reading The fundamentals of joy
On 2nd March 2018, United Airlines President Scott Kirby attempted to spice up the life of his employees by introducing a new bonus scheme. This scheme took away the performance incentive program that awarded workers up to $375 for each quarter that the airline met operational goals. Instead, they replaced it with an all-new exciting lottery program that rewarded a … Continue reading getting appreciation right
I learnt that the answer to finding happiness lay in one simple act - giving. So easy that a 3 year old could do it. Jacqueline’s delivery is flawless and her story inspires you to join the movement in changing the world 1 give, 1 day at a time.
Employee engagement surveys have been pitched as anonymous for as long as they have been around.I have seen organizations where employee information is not captured in any form (not even by coded numerical) and is truly anonymous. I’ve also seen organizations where employee data is captured and held secret by the survey administrator, thus making … Continue reading Engagement surveys: confidential vs. anonymous
Removing the limit on any kind of time-off requires a mind shift and needs as much attention as any change management initiative. Given that, we are terrible at any kind of change management, it’s only natural that we don’t get it right in the first attempt. Don’t let that stop you.
Remember the time when some wise HR person had prophesied that employee engagement levels will soar if select individuals were allowed to take on the role of a senior executive for a day? The program probably went by the name of ‘One day as CEO’ or ‘One day as VP’. I had forgotten all about … Continue reading CEO for a day
I love the folks over at Fistful of Talent. So much so that I even wanted to write for them; but that’s a different story. I love how they question everything & suggest the improbable. (Note: I didn’t say impossible). So, when earlier this week when Jason Laurtisen suggested that we abandon anonymity in the … Continue reading Abandon Anonymity in Employee Surveys?
This may be specific to the Indian IT industry but it is something is absolutely disagree with. Very recently, I heard one of my friends rant about how her Project Manager had sent out a mail to the entire department announcing the delivery of their project 20 days ahead of time. This manager got tremendous … Continue reading At what cost?
(An open letter to the employee who inspired me today.) Dear XYZ (name changed to maintain confidentiality), I logged in today to find you being publicly denounced by many for an idea that you had pitched and put into action. You were one of the few who dared participate in our idea generation contest and … Continue reading Press On!
Almost 60% of our policies have not been revisited since their conception and another 10% have been kept aside for review; the date of which keeps moving from month to month. Employees don’t take very long to figure out that the reimbursement value you put down in 2001 hasn’t been revisited yet. Why not? We … Continue reading This expires NOW!