For most of the corporate business world, email remains the dominant means of communication. While there are companies where social or collaboration software has overtaken email in terms of volume, email is still king in most workplaces. While we speak of omni-channel messaging as a holistic view including email, instant […]
Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project, wrote an op-ed piece, “Why You Hate Work” on employee engagement on The New York Times in May last year that still is quite interesting
“A truly human-centered organization puts its people first — even above customers — because it recognizes that they are the key to creating long-term value. Costco, for example, pays its average worker $20.89 an hour, Businessweek reported last year, about 65 percent more than Walmart, which owns its biggest competitor, Sam’s Club. Over time, Costco’s huge investment in employees — including offering benefits to part-time workers — has proved to be a distinct advantage.
Costco’s employees generate nearly twice the sales of Sam’s Club employees. Costco has about 5 percent turnover among employees who stay at least a year, and the overall rate is far lower than that of Walmart. In turn, the reduced costs of recruiting and training new employees saves Costco several hundred million dollars a year. Between 2003 and 2013, Costco’s stock rose more than 200 percent, compared with about 50 percent for Walmart’s. What will prompt more companies to invest more in their employees?”
Why You Hate Work
“Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.”
[Cross-posted from Facebook on January 24, 2015 at 11:41AM]
Lee Bryant shared his thoughts on the RSA event where Frederic Laloux / Reinventing Organizations spoke recently.
I added one other observation on self-management, per my conversation with Laloux and reviewing his book and others, as a comment to Lee’s post.
Is self-management something that works well in businesses and services where people know and regularly the steps to be done, and where they know well what others are doing?
Frederic Laloux: ‘there is something in the air’
“It was great to have the opportunity to watch Frederic Laloux talk about his book Reinventing Organisations at the RSA yesterday, although an hour was a frustratingly short amount of time to explore such as rich topic. Laloux believes there is ‘something in the air’ at the moment, which is leading v…”
[Cross-posted from Facebook on January 24, 2015 at 11:34AM]
I interviewed Yves Morieux of Boston Consulting Group (@bcgperspectives) on what a softer approach to management #leadership means
It is posted here on the HR Tech Europe Blog.
The video of the interview is below:
A Soft Approach to Management: Yves Morieux, the BCG
“Rawn Shah, Forbes Contributor, interviews Yves Morieux, Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group”
[Cross-posted from Facebook on January 16, 2015 at 09:17AM]
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 outlook examines the major sources of risks between the next 18 months and projected to 10 years. What do you think will be some of our biggest concerns for business?
Prof. Alan Fiske described 4 basic ways that humans do things for others. Whether you call it ‘work’, ‘exchanges’, ‘favors’, or selling goods and services, these still exist today:
1) Power — you do things because some in Authority tells you to
2) Altruism — you do things for anyone else because the expected norm is that everyone helps everyone
3) Barter — you do things in exchange for something from someone else
4) Currency — you do things based on a price that is agreed upon by market forces
Families, Tribes, Villages, Cities, Nations, everyone, regardless of the shape of your network, applies this differently for each groupings and communities they are a part of. It can also be situational, based on conditions, emotions or relationships.
Four Elementary Forms of Sociality Impacting Trust and Relationships
“About 20 years ago psychologist Alan Page Fiske and author of Structures of Social Life (Free Press 1993), now Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, wrote about the Four Elementary Forms of Sociality that describe our mental orientation of the form of exchange that we think we should use in each […]”
Cross-posted from Facebook on January 15, 2015 at 09:46AM
The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 report will be announced tomorrow. If you’d like to listen in to the livestream, here it is.
In 2014, the high risks were Unemployment & underemployment (economic), Climate change & Water crises (environmental), and Cyberattacks (technological), with Income disparity (societal) close.
I would guess these haven’t changed too much, although Cyberattacks and Political instability may rate higher.
Next week’s WEF Davos annual meeting is also livestreamed
WEF Global Risks 2015 report on Livestream
I’ll be speaking at HR Tech London 2015 together with Jeanne Murray, my former IBM colleague now with BrandsRising.com, and Frederic Williquet, blogger and consultant extraordinaire in Brussels.
Here’s a quick visual recap of last October’s event in Amsterdam. It was exciting.