Author Archives: Sheryl McAtee

Five Tips for Employee Engagement in 2020

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As we enter the New Year, many of us optimistically create resolutions for the 12 months ahead.  At the same time, many managers face the task of developing action plans to respond to employee engagement survey results.  Here are five tips for blending New Year’s resolutions and engagement change management: Welcome Employees Back! A lot…
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Employee Engagement: A Case Study

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In this article, we share a case study about an organization that dramatically improved its employee engagement scores related to performance management.  The organization received feedback that high performance was not sufficiently differentiated and acknowledged in the organization, and rewards were not well aligned with performance. First, the management team analyzed the problem. While annual…
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Time Management for the Holiday Season – Starting with WHO

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Many time management techniques, tools and tips start with your calendar and priorities – the goal is to schedule your top priorities, rather than having your calendar drive you. For most of the year, this works well – we have concrete goals to achieve, and limited time to achieve them in. This outcome-based time management…
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Workplace Harassment: Assessing the Burden of Proof

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Allegations of harassment can raise strong feelings of anger, guilt, defensiveness and vulnerability. Amidst this emotion, the people handling the incident must consider what the burden of proof will be when assessing what to do when someone is accused of harassing someone else. That burden can vary, depending on a number of factors. Relationship: Are…
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Beyond the Buzzwords: Recognizing Workplace Harassment

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Workplace harassment is prohibited under several Federal Acts (or laws) — these laws prohibit discrimination based on sex, age, disability, religion, disability and many other factors. Beyond the buzzwords of legal documents, however, the threshold of harassment can be sometimes hard to establish. Here are some examples: Emily is known for being demanding and direct…
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Work-Life Balance Tips: There’s an App for That!

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In today’s workplaces, more people have mobile devices and laptops — which offers new flexibilities, but also creates new pressures to be online 24/7. The traditional “9 to 5” workplace is quickly fading away. How can employees manage increased demands at home and at work?   Effective work-life balance is often about effective time management….
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Work vs. Life — The Ultimate Showdown

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Work-Life Integration: Supporting the Future of Work Life Balance The only constant is change, and how we see work-life balance is no different.  Workplaces are evolving to focus more on knowledge work than factory work, and to focus more on real-time service to customers. Here are some future-focused tips and activities for managers working in…
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