Month: November 2015

How to keep your best people? Support work-life balance

For the past two weeks, I’ve been doing a series of blog posts on what leaders can do to stop their best people from walking out the door. Here’s one final idea in this series – support work-life balance. When organizations and their leaders support work-life balance, what they’re really doing is recognizing that employees […]

How to keep your best people? – create a fun workplace filled with laughter

Continuing with our series on how to stop your best people from walking on the door, today’s suggestion is to create a fun workplace filled with laughter. The research shows that there is a direct correlation between workplace fun, productivity and employee retention. People who have fun at work want to come to work and […]

How to keep your best people? Open the lines of communication

Last week I started the second wave of a series of blog posts on what it takes to stop your best people from jumping ship. Today’s suggestion: open the lines of communication. By that I mean two-way communication, a dialogue, frequent conversations, easy and fluid movement of information in both directions. Communication must be a […]

How to keep your best people? Get to know them personally

In October, I started a short series on the blog on specific things that leaders can do to keep their best people from walking out the door. My posts on giving sincere praise often, buffering staff from bureaucracy, and paying people fairly were well received, so I thought it would be worthwhile adding to this […]

Leadership training events in Edmonton in early December

Back in September, I announced the series of “open enrollment” full-day leadership training programs in Edmonton and Calgary that I am delivering in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) from now until March 2016. Three of those events took place just over two weeks ago at the end of October in […]

Don’t multitask, be present when it comes to employee interactions

Back in March 2013, I wrote a blog post titled Focus on the present in order to achieve big things in the future. In it I talked about how not to let current short-term challenges get in the way of future long-term goals. Today’s blog post takes a slightly different tack on the word “present” […]