Most companies haven’t had to navigate a pandemic quite like the current COVID-19 crisis before. It presents numerous challenges, not least of which is helping employees focus and engage with the difficult work that needs to be done in unusual environments and circumstances. Employees take their roles in serving their communities seriously, especially during times of uncertainty. However, they are also coping with new personal and familial challenges that present challenges.

While this situation is unprecedented, basic human needs and motivations remain. Effective managers and supervisors might need to tweak some of their approaches, but they’ll be guided by the…

How managers and leaders can support, motivate, and care for employees in the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

“Work is not a place you go; it’s a thing you do.” –various

I first encountered this quotation about eight years ago. It has since been attributed to various sources, all of whom probably came up with it independently as the possibilities of remote work started to become clear.

At that time, officeless work was still a relative novelty, confined mostly to tech startups who’d decided the primary purpose of a workspace was to hold foosball tables. …

Earlier this month, Gallup made a big splash with news that employee engagement numbers in the US had hit a record high. After 20 years of measuring this important business outcome, the percentage of engaged employees reached 35% in 2019. While that’s not a particularly impressive number, it has climbed nine percentage points since 2000.

For some, this might seem like a cause for celebration. After all, when positive metrics move up and to the right, things are going well, right? Well, sort of. As always, we have to look beneath the headline for the full story.

First of all…

Anyone who knows me and my work even a little bit knows that I fancy myself a business philosopher, which is not a real thing. It’s not something that anyone will pay me for — at least, not directly. There certainly aren’t any job postings on LinkedIn for “business philosopher wanted.”

Still, I think business philosophy is essential. Not only do I enjoy thinking about the big ideas, trends, and deep-rooted issues that impact the world of work, but I also believe that, by doing so, we can positively impact the world of business for employees and customers. After all…

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Well, it’s that time of year again, when we start contemplating that tradition known as the New Year’s resolution. With the best of intentions, folks will soon vow to eat better, to exercise more, to be nicer, to lose weight, and to quit smoking. Unfortunately, about 92% of those resolutions will fail.

While there are as many reasons for New Year’s resolution failure as there are people who make those resolutions, I believe the top reasons for failure can be boiled down to just two:

  1. The New Year’s resolution isn’t specific enough.
  2. The New Year’s resolution lacks a plan.

But…

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Would you ever give your friends $20 for having you over for dinner? And what the heck does that have to do with work-life balance? Read on.

Here’s the scenario. Your friends — people you like a lot, but just never see much of — invite you and your significant other over for dinner on a Friday night. You plan to pick up a nice bottle of wine after work, on your way to your friends’ house. …

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There’s never enough time, is there? You work, you sleep, you schlep the kids to all of their activities, you fit in a meal here and there, and you might even find time to get to the gym. And yet, everywhere you turn, there’s some time management or work-life balance expert like me telling you that you can do more. It’s insanity, isn’t it?

Actually, no. Even though time is the only one of your four resources that is truly non-renewable, you have more time than you think. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at some data.

Work-Life Balance and the Myth of Working Less

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Recently, a friend of mine drew my attention to an article entitled, “The Cities with the Best Work Life Balance.” As your humble guide through the weird world of work-life balance, I like to vet these articles to determine if there’s anything you and I can learn from them. In this case, there’s definitely something for us to learn. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s what the authors intended.

Let’s Look at Some Data

The Cities with the Best Work Life Balance” was published on the blog of Expert Market, a UK-based marketplace for products…

My wife and I love vacations — even when we don’t leave the house. In fact, we’ve set aside the last week of 2015 and the first week of 2016 just to be together, with no concrete plans to go anywhere at all.

But as much as we love vacations, we also love work. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that we’ll both be doing some work during both of these vacations — and research says we’re not alone.

In 2012, online travel company Expedia and market research firm Harris Interactive partnered on a global survey of 500 working…

One of the most overlooked keys to work-life balance is the work itself. Work that engages the mind, feeds the heart, and fuels the soul is much easier to integrate into a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life. Unfortunately, research suggests that many of us are not doing work that excites us, and this is working against our desire keep our heads and our hearts while keeping our jobs.

The good folks at GetVOIP recently published the results of a survey of 1,021 adults in the United States between the ages of 25 and 64*. These adults were asked the simple…

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