Tag Archives: employee motivation

Why Sandwich Approach Undermines Your Feedback

A “sandwich approach” for giving negative feedback to direct reports is a common method in which the negative feedback is sandwiched between two pieces of positive feedback. But this sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationship with your direct reports. First, let’s look at why leaders use this approach and why

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Giving Effective Feedback When Short on Time

Virtually all of the young executives want to be good managers and mentors; they just don’t have the time — or so they believe. It’s not easy to help your employees develop as you take advantage of every business opportunity. But you can make coaching easier on yourself, in part, by giving feedback efficiently. Once

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To Find Happiness Focus on Problems, Not Passion

The millennial generation is proselytized to pursue their dreams. But this philosophy no longer works, or at most feels incomplete. And, as the jobless generation grows up, they realize the grand betrayal of the false idols of passion. So what does one do? Let’s look at it with a different frame of reference: Forget about finding your

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How humor makes you a better boss

Humor in business is considered frivolous. It dilutes the message. Business is about achievement, productivity, making money, accomplishing tangible things. However, we as human beings learn best in moments of enjoyment, and by personal experience. Thomas Wright, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Nevada, thinks that it helps to laugh. He has

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Brainstorming a Waste of Time

To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergies between team members, which allows the group to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. The most

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How to Improve Employee Engagement in India

There is a lot of research – most of it from the West, on what keeps employee engagement high. While there is truth to all that research of understanding an employee’s intrinsic motivation – their values, personal vision aspirations etc., but let’s try to understand what is it that keeps people really happy, loyal, committed,

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What Motivates Employees More: Rewards or Punishments?

The 18th-century polymath Jeremy Bentham once wrote, “Pain and pleasure govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think.” Modern neuroscience strongly supports Bentham’s intuition. The brain’s limbic system, which is important for emotion and motivation, projects to the rest of the brain influencing every aspect of our being, from

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What is Employee Advocacy and how to use it for your brand

It is no longer just about good adverts, better promotion techniques, and passive communication with your consumers. The buzzword in the market is Consumer Engagement. The “Engagement Economy” signifies a strong change in the way marketers connect with their customers. The emphasis is on providing a customized and true experience that stems from conviction and

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Find Meaning in Work: Change How You Think

Why is it that some extraordinarily well-paid people, working in pampered settings, feel empty, whereas others while working in the streets, feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is ‘purpose’ and for most people, purpose at work is built not found. Working with a sense of purpose, day-in and day-out, is an act of will that

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What Millennials Want from a New Job

Millennials is a term used to refer to those who are born between 1980 and 1996. According to Gallup’s new report “How Millennials Want to Work and Live”, Millennials are the most likely to look for and change jobs. Research by Amy Adkins & Brandon Rigoni provides an in-depth look at Millennials as employees, people,

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