Nobody appreciates a waft of warm air in March like us Midwesterners! We knew we could endure the blizzard just like we endured the recession. Eventually its pinching fingers would loosen their grip. That’s why this thaw, while welcome, doesn’t catch us by surprise any more than the dropping unemployment rate.
What is surprising-to me at least-is the reason why so many people left their jobs in the first place. Think about all the anxiety stirred up over cutbacks. Would you believe that last year more people voluntarily quit their jobs than were laid off? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that’s a trend reversal over the previous two years.
In such an unsteady work climate, why are so many resigning on their own?
According to a recent study,* only 31 percent of employees are actively engaged in their jobs. “Actively engaged” means feeling passionate about your work, and loyal to your workplace. Are your employees actively engaged? Do you conduct “stay interviews” and invest in their professional development?
PCI facilitates training sessions that will help your staff…
- Feel confident using the latest communication tools. Does your staff know how to leverage the advantages of Web conferencing and Wikis? We can show them!
- Build an atmosphere of trust and productivity. Time spent now learning how to work together as a team can pay off in big dividends later.
- Earn promotions and enjoy professional fulfillment. Maybe you want to groom an employee for a new role, or show your own employer you can handle more responsibility. Consider enlisting a professional coach!
In the process of earning my coaching certification, I’ve found the most gratifying part of my work is helping others feel gratified in their work.
Two books I often recommend to clients are Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, which provides valuable advice on building your network, and 100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results Without Driving People Crazy, by Steve Chandler. You’ll find this quick read stacked with ideas, so sit back and enjoy …
Because, if there’s another thing we Midwesterners know, this thaw won’t last!
Among the things you can give and still keep are
your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.
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