Why Corporate Wellness Programs Fall Short

Despite the cultural and emotional focus on wellness at work, today’s emphasis on a healthy workplace remains disconnected from management-led solutions and management-focused solutions, and shifts the onus to the employee. The message seems to be: We will help you with your problems, because we are enlightened employers; here are some things you can do. This approach doesn’t acknowledge the more complex possibility that the employer may be a large part of the problem. Further, companies are not measuring whether the programs offered actually make a difference.

Why Don’t Soft Skills Get More Respect?

It's surprising that soft skills get so little respect in today's workplace. Look at any job description posted for just about any job. What you'll find is a long list of very specific technical skills that are required, as well as specific job experience the hiring manager wants. Rarely, if ever, will you find anything directly addressing any soft skills that the job candidate needs to possess.

How to Create a Trusting Company Culture

Trust is important. Customers want to trust the businesses from whom they purchase products and services. Employees want to trust the companies where they work. Trust is the top driver of employee engagement. And companies with employee engagement strategies outperform those without by 3 times, according to O.C.Tanner.

Leading Complex Change Efforts – a Conversation with Lisa Pratt

One of my Kronos colleagues, Lisa Pratt, has recently been recognized for her skills at doing just that. Lisa is the Vice President of Customer Engagement Marketing at Kronos and was recently recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of their Top Ten Innovators of the Year. I sat down with Lisa recently to ask about the strategies she's used to drive complex change efforts at Kronos as we've sought to transform ourselves into a Customer First SaaS organization.

4 Steps Toward Building a Recruiting Process that Creates Employee Trust

The key to hiring and retaining the best talent is trust. If we want people to apply for jobs, they need to trust the company. Candidates will accept the company’s offer, if they trust the recruiter and hiring manager. And ultimately, new employees will stay only as long as they feel they can trust the work environment.

Agile is the ______ Way to Implement Enterprise Software

Software implementations are a lot like Mad Libs. Just as Mad Libs provides the framework of a story that the players need to complete, the software license provides a framework of a solution that the project team needs to complete. The difference is that success with an implementation is measured by the ROI of meeting business requirements, which is considerably less silly (although arguably more rewarding) than the story produced by a Mad Lib.

Results Without the Change Work?

As technology has become more advanced, more engaging, more mission critical, the level of change required has also grown. So, instead of less change management, we really need more. The desired results will not be achieved if the transformation is not handled properly.