Working from home isn't a luxury or just for entrepreneurs anymore. Organizations from Banking to Packaged Goods to Government
If you haven't already, you might want to consider showing appreciation to employees who met or exceeded goals in the previous year. This might encompass targets ranging from sales or lead-generation, to client or customer satisfaction, to productivity and project completion.
I will admit, I was rather nervous. My speech wasn't until 3 p.m. My contact at Google came to the lobby to get me and almost immediately my nerves disappeared. We laughed, talked and it was very evident how much he appreciated me coming to share my story and inspire his team.
Whether it's a long weekend or a two-week trip abroad, vacation time can recharge one's batteries and lead to improved productivity, more creativity and more effective collaboration.
Employees are expected to perform -- no doubt about that. But how well do leaders make use of their competencies and behavior to create the ideal circumstances and fertile ground for optimal performance?
What if you were in a horrible job and it resulted in more visits to the doctor's office? What if the Western world was actually getting unhealthier as a result of unhappy careers and even unhappier workplace environments? What if there were health consequences to the predicament employees face in their current positions?
Leading people is often seen as a side activity and taken for granted with some people being more talented than others, which is unfortunately still a widespread opinion in many organizations. Indeed, there are huge differences in the quality of leadership. But why is that?