Author: Paul Kopack

The Case for Engagement

Many of us are familiar with the term “employee engagement,” whereby the extent to which our employees are engaged and happy, our organizations will be productive and profitable. A whole host of books and articles have been written on the topic of employee engagement, including how to assess it, analyze the results, improve upon those results, and sustain good results. Assessing employee engagement is a good thing—but where should you begin to improve it? Who’s responsible? Your organization might delegate employee engagement to the Human Resources department. Others believe that the CEO is responsible for engagement of his/her employees....

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THE MEASURABLE BENEFITS OF AN EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Employee Volunteer Programs are enjoying increased popularity. Does your organization have one? If you’re asking yourself, “Why would I want one?” or “Where do I start?”, you’re not alone. Read on. Ask for Input Survey your employees to determine if they would be interested in volunteering their time and talents, and where they would they would like to do so. While some employees volunteer to meet new people, have fun, and give back to the community, others embrace it as a vehicle for professional development. In “Doing Well by Doing Good” by Arlene S. Hirsch, Gary Levante, vice president...

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IMPACTING THE WORKPLACE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC

As a student of psychology, I’m an avid people watcher. At work, most of us are tethered to our laptops, tablets, or smartphones—sending e-mails, instant messages, and texts by the truckloads. I find it interesting how many of my co-workers will e-mail or instant message me instead of walking a short distance to ask me their question or tell me about their concerns in person. I also notice that I receive fewer phone calls even from external sources intent on selling me something. Instead, I receive additional e-mails. Workplace Isolation I recently read an intriguing blog post, “Fighting the...

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Are You Ready For “THE SILVER TSUNAMI”?

As a card-carrying member of “The Silver Tsunami,” I am quite aware of our aging workforce. Just looking around my own organization, not only are there a lot of fellow Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964), we also employ a healthy share of Traditionalists (born between 1922-1943). According to Arlene Hirsch in “4 Ways for HR to Overcome Aging Workforce Issues” (www.shrm.org), “Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day—a trend that began in 2011 and will continue until 2030. Despite their reputation for being workaholics, their average retirement age is 61 to 65, which means that the workplace needs...

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THE EMPLOYEE UPSKILLING SOLUTION

While attending a recent human resources conference, I was struck by hearing more than one speaker warn that we will not have enough skilled workers to meet our organizations’ needs— both now and in the future. So, what should we do? One of the solutions offered is to “upskill” your existing employees. You know—those tenured, high performing employees you already have, who may jump at the chance to learn some new skill(s) and not be tempted to leave your organization. START AT THE BEGINNING To successfully build your case, you must ensure that your senior-most leaders see the value...

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