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12
Oct

Tech Trends: Why are So Many Senior Leaders Thinking about Leaving?

Based on our latest Mercer | Sirota norms, over half (54%) of senior leaders in the tech industry intend to leave their organization within the next three years. That’s a startlingly high percentage, particularly in light of the fact that just 14% of non-tech leaders say they plan to leave within the same time period. Considering the disruptive consequences of

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12
Oct

Leadership, Stress, and the Importance of Self-Care

Feeling stressed by your management responsibilities? If so, you’re not alone.  In our latest norms, we found that just 67% of leaders and managers think the level of stress they experience at work is manageable; the other third was unsure or overwhelmed.  A similar percentage said they struggle to maintain work-life balance.  Just half of leaders and managers feel they

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15
Sep

Should Small to Mid-Sized Companies be Measuring Engagement?

By: Adam Pressman Most organizations with headcounts of over 2,000 employees measure engagement in one form or another. In fact, according to a study by The Engagement Institute*, 8 of 10 HR executives say that their organization has a formal engagement program.  What about smaller organizations?  The anecdotal evidence would suggest that the practices around measuring and improving engagement are

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22
Aug

Myths About Employee Happiness

In the latest issue of Talent Quarterly Magazine, I reviewed some of the research around the concept of happiness at work, and why many programs designed to boost employee happiness miss the mark. Here is an extended version of those ideas, with a few more details for good measure. Whether its employee survey data, the vast numbers of people who

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16
Aug

If You Don’t Know How to Manage Yourself, You Shouldn’t Be Managing Others

Think you’re an effective leader? Based on various studies, there’s an even chance you aren’t.  In our latest norms, we found that close to forty percent of employees don’t trust their senior leaders, and thirty percent don’t think they’re receiving the coaching they need from their boss.  The Engagement Institute found that only half of HR professionals think their leaders

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3
Aug

THE ENGAGING POWER OF ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE

By: Joost Houtman, Team Leader “What the Heck is a Chief Purpose Officer?” asks FOXBusiness.com’s Serena Elavia in her interview with PWC’s Chief Purpose Officer Shannon Schuyler. Recently, I found myself asking the same question. At the 2017 HRD Summit in Amsterdam I had the pleasure of being introduced to the concept of the Chief Purpose Officer (or “CPO”) by

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31
Jul

Want to Be a Better Manager? Stop Trying to Motivate Your Employees

Employee engagement is a top priority in many organizations.  How can we increase motivation levels?  What can we do to get our workforce fully invested in their work and fully committed to the organization?  These are some of the most common questions we hear from our clients. Based on our data, the answer may be a bit of a surprise

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