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Team Engagement team engagement Jul 23, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

Engagement is a big word. Employee Engagement is an often discussed goal. Engaged employees are the ones who will stay with the organization. They are the ones who will do the difficult tasks and solve the difficult problems. But is this really true? Perhaps we need to...

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The Crisis of Emotional Capital joy at work team engagement May 22, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

The last couple of years forced two global experiments, one in remote education and the other in remote work. Much of these two experiments are about human interaction. They explore what it means to communicate, to lead, to teach. The final and full understanding of...

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Employee Engagement Hinges on a Handful of Influencers change joy at work team engagement Feb 04, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

With the Great Resignation causing distressing amounts of employee turnover and dismal employee retention numbers, Employee Engagement is front of mind for many leaders. What employee engagement is, however, can be elusive.  Some see it as activities associated with...

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If You Want to Generate Smiles at Work Today joy at work leadership team engagement Feb 01, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

If you want to generate more smiles at work today, here are some ideas to help your team feel appreciated…

  • In conversations, hold space for your team members to gather their thoughts and share ideas: "In this conversation, please feel free to take a...
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Joy at Work Monday Message: Personal Struggle & Helping joy at work leadership team engagement Jan 31, 2022

It's okay if you're struggling! There are healthy and constructive ways to talk about personal struggles in the workplace. Spread some Joy at Work by making it easy to discuss and help each other.

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Joy at Work Monday Message: Feedback & Motivation joy at work team engagement virtual teams Jan 24, 2022

Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated, especially when you're working in a virtual workplace where it's hard to get feedback and reactions to your work. Spread some Joy at Work by sharing your feedback with colleagues!

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It may be a company ending mistake to “Go Back” to the office change change analytics decision joy at work team engagement Jul 04, 2021

Written by Ed Cook

The increasing frequency of calls to “go back” to the office is not surprising.  The past year-and-a-half has been anywhere from difficult to deadly for nearly everyone on the planet.  Who wouldn’t want to roll back the clock?  Sure, we...

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Disagreement Might Actually Be Engagement or Even Progress joy at work team engagement Feb 22, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Instead of feeling defensive and beat up by a conversation at work that’s filled with debate, maybe you should feel excited!

Sometimes what looks or sounds like disagreement is actually a sign that people are trying to engage with your idea.

When people ask...

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How would you describe the best team you've ever led or been part of? change leadership team engagement Oct 15, 2020

Written by Roxanne Brown

When we ask people to describe the best team they’ve ever led or been part of, they usually say things like:

• We had each other’s back
• We had a hard goal to overcome and we were clear on the destination
• It was hard but we all focused
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Own Your Impact change leadership joy at work team engagement Aug 31, 2020

Written by Roxanne Brown

Own your impact. You were hired because you matter so do the work as if your work matters.

If your employer doesn’t know your work matters then you might consider a change in the future. Not to run away but to give yourself the gift of something better for...

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The Subtext of Conflict change leadership joy at work team engagement Aug 25, 2020

Written by Roxanne Brown

Sometimes this is the subtext of work conflict:

Employee to employer: I feel hurt by the way you treated me. [I work hard for you and this company.]

Employer to employee: I feel hurt by the way you treated me. [I’ve invested a lot in you, for you and this...

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From Freak Out to Fill Out change leadership development team engagement May 21, 2020

Written by Ed Cook

If ever there was a time for introspection, it has got to be now. A pandemic that is devastating the world economically and psychically. A lock-down that has driven so many of us to isolation both physically and emotionally. An uncertain future as to when this will ease...

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