Archive for S.ChrisEdmonds SmartBlogs
The recent criminal indictments of 35 Atlanta school administrators and teachers at the root of that district’s test-cheating scandal show just how far some people will go when incentives are so lucrative.
Other school systems — including those in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and El Paso, Texas — have experienced similar cheating on standardized tests.[…] Continue Reading »
When I ask senior leaders how they spend their time in their work environment, they report three things more frequently than any other activities.
- Meetings with direct reports.
- Evaluating and analyzing performance data.
- Addressing performance problems.
Certainly, these are important behaviors for senior leaders. But are these the most beneficial activities senior leaders can engage in? I don’t think so — and will explain in a few paragraphs why.[…] Continue Reading »
What is it like to live in your organization’s culture? Is it a safe, inspiring work environment that demonstrates trust and respect for employees and their efforts, or not so much?
When I speak to successful leaders about their company or team’s performance, they light up. Their performance metrics are top of mind. They recite gains in productivity, market share, or profits as well as reductions in errors, rework or service issues.[…] Continue Reading »
How civil is your workplace? Recent research from Weber Shandwick indicates that more than 4 in 10 Americans have experienced workplace incivility, and 38% of Americans believe that the workplace is becoming more uncivil and disrespectful than a few years ago.
Workplace civility is a global issue. For example, in 2006, a British court awarded a Deutsche Bank employee £800,000 in damages for a “relentless campaign of mean and spiteful behaviour designed to cause her distress.”
There are hard dollar costs to workplace incivility.[…] Continue Reading »
CareerBliss.com recently released its list of the 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013. CareerBliss receives thousands of independent employee-provided reviews each year. These are analyzed for key factors which affect work happiness, including work-life balance, boss relationships, co-worker relationships, company culture, compensation, and control over the work they do each day.