Acquired Taste (Part 2)

Posted on May 19, 2011 by abdiwakYo.


Continued from Part 1.

An email arrives from Ms. Mackert, our CEO. It’s not team-wide though. Looks like just department heads and the upper echelons of HR. No real meat in the message. Maybe they just want to squash the rumors? Continue reading »

Acquired Taste (Part 1)

Posted on May 13, 2011 by abdiwakYo.


A Short Story about the Impact of Acquisition on Employees and HR

Including scheduled phone calls and web conferences, I’ve got nine meetings on my calendar today. Nine. Assuming each runs its allotted time, I’m booked for seven and a half hours. Of course, my 3:00 with Janet always runs long. And if I get out of that product updates meeting in anything less than 45 minutes, it’ll be nothing short of a miracle. Which means I’ll be lucky to find 20 minutes to sit down and eat today. Probably looking at another vending machine lunch. Continue reading »

A Picture of Employee Disengagement

Posted on May 9, 2011 by Don MacPherson.

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If the cost of employee appreciation is free, then what's the cost of a lack of appreciation? That’s one of the most important questions to come from Modern Survey’s latest study of employee engagement levels in the U.S. workforce. Continue reading »

The Future of Performance Ratings?

Posted on May 6, 2011 by abdiwakYo.

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It’s an accepted convention that a professional résumé ought to include details as to one’s education. Grade Point Averages, while by no means a required statistic to report, are often utilized to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement. For obvious reasons, it’s also an accepted convention that one’s résumé ought to include details as to one’s performance throughout their job history. Résumé writers often recommend an “achievement-oriented” résumé, which is, of course, not just a run down of skills and experience, but a look at how an individual performed in various functions. My question is, how come we don’t have an analog to the GPA for work performance? Continue reading »

William Mitchell Gets Engaged

Posted on April 26, 2011 by abdiwakYo.

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An interview with William Mitchell College of Law’s President and Dean, Eric Janus, and VP of HR, Mary Gale.

William Mitchell chose Modern Survey to be their full-service employee engagement partner in 2008. Even after the initial survey found their overall engagement scores to be high compared to most organizations, the college took action to improve their faculty and staff engagement levels. After a reiteration of their employee engagement survey in 2010, engagement scores have trended further upward with some focus areas showing dramatic climbs and the school’s action-plans appear to be paying off in a big way. Continue reading »

Coming Soon: The Tailored Workplace (Part 5)

Posted on April 18, 2011 by Don MacPherson.

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The battle lines have been drawn. As the war for talent ratchets up,  the organizations best positioned to win will embrace flexibility in work process, hours and environment. They’ll possess a willingness to meet employees on their own terms and set expectations that allow for mutual responsibility between employees and their managers. In other words: out with the stodgy, in with the innovative. Continue reading »

Reductive Messaging

Posted on April 15, 2011 by abdiwakYo.

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Simply put, less is more. Forget minimalist theory, brevity’s hulking virtù is self-evident. Look around you. The more compact something is, the stronger it is. The concept works in any discipline, from physics to linguistics. While so many ads and marketing campaigns throw as many images, colors, words and ideas into their message as possible, it’s amazing they can’t see the value in cutting back. Continue reading »

The Value of Values

Posted on April 8, 2011 by Don MacPherson.

Whether we know them or not, each person has a set of values they use to make key decisions. The same is true for organizations. Most organizations of a certain size have gone through the process of defining their values framework. When this is done properly people tell great stories about the organization. One example of this that has been popularly cited is Tony Hsieh’s work as CEO of Zappos. Continue reading »

Punk Rock PR

Posted on April 1, 2011 by abdiwakYo.

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When most bands book a tour kickoff concert, usually they’ll book it at the biggest venue they could possibly fill and arrange a bill with some bands they like that have significant drawing power. The ultimate goal is to make as much scratch as possible to ease the burden of the upcoming tour expenses. Recently, I saw a band take an entirely different approach. They used the tour kickoff show as a PR opportunity, and by my estimation it worked masterfully. Continue reading »

Looking Back on 2010

Posted on March 10, 2011 by abdiwakYo.

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As we inch nearer to the close of 2011’s first quarter, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to reflect back on what was a fantastic 2010 for Modern Survey’s marketing team. From our headquarters relocating to Northeast Minneapolis, to extensive media coverage throughout the year, stops on the speaking circuit, the creation of the MN Employee Engagement Network and the Modern Survey blog, we found more ways than ever to spread our brand awareness in 2010. Continue reading »

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