To Re-engage Your Employees, Start With Values

Posted on April 3, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

As you assess the engagement of your workforce, sooner or later you will have to deal with the “prisoners.” These are the employees who are disengaged at work but are not looking for other jobs and have little motivation to either improve or move on. They intend to stay where they are. Continue reading »

Employee Engagement Through Personal Accomplishment

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

Two janitors worked across the street from each other. They made about the same amount of money. They did the same work. Their companies were experiencing the same success. One of the janitors found his work empty. The other found his fulfilling.

The difference with these two janitors was their managers. Continue reading »

Social Media at Work

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

Social media tools have been a powerful influence on how organizations recruit talent, but thus far have played a limited role in retaining employees. One of the biggest obstacles is that candidates closely follow the organizations where they want to work, but stop paying attention once they become employed. At the same time, veteran employees never bothered to follow their organization’s social media activity. Continue reading »

America’s Leadership Exodus

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

To become extraordinary, organizations need leaders who can provide a vision, coach employees, hold themselves and others accountable, and execute strategy. In short, an organization without leadership is doomed to fail. If the results of a recent study by Modern Survey are any indication, America is in a very vulnerable position. Continue reading »

How to Fix the Gender Income Gap

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

In an ideal world, men and women would have similar relationships with their organizations, but it is just not the case. We know this because every six months Modern Survey fields a study of the U.S. Workforce to understand how employees feel about their organizations. We cut the data many different ways to look for trends and outliers. We always look at differences between women and men. Continue reading »

Examining Employee Engagement’s Foundation

Posted on February 4, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

The number is shocking. When someone says their organizational values are known and understood, that person is 51 times more likely to be “Fully Engaged” than someone who works at an organization without values that are known. When people hear this, they often ask for it to be repeated. Continue reading »

How to Retain Your Engaged Leaders

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

Even though numbers from Modern Survey’s Fall 2014 State of Engagement study show that engagement is up, the research also found that more people are looking for new jobs. According to the study, 28 percent of all employees are actively looking for a job at another company, up from six months ago, when it was at 25 percent. More concerning, a quarter of engaged employees are looking for new jobs — a higher percentage even than under engaged employees, at 19 percent. Continue reading »

The Role of Values in Employee Engagement

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Don MacPherson.

Modern Survey’s Fall 2014 State of Engagement report shows that engagement levels have hit their highest point since Modern Survey began conducting the survey in 2007. Perhaps more remarkably, the data found that employees are 51 times more likely to be fully engaged when they know and understand the company’s values. Continue reading »

The Importance of Employee Trust

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

Modern Survey’s Fall 2014 State of Engagement study found that trust in senior leadership is the top driver of engagement. Engagement levels are the highest they have been since Modern Survey began conducting the study in 2007, and so trust in senior leadership is taking on a renewed importance. Does your company have the level of trust it needs to engage employees and hold on to top leaders? Continue reading »

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

If you’re reading this, you are successful. Very few unsuccessful people spend their time reading blogs about recognition, employee engagement, and performance. If you are like me, you might be a little surprised by your success. When I was younger, I knew I would have a good life, but I had no idea it would be as good, as interesting, as fulfilling as it is. Continue reading »


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