Corporate Social Responsibility – A Powerful Tool for Engaging Employees

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Bruce Campbell.

Most people want to work for organizations that are socially responsible — that give back to their communities, and work to protect the environment, for example. And intuitively, it  makes sense that when employees view their employers as good corporate citizens, it should help to strengthen their engagement. Modern Survey now has compelling proof that employees’ beliefs about the social responsibility of their employers are indeed strongly linked to their engagement levels, especially for the youngest generation. Continue reading »

Employee Engagement at an All-time High in the United States

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

The percentage of fully engaged employees is at its highest level ever. This is according to Modern Survey’s Fall 2014 U.S. Workforce Study of Employee Engagement. Just three years ago, only 8% of the U.S. Workforce was “fully engaged.” Now that number is 16%.

The level of disengagement – those employees who commonly do the minimum to get by – has shrunk dramatically too. In March of 2013, nearly a third (32%) of the U.S. Workforce was “disengaged” compared to just 22% today.

Modern Survey has been measuring the state of employee engagement since 2007. Never have the results been as favorable as they are now. The study has revealed a great deal of other insights as well. Continue reading »

What 5.9% Unemployment Means to You

Posted on October 3, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

For the first time in more than six years, unemployment in the United States has fallen below six percent. A significant psychological barrier has been overcome and depending on who you are this milestone may have significant meaning. Here are a few perspectives: Continue reading »

Under the Influence of Jenna

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

I did not know Jenna well growing up. When I was a high school senior, she was in eighth grade. Jenna and my younger sister, Heather, were friends from the same graduating class. They stayed in touch after graduation too, but I never got a sense for how close they were. On occasion I would hear about Jenna’s family, but nothing beyond a passing update.

That changed about a year ago. Continue reading »

Honoring the Most Engaged Employees

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

I am grateful that I get to share Modern Survey’s knowledge of employee engagement around the country. I speak at a couple dozen conferences and events a year and yesterday I was in my home town addressing a Work/Life Expo. It was at the end of the presentation. I had hoped to acknowledge the most engaged employees I could remember, but I became speechless. Continue reading »

Four Reasons to Love Working in Iceland

Posted on September 5, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

I have two passions in life. One is helping people. The other is seeing the world. This peripatetic lifestyle has brought me to over 60 countries with Iceland being the most recent trip.

In every country I visit, I love to study how people work. I watch the employees interact with customers, I evaluate employee conscientiousness and engagement, and I ask questions about workplace environment. There is a lesson to be learned in every country – whether it is something that needs to be avoided or something we should start doing immediately.

As I surveyed the country, here were a handful of things that stood out to me about observing and discussing the Icelandic workplace. Continue reading »

Words to Live By

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Bruce Campbell.

When I was growing up, my Dad had two favorite sayings that he’d frequently use whenever we were working on something together. I loved helping my Dad (who was very handy at making, building, and fixing things) work on projects in and around the house, in the yard, or in the driveway (working on the older cars my family always drove). In the process, I gained a lot of specific knowledge and skills about car maintenance and repair, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical wiring, and even roofing that have served me well over the years. I also gained the confidence to tackle and successfully complete quite a few major home renovation projects that I wouldn’t otherwise have even attempted. But there were general principles captured in his favorite sayings that I now realize fundamentally shaped who I am, and that affect what I do on a daily basis in virtually every aspect of my life. His sayings truly became words that I live by. Continue reading »

The Point of Labor Day

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

Regardless of how you celebrate this long weekend, Labor Day signals the end of summer for many Americans. Kids are mourning the onset of a new school year and retailers are advertising early Halloween decorations. It’s the same every year. Put the white pants away and rotate wardrobes for the inevitable fall and winter ahead. Labor Day is a way to say “Goodbye” and “I’ll see you next Summer”, but the true meaning of the day is lost somewhere between parties and parades. Why this extra day off? Continue reading »

The State of Employee Engagement

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

If employee engagement is a topic that you love as much as I do, you are going to enjoy this interview with business performance expert, Ryan Estis. A well-known keynote speaker and adviser to companies around the country, Ryan has a set of experiences that business leaders covet. Fortunately for me, I get to sit down regularly with him and talk about the challenges plaguing the U.S. workforce. The last time we did that, we decided to record it. I hope you enjoy our conversation about the state of employee engagement in the U.S.


Don and Ryan


Becky Hammon: Basketball Pioneer

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

The sports world was abuzz this week with the announcement of a new coaching appointment by the San Antonio Spurs. For the first time in the history of the four major American sports, a woman has been added as a full-time, salaried member of a team’s coaching staff. Plenty of pundits and fans made claims the decision will be disastrous. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t see it that way. He sees assistant coach, Becky Hammon, as a basketball asset. He sees her as an expert and leader in her field. The San Antonio Spurs’ culture, head coach Gregg Popovich’s leadership, and Becky Hammon’s professional credentials are all reasons this hiring decision will be a success and elevate the Spurs even higher as the classiest team in the NBA. Continue reading »

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