Do Your Employees Know How to Succeed?

Most leaders desire to increase the motivation of their employees. The goal of increasing motivation is often linked with improving a plethora of outcomes such as productivity, engagement, attendance, and retention. Because we associate increased motivation with increases in many other desirable outcomes, we also tend to assume that a deficiency in an outcome is probably due to a lack of motivation. For example, if an employee keeps missing his sales quota (low productivity) we may be inclined to think that he is not motivated to succeed. What if, though, you discovered that motivation wasn’t the problem at all? Continue Reading →

Stop Social Loafing Before It Begins!

While work teams are very effective in the workplace, employees may encounter a challenge: a social loafer.  Nearly everyone has dealt with this type of person at some point in life whether at school, on a sports team, or at work.  Social loafing is defined by the lack of effort team members exert often leaving other team members to pick up the slack. Continue Reading →

Go Home!

What boss do you know that tells you to go home rather than staying at the office? Well, believe it or not, it is the smart managers that are encouraging their employees not to log long hours at the desk. Organizations are now being encouraged to push their employees to not work over hours if it can be avoided. Continue Reading →

A 25 Hour Work Week: Crazy or Clever?

Recent news about  a controversial proposal by James W. Vaupel (a Danish professor who is the head of the new Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging) that a 25 hour work week would be a better alternative to the 40 hour work week has stirred up conversation within the working world. This idea reflects on efforts to improve employee work-life balance while capitalizing on patterns of work productivity. Continue Reading →

HR: Customer Service for Employees

When we think about customer experiences from organization, we often think of customers as those individuals who purchase something from the organization. In the human resource field, our customers become our employees. Continue Reading →

Bare Minimum

What was your last experience working with a group? Who was in the group and how did the group dynamics influence the final product? Group and team dynamics are hot topics as organizations shift to placing employees in work groups to complete tasks. Continue Reading →

Are Long Hours Worth It?

The typical 40-hour workweek rarely exists anymore. The economy has created a tightening of the number of employees in organizations. As a result, employees are forced to take on more responsibilities and this creates longer hours. But, are these longer workdays as productive? Continue Reading →

Reminder: Meeting in 5 minutes

How often does your computer pop-up with a reminder that there is a meeting you need to attend? What is the general purpose of the meetings we attend in the workplace? How long do these meetings last and how regularly are we having meetings? Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement: The Importance of the Environment

The TNS Employee Insight Employee Engagement Model serves as tool for understanding employee engagement at different levels. One of the basic areas that is often underestimated is the environment. The environment is often thought of as the physical characteristics that make up a workplace. These are important aspects of the work environment, but they are certainly not the only that should be given attention. Continue Reading →

Are you ready? Summit Keynote Speaker Jeanne Meister Tells All!

Well, we’re ready! We can’t wait to hear Jeanne Meister speak at our TNS-JWT Summit in NYC next week!

Listening to Jeanne Meister, co-author of her book, “The 20/20 Workplace: Are You Ready?” on YouTube is very insightful and exciting. Jeanne discusses trends in the workplace, and in particular, she predicts that by the year 2020 there will be 5 different generations working together. Technology will weave in and out of our working and private lives even above and beyond what we are seeing now. It may seem likely this would happen reflecting on the past 30 years, but Jeanne has an even greater insight as to how we can better prepare for it.

Jeanne is highly recognized for her consultation work and keynote speaking at business conferences, corporate university meetings and industry symposia worldwide. In her book, she and her co-author, Karie Willyerd, discuss increased productivity via internal corporate social networks where the business benefits are increased collaboration, increased productivity, and increased speed of innovation. In order to get there, employers must find ways to motivate, communicate and develop their employees of all generations.

Ms. Meister warns that the workplace is undergoing a vast transformation and human resource officers will need to learn the power of social media. Younger generations prefer to use social media, called “hyper-connectivity” as a way to communicate. Interestingly, there will be an increase in reverse mentoring with the generation of millennials (born 1977 to 1997) mentoring individuals born before 1977. Today they often mentor senior executives on the power of social media. Group mentoring using online technologies rather than face to face will be commonplace in most workplaces. Even now, some corporations are developing workshops with the various generations so they can discuss the different work styles and how they communicate in order to form more highly productive teams.

Post-summit, we will feature a synopsis of the highlights of this important event on our website: .