Squirrels Strike at Squirrely Co in Squirrelville

A nutty case study


Letter-O-60pt-Castellarnce upon a time, there was a little village known as Squirrelville, USA. The inhabitants were real squirrels and they were quite efficient as hunters, but mostly gatherers in their community.

For years, the squirrels worked in harmony with each other because they were very well-organized and everyone had a role to play. Each role was described in great detail so that there would be no mistake as to what each squirrel had to do. Life was good.

There was a company called Squirrely Co, which was quite popular and only the brightest and smartest of the squirrel community could work there. At Squirrely Co, the squirrels produced nut jam, nut butter, nut soup, and nut meg. These were specialty items that only the hoidiest of toidiest of squirrels could afford. Squirrel Co operated efficiently and as a result, was very prosperous.

Squirrely Co was successful because the work environment was well-structured. There was a CEO, managers, administrators, and various departments of workers. The CEO told the administrators what to do, the administrators told the managers what to do, and the managers told the workers what to do.

Squirrel Co had great benefits too, which included medical, dental and accidental road kill. Not all squirrel companies could afford accidental road kill as they considered it too risky of a health hazard. The company also allowed their associates to buy stock in nuts. The only risk here would be a rise and fall in market value on a daily basis and it was also a seasonal risk.

Everyone at Squirrel Co was very happy… or so it seemed.

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Anonymous or Not?

How many times have you taken a survey for an organization you have or are working for? Was the survey conducted with an online database or was it standard pen and paper? What were your thoughts about your individual responses? Did you feel that your responses would be tied to you specifically? Continue Reading →

What is OHP and OSH?

by Katherine Razzi

Occupational Health Psychology (OHP), a relatively new discipline, emerged from two distinct applied psychology disciplines, health psychology and industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology, as well as occupational health.  According to Wikipedia, “[OHP] concerns the application of psychology to improving the quality of work life, and to protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of workers.  OHP is concerned with psychosocial factors in the work environment and the development, maintenance, and promotion of employee health and that of their families. OHP includes a number of other disciplines, occupational sociology, industrial engineering, economics, preventive medicine, public health and others.

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And So…What Have You Done?

Xmas81_Lennon“And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.” I love those lyrics from John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas – War is Over.” If you listen carefully to them, it was written during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. The tone is generally to bring peace on earth to all the strife of that era, including racism. Indeed, strife is still perpetuating itself in every era, and every generation.

That’s not exactly why I’m writing this blog. Every year when I hear this song on the radio, the lyrics, “…And what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun,” always stop me in my tracks and I think, what have I done this year? In general, I think I’ve been pretty good to my neighbor, gave to charities I can afford, gave to the church, gave time to my folks and grandchildren. I think I’m doing all I can to be a good citizen. Am I just doing the status quo? I hear of great things other people do, whether they can afford to do them or not, such as Hollywood movie stars making gigantic contributions to charities, volunteers at church and community, and just recently, an extremely generous man gave away his millions he won playing the lottery! Continue Reading →

What Good is a Survey Without Action?

Often, organizations spend so much time in the planning phase of a large-scale survey program sweating out all the many details of the survey launch itself that they forget to save some time and attention focused on the results.  What good is a survey if you don’t act upon the results!

If you want to improve employee engagement, customer satisfaction, increase market share, etc., you need to follow through with actions.  Senior management support is critical for any action planning initiative to be successful.  At every level, management needs to make sure that teams and work groups have the authority and the resources they need to understand the issues identified in the survey results.  When everyone is involved in analyzing, prioritizing and developing action plans, it’s a best practice for survey success focused on improving employee engagement and organizational outcomes.

Is Training Effective? How Do You Know?

Developing any kind of training at your organization is not an easy feat. There is a whole lot of planning and creation that must take place. All of the time commitment before the training takes place combined with conducting the training adds up to a big job. Many leaders and skeptics often ask the question, “Is training really worth it?” Continue Reading →

Avoiding the Survey Slump

Here’s a must read for all companies who have surveyed their employees in the past, gather the results, but don’t follow through with action planning, or a grand attempt is made in the beginning, but fizzles out as time wears on.

An excerpt from the article describes the “Survey Slump”:

“In many survey processes, a phenomena called the “survey slump” seems to set in somewhere between the delivery of survey results and the launch of the next survey. Organizations that conduct employee surveys on a regular basis know this time well. Excitement builds around the delivery of the results as managers look to see if their scores have improved (or declined). Everyone wants to know if the actions taken had any effect.”

Here is the article, “Avoiding the Survey Slump” in its entirety. Let me know what you think about it.

Change is Never Easy

During my high school years, I worked at a nursing home as a server.  Everything seemed to stay the same at this nursing home until the last few months I was there.  Like other organizations, the nursing home was dealing with how to expand the location and better the dining room for the residents of the building.  All the servers were confronted and told about the changes coming our way.  While the changes were not immense, they were enough to cause a stir.  The changes would mainly affect when employees had his or her break in between lunch and dinner meals.  Servers would still get a break, just at a different time and for a different interval. Continue Reading →