Employee Engagement Saves Lives!

hand-washing

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

There are myriad positive outcomes that come with building a world-class culture of employee engagement, not the least of which are higher productivity, more ethical behavior, less turnover, and greater profitability.  But I have a favorite outcome, which exists within the healthcare industry: better safety compliance.

Sadly, each year hundreds of thousands of people are admitted to hospitals with moderate health conditions, only to leave later in a body bag.  The culprit?  The spread of infections in the hospital. The gravity of this situation first got my attention when I learned Americans are five times more likely to die of a hospital-acquired infection than a homicide.*  Needless to say, that is a very troubling statistic, and even more alarming given that many of these infections could be easily avoided if all healthcare workers followed the proper protocols for health and safety, every time.
(more…)

The Top Three Reasons Employees Quit

top3employeesquit

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

You have seen it play out time and time again.  Someone in the workplace says, “Hey, where is Mary today?”  Someone else says, “Oh, she quit.”  Or equally as common these days is when Mary just doesn’t show up for work one day.  No notification, no resignation letter, and maybe no ID Badge turn in. The sad fact is that many of these resignations could be avoided by simply studying Exit Survey data1 and applying solutions to the top three reasons employees quit.  While running my HR consulting firm from 1996-2012, we did a lot of research on resignation.  It’s interesting that similar studies conducted in 2016 nearly mirror the latest data we gathered in 2011 that is outlined in this blog.

(more…)

Working with Zombies: 3 Surefire Ways to Awaken the Working Dead

working-with-zombies

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

Several years ago, I got wrapped up in the TV Show AMC called “The Walking Dead.”  For those of you who have not seen it, the show is about the world being taken over by zombies who savagely bite living people and transform them into fellow zombies.  While doing keynote speeches at national and international conferences, I teach my audiences about the largest category of workers, which are people who are neither engaged or disengaged.  Essentially, this inspired me to call these people “The Working Dead.”

(more…)

9 Lessons on Employee Engagement From Willy Wonka

willywonka

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement

I was saddened to hear the news of Gene Wilder’s passing on August 29th, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, a terrible illness that my Father has as well.  Born on June 11, 1933, in Milwaukee as Jerome Silberman, Gene Wilder touched the hearts of millions as the character Willy Wonka, in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  Although the film was not a commercial success, it later gained a cult following and an Oscar Nomination for Best Score.  Wilder also earned a Golden Globe award nomination.

In Wilder’s memory, I’d like to highlight nine best practice lessons on employee engagement from the movie:
(more…)

Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement

This inspiring quote about perseverance comes from an inspiring man—Vince Lombardi, Head Coach of The Green Bay Packers.  You and your team can take these words off the football field and into your conference room.  While I was CEO of HR Solutions, I had the pleasure of consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations and seeing firsthand what contributed to their success.  Those who scored in the top 10% on their employee engagement surveys were considered “Best-in-Class” and were always an inspiration to me.  Interestingly, they shared one uncanny commonality:  they chose perseverance over victimhood.

(more…)

Employee Engagement in España

espana

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement

I recently gave a keynote address in Brussels, Belgium and took some time off to visit the Basque Country in Northeastern Spain.  It was there that I got to hike many miles of the famed Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of St. James.”  Tens of thousands of people have trekked this pilgrimage path as a retreat for spiritual growth and as a method to re-engage in their life purpose.  The journey ends at the beautiful shrine to St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in western Spain.

(more…)

A Broken Clock is correct twice a day – How to work with a coworker who needs to win and always be right

broken clockThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

Ever work with a co-worker who consistently needed to be “right,” even if someone clearly shows them that they are in the wrong?  Simply put, it is not fun.

So here are 4 sure-fire ways to successfully work with these know-it-alls:

  1.  Let them win.  Rather than expending energy and time trying to convince them otherwise, re-direct that energy toward a workplace issue or co-worker that is far more important to you.

(more…)