The company was growing rapidly, and the owner decided that a new sales manager was needed to take advantage of all of the opportunities that were surfacing.
The owner had an aversion to paying headhunters and employment agencies, and quickly reached the conclusion that the best choice was right in front of him. He decided to promote the most successful salesperson on his staff.
If you’ve had the chance to read up on the future of the workforce both domestically and globally, you’re no doubt aware that we are facing a significant shortage of critical skills across nearly all industries. A substantial subset of this trend is the lack of leadership development or succession planning currently in place to groom the next generation of executives.
Companies lose millions of dollars a year because of employee disengagement. Your company does NOT have to be one of them. Disengaged employees and a high turnover rate, impact your business' productivity, level of innovation, and ultimately the bottom line. The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) has published a study exploring how workplace learning affects employee engagement levels with the following data:
Every relationship involves a honeymoon/infatuation stage. Although we most often think of the notion of ‘honeymoon’ in regard to romantic relationships, the concept also applies to the workplace. After all, new employees experience a honeymoon phase.
Here’s a little story*. Recently, we hired Elizabeth. After the manager Paul made the offer, HR called Elizabeth to arrange her orientation, being very careful to consult Paul because, as always, we want and need the manager to participate throughout the onboarding process.
Sometimes you just do, don’t you?
“Say that one more time and I’ll send you to the moon.”
“Miss another meeting and you’re dead meat!”
“You may think that’s cute. I think it’s childish. Grow up.”