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on 22-Apr-10 02:16.
Boosting Employee Morale Increases Productivity
by Neal B. Burgis, Ph.D.
The question asked by executives and managers - "How can I motivate my employees?" - is sometimes difficult to answer. Since each employee is motivated by a variety of different incentives, you need to find out what is of value for each person. Research shows that people often leave an employer because they haven't received the recognition they want, or feedback on how they are doing. With this in mind, designing a positive, employee-driven motivation program works with some of your employees, but then what do you do for the others?
Leaders continue to look for ways to boost morale. Many organizations feel that if you want innovative and unique ways to boost your employees' morale, just ask them. Of course, employees may not want to tell employers face-to-face what they want and what they are thinking. So the employer can conduct an anonymous "morale audit," giving employees a survey to fill out. This is only one method.
on 22-Apr-10 01:49.
Profitable poverty alleviation creates a new frontier for corporate responsibility
An Article from Business Respect, Issue Number 79, dated 12 Dec 2004
By Mallen Baker
Last week, the Financial Times carried a story about how GrupoNueva aims to target the world's poor as a potential market by aiming to design and sell affordable wood and water pipeline products to this vast segment of the world's population. The company, it said, was aiming to show how profitability and corporate responsibility can go hand in hand.
The move is one of the first responses to the reasoning behind the recent book by C.K.Prahalad, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Prahalad's premise is that the intelligent application of markets can create a real breakthrough in tackling global poverty. After all, he points out, for more than 50 years the World Bank, donor nations, aid agencies, governments and others have taken what steps they could but have failed to eradicate poverty. It remains the world's most visible and daunting problem.
on 22-Apr-10 01:47.
Managing CSR in the workplace
An Article from Business Respect, Issue Number 56, dated 18 May 2003
By Mallen Baker
One of the last bastions of resistance to CSR programmes within corporates often seems to be the HR department. Given the significant range of issues owned here, that can be a real disadvantage. What are the corporate social responsibility issues that need to be managed in the workplace?
The relationship between a company and its employees can have a big impact on that other key relationship - that between the company and its customers. After all, whether the customer trusts and values the company is likely to hinge on the impression created by its human face. If the employees are disgruntled or cynical this will lose no time in communicating itself to others who deal with the business.
So the first question comes down to how employees are dealt with, and whether they feel a sense of motivation and pride in
on 22-Apr-10 01:39.
During the summer of 2009, Prosci will be releasing a number of "Five tips" tutorials. These tutorials will provide simple, actionable steps to improving change management application. Each tutorial will focus on a particular element of change management, including:
• Five tips for: Succeeding in change management
• Five tips for: Sizing your change management efforts
• Five tips for: Better communications
• Five tips for: Managing resistance
• Take the survey at the end of this tutorial to
let us know which tips you are most interested
in reading more about
The first "Five tips" tutorial looks at being successful in change management. The tips come directly from practitioner experience and benchmarking data from Prosci's six benchmarking studies conducted over the last 12 years (Note: the 2009 edition of Best Practices in Change Management will be released this summer).
on 22-Apr-10 01:38.
The first tutorial in this two-part series addressed the change associated with improvement systems - implementing approaches and methodologies that create change in an organization. While the large scale organizational structural changes associated with reorganization or acquisition activity often utilize change management, structural changes associated with improvement systems - like creating an office or team or group to take the lead with a particular methodology or system - are often ignored. This tutorial presents
• A high level look at the importance of managing structural changes coming from improvement approaches
• An introduction to the Change Management Office as an emerging structure
• A discussion on the change associated with an Internal Consulting function from special guest author Dr. William Trotter.
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