Sunday, February 15, 2015

Employee Engagement Happens In The Heart, Not The Mind

Sounds of observations made in "Why Work Isn't Working Anymore," published 2004.
While it used to be that people derived their greatest sense of happiness from time spent with family and hobbies, how satisfied workers feel in their jobs now determines their overall happiness with life. This monumental shift means that job fulfillment has become essential to people everywhere.
The decision to be engaged is made in worker’s hearts—not minds. We now know that feelings and emotions drive human behavior—what people care most about and commit themselves to in their lives. Consequently, how leaders and organizations make people feel in their jobs has the greatest impact on their performance by far.

For centuries, most people went to work to get a paycheck, in order to put a roof over their heads and food on their table. But as a driver of engagement, pay now ranks no higher than fifth in importance to people—in every industrialized country. What truly inspires worker engagement in the 21st century can best be described as "emotional currency." Here’s what that means:
Having a supervisor that cares about us, our well-being, and personal growth
Without exception, bosses predominantly concerned about their own needs create the lowest levels of employee engagement. Going forward, having an authentic advocacy for the development and success of others should be prerequisite for selection into all leadership roles.
Doing work that we enjoy and have the talents to perform
Selecting people who display passion for the work they’ll be doing is perhaps the most important step toward building a highly engaged team. People can’t ever be fully engaged if their hearts aren’t in the work.
Routinely feeling valued, appreciated, and having a deep belief that the work we do matters
It’s highly destructive to people to have them strive and achieve, and to then have those contributions go unrecognized. Any company focused exclusively on driving profits—without a compelling mission—will inherently neuter engagement.
Having strong bonds with other people on the team, especially with our supervisors.
Feeling connected with and genuinely supported by others at work is a surprisingly significant driver of engagement and loyalty.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041948/why-engagement-happens-in-employeess-hearts-not-their-minds

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GOP moves to block union election rule

Senate Republicans sought Monday to employ the little-used Congressional Review Act in a bid to block the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from speeding up union elections.

The statute empowers Congress to overturn executive branch regulations it doesn't like, provided enough lawmakers sign on to the effort.

A trio of top GOP lawmakers introduced a motion of disapproval against what they refer to as the NLRB’s “ambush” election rule, issued last year. 
Unfortunately, the GOP does not have the votes in either house to override a certain Presidential veto.

Bottom line:  Prepare for the worst.  Be ready to run a short, but highly effective against unionization.  Training is available.  Email me if you would like to discuss.

http://thehill.com/regulation/labor/232213-gop-moves-to-block-union-election-rule

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What Makes Us Feel Good About Work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)

Many points made are similar or the same to those Fritz Aldrine and I made in 2003 in our book, "Why Work Isn't Working Anymore."  

I commend the Ted presentation to you at this link:  

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_what_makes_us_feel_good_about_our_work



Saturday, February 07, 2015

Today’s Employment Report Is The Biggest Lie They’ve Told To Date

Again our noses are rubbed in it with the new employment numbers.  They no longer have to change the methodology of calculation to come up with the unemployment numbers they want.  They simply make it up and feed it to the prestitute press which now acts not as a filter but as the PR agency of government.

Take a look at the short video embedded in the link below.  It is worth your time.

http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/todays-employment-report-is-the-biggest-lie-theyve-told-to-date/

"I guess in order to make lemonade out of this cyanide-infused lemon the Government served up today, the best part about any Government economic report is watching grown men debate and agonize over the numbers, when the numbers are a complete fairy-tale. It’s like watching supposedly well-educated adults debating the merits of “Spongebob Squarepants” vs. “Sesame Street.”"

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

5.6% Unemployment: The Big Lie

by:  Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup
Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.
Right now, we're hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is "down" to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.
None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job -- if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks -- the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed. That's right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news -- currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren't throwing parties to toast "falling" unemployment.
There's another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you're an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 -- maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn -- you're not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
Yet another figure of importance that doesn't get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find -- in other words, you are severely underemployed -- the government doesn't count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
There's no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.
Article here:  http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/181469/big-lie-unemployment.aspx

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fired Before Hired: How Corporations (And Government) Rigged The Job Market And Killed The American Dream

The new unemployment numbers were just released and, to no one's surprise, they were just fantastic -- lower number of unemployed applying for benefits since 2000.  Of course, as I have pointed out many, many times in this blog, the numbers are cut from from whole cloth, the formulas adjusted to get a predetermined result.

The phony number aside, "the latest scam is to blame workers for the high unemployment rate. They say there is a skills gap. Even President Obama is in on the joke. In his most recent State of the Union address, Obama called for Congress to make community college free. Because nothing will get you a job more than an associate's degree from your local college.
"The real skills gap is the other way around: too many skills for the low-wage menial jobs that pervade the labor market. The person who makes your coffee or your Big Mac might be able to design the next major bridge or write for The New York Times. Instead of high school kids cooking up your lunch, true professionals are behind the counter, and the future of the country is behind it too. The longer they stay there, the odds increase that America will take a permanent backseat in global power. In one short century, we have gone from superpower to super size me, a plutocracy, a nation that wasted its most valuable resource: the energy and innovation of its own people.
"As you send your resume for the latest job ad, do you ever feel like the labor market is rigged against you? The job boards have turned into such black holes that we need Stephen Hawking to come work out the equations for us. You send your resume in, and it disappears."
Article here:  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/fired-hired-how-corporations-rigged-job-market-and-killed-american-dream

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Magic Growth Numbers From The Government


Magic Growth Numbers From The Government
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/12/26/magic-growth-numbers-paul-craig-roberts/
By:  Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan
Everyone wants good news, so the government makes it up. The latest fiction is that US real GDP grew 4.6% in the second quarter and 5% in the third. 
Where did this growth come from?
Not from rising real consumer incomes.
Not from rising consumer credit.
Not from rising real retail sales.
Not from the housing sector.
Not from a trade surplus.
The growth came from a Bureau of Economic Analysis survey of consumer spending on services. The BEA found that spending on Obamacare drove the US real GDP growth to 5% in the third quarter. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-23/here-reason-surge-q3-gdp
In America, unlike in other countries, a huge chunk of medical spending goes to insurance company profits, not to health care. Another big chunk goes to paperwork, which has a variety of purposes such as collecting personal information on patients and combating fraud (probably the paperwork costs more than fraud). Another chunk goes for tests and procedures in order to justify further procedures. For example, if a doctor thinks a patient’s diagnosis requires a MRI, he must often first order an x-ray to establish that a cheaper procedure does not suffice. If a cancerous skin growth needs to come off, first a biopsy must be done to establish that it is a cancer so that a needless removal is not performed. And, of course, medical practicians must order unnecessary tests in order to protect themselves from the liability of relying on their medical judgment. 
To regard any of these expenses as economic growth is farfetched.
There are sampling and other problems with the survey of personal consumption, and apparently Obamacare spending was all dumped into the third quarter. Why the third quarter?
The answer is that the illusion of economic recovery must be kept alive. 
Real GDP growth of 5% in the third quarter is inconsistent with the sharp fall in key industrial commodity prices. It is not only oil (down 47%) but iron ore prices (down 49%), natural gas (down 30%), copper (down 15%). Pam and Russ Martens show that the fall in the producer price index for industrial commodities in 2014 is sharper than in 2008, the year of the crash. http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/12/oil-crash-dont-believe-the-happy-clatter/
With 30% of 30-year old Americans and almost 50% of 25-year olds living with parents, with debt-based derivative instruments impacted by falling oil and industrial commodity prices, with the likelihood that the US and EU economic attack on Russia will fuail and perhaps produce retaliatory measures that could bring down the European banking system, look for 2015 to be the year that Washington will cease to get away with its economic lies. 
The financial media and Wall Street economists by refusing to ask obvious questions have left the American people unprepared for another drop in their living standards and ability to cope.