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7 Dec. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Veterans Returning to the Workforce

Though the current economic climate has brought about many challenges for workers across the country, it has been particularly difficult for veterans returning to the workforce. According to this week’s article, “When Johnny or Janey Comes Marching Home” by Samuel Greengard, a recent survey revealed that nearly 70 percent of employers will not hire veterans, specifically from the National Guard or Reserves. Many employers see a risk in hiring these employees due to the fact that they could be deployed at any time, leaving them with the challenge of finding a replacement.

17 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

How Satisfied Are Your Employees?

This week’s article, “Global Employee Satisfaction Remains Low” by Andrea Davis is concerning. According to a recent report, Davis explains that employee engagement in the workplace is the lowest it’s been since 2008, and that many workers believe that their organization poorly manages its employees’ performance. These reports also suggest that many employees are unmotivated due to this lack of management and this has even been shown to affect a company’s overall financial performance.

9 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Bridging the Generational Gap in Today’s Workforce

This week’s article, “Where Gen Y Employees Obtain Benefits Information” by Carrie Burns explains that according to a recent study the majority of generation Y workers receive their primary source of information about their employee benefits through friends and family, rather than from the workplace. The researchers of this study were surprised to hear the difference in the way younger workers educate themselves about their benefits packages. They also believe that organizations should take a different approach communicating their benefits packages to Gen Y workers because, “Gen Y has different needs, expectations, and preferences from previous generations.”

1 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Now is the Time for Wellness

The holiday season will soon be approaching us and with it will come an increase of family get-togethers, gift giving, and most importantly, food. It’s not surprising then to hear that most Americans gain at least one pound of weight during this time of year. Although one additional pound of weight gained over the holidays may seem harmless, we cannot ignore the impact that unhealthy eating habits is having on our bodies and our workforce.

25 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Work/Life Balance: Managers “Value” but Discourage

This week’s article, “Work-Life Balance Claims Are So Much Hot Air” by Brian Amble examines the behaviors of executives and managers toward their employees’ participation in work/life flexibility programs. Amble explains that according to an international survey by WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) many managers may express their support for work/life programs, but when it comes down to employees actually using these services, they are discouraged and are sometimes even reprimanded for doing so.

18 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Value of Workplace Coaching

Has your organization established a professional workplace coaching or mentoring program? Many companies today have implemented coaching programs for their employees and are seeing the benefits such programs yield.

12 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Importance of Good Old Face-to-Face Communication

In this week’s article “Flesh-and-blood trumps Facebook,” Lisa Gillespie discusses how technology-based social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter may not be as powerful as human based, real-life relationships with others for networking purposes. Gillespie believes it’s still important to maintain face-to-face relationships, and this can be especially useful when initiating new programs, such as wellness programs, within an organization. People are more likely to be influenced to participate in a wellness program if their friends, ones that they have made through working together at the office, are participating as well.

5 Oct. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Sometimes You Just Need to Have Fun

The Milwaukee Brewers have clinched their first division championship since 1982, and it’s no doubt that the baseball and athletic world has been buzzing about their less than customary team chemistry. In particular, Rick Reilly from highlights the team’s quirky and entertaining culture in this week’s article, “The Funnest Team Around.”

28 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Reinventing Your Organizational Culture

This week’s article, “A Good Way to Change a Corporate Culture,” by Peter Bregman believes that the key to re-shaping your organization’s culture is through the use of stories. Bregman further explains that this can be done through two easy ways:

21 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Impact of Employee Recognition

Recognizing the hard work of employees is not only extremely meaningful to individuals who receive this recognition, it is also valuable to the overall success and production of your organization. Many companies today are finding that providing employee recognition awards and implementing programs that offer incentives for exceptional work can lead to increased employee morale and organizational culture.