Do You Treat Your Employees Like Dogs?

Dog Eating A TreatIn New York City, many people have dogs as pets. Those dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Personally, I pity the life large dogs must lead in their tiny apartments. Every day, I see dog owners begrudgingly tethering themselves to their dogs in order to take them for walks. Most of what I see isn’t pretty.

 

In most cases, the “walk” has little to do with the dog; It’s all about the owner. Instead of focusing on spending quality time with their dogs, they use the time to play (talk/text/read) on their phones.  And what happens to their dogs?  The dogs sit and wait patiently for their owners or the dogs are subjected to being pulled, or worse, yanked along because their owners are oblivious to what the dogs wants to do.  Some owners restrict their dogs from socializing with other dogs. When they do let them socialize, usually in a dog park setting, the owners abdicate their obligations and assume that the other dogs will entertain theirs.  In reality, the dogs just want their owner’s attention.

 

Witnessing this every day, I find it very sad.  This week, as I started to consider “a dog’s life,” I realized how closely related dog owners are to managers.

 

What you need to know about dog ownership

  1. Dog ownership is not something to be entered into lightly. It takes commitment.
  2. Owners are responsible for the “care” of their dogs.
  3. Owners are the center of a dog’s world. They crave your “attention and presence.”
  4. Owners need to “groom” their dogs to keep them looking nice.
  5. Owners need to “feed” their dogs so that they can grow and develop.
  6. Owners need to “train” their dogs so that they better understand the role they play. Treats help with positive reinforcement!
  7. Owners need to schedule “regular check-ups” to make sure their dogs are healthy.
  8. Owners need to “socialize” their dogs to different people and settings regularly.

 

“Come on <name>, are you finished yet?” 

“<Name>, hurry up!” 

“No, no, no.” 

“Let’s go this way <name>.”

 

On Jeopardy or the Twenty Thousand Dollar Pyramid, these quotes might fall under the category of “Things a Dog Owner Might Say.” Unfortunately, I’ve heard managers say the exact same things to their employees.

 

I’ve spent a lot of time working with managers of all levels. While they had the title of manager, many of them weren’t suited for the role.

 

What you need to know about being a manager

  1. Management, like dog ownership, is not something to be entered into lightly. It takes commitment.
  2. Managers are responsible for the “care” of their employees.
  3. Managers are the center of an employee’s work world. They crave your “attention and presence.”
  4. Managers need to “groom” their employees to bring out the best they have to offer.
  5. Managers need to “feed” employees’ hunger for knowledge to assist in their growth and development.
  6. Managers need to “train” their employees so that they can progress to the next level. “Treats” from verbal and written thank-yous to bonuses should be used for positive reinforcement.
  7. Managers need to schedule “regular check-ups” with their employees to discuss goals and performance.
  8. Managers need to provide opportunities for employees to “socialize” with different people and in different settings regularly.

 

 

Managers shouldn’t “dog” their employees. If they do, your workplace may be no walk in the park for your employees. Take a moment and evaluate how you measure up.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2016.11.21 – 2016.11.25

declassified - 1415 - top secret crossed outI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

Trust: does it impact team performance… or not?

Science for Work: “In 2016, Bart de Jong and colleagues published a meta-analysis looking into the impact of trust on team performance.   Below, we go deeper into the study’s findings, starting with a review of what trust is and how it impacts team performance.”

 


 

 

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Anatomy of the Employee Experience

Globoforce: “The infographic below shares nine new findings in The Employee Experience Index from Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute and IBM® Smarter Workforce Institute.”

 

 

 

[Infographic] How to Improve Productivity

Hppy: “To help better understand workplace productivity, Armstrong Appointments, put together an infographic looking at when worker productivity is at a high and when it dips. The infographic also takes a look at what employees and employers can do to promote a more productive attitude within the workplace.”

 

 

 

The Future of Human Capital Management

Employee Connect: “A modern HCM will empower HR departments to achieve their objectives, but since trends evolve so quickly and continuously, agile approaches, Software-as-a-Service resources and cloud-based HCM are essential to match the pace of developments.”

 

 

 

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Fistful of Talent: “The growth and victory come from going through the exercise, not in the result. What are you waiting for…Just say what the f….”

 

 

 

Introverts can use vulnerability to become strong leaders

Quartz: “On Nov. 7, 2012, Jess Lee published a blog post titled “Why startup founders are so unhappy.” In it, she reflected on her experience building the fashion tech site Polyvore, and the unique challenges she faced as a self-described introverted CEO.”

 

 

 

7 Superpowers That Will Make You a Great Leader

Lolly Daskal: “As an executive leadership coach, I sometimes find myself having to remind my clients of how powerful they really are, and the ways in which they can exercise that power.”

 

 

 

Top 10 Posts on Gratitude at Work

Globoforce: “WorkHuman speaker and professor Dr. Robert Emmons once told us, “Gratitude is the high-octane fuel without which we’d be in relational ruin. I mean, organizations, families, societies would crumble.”

 

 

 

Leaders, Choose Your Words Carefully

Talent Culture: “We know that spending too much time at work (or working at home) can lead to unhealthy, unproductive teams. But do we understand the impact of language? Poor choices of words, especially coming from company leaders, can affect employee morale, productivity, and health.”

 

 

 

How to use gamification to improve employee engagement

CIOOnline: “The sophomore slump doesn’t just happen to college students and professional athletes. It happens in the workplace, too. Once the high of a new job wears off, many workers are left feeling disengaged. But the key to ongoing engagement may lie in gamification.”

 

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

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Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Veteran Operative Employee Engagement Insights: 2016.11.21 – 2016.11.25

Quote Marks blueI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement. Below is a compilation of last week’s employee engagement related wisdom from noted experts. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest veteran operative employee engagement insights.

 

 

 

Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. - Walt Disney
Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
– Walt Disney

 

 

Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. - Jim Rohn
Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
– Jim Rohn

 

 

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. - Abraham Lincoln
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
– Abraham Lincoln

 

 

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. - Gautama Buddha
When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
– Gautama Buddha

 

 

An employee's motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager. - Bob Nelson
An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.
– Bob Nelson

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on these employee engagement insights? What insights can you share with other Agents? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
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Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Agent In Engagement Gives Thanks – Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I reflect on employee engagement, I’m grateful for your support of the Agent In Engagement Blog and for our interactions on Twitter (@AgtInEngagement) in 2016. Mostly, I’m thankful that you, too, are interested in employee engagement. Together, we are on a critical mission to help companies and their employees succeed by identifying and eliminating disengagement in the workplace. After all, there are a lot of “turkeys” out there.

 

Employee engagement won’t get easier; in fact, it will become more and more challenging. Together, I hope we will continually learn and build our skills so that we can continue to make a measurable impact in our workplaces.

 

Thanksgiving and its spirit of gratitude come and go quickly.  It is up to all of us to keep its spirit alive throughout the year.

 

 

 

In what ways do you keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive with your team members, coworkers, etc.?  How frequently do you express your gratitude?

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
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Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2016.11.14 – 2016.11.18

2014-04-11-declassified top secret - pixgoodI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

LinkedIn’s Head of HR Shares Why Company Culture Should Be Your Top Priority

LinkedIn Talent Blog: “The question then becomes, how do you build that company culture and scale it as your organization grows? In this week’s Talent on Tap episode, Pat discussed this exact challenge with LinkedIn’s Head of Talent, Brendan Browne.”

 


 

 

 

What To Do With A Millennial Employee That’s Bored At Work

Forbes: “Millennials aren’t necessarily bored because they are neglecting responsibilities. In fact, they may be so efficient or tech savvy that they complete their work faster than their peers and find themselves with extra time.”

 

 

 

New Report Highlights Importance Of Engaging Middle Managers To Fuel Business Growth

Engage for Success: “The new report, “The Middle Manager Lifeline” shows that there is a clear issue with the communication styles of our business leaders and urges them to commit to open and honest relationships with middle managers to fuel business growth.”

 

 

 

The Global and Real-Time State of Employee Engagement

OfficeVibe: “This is the current state of employee engagement, updated in real-time from thousands of organizations across 157 countries. Here’s what our data says as of November 2016.”

 

 

 

8 Things You Need to Fix to Increase Employee Retention

LinkedIn Talent Blog: “Recently, the Department of Labor reported that turnover is now at its highest level since 2008. And yet, many companies are doing very little to combat this problem.”

 

 

 

The Secret Sauce to a Successful M&A

Globoforce: “Many companies focus on tangible assets during a merger or acquisition. Yet according to Ocean Tomo LLC, intangible assets – like culture, brand, customer loyalty, and employee engagement – can make up 75% of a company’s value.”

 

 

 

Engagement Weekly: Specific Ideas for Boosting Employee Engagement

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at some specifics ideas and methods that you can use when it comes to boosting employee engagement.”

 

 

 

7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Inspire Discretionary Effort

Bonusly: “Although the physical environment your team works in is important, perhaps the more important and impactful environmental factor is how their work (and their workplace) makes them feel. Here are some simple things you can do to help provide that environment, and support their efforts.”

 

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

Other recent Agent in Engagement data/reports by Agent Gregory F Simpson:

 

 

 

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Veteran Operative Employee Engagement Insights: 2016.11.14 – 2016.11.18

Set of 4 quotation marks in red and blueI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement. Below is a compilation of last week’s employee engagement related wisdom from noted experts. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest veteran operative employee engagement insights.

 

 

 

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare. –Walt Disney
First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.
–Walt Disney

 

 

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can. –Michel de Montaigne
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
–Michel de Montaigne

 

 

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. –E. M. Forster
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
–E. M. Forster

 

 

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. –Aeschylus
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
–Aeschylus

 

 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. –John Quincy Adams
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
–John Quincy Adams

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on these employee engagement insights? What insights can you share with other Agents? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage!

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

Other recent Agent in Engagement data/reports by Agent Gregory F Simpson:

 

 

 

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