Author Archive | Robert Bacal

Employee Suggestion Programs – What Works. What Doesn’t By Robert Bacal

Anatomy Of A Successful Employee Suggestion Program We have talked to several organizations that have introduced employee suggestion programs to make use of the knowledge and skills of employees with respect to reducing wasted work, or increasing productivity and efficiency. Unfortunately, the track record of these programs is not great. Some of the comments received […]

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Employee Engagement? A Dry Hole? Who Knows?

As part of a series on why employee engagement efforts are failing badly, this article focuses on the difficulty, or even impossibility of accurately measuring employee engagement return on investment, and how companies are continuing to fail at engagement efforts. At the bottom of the article you will find a number of other articles that […]

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Getting The Most From Training (Free to Distribute)

Going To Training? Some Hints by Robert Bacal Editor’s Note: In this article Robert Bacal provides some practical hints, tips and steps that learners and training participants can take before, during and after training seminars to get the most from attending training and training seminars. This article is free to distribute to your staff, or […]

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Workplace Violence: HR Must Lead In Prevention

The murder of two reporters on the staff of WDBJ in Virginia has provided a stark, graphic and visual reminder that workplace violence can occur anywhere, and under many different circumstances. While there are many legal reasons for human resources to plan for and put in place prevention strategies, and there are certainly financial and humanitarian […]

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Weighing In On The Future of Human Resources (HR)

Is Human Resources In A State Of Transition? Human resource departments have always been in a difficult position in organizations. They are charged with responsibility for designing and enforcing various policies (.e.g. performance management, sexual harrassment, etc. ) but lack the LINE AUTHORITY over those who’s cooperation they need to make those policies work. Human resource […]

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Why Employee Engagement Fails: Companies Do NOT Control Variables That Control Engagement By Robert Bacal

Since the popularization of employee engagement as a concept, there have been countless research reports that “track” employee engagement across companies, across countries, and across industries on a quarterly basis. Despite the huge investments of time and money, the results have been disappointing. On aggregate, employee engagement hasn’t improved. There are good reasons for this. […]

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Dana White: The Baddest, Most Authentic Leader On The Planet?

Authentic Leadership is an approach or model of leadership described by Bill George, and it’s but one of many perspectives on the challenge of leadership. The notion that leadership need to be “authentic” is a compelling one, because the word suggests that leaders will be more effective when they are “true” to themselves, and reveal […]

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The Naked Emperor And Employee Engagement: It’s NOT Working

Present And Future Of Employee Engagement, and The News Is Bad, Really Bad By Robert Bacal In a recent report from Josh Bersin, estimates of ANNUAL expenditures on employee engagement initiatives is about three quarters of a BILLION dollars. It’s hard to find articles on improvement in the workplace that do NOT mention engagement. It’s […]

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