The ABC….D’s of Creating a Great Workplace

Boosting Employee Morale, creating a better employee experience and being the model of a great workplace is not such a difficult thing. Really; it’s not. As a matter of fact is’t as as easy as ABCD. Ask for their ideas – Have you seen the TV show What Would You Do? Have you seen the bracelets WWJD (What Would Jesus Do? Guess what…….people want to be asked their thoughts and ideas. People want to get involved. People want to be able to use their brainpower to create a better organization. Ask for opinions. Ask for ideas. Ask everyone. And of course, use some of those ideas too! Brag about them – I don’t know one person who doesn’t like to be recognized. It’s inherent in human nature. And it’s so easy to brag about people. Every single person on your team has probably made a difference, helped another, found a shortcut, closed a deal, salvaged …

Give people a project; leave them alone; get surprise results!

I’m working with a group of youth interns this summer. They range in age from 16 – 20 years old. Their project: to help me build and grow One Less Meal. Inc. operator of the Double D Diner; The World’s Only Virtual Diner Fighting Hunger. I gave them a task last Wednesday; to write a letter to the donor base asking them to donate again, soon. I gave them a few instructions and walked out the door for two days.  This was their letter; with very few changes/tweaks by me: Hello Double D Diner Hunger Hero! We are writing in recognition of your previous donation to the Double D Diner; The World’s Only Virtual Diner Fighting Hunger! We are a group of youth interns from Waterbury Youth Service System Inc. helping to better the homeless and less fortunate; working with Clyde Sdale and the Hunger Hero and their contributions to many communities. We would like to personally thank you for donating to …

When it comes to morale, employees are not out of touch; but some “experts” are

Several times per week I take a look at my Google Alerts and see what has come through. One of the alerts I have set is on the topic of employee morale. Another is set for the topic of employee retention. Today the first two alerts I clicked on frightened me………………. Two so-called experts gave lists on how to improve morale and retain employees. One had a list of 5 items; the other 7 items. Both of these experts included pay raises and bonuses right up at the top of their lists. Now I double checked just to make sure these articles were written in 2011. They were. Seriously? Pay raises? Bonuses? 2011? These are “experts” on employee matters? Don’t get me wrong; there are companies that are still offering cash to improve morale. They are not in the majority; and the pay raises that I have seen given by client companies …

Give people food; they’ll give you ideas

Yesterday began a 5 week project working with a group of interns to build and grow the nonprofit I founded in 2010 – One Less Meal, Inc. We spent them about 2 1/2 hours together; time spent explaining the business, the concept, and the social media approach being taken to build and grow the charity. I expected questions and ideas after my brief talk. Not many. Then they went and ate lunch – which was reported back to me as a few nachos, some cheezy stuff and a peach. Hardly what I would call lunch; but the 30 minutes after lunch were chock full of ideas that laid the foundation for what some of these interns will be working on during the next few weeks. They were engaged, laughing, being creative and sharing and building upon ideas. Amazing how food really gets people’s brains stimulated; and just confirms why meeting planners are so obsessed with …

Why not having a clue sometimes makes for a great employee

I founded a charity in 2010; the World’s Only Virtual Diner Fighting Hunger. The Double D Diner operated by One Less Meal, Inc has two missions: One is to create a fun business model; and to really put the FUN in FUNdraising The other and more important is to do our part to help fight the hunger problem in the United States of America This morning I met with a group of teens who are joining me for the summer to grow the business. Without showing them the website, which I will do on Monday, I explained the concept of the business and the current business model. And then a question was asked…..”So is it a game?” Interesting question…………from a teenager. Of course he is thinking like a kid and not having a clue. Or maybe my explanation just sucked? But it makes you start to think…….Could it be? Could it have elements …

So who has ever wanted to murder a coworker?

Please do not take the title of this post to heart. And no, given the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial yesterday I am not suggesting murder and the right defense attorney will actually allow you to succeed. I’m here to have some fun and offer some food for thought……… I’m currently reading the book Murder Packs a Suitcase by Cynthia Baxter. Last night I came across the following paragraph: “……there was probably no greater mystery on earth than the reason one person was attracted to another. Couples had their own secret life, one that no one else has privy to. Even attempting to comprehend it was usually a waste of time.” And it got me thinking of workplaces. Every company has that one person; that person we all wonder why the boss keeps him or her around; no matter how toxic they are to the environment. And you try to make …