Improving Employee Engagement: What’s Your Strategy?

Employee engagement is top of mind for most organizations and leaders today. HR departments seem obsessed with the idea and try to measure it through annual surveys and assessments. For leaders, maintaining employee engagement with a distributed workforce can be challenging. How can an employee working from home hundreds of miles away be as engaged as[…]

New Years Resolution: Reduce Commute Time

 2017 is finally upon us. Resolutions are made far and wide to get more sleep, exercise, eat healthy — all with the best intentions to be a more rested, fit and better self. What is the biggest hurdle in accomplishing these resolutions? Time! Hectic schedules on a weekly basis never allow for enough time. Time[…]

Are Your Company’s Policies As Smart As Your Technology?

Technology, we all have some form of it.  For most, it’s that $500+ computer we carry around in the palm of our hand, our back pocket or on our wrist that can help us find the nearest gas station, our destination, the weather, what’s playing at the local theatre and the ability to purchase a[…]

Improving Collaboration Within Virtual Teams

There are many opinions and perceptions about collaborating remotely or within a virtual team. Many assume that collaboration decreases as the geographic distance between team members increases. But is there any truth to this? Do virtual teams have it harder than teams that are co-located? The answer is yes. Research has shown that virtual teams[…]

Using Telework to Lean Out the Enterprise

A few decades ago, Toyota Production System gained attention for its manufacturing processes.  The methodology and collection of tools used by Toyota engineers was later coined “lean” and popularized in the book The Machine That Changed the World.  (Coincidentally, lean started to become popular during the era when the process improvement methodology Six Sigma was[…]

The Yahoo Decision And Its Unintended Consequences

After a long week of divergent opinions on Marissa Mayer’s decision to revoke the option to work-at-home for Yahoos, I’ve had the chance to connect with colleagues on the fallout of such a decision and the resulting national conversations that have flowed forth. Many agree that it was a shortsighted edict, but one that given[…]