70% of American Workers are Disengaged at Work

Which Means They Are Not Happy and Not Productive- What Can You Do?

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One of the most important areas to focus on when dealing with disengaged employees is really very simple:  Tie their work to your purpose.

Research on happiness shows people are most joyful and effective when they believe that what they do makes a difference.  Show them how the end results of their work benefit others.  What is the purpose of your business or corporation?  How does it make the world a better place?  How do they contribute to that?

Give very specific and clear examples of how their work directly impacts the lives of others. Let them know that every effort, no matter how small, results in this impact.  Give them a reason to come to work every morning and to share their enthusiasm.

Consider how to tie work to purpose:

• posting photos in the employee lounge of those who benefit from the work

• posting stories in employee Intranet about how the company makes a difference

• sharing testimonials from customers/ clients/ recipients of the work

 

Source: 2013 Gallup poll

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The Power of Expressed Gratitude

Do Something Special

Many of us know the power of gratitude but how many put it into action?  It's one thing to tell someone you appreciate them, and that is great.  To write it is even more powerful.  And most meaningful of all is some kind of gesture that truly expresses thanks.

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I am a referrer, a connection, an enthusiastic supporter of those I believe in.  If I receive great service from a vendor or restaurant, I rave about them to everyone I know.  I've been doing this for years.  But until now, few have ever explicitly thanked me in a special way.

Track Your Business Metrics

My chiropractor, Dr. Alan Smith of Axiom Wellness in Jacksonville, FL., did something that surprised me.  Having been in business here for two years (many years in Colorado,) he analyzed his patient base to see where they had come from.  He determined that I had referred the most individual patients to him.  He calls it "6 degrees of Snowden," which really tickled me.  I thought it was so smart that he tracked his business like that.  It's a great metric for business growth.

Then he did something unexpected.  Instead of just thanking me, he invited my husband and me to dinner at any restaurant we chose.  We had a delightful meal on the water with Alan, his beautiful wide Dawn, and their adorable baby Max.  It was very special and it really touched my heart.  And of course, it made me want to refer more business to him.

What can you do to thank the special people in your life?  What experience can you give them to make it meaningful? You'll be amazed at the impact you have with a small, thoughtful gesture.

 

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The Value of True Downtime

Turn Off Your Electronic Devices this Holiday

In a recent article from the cover of Fast Company magazine, the world's most connected man, Baratunde Thurston, disconnected for 25 days.  The results of this time away from social media, email, etc. were impressive.  His mind cleared and opened up to new possibilities.  A blocked writing project  broke free and new ideas came streaming in.  A completely new concept for a business emerged since his mind was less cluttered with technological minutia.

It is so powerful to unplug from the world and just BE.  Be present with those around you, be present with your surroundings, be present with the quiet.  Amazing things can happen- like peace and joy and freedom.

The irony of all this is that technology was designed to make our lives easier, and  yet the constant connectivity has added layers and layers of stress and pressure.
A few times over the past month, I accidentally left my cellphone at home.  Of course, I fretted about it, but was too far away to go get it and still be on time.  And in each case, I ended up feeling freer. It left me completely focused on the people I was with when I was with them.  My mind relaxed.

So this holiday weekend, I am going to unplug.  Yes- I have prescheduled posts on social media for #followfriday because I don't want to let my friends down.
But I won't be looking at them until Monday.  Try it yourself- you'll be amazed and your family will thank you.

 

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