• http://www.kevinkruse.com/ Kevin Kruse

    Derek, great piece. My own work also suggests that recognition is a top driver of employee engagement and loyalty (along with Growth and Trust). Although formal recognition and gift programs are nice, hopefully managers/leaders will realize that taking the time to ask team members for their opinions, taking an interest in their career, and just saying thank you will go a long way to achieving recognition goals.

    – Kevin Kruse
    Author, Employee Engagement 2.0

    • http://ENJOYWorkWith.me/ ENJOYWorkWith.Me

      How much do you think the way we need managers/leaders to “realize” what you talk about is because of the way you generally get to be management in our culture.  You succeed as a “do-er” and move up to manage other do-ers.

      What if our culture were aligned to the idea that “Management” is a skill set, that you could/should train in before being given the position.  I believe this is how it works in the Star Trek universe, there is a Command division and technical divisions.  If we insisted people train in management skills BEFORE they become managers, would the picture look different?  Would those ill-suited to the job self-select out of training?

      • http://www.kevinkruse.com/ Kevin Kruse

         ENJOY, I think you hit it right on. Right now we have usually have “managers of tasks” rather than “leaders of people”. A great sales person gets promoted to sales manager, based on sales skills, not leadership skills. Makes no sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keisha-Jackson/100002981815371 Keisha Jackson

    This is the great 21st century challenge for HR, management, and anyone concerned with the long term viability of the enterprise:

    The latest studies show that the job that an employee is hired to do only lasts 2 years (not to mention the average “career” at a given company rarely lasts longer than 3.5 years). Most employees could not care less if the place is still around 10 years from now… much less 50 years from now.

    With corporations now treating employees like disposable Kleenex — even while the employees are continually watching for an opportunity to leave for greener pastures — the prospects for the long term survival of the 21st century corporation do not look good.

    • http://www.kevinkruse.com/ Kevin Kruse

       Keisha, the stat about a job only exists for two years is interesting. Do you have a source or study on that so I can learn more?