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[ Why You Shouldn’t Be Proud of a “Compliant” Workforce ]

April 14th, 2017

In my experience, most leaders want to cultivate a work environment where employees feel like valued individuals — they’re just terrified of being sued. This may explain why HR departments are often empowered to focus solely on mitigating the risk of bad apples. And employees can tell: A survey by Globoforce found that 47% of employees don’t believe their […]

[ Resolve to Lead Differently ]

January 10th, 2017

At this time of year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, break bad habits or to develop better relationships. These are important changes to be sure, but with one third (or more) of our time invested at the office, what about resolving to be a better leader? As Baby […]

[ Honoring a “Strategic Leader” Award Recipient ]

January 3rd, 2017

HPWP Consulting honors Kathy Rowley, General Counsel & Chief Human Resources Officer at Research Now. She was presented the award for “Strategic Leader” and honored at a luncheon of HR professionals in Dallas, TX. Kathy has been an innovator in creating and implementing Research Now’s positive work culture throughout its global operations. She has effectively used the HPWP […]

[ If Employees Don’t Trust You, It’s Up to You ]

January 2nd, 2017

Three years ago, 37% of CEOs were concerned about a lack of trust in businesses, according to the PwC Annual Global CEO survey. Across industries, that number has climbed to 55%. A high level of trust between managers and employees defines the best workplaces and drives overall company performance and revenue. As Stephen M. R. Covey writes in The Speed […]

[ So Their Resumes Rock, Are They Also Good Fits? ]

December 27th, 2016

When Barnes & Noble announced it was parting ways with CEO Rob Boire, he’d been on the job for less than a year. The company spent millions of dollars to settle claims, after declaring Boire “wasn’t a good fit.” If the hiring team had connected the dots earlier, that big headache could have been avoided. […]

[ How to Get Good Quality Workers When You’re Hiring in Large Numbers ]

October 20th, 2016

When you’re increasing production or expanding your facilities and have to staff a lot of people at once, why not take the opportunity to hire the absolute best? The U.S. economy has been growing slowly but steadily since the recession of 2008, fueling investments in new construction. If you’re one of those moving to expand or […]

[ 2,000 Alumni Leaders Trained! ]

October 4th, 2016

HPWP Consulting LLC, a leading driver of organization culture change, is celebrating the 2,000th participant in our signature High Performance Leadership Workshop! Training the 2,000th leader took place during the High Performance Leadership Workshop held at the Knight Transportation corporate headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. The packed class of leaders were challenged to use non-traditional culture change […]

[ Neanderthal HR Policies: Why Are Businesses Living in the Dark Ages? ]

September 24th, 2016

Does that sound harsh? The truth is that Neanderthal HR policies can turn even the best companies into environments where not even cavemen or cavewomen would feel comfortable working. In my experience, about 95 percent of employees at all levels take their company’s best interests to heart and want to contribute to its success. Too […]

[ Stave Off Low Morale: 5 Retention Factors To Keep Great Employees From Quitting ]

July 11th, 2016

Nearly 450 passengers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport missed their flights recently, thanks to never-ending security lines, and slept on cots overnight. For a private-sector business, this would have spelled ultimate disaster. A recent analysis concluded that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suffers from high employee attrition. No doubt the cause is its widely reported […]

[ Judging by Their Treatment, Machines Are More Important Than People ]

June 20th, 2016

During the 30 years my consulting agency has worked with organizations to create high-performance work cultures, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that isn’t confined to the field of engineering, manufacturing, or any other particular industry; it holds true in factories, offices, and other modern workplaces. While the details may vary, the overall situation is the […]

[ Basic Human Values that Empower High-Performance Workplaces ]

March 23rd, 2016

Although business leaders try to boost performance by enforcing rules, their efforts lead, ironically, to disengagement and apathy, and an estimated 70% of employees in the United States remain miserable in their jobs. The issue lies in employee morale. To create an inspired, high-performing workforce, leaders should promote five basic human values: positive assumptions, trust, inclusion, challenge, and […]

[ Want To Empower Employees? Take A Vacation ]

March 2nd, 2016

As a small business executive, you’re working harder than ever to compete with larger organizations, keep your margins high, and maximize your productivity. With more than 50 percent of the working population employed by small businesses, it’s no wonder you’re working so hard. Countless studies, common sense, and your mother agree that taking a well-deserved […]

[ Want a Great Workplace? Don’t Use These Hiring Practices! ]

December 30th, 2015

The pressure to fill openings can lead to some desperate decisions – like opening the door to anyone who can fog a mirror. But now is not the time to lower your hiring standards; now is the time to raise them. Stop the cycle of turnover and sinking moral by using innovative methods to raise standards, […]

[ Hire Better: 3 Little Known Hiring Practices That Reduce Turnover ]

December 8th, 2015

According to the Center for American Progress, replacing one employee can cost a company more than 21 percent of the employee’s annual salary, on average. Other estimates assert the cost can climb to 400 percent of that salary, depending on the position and level of experience. While those numbers may be shocking, we’ve known for years that […]

[ If You Want A Great Workforce, Don’t Use These 5 Traditional Hiring Practices ]

December 8th, 2015

Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple famously said, “The secret to my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Hiring the best people in the world is an exceptionally high standard that many companies aspire to reach. But how can you expect to hire […]

[ Are You Really Engaging Your People? ]

October 12th, 2015

People Crave Involvement One characteristic of a highly performing workplace is a culture in which employees are very engaged, involved and empowered. The basic premise is that people should be involved in every decision that affects them. In fact, various business research books have studied the topic at length and have concluded that most people […]

[ What’s Possible at Work? ]

September 20th, 2015

I read Barry Schwartz’s recent article, “Why We’re So Unhappy With Work — And How to Fix It,” with great interest. His conclusions, grounded in solid research and sage reflection, make it one of the best summaries I have ever read on the current state of the workplace. In its landmark 2013 survey, Gallup reported […]

[ Four Ways to Tackle High Turnover ]

September 14th, 2015

Every organization wants a productive team, but when flawed hiring processes lead to the wrong people being hired, high turnover follows — and comes at a high cost. A study by the Center for American Progress reported that the median costs of replacing an employee are estimated at more than 21 percent of the employee’s […]

[ 4 Ways to Establish Trust and Improve Your Bottom Line ]

September 2nd, 2015

In football games, fans often consider themselves the 12th man. In other words, they believe that they have the potential to influence the outcome of the game for their team. For small businesses, trust is the 12th man. Employee trust in company leaders can significantly influence the game by allowing small businesses to successfully compete against much […]

[ The 4 Myths of Employee Turnover ]

August 30th, 2015

Leaders of organizations suffering from a high turnover rate sometimes don’t understand the role that company culture plays. If your company culture invests in a hiring process that guarantees team members with strong character, talent, and ability, then the rate of turnover can be very low — even in the single digits. But if your company […]

[ If Hiring Is Our Top Priority, Why Do We Keep Messing It Up? ]

August 21st, 2015

“Tell me about yourself.” “What is your greatest weakness?” “If you were me, why would you hire you?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. Chances are you’ve either answered or (yikes!) asked these worthless interview questions at some point in your career. Let’s face it — most […]

[ Video: People Are the Difference – The HPWP Philosophy ]

August 7th, 2015

There is only one thing that differentiates you from your competition.  It’s not your equipment, your software, or even your processes.  It’s your people – they are the key to your success. In our video, HPWP Consulting challenges you to look at your people with new eyes. Realize their untapped potential and transform productivity at […]

[ Are You Ready for Summer… Policies? ]

July 16th, 2015

Ah, summer. Are you ready for picnics, warm weather and a slower pace? And have you read the new dress code policy from Human Resources? “Now that summer weather is upon us, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our summer dress code. Please be advised that the following are not allowed […]

[ Want High Performance? Make Sure You Treat Your Employees Like Adults ]

July 16th, 2015

You would never frisk family members for silverware after Thanksgiving dinner, but this is essentially how many employers treat their employees. Bag checks, security lines, stringent dress codes — pretty much any policy you would find in a public high school is sure to demean and demotivate workers. On the other hand, Netflix attributes its […]

[ Liberating the Walking Dead at Work ]

May 28th, 2015

A focus on tasks causes employees to feel expendable and not respected for their contributions. It zaps employee morale and kills your business by creating drone employees who do just what’s asked, who don’t innovate or show up with passion. Employees react by checking their brain at the door, waiting for orders, and doing the […]