Johnny Carson was the host of the television game show Who Do You Trust? in 1957. To play, couples were separated, and the husbands were given a category of the question they were to answer next. They had to either answer it or “trust” their wives to answer it. Ironically, that show aired during the quiz show scandal era, when it was discovered that the popular game show The $64,000 Question had scripted the loss of a contestant to allow a more popular contestant to win. The whistleblower? The losing player.
Boasting great barbecue, legendary sports teams, and a booming job market, Dallas-Fort Worth is experiencing explosive growth—with no sign of slowing down. That’s great news for companies in this booming metropolitan area, especially the “cool” companies. These are the organizations that appreciate their employees and recognize and reward outstanding performance with the benefits and perks that make workers feel valued. As the HR professionals at cool companies know, employees who feel valued are more motivated, more productive, more loyal and flat out happier with their jobs than those just in it for a paycheck. In short, corporate coolness rules. So if you’re ready for your company to claim a seat at the cool table, take a lesson from the top 10 coolest companies to work for in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Imagine a jumbo jetliner, filled with passengers, crashing. Now imagine that horrific event happening every day. The loss of life would be too much to bear and people would quickly and decisively rally to put strict measures in place to prevent this from ever happening again.
Our recent webinar featured Dr. Trent Kaufman, who is the Executive Vice President and Partner of the Cicero Group, a national market research and strategy consulting firm. During the event, Dr. Kaufman revealed the results of a global, cross-generational research that shows years of service award programs fulfill a critical role in company culture and employee engagement. Below are highlights from the webinar.
Dr. Trent Kaufman traveled the world trying to find an answer to the question: “What is the value of recognition programs that honor employees’ years of service?” It’s a question many of us want to know the answer to. Eleven countries and nearly a year of research later, three key findings were revealed.
Tracing back to the 1500’s, this now common saying is suspected to refer to a trick or scam that would happen in the marketplace. Apparently, back then, farmers would sell livestock, such as piglets, to customers in a bag. However, even back then, there were shysters. A smooth-talking salesman would slip a cat in the bag, which had no monetary value and quickly leave the vicinity. When the customer opened the bag, the jig was up, and the cat was out.
It’s no surprise that some of our top clients are in healthcare. We work with leaders who believe in and see the results of appreciating great work. Leaders who care for their people, so they in turn can provide the highest levels of patient care. Whether you’re a healthcare organization or not, you can see impressive results by following these proven recognition best practices. Why proven? Many of our clients that have created engaged cultures are in the top percentile in Press Ganey’s national database, have high HCAHPS scores, and even faster response to call lights. Try these best practices yourself and see the difference it makes in your organization.
The light was pouring into my bedroom when my phone rang. It was 8:30 am and it was my midwife. I’d left the hospital at 5:00 am, sent home for the third time with this baby who just wouldn’t come. I had experienced contractions for more than a month, my body working to expel that baby, and the baby working just as hard to stay put.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” –John F. Kennedy
“What does it take to be successful?” This question was posed during a keynote at the Great Place to Work Conference delivered by Deborah Dunsire, M.D., CEO and President of Millennium Pharmaceuticals: The Takeda Oncology Company. For Dunsire and Millennium, the right people, uncompromising integrity, a vision of what might be, and a purpose of “We aspire to cure cancer” is what continues to drive the culture forward into success.