Conversation with Dr. Ron Goetzel: Culture of Wellbeing

Last week, I sat down for a discussion with Dr. Ron Goetzel – a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a VP of Consulting and Applied Research at Truven Health Analytics. Dr. Goetzel is a nationally-recognized expert in the fields of health and productivity management and outcomes research.

Three lessons learned in creating recognition programs that HURT employee engagement

Recognition programs are a powerful way to reinforce the behaviors that are important to an organization. I have seen first-hand how recognizing someone can have a tremendously positive impact on engaging employees; on the flip side, I have seen recognition result in disengaged employees as well.

Culture of “Growth Mindset” is a precursor to employee engagement

A few weeks ago, I created (and started contributing to) this blog. Blogging has been on my mind for several years, yet I struggled to start. I had different excuses – “I’m busy”; “It’s not a priority yet” – but my real worries were that I knew I struggled to write succinctly, and I stressed that

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Company perks are good, especially when they reinforce your culture

Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz’s book, titled: “The Hard Thing about Hard Things”, resonated with the business community. While I would recommend his book and agree wholeheartedly with much of his advice (on honesty being more important than positivity and tips on the “right way” to let someone go), the book included a section on how

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How the Next Jump dance battle is practice ground for leadership development

One of my happiest moments at Next Jump was when our Boston office hoisted the winning trophy for the 2012 Holiday Party Dance Battle.  Our holiday party at Next Jump is held once a year in February, and we bring together all employees from four offices for the event.  It’s an amazing perk of being a

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