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6 Ways Managers Can Be Better at Recognizing Team Accomplishments

Do employee rewards programs really make a difference to a company’s overall health? Or are they just touchy-feely HR initiatives that are nice to have but don’t do much to truly improve employee satisfaction or reduce turnover? Let’s start with three facts that you may already know—or could perhaps guess from your own corporate experience: The vast majority of employees (91%) rank management’s recognition of their job performance as important or very important. An employee’s relationship with his direct manager often has the biggest impact on his job satisfaction. Employee turnover is expensive, from 50% to 200% of an employee’s annual salary. The proof... Read More

Project Management Success: Ownership, Transparency, and Accountability

We recently reached out to 40 top Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) professionals and asked them the following question: “Please share a remarkable leadership secret that had a major impact on an enterprise project you have managed. Please tell the story and the results that you achieved.” Today we highlight the response of Tony Toglia, Director, Project Management Office at Rideout Health. My story goes back 18 months, when my team and I kicked off an implementation for a full-blown enterprise-level healthcare system. The project involved multipoint integration and drastic changes to current business practices. There were significant risks and... Read More

Three Ways Work Management Can Re-engage Your Employees

Ashley Pretnik
Ashley Pretnik

You know your employees are important. How to engage them, however, might be a mystery. Where this really gets scary is in the direct connection between employee engagement and bottom-line metrics like productivity and ROI. Imagine your organization is made up of ten people. Out of those ten, how many do you think are actively engaged and productive? According to a recent Gallup study, only three are actively engaged, five are just along for the ride, and even worse, two are actively disengaged. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion and $550 billion each year in... Read More

Project Leaders and the Challenge of Visibility: Part Two

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

In our last installment, we talked about the visibility challenges today’s project managers and leaders feel. Like the person who is “It” during a game of Marco Polo, they’re often operating blind, trying desperately to manage complex, highly matrixed releases without being able to see all the pieces and parts. It’s a tough gig, no doubt. And if you’re facing these challenges day-in and day-out, we hope it was cathartic to know that someone understands your pain! But relating isn’t enough. The real problem is that this endless routine can leave you feeling: • Reactive and tactical, because your job is to... Read More

Is It Time to Clean Out Your Marketing Tool Shed?

Does your marketing department suffer from what we like to call, "marketing tool whiplash?" Marketing teams often use so many different marketing tools to manage their work and time (many teams use more than 10!) that they get whiplash from having to switch back and forth between tools so often. Does this sound familiar? If so, maybe it's time to clean out your marketing tool shed. Your marketing tool shed is bursting at the seams Your data is a mess and it’s time to take care of it. Some of it is stored in marketing tools like Excel spreadsheets, some in Google docs,... Read More

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