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Is Taking a Vacation Stressful for Your Employees?

Is Taking a Vacation Stressful for Your Employees?

Posted on August 12, 2022 by kozmun

Taking a vacation can be stressful for employees. As a manager, you can reduce that stress and make it easier for your employees to return rested.

Part of managing a team involves keeping track of everyone’s well-being. You can’t expect exceptional results in your business if your team is feeling overworked or unable to recharge. 

Taking a Vacation is Important

Taking time for yourself is important. Equally important is ensuring your team knows you support their right to take time off. Sometimes, employees get nervous about taking a vacation because they don’t want to appear lazy or disengaged. This can often lead to distractions and in turn, lower productivity. 

Tips to Try

Increase employee engagement and give a great impression:

·       Check in with your employees on a monthly or quarterly basis.

·       Make it clear that vacation time doesn’t need to be explained.

·       Offer to come up with a plan for coverage while they’re away.

Questions for leaders

1.     Do you think your current vacation policies need to be adjusted?

2.     How do you ensure your staff is taking the time they are entitled to?

Employee and Mobilize Engagement Program

Develop more strategies with our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program.

For more information and to register:

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. 

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National Employee Appreciation Day is today

National Employee Appreciation Day is Today!

Posted on March 4, 2022 by kozmun

We are happy to recognize that today, March 4th, is National Employee Appreciation Day.

We hope that you have been able to take action on some of the employee engagement ideas we have offered this past week.

Employee Engagement Impacts

Employee engagement impacts employee morale, productivity, innovation and problem solving and customer service. Any one of these can impact the business bottom line.

In fact, the lack of employee engagement is a billion dollar problem.

The Management Journal’s semi-annual Employee Engagement Index reports that 60% of employees are not engaged, and 15% are actively disengaged at work and only 25% are actively engaged.

The impact of employee engagement or rather disengagement is hitting businesses’ bottom line hard.

Cost of Unhappy Workers

According to Canada Human Resources Centre, unhappy workers cost the North American business economy over $350 billion per year in lost productivity.

A study conducted by  Queen’s School of Business and Gallup, found that disengaged workers logged 37% higher absenteeism, 18% lower productivity, 5% lower profitability, 49% more accidents and 60% more errors and defects than engaged employees.

So how much is this disengagement costing you and your organization? According to Forbes, the costs of a disengaged employee is equivalent to 34% of their annual salary, or $3,400 for every $10,000 of income.

If we applied this to the average Canadian salary of $55,800 a year, the costs of a single disengaged employee to the business is going to be $18,972 annually.

Employee and Mobilize Engagement Program

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

We are offering a program that focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on your leaders’ ability to engage.

For more information on our new Employee and Mobilize Engagement Program:

In the meantime, take this free Employee Engagement Self-Assessment for Instant Insights:

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Praise your employees easily, sincerely and often

Praise your employees easily, sincerely and often

Posted on March 3, 2022 by kozmun

Do you praise your employees easily, sincerely and often?

If not, you may be losing out on an opportunity to trigger a dopamine release which can then boost innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.

“Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.” – Tom Rath, author Strengthsfinder 2.0

Take Action

Catch someone doing something well and praise them promptly.

Tomorrow, Friday March 4th, is National Employee Appreciation Day. How will you appreciate your employees?

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

Increase your skills to more effectively engage your employees. Check our our spring program.

Potential Funding for Training

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Help employees understand how important their work is

Help employees understand how important their work is to business success

Posted Mar 2, 2022 by kozmun

“People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.”  – Pamela Stroko, Vice-President, Oracle Corporation

Do you help your employees understand how important their work is to the business success?

If not, you may be missing out on your employees’ best efforts. It is energizing to know when your natural abilities contribute to achieving a mission. This brings purpose to the work. Using natural abilities is the ‘zone of genius’ where employees excel!

Take Action

To help your employees thrive in their zone of genius, share how their talents and work contribute to the organization’s purpose and mission.

Check back for more tips to take action as we build towards National Employee Appreciation Day, Friday, March 4th

Increase your skills to more effectively engage your employees.

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Regularly recognize your employees’ performance

Regularly recognize your employees’ performance

Posted on March 1, 2022 by kozmun.

“If you don’t create a great, rewarding place for people to work, they won’t do great work.” – Ari Weinzweig 

Do you make it a practice to regularly recognize your employees’ performance?

If not, you may be missing out on supporting your employees to use their strengths towards their best performance.

Take Action

Take the time to personally get to know your employees so you know how they prefer to be acknowledged. Then acknowledge your employees often!

Check back here for another employee engagement tip to take action as we build towards the big day: National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 4th. 

Increase your skills to more effectively engage your employees.

Check out our Employee and Mobilize Engagement Program:

Potential Funding for Training

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the

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Current problem businesses need to resolve is employee disengagement

A significant and current problem businesses need to resolve is employee disengagement.

Posted on Feb 28, 2022 by kozmun

Research has found that employees are disengaged at work for 4 main reasons: 

  1. They don’t feel valued by their organization or their manager; 
  2. They don’t feel like they belong; 
  3. They don’t see opportunities for development, or 
  4. They don’t have strong work relationships.

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach and Kathleen Ozmun, Change Consultant, for our free live webinar called The Great Engagement:Three Powerful Practices. 

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar 

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Are you having more goodbye than welcome parties

Are you having more goodbye than welcome parties?

Posted on February 22, 2022 by kozmun

Statistics suggest 40% of employees will leave their current job in the next 3-6 months.

How will you engage your great staff to stay?

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach, for our free webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices. 

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT or  

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar 

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How do you currently engage your employees

How do you currently engage your employees?

Posted on February 17, 2022 by kozmun

If you’re not currently focused on engagement then how will you engage your employees in 2022?

If you’re not sure how to start, sign up for our free one-hour webinar and receive a copy of our 90 Day Blueprint to actively design your own great employee engagement program.

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Executive and Team Coach and Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach, for our free webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices. 

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT or  

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar 

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What are your employees running from

What are your employees running from?

Posted on February 16, 2022 by kozmun

“By not understanding what their employees are running from, and what they might gravitate to, company leaders are putting their very businesses at risk.” McKinsey & Company

  • Do you know what your employees are running from? 
  • What might they gravitate towards? 
  • Is your business at risk of losing employees? 

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach, for our free webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices. 

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT or  

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar 

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Employees are a company’s greatest asset

Employees are a Company’s Greatest Asset

Posted on February 15, 2022 by kozmun

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox

Research shows that only 25% of employees are actively engaged, leaving 75 % of employees less than fully engaged. 

How does your business compare? 

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach, for our free webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices. 

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT or  

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar