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3 Tips to Avoid Distractions at Work

May 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Michael Pfau posted in Engagement, Personal Growth

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We’ve all been there. You sit down to work on a project and your mind is thinking about a number of other things. It may be upcoming meetings, a difficult discussion you just had, or what you’ll be doing this weekend.

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3 Ways Workplaces Can Offer Coaching to Employees

May 15, 2018 7:56:57 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Coaching

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about coaching in the workplace. In the past, the term “coach” was applied to sports, then to performances like “voice coach” or “acting coach.” Most recently, coaching has entered the workplace—and indicators suggest coaching is here to stay.

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Busting 10 Myths of Professional Coaching

May 11, 2018 9:53:30 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Coaching, Personal Growth

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It used to be that sports coaches were the only kind of coaches around, but a new kind of coach is permeating life and work. Professional coaching is on the rise today. But that’s doesn’t mean people understand what coaching is all about.

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Podcast: Creating a Coaching Culture in Your Organization

Apr 30, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Coaching

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Creating a coaching culture within an organization can seem like an overwhelming task. In my role as Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., we're trying to do just that. 

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12 Critical Questions to Measure Employee Engagement

Apr 25, 2018 1:39:51 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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Employee engagement is a hot topic in organizations because of the value that engagement brings to everyone. At my workplace, we just completed our third engagement survey, which we do periodically.

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3 Keys for Boosting Employee Engagement

Mar 28, 2018 9:53:52 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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Last week I taught a leadership workshop to Human Resources (HR) professionals on keys for boosting employee engagement. There were various organizations represented from landscaping to higher education to temp agencies to transportation, but despite their differences, one thing was the same—they all wanted to increase employee engagement.

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A New Vision for the Workplace

Jan 20, 2018 7:35:52 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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Last week my wife drove to Massachusetts to attend the funeral of her friend, Tony. Colette and Tony became friends when they were 13. They lived in the same neighborhood in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is the town that the movie The Fighter took place.

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5 Questions for Managing Oneself

Nov 27, 2017 10:05:10 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Strengths, Coaching

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One day this summer, I drove to our family’s cabin with my daughter. The cabin is about 35 miles away. As we got engrossed in conversation, I looked in my rearview mirror and noticed a police car following close behind, so I pulled over. The officer informed me I had been speeding, and he handed me a ticket.

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6 Building Blocks of Employee Success

Nov 13, 2017 12:55:14 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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I stepped into a Human Resources role at EnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) in 2016. Since then, I’ve been interested in the subject of employee engagement. I’d read the statistics from Gallup that said only 33% of the American workforce was engaged, which meant 67% were in some way disengaged.

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10 Steps For Hiring The Right People

Oct 24, 2017 10:06:05 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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What does it cost your organization to replace an employee? According to the Society for Human Resource Management, replacing an employee can cost 6 to 9 months of the employee's salary. The numbers can go up depending on the specific role.

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