Tim Sanders's blog: Quality of Work Life
Promote wellness at work // 04.09.2009
I think that company wellness programs are MONEY.
They create healthier employees and reduce insurance claims. Many companies find that the few year return on investment is three or four to one!
They are also a source of innovation and and leadership at work. When ex-Sierra Club president Adam Warbach helped Wal-Mart teach store managers eco-sensibility -- he realized that wellness programs were the missing link. Wh... More »
Give your people sunshine // 11.17.2008
Here's an excerpt from my new book, Saving The World At Work:
Many employees spend their entire work life under artificial lights. This situation can affect their moods as well as their performance. A landmark 2003 study for the Environmental Protection Agency by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that natural light improves an employee's vision, function, and productivity, but... More »
Find a crummy job and do a makeover on it // 08.14.2008
I just had a chance to read about Patrick Lencioni's new business fable: The Three Signs Of A Miserable Job, and it got me thinking about how we need to be better designers of the work experience.
Too many companies have dozens of jobs that are thankless, never measured, highly repetitive and soul-sucking. Think about it, I bet if you walked around today for fifteen minutes with eyes-wide-open... More »
Good leaders don't wear out their people // 08.04.2008
When things don't turn out like we want, why must we berate or browbeat? When life is tough, why do we pick up the phone and give someone a hard time about it?
Here's a theory of mine: When it comes to leadership and your team, remember that your people are like a set of high performance tires. Your company and its future rides on them. When you wear them down to the last tread, the whole... More »
When I worked at Yahoo, I put my employee's vacation days into my calendar to remind me to leave them off threads or BCC/CCs. When there was an email that they would eventually need to see or be copied on (when they got back), I would part it in the draft folder, then send all of them the day they returned.
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