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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
They're Real People

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Your Own Engagement

We’ve had a cool piece of career navigation technology locked in the lab here for a couple years while we calibrated it and shined the brass. I couldn’t be more amped up to share it with you now.

Perhaps you’ve already found your way over to the links that get you to the New Rules index and you have your report. If not, the link is at the bottom of this page.

With that report and all the secrets I’m about to spill in this post, you’ll have more information about where you are relative to others’ experiences at work, more of a guide on how to chart your course at your job, than any research team (so far as I’m aware) has shared broadly with the public. … Read More

“Get Me Out of This Bucket!”

There’s a trap waiting behind traditional employee engagement surveys.

The moment the worker hits “Submit,” she’s destined to be dropped into a bucket. She’ll be stereotyped. Her motivations will be assumed. She may be vilified. If she lands in the wrong bucket, she could be targeted for firing.

All because she answered honestly to the survey, and the people behind the survey or at her company misused the information.

It’s time to stop pouring people into buckets. If the practice continues, more and more employees will lie on the surveys, as they should in those situations, and most employee surveys will become a waste of time and money. … Read More

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