employee retention, engagement, and stress is about more than getting your ducks in a row.

Employee Retention: Employee Rewards Part 2

Employee retention is a hot topic for HR professionals.  Is your employee rewards program designed to retain and attract the best talent? My research on job stress and purpose-driven corporate culture revealed the second secret to great employee rewards: Purpose-driven organizations solve problems so people can perform at their highest potential. Thom Singer wrote a…

Great employee rewards must be a gift not a burden

Employee Rewards: The Secret Part 1

Employee rewards are intended to motivate people to perform desired behaviors. We want employees to be efficient and productive. We want teams to be innovative and creative. Ultimately, we want to support actions that increase the company’s bottom line. So why do so many employee reward programs fall flat? This week I’ve been preparing for a presentation on…

Does Working From Home Reduce Stress? Remote Workforce

As companies struggle to retain millennials and create more productive teams, the draw of a remote workforce is alluring. Not only does it decrease brick and mortar costs, but the theory is also that remote employees enjoy better work-life balance, less stress, and are likely to stay with the company. But is this true? Is…

How Does A Negative Work Environment Create Job Stress?

Does a crabby co-worker or an overly demanding boss increase stress? Absolutely. According to my job stress research, the environment at work is the 3rd leading cause of stress.  This makes sense for a couple of reasons: First, stress is contagious. Sitting next to a highly stressed person increases your stress.  A recent study indicates…

Chaos In My Home Office: Women’s Stress Management

How do you stay productive and manage stress when your office is in chaos? A home office has its challenges: Interruptions are frequent.  Work hours are fluid.  The line between work and home is blurred. Working next to a construction site… well, that is my life and work for the next eight weeks. How do…

What Is Missing In Your Employee Wellness Program?

Employee Wellness Program Challenges Recently Eliz keynoted the Biz Times Wellness Summit and facilitated roundtable discussions about “What’s Missing In Your Wellness Program” with HR professionals, CEOs, and wellness providers.  These discussions resulted in insights on challenges facing employers and best practices beneficial to anyone managing an employee wellness program. Employer Challenge: Overcome Stigma To…

Is Work Life Balance A Myth?

Initial Results From The Study On Job Stress We’ve all heard work life balance is the key to stress management, but is it true?  Our study on job stress shows some interesting results. Work life balance is based on a few assumptions: The binary push and pull relationship between work and home is the main…

UWM Women’s Leadership Conference

Today I have the great honor to be surrounded by 500 impressive women leaders in the Milwaukee area at a conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Did you know spending time with other amazing women can lower your stress and reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%?…