Named on 100 Best Companies to Work For

Employee Strategies is honored to be named one of ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ by Minnesota Business Magazine for 2014. Not only do we create great places to work, we are honored to be recognized as a great place to work. Now in its third year, the list honors Minnesota companies that set the standard for employee well-being.

The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness [...]

Leave Your Baggage Behind

Leave Your Baggage Behind is a piece featured on Intereum’s blog site, betterwaystowork.com. The article and video kicks off a beginning to a new relationship with Employee Strategies and Intereum.

Human behavior is complex. We work with individuals from all walks of life and spend hours upon hours trying to understand their behavior and how it relates to a leader, a purpose, and a workplace. Within our discipline of Organization Development, we, in effect, become like medical doctors of the workplace. While this simile falls apart the more you unravel it, it works to explain some basic premises of our work. Essentially, our clients present a problem and we work to address that problem or the root cause of the symptom that may exist a few layers below the surface.

A few years ago, we had a client that was moving across town. By outgrowing their existing space, it became necessary to find a bigger office. The move and the senior leader were met with some serious resistance. The leader couldn’t understand why. In his mind, he saw an expensive new office with more collaborative space, furniture that wasn’t forty years old, and closer proximity to some fun restaurants. The logic didn’t add up and he couldn’t understand why his team wasn’t excited about the move. So, he called us [...]

Clients named on Minnesota Business List

Minnesota Business magazine announced its second annual 100 Best Companies to Work For, saluting Minnesota organizations setting the standard for employee well-being.100BEST_LOGO Two of my clients from Employee Strategies services were announced on the list; SuperClean Brands and FISDAP. I am proud to be their employee experience provider. These companies represent how Employee Strategies creates great places to work.

Let’s hear what the clients have to say about Employee Strategies and the staff…

“Working with J. Forrest has been an absolute joy. His humor and personality makes everyone instantly like and trust him. He has helped us develop our workplace culture and competencies which has lead to a direct improvement in employee engagement and satisfaction. I would highly recommend J. to other organizations looking to make gains in these areas.” – FISDAP [...]

Ratings—Kids look, Dad Exceeds Expectations on Occasion!

As performance review season is thrust upon employees and managers this winter, the mumbling about our HR systems galvanizes our employees. If there is one thing most can agree upon, is that we really don’t like our performance review process. Based on my experience, one of the Top 10 Flaws with our performance review systems is the Rating.

In the United States, we grow up with grades. Those grades lead to lists….the A Honor Roll, the B Honor Roll and bumper stickers that say my kid is smarter than yours. Somewhere along the way, performance reviews in our organizations and businesses thought it would be a good idea to roll out ratings for their employees. Instead of A, B, C, D and F, we took our school-based 5 point rating scale and dressed it up. By the way, what happened to E?

Back to my point, at work:

A= Exceeds Expectations
B= Exceeds Expectations on Occasion
C=Meets Expectations
D=Below Expectations
F= Needs Improvement

Can you imagine thousands of employees riding home on their bus, train or car and running into their home with their awe-inspiring rating ready for a prominent spot on their fridge? Look kids, Dad Exceeds Expectations on Occasion! Perhaps an after-market of a bumper sticker series [...]