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Autonomy as Psychologically Empowering

(Part III of V) Research studies support Maslow’s Theory that a team member’s autonomy orientation is positively related to his or her psychological empowerment. This autonomy is defined as a person’s “dispositional tendency ‘to be self-regulating’ and to orient toward the interest value of the environment and contextual supports for self-initiation” (Liu, et al, 2011, … Continue reading

Variety and Autonomy Towards Self-Actualization

(Part II of V) Under Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory, “human beings aspire to become self-actualizing” and are “motivated by the desire to achieve or maintain the various conditions upon which these (physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization) basic satisfactions rest and by certain more intellectual desires” (Ramlall, 2004, p. 191). Employees are wired to satisfy … Continue reading

Why It Is Important to Find Ways to Retain Employees

(Part I of V) It is undeniable that there are tremendous benefits stemming from tenured employees. Organizations must establish programs to retain employees. It is very expensive when employees leave. Aside from the direct and indirect costs associated with an employee turnover, the organization also suffers from brain drain or the knowledge that is lost … Continue reading

Old school way still works!

Old school way still works!

Costco’s business strategy has really not changed over a period of time.  I still enjoy their $1.50 hot dog/soda combo or their $1 churros.  They still work on mostly cash-only transactions and you have to bring your own bag or pick up one of those used boxes from bins around the store for your items. … Continue reading

So, Your Employee Posted That on Facebook…

So, Your Employee Posted That on Facebook…

When an employee posts on a social media platform his or her dissatisfaction at work without personally expressing this to you as a supervisor or manager, what would you do? I’m sure many companies have established policies on the use of social media, but how would you look at the situation? What is your understanding … Continue reading

Why You Should Diversify Your Team

Why You Should Diversify Your Team

To enhance team creativity, you must diversify your team. This is the secret. Teams with diverse background and perspective “outperform teams with homogeneous members on tasks requiring creative problem solving and innovation.”[1] The American Bar Association or ABA supports this idea. “For mundane, repetitive tasks, homogenous teams outperform heterogeneous teams; but for non-repetitive tasks, the … Continue reading