How to identify toxic employees in the workplace

How to identify toxic employees in the workplace

What is toxic behaviour and why does it matter? Nothing is more harmful to an organisation’s culture than toxic employees. Research shows that organisational culture is local, and the vast majority of an employee’s engagement and wellbeing comes from their...

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What is Well-Being?

What is Well-Being?

What is well-being and how does it matter to organisations?    Organisations all over the world are committed to creating high levels of well-being amongst their employees. In general this is for a combination of philanthropic and commercial reasons. It can...

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Leaders Need To Be Optimistic And Cheerful

Leaders Need To Be Optimistic And Cheerful

Here in Australia we have just heard the result of our Federal election. In opposition to the suggestion of most of the polls the current coalition government has been returned to power. Since this news has become known there has been substantial conjecture about what...

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What 360 Degree Feedback Can and Can’t Do

What 360 Degree Feedback Can and Can’t Do

Good performance development processes deal with the “What” of the job – outcomes which need to be delivered – as well as the “How” of the job – the behaviours we want to see. By definition the high quality employee is someone...

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What makes someone love their job?

What makes someone love their job?

When a person is engaged in their work they bring energy and commitment to it and become happily engrossed in what they are doing. They do better work and more of it and they have happier customers and colleagues. They love going to work – they look forward to...

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“Corporate Culture” is local

“Corporate Culture” is local

Engagement is a psychological characteristic which is well worth pursuing. When people are highly engaged they are more productive, happier, do better quality work and tend to remain with your organisation (eg Harter, Schmidt, Hayes, 2002). But what causes people to...

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Are you too detail minded to be a CEO?

Are you too detail minded to be a CEO?

Above is a diagram of the HEXACO or six factor model of personality, as discovered by Lee and Ashton in the early 2000’s. We have the personality records of many thousands of people who have completed the HEXACO, and I personally do many debriefs on the psychological...

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Women are markedly more tolerant than men

Women are markedly more tolerant than men

The graphic above is one of the findings of a major research study SACS undertook in partnership with the Scanlon Foundation, an NFP dedicated to advancement of the cause of inclusion.  We measured a range of characteristics of a very large sample of people (just...

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