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Employee Engagement & Retention: Connecting with and Keeping Star Talent

Creating a Positive Company Culture

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Creating a Positive Company CultureCompany culture is a hot topic right now as companies such as Facebook and Google are creating office spaces that promote collaboration, comfort, and an overall cool office vibe. Companies are competing to have the best, most appealing company culture to attract new talent and set them apart from their competitors. Employees are also considering culture as much as salary when accepting a new position. Creating a positive company culture is no longer optional. While ping pong tables, kegs, and napping pods are appealing, there’s much more to a great culture.

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Role Playing: Riding the Ginormous Elephant in the Training Room

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Riding the elephantRole playing has been used as a sales training tool for a many years, yet the expectation of having to role play with others still strikes immediate fear into the hearts of many. Trainers see it as an opportunity for employees to practice their new skills and knowledge in a safe place, but trainees see themselves in danger of suffering the severest injury that can be inflicted – embarrassment in front of their peers.

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Working at a “Push Button” Community Can Impede Employee Potential

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Every apartment community has a personality. In fact, if you were to divide up all of the apartment communities in your company portfolio, it is likely that each one would fall into one of the following three categories:

1. Hell on Wheels: A difficult, demanding, back-breaking, problematic community.

2. Easy-Going: An average, occasional challenge, mostly pleasant community.

3. Push Button: A simple, no sweat, uncomplicated, “daily vacation” community. Read More

Identifying and Nurturing High-Potential Employees

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When we mistake a high-performing employee for a high-potential one we are making a costly error in management and are risking the loss of real talent. Yet, we are all guilty at some point of doing this because it’s an easy mistake to make. We look out into our ocean of employees and can quickly spot those ‘high profile’ high-performers who stand out in the crowd. Then there are the high-potential employees who are often left on their own and forgotten. You know the type. They are hired, trained (maybe), and given attention when it is convenient, but they are often low maintenance so they fall under the radar. But don’t be mistaken – low maintenance does not equal low potential, as these professionals are often simply doing their jobs and going unnoticed. Read More

Straight Talk About Gen Y from a Generation Y Apartment Manager

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A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog post, “Solving Gen Y’s Passion Problem. I would encourage you to take the time to read the blog in its entirety. But in a nutshell, it maintains that Generation Y demand a lot from their work life right away and are frequently disappointed in the reality not matching their expectations, resulting in a “passion problem” in the workplace.

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Retaining the Internal Customer: The Science of Employee Engagement

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While many executives agree that keeping the customer happy is the key to increased profitability, few pinpoint their employees as their most important customer. The customer base most focused on is typically the revenue generating one. However, considering cause and effect, the internal customer (the employee) should be on at least equal footing with the external customer. While “traditional” customers write the checks, employees provide the horsepower that cause these checks to be written. They are closely linked.

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