Would the Lottery Change your Life?

What would you do if you won the Mega Millions? I’m sure we can all think of countless things we would purchase, charities we would donate to, or investments we'd make. But, would you quit your job if you won $10 million? I came across a recent article by Gallup. Survey says that ‘engaged workers,’...read more

The Customer Conversation: Setting the Stage for Effective Engagement

Increasingly, there is a lot of talk by experts about the need to collaborate with employees and customers; to have a conversation that leads to mutual benefit.  And these stakeholders want to talk, make no mistake about it. What they don't want to do, however, is to answer long lists of questions...read more

When Twitter Customer Support Goes Too Far

This last weekend I was moving the final things from the house we're selling into a storage unit. We rented a van to help us move so we didn't have to make a ton of trips back and forth. When picking up the van, the woman behind the counter was extremely rude to the person in front of us. It came...read more

Collecting Employee Feedback that Matters: How Are You Doing?

According to a recent study by AON Hewitt & Mercer, 50% of employees characterize themselves as passively engaged or actively disengaged. Additionally, one disengaged employee can drain $10,000 from your company’s bottom line annually. These statistics are alarming! And because of this, HR...read more

Heard It On The X(tab)

There are a few go to techniques that we use for survey data analysis. The primary tool used for analyzing survey data is the crosstab. There are fancier multivariate techniques, and those have their place, but for everyday use the crosstab is the preferred method for analyzing nominal and ordinal...read more

5 Most Hated Customer Service Sayings

Dealing with customer service representatives, particularly those stationed on phones in call centers, can be a frustrating experience. I always picture an episode of the television show Friends, where Phoebe takes a job as a call center operator selling toner. She's given a huge binder of scripts...read more

The Secret to Buying Employee Happiness

Money can't buy happiness, or so we've been told. Michael Norton calls the bluff in this TED Talk saying if you believe this, you're spending wrong. If you don't have time right now to watch this video, I'll give you the secret to buying happiness: Be Prosocial. Spend the money on someone else. It...read more

National Survey Supports Workplace Levity

The workplace can seem like such a serious place, and sometimes it should be. Research from fall 2011 that was conducted for Accountemps found that nearly 60 percent of chief financial officers thought that having a sense of humor helped an employee fit in with the companies' culture. That's right,...read more

Employee and Customer Satisfaction Correlation

Is customer satisfaction strictly a function of the product or service the consumer purchased? The short answer is no. Is it solely dependent upon the context of the purchase situation? Again, no. From the depth of customer satisfaction research we can glean that customer satisfaction is a...read more

Tracking Trends with Annual Studies

It is that time of year where the major annual project for my employer is about to be released to the masses. This annual study focuses on skills, training, and certification in the IT space, although this year questions were included for non-technical professionals. It is decidely a B2B marketing...read more
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