A new concern has emerged, however, presumably due to the pandemic and working remotely. That concern is ennui, a feeling of weariness and discouragement. Even people who know theyâ€™re fortunate to remain healthy and working are experiencing these feelings. So, how can you overcome ennui?
How Will You Keep Your Top Talent?
Post-pandemic turnover has already begun. How are you going to keep your top talent?
Compensation plans are often the first retention tool employers consider and weâ€™re already seeing large firms raising salaries. Yes, competitive, fair salaries are critical to keeping an engaged, productive workforce, but they arenâ€™t enough. Research tells us that when people are paid within industry norms and earn enough to pay their bills, compensation is no longer their highest motivator.
Last June I wrote Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Dad. That prompted me to ask myself, Can I write about leadership lessons I learned from my Mom? I donâ€™t ever recall my mother in a leadership role, paid or volunteer, official or otherwise. But, she had characteristics that would be assets to any leader! Hereâ€™s a little bit about Momâ€™s story and her leadership qualities:
If a group of people have similar baseline IQs and similar educations, say a group of attorneys or CPAs, why are some successful and some wildly successful? Do the super successful ones have more IQ? No, that isnâ€™t the difference maker. According to Daniel Goleman and his fellow researchers, it isnâ€™t more IQ that makes some more successful, but more Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
I love different cultures and people of different cultures. It was either innate or I learned it at an early age. I moved several times growing up, including moving from a town to a farm, from a farm to a city, from Oregon to Hawaii to California and back to Oregon. In Hawaii I experienced being a minority in a predominantly Japanese high school. It was a positive experience.
My parents raised me to be tolerant, because that was the language of their day. As I grew, however, I understood that tolerance isnâ€™t enough, not nearly enough. I want to embrace differences. Not only racial, ethnic and gender differences, but also social and personal differences. Here are some of the ways Iâ€™ve honored diversity and individual uniqueness throughout my career:
Though I only recently began using the term, â€œaudit your time,â€ Iâ€™ve been encouraging my clients to do just that for several years. A few years ago, a CPA client told me it led to the biggest improvement sheâ€™d made to her practice in many years. Here are the steps I recommend: