Level Up Leadership

Engaged Workforce and Employees
Cultivating an Engaged Workforce: Your Role as a Leader

Getting employees to be engaged in their work can feel a lot like herding cats if approached in the wrong way. Some executives make the mistake of putting the blame for disengagement on the employees. If they don’t give 110% at work and show loyalty to the company, they must just be lazy people who…

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employee disengagement
5 Top Causes of Employee Disengagement

In 2015, data from Gallup showed that 68% of US employees are unengaged at work, with 50% simply unengaged and another 17% actively disengaged.  However, recent findings from Gallup show that employee engagement is on the rise.  In fact, in March of 2018, Gallup released a new report indicating the percentage of engaged employees in…

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workplace conversations
Are You Having these Types of Conversations with Your Employees?

A study a few years back conducted by Harris Poll asked over six hundred managers how comfortable they were giving feedback to employees. Amazingly, 69% of the respondents said that they were uncomfortable communicating with their employees in general – not just while giving feedback. When it came to feedback or criticism that they didn’t…

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vcation guilt
Helping Your Employees Get over Their Vacation Guilt

The evidence is clear. Taking vacations is good for you. It’s good for your mental health, your physical health, your work performance, and the overall performance of the company. At this point, all of those benefits aren’t exactly a secret. So why do four out of ten Americans not use all of their vacation time…

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using vacation time
How Does Rest Improve Employee Productivity and Engagement?

Americans get fewer vacation days on average than many other countries, but even so, 55% of Americans did not use all of their vacation days in 2015. And amongst the people who did take vacation, 41% checked in on work while they were away. There are a lot of factors behind the American work ethic,…

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employee vacation time
Top 6 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time

Americans are notorious for not only having less vacation time than other countries but also not using all of the vacation time we do get. We have a tendency to worship work, and that can have some very negative consequences. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with loving your job and wanting to give…

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Diagnosing Development: Competence vs. Commitment

The Situational Leadership® II model has three core components – setting a SMART goal with your employee, diagnosing the development level of your employee with regard to the given goal, and applying the appropriate type of leadership for the person’s development level. Today, we’ll break down the two core factors that determine the development level…

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Helping Employees set SMART Goals

A core piece of the Situational Leadership® II model is helping employees set SMART goals. Without goal setting, employees often don’t know what is expected of them. Whether you incorporate goal setting into an annual review or meet with team members weekly to discuss pressing tasks (a habit we strongly recommend that you establish), a…

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