Are You the Talk of the Table?

Thanksgiving is coming up and that means it’s time for the regular family gathering.  Like normal, the conversation will revolve around football and work.  When everyone starts talking about work it’s not to say, “Hey, the place I work is great.”  This employee retention speaker and employee retention author notes that when work comes up, it is usually about how screwed up organizations are or how bad someone’s boss is.  I love those discussions because it always makes for great blog material.  Think about it for a moment.  Are you the center of conversation as a boss?  If you think you may be, that should be a wake-up call because people rarely talk about wonderful bosses.  They talk about bad bosses.

We tend to be inherently negative as a society.  That’s the way it is.  The key is that you need to ask yourself if you want to be the center of conversation.  One of your “Thanksgiving resolutions” should be to take a good hard look at how you lead your people and how you are viewed by the people who work for you.  If you think you are viewed negatively, your instincts are probably correct.

75% of the people say the worst thing about their job is their boss.  People also tend to quit bosses and not companies.  If, as you read this, you feel you may be the talk of the table, it’s time to take my C.R.A.P.py Boss Questionnaire.  A C.R.A.P.py boss is the type of boss you want to be because they believe in Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise.  This questionnaire was designed over the years and then was refined by giving it to strong leaders who were clients or who were former bosses of mine that were great bosses.  It’s a high bar.  It’s designed like that.  If you want to be great, you have to work at it.

Being a C.R.A.P.py boss is one of the best retention tools you have at your disposal.  Stop moaning about what the organization does wrong and focus on what you can do right so that you are driving employee retention in your area.  My challenge to anyone who is reading this is to go to my website  www.jeffkortes.com  and download the C.R.A.P.py boss questions and take them as a “gut” check on how you stack up as a boss.  Look at yourself and start to work on the areas where you need work so that you are not the talk of the table this Thanksgiving.

Jeff Kortes

jeff@humanassetmgt.com

Jeff speaks and conducts workshops regularly in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana. He draws on his experiences as a human resources professional, father, coach, martial artist and U.S. Army veteran to provide thought-provoking programs that yield results.