Is Your Financial Wellness Program Racist?

If you knew that you had the power to help eliminate some of the financial impacts of racism, what would you do? This is a question that employers must answer.  Nearly half of employers now offer financial wellness programs and 95% of organizations feel a sense of...

Why Wage-Focus is a Losing Strategy

As the Great Resignation and the War for Talent rage on, wages remain the primary focus of recruiters and organizations.  While it is worth celebrating that pay is increasing at its fastest pace in decades, the sad reality is that rising prices and our consumer...

The First Step in Employee Care

People are leaving organizations because they believe their employers do not care about them.  A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about a third of workers—down from nearly half less than a year prior—believe that their organization cares about their overall...

Start with Why: The #1 Reason Employees Are Stressed

Disengaged employees cost US companies an estimated $400 billion per year in lost productivity.  But why are people disengaged? There are lots of reasons.  Leadership, culture, and distractions all have a dramatic impact on engagement.  But the biggest reason people...

What If We Invested in Employees the Way We Invest in Marketing?

Market research, advertising (print, radio, digital, social, video), branding, pricing, promotions, consumer behavior, product management…there are a dizzying number of components to a company’s marketing strategy.  Billions are spent on studying consumer behavior,...

Reimagining HR: Get More for and from Your People

The War for Talent is in full bloom—CEOs are already saying it is their number one challenge.  There are more job openings than there are job-seekers.  Wages are rising, and companies are offering hiring incentives, even in businesses like fast food.  The Great...

Bezos Gets It: Amazon Becomes the World’s Largest Company Committed to Stakeholder Capitalism

It may have taken awhile, but on his way out the door Jeff Bezos has gotten it right. Amazon has a list of leadership principles, and just a few days before he stepped down as CEO, Mr. Bezos added two that fundamentally change the roles of leaders and the objectives...

Why Employers and Employees are Getting Less than Ever from their Pay

The value of compensation is not in numbers, but in the outcomes it creates. Fifty years ago, the median home price in the Denver area was about equal to annual household income.  A house today is over 5.1 times what its owners earn each year.  This is not just a...

3 Reasons Why Financial Wellness Is Not Working—And How to Fix It

As it becomes harder to attract, retain, and develop talent, many organizations attempt to design and implement enticing well-being programs.  Business leaders are now ranking financial wellness as the #1 priority. This is not a new problem.  In four short years—from...

The Forgotten Employer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Issue: Money

Employers around the world are grappling with how to create cultures that are more inclusive, or at least give the appearance of it.  Promotional practices, bias trainings, and board positions are all being scrutinized to meet diversity metrics and advance equity. But...

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