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How passionate, inspired employees raise job performance

There’s a new book which I suggest should be required reading for every employee. It talks about purpose, inspiration, and commitment to one’s work. It’s called “Shine at Work” and it’s written by author and teacher Diane Ingram. The concept of a workforce bringing more of their energy to initiate, create, and innovate assures a boost in everyone’s overall performance. Ask anyone about their job passion level. How they answer you says a lot about how they get up in the morning and start their day.

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CFOs Finding some security during times of uncertainty.

There is a lot we can learn by observing behavior and human nature. Depending on our level of apprehension or fear about the future, we decide what initiatives to cut and what to save. Having the responsibility of being your organization's financial captain, the pressure is on you to always have the right answers. I don't speak as one myself but as someone who has worked with CFO's in the hospital and manufacturing industries. I have observed, first hand, the knee jerk reaction by some CFOs to cut back when the economic news looks bleak. They instantly focus on streamlining rather than growth. No criticism on this. You must look realistically at your organization's state of financial affairs. Some CFO's have confided that when the economic landscape doesn't look so great, they consider a roll of the dice before choosing a path on an issue. During these uncertain times, its natural to be somewhat tentative about where and in whom to invest company resources. No doubt every organization has its unique challenges and workplace culture. The factors that go into a CFO's dollar allocation decisions are numerous. The good news is that more and more financial leaders are turning to their employees as a valuable resource. Investing in this valuable asset can boost value and profits. Lets take a look at today's economy and how investing in your workforce can offer big returns.

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Why listening to employee ideas will boost growth and profits.

San Mateo Times September 15th 1955 page 2:  "Ray A. Hammerstrom, a roller at the Pittsburgh factory of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, had an idea worth 15,000 dollars. Events leading up to his happy dream began in the summer of 1953 when a new 10-inch bar mill was installed at the works. The switch that controlled the delivery of the straight bars to the cooling bed were not functioning. Company engineers couldn't find a solution. Hammerstrom made some rough sketches for a new design with no success. That was until one afternoon when he took a cat nap. His visionary catnap revealed the solution and won him a check for 15,000 dollars, the largest award the firm ever made to an employee for an idea."

Fact is, whatever amount Jones and Laughlin paid out to Hammerstrom, the return they received for his idea was infinitely higher. Jones and Laughlin knew they would be paid back in spades. But, in spite of the huge benefits implementing employee ideas, few organizations invite their input. History is replete with examples where new products, innovations and ways to improve the organization began with an employee idea.

Consider why it makes big time sense to encourage and reward employee ideas. How can it improve workforce engagement and product innovation? Why is listening to employee ideas a smart management practice?

Bringing in the collective wisdom for the greater good is wise because it promises to produce great ideas and increased benefits for your entire organization.

Here are some examples and what you can do to boost your profits with employee ideas.

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"Implement employee incentives? Are you kidding? In this economy?"

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