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Today’s Business Mandate: The Search for Authentic Leadership

Posted by Richard Jacobson on Jul 23, 2015 8:38:47 AM

There is a growing movement within the business world toward authentic leadership. Just what is this emerging new style of leadership and how can business leaders adopt it? 

As Margaret Resce Milkint, Jacobson’s managing partner, discussed in our latest edition of Compass, employees are looking for a new kind of business leader. Having experienced drastic labor cuts, dishonest business practices and more, there is a growing feeling of distrust in business leaders. Professionals are demanding trustworthy leaders who they can put their faith in. 

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Topics: Retention

Keep Your Employees Engaged as the Temperature Heats Up

Posted by Richard Jacobson on Jul 9, 2015 8:59:00 AM

The dog days of summer are here and with them come ice cream socials, trips to the beach, softball games, and backyard barbeques. As the weather heats up, many organizations are seeing their employee engagement drop. According to Captivate Network, the “lazy days of summer” often have a significantly negative impact on the workforce. Organizations report a 20 percent drop in productivity and a 15 percent increase in project turnaround times. In addition, there is an uptick in distracted workers by 45 percent and a drop in attendance by nearly 19 percent.

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Topics: Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, Retention

Can Work-At-Home Benefit Your Organization?

Posted by Richard Jacobson on Jun 22, 2015 10:08:00 AM

The work-at-home movement is taking off within the business world. Already, it is estimated that 30 million professionals in the U.S. are working from home at least once a week. According to a study by the Telework Research Network, that number is expected to increase by 63 percent in the next five years. While The Jacobson Group has had a few employees working from home for over a decade, we just officially launched a companywide telecommuting program.  

Jacobson has come face to face with some immediate growing pains after expanding far beyond what we originally anticipated when we signed the lease for our new Chicago headquarters a few years ago. While this is a good problem to have, the reality is that we are running out of desks for all of our exceptional employees and are implementing a work-at-home policy for qualified staff.  

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Topics: Retention

Love the One You’re With: Increasing Employee Engagement

Posted by Richard Jacobson on Feb 11, 2015 1:46:00 PM

Happy, engaged employees are the key to a successful workforce. The employees who love their jobs and their companies are the most productive, effective and loyal. The positive energy these professionals bring to the workplace not only helps to create a cheerful work environment, but also directly affect your organization’s bottom line, service-quality and employee retention.

What happens when the relationship between your organization and its employees fizzles? What can you do to bring back the spark?

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Topics: Retention

Generational Spotlight: Baby Boomers as the Workplace Leaders

Posted by Richard Jacobson on Dec 19, 2014 8:49:00 AM

This blog entry is part three in Jacobson’s Generational Spotlight Series, which provides a general overview of the generations active in the workforce. While we understand that these overviews may include broad stereotypes that do not apply to all members of that particular breakdown, we believe there is value in looking at today’s professionals from a generational perspective in order to gain a better understanding of their viewpoints. 

Conversationally known as “Boomers,” Baby Boomers are the largest generational cohort currently employed. With 66 million professionals, the Boomers comprise 44 percent of the U.S. workforce. While these experienced individuals hold most of the power and control within the workplace, retirements are on the horizon and many early boomers are already on the cusp of exiting the business world.

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Topics: Retention, Generational Spotlight