Inside Employees' Minds: An Introduction
I’m not happy at work. That is what more and more workers around the world are saying today. In fact, according to a new survey, between 28% and 56% of workers in 17 key countries around the world are seriously considering leaving their jobs at the present time, with younger workers even more likely to be considering an exit.
Compared to past years, employees are now less committed to their employers and less satisfied overall. There are multiple reasons for this shift, including income stagnation, and decreases in benefits. Broadly speaking, the social contract between employers and employees has been reshaped in recent years, and the perception that employees are getting a "raw deal" has been felt ever more acutely in the context of the economic downturn.
So how are employees reacting to these changes? Particularly if they’re a member of the Millennial generation, these workers will jump ship if they see a better opportunity. So how can employers re-engage their employees?
Inside Employees' Minds: Navigating the New Rules of Engagement is a new series on Big Think that corresponds with the release of the findings of Mercer’s What's Working™ survey. This global survey examined the work views of nearly 30,000 people in 17 countries. Inside Employees’ Minds asks leading business leaders, academics and behavioral psychologists to help our audience understand what motivates people to work, and how to bring back a sense of meaning to the work experience.
Contributors include John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management, and Jennifer Deal, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego, California.
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You can say 'no' to things, and you should. Do it like this.
- Give yourself permission to say "no" to things. Saying yes to everything is a fast way to burn out.
- Learn to say no in a way that keeps the door of opportunity open: No should never be a one-word answer. Say "No, but I could do this instead," or, "No, but let me connect you to someone who can help."
- If you really want to say yes but can't manage another commitment, try qualifiers like "yes, if," or "yes, after."
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
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