Linda Dulye and Valued Client Team Up to Deliver 2014 Conference Board Presentation

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Linda Dulye and valued client, Lauren Bedell of Avenues New York, team up at The Conference Board's 2014 Strategic Human Resources Communication Workshop to deliver an informative, one-of-a-kind presentation, "Engagement Strategies that Bring Out the Best—in Employees and Workplace Communication," inspired by the Action Planning Program project completed during the summer of 2014. 

Do you look to the front-line to solve some of the biggest workplace challenges?

At Avenues New York, cross-department communication had hit some big potholes. But rather than mine solutions at top levels, senior leaders put decision-making into the hands of a diverse employee-lead Action Team. Trained in disciplined problem solving and equipped with hard data, these front-line staff members developed improvement plans that are now taking action. This session introduced attendees to the Action Planning process and showed how:

1. Senior leaders learned to let go and empower employees 
2. Employees quickly united as a productive team 
3. Meaningful problem solving occurred in an expedient and efficient way
4. Accountability and progress were tracked and reported regularly

To learn more about Dulye & Co.'s Action Planning Programs and how to bring out the best in your employees, contact Bev Pierce at Dulye & Co., bpierce@dulye.com or 708-788-6204. 

Job Shopping? Six Tips for Building a Strong Network

Building a strong network should be a work-day constant.

New opportunities can arise anywhere and anytime─in a lunch line, on the train home or when placing your morning latte order. 

Dulye & Co. president and founder Linda Dulye teams up with a networking guru to offer six practical tips in her latest Fox Business Column for making great people connections.

 

5 Tips to Overcome the Post-Vacation Blues

 
Summer vacations and long weekends are a good thing. They offer important downtime for staff to recharge and refocus. But the shift from beach cabana to office cubicle is often a struggle. 
 
Here are 5 ways to help team members quickly shed post-vacation blues and get back in the groove of work: 

Don’t Be a Jerk: 6 Ways to Be a Better Boss

At one time or another, all of us have probably worked for someone who was less than an ideal boss. Maybe they were brilliant at their technical job, but had zero people skills. Or maybe they were just a jerk.

Whatever the reason, having or being a bad boss is terrible for business. Studies by my firm and other consultancies have shown that a lack of leadership can lead to low morale, a huge drop in productivity, frequent turnover – and that’s just the beginning. It’s also bad for employees’ mental and physical health. I’m talking about workplace depression, stress and even a spike in blood pressure.

So how do you know if you’re on the path to becoming one of those managers that makes people cringe? Click here to find out.

Conquering the Workplace, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Networking is not about how many connections you have on social media, or sending an email. Using technology is easier and faster, but there’s nothing like that personal connection of sitting across from someone over a coffee.  

Take it from Eddie Walter, who upon graduating last Spring made it his goal to connect with as many people as possible at his new employer, JP Morgan Chase,“Doors and opportunities open when people get to know you, and that can’t happen through a few lines of email,” says Eddie during an interview with Dulye & Co. President Linda Dulye. 

Since then, Eddie has had over 200 cups of coffee with employees across the organization.

Become a networking superstar like Eddie using his 6-step strategy in 
Linda's latest SpectatorFree Blog featured on Fox Business

Linda Dulye Featured Keynote Speaker at Public Relations Society of America

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Earlier this year, President and Founder, Linda Dulye, participated at the PRSA Connect 14 Conference in Chicago, May 20-21, 2014, as a featured key note speaker. This was her first time presenting on a PRSA platform on, "7 Success Tips for Helping Managers Communicate and Connect." 

Research by consulting trailblazer Dulye & Co. identifies managers as the ultimate magnet for employee engagement in organizations large and small. The interaction between a manager and his or her team members has a profound impact on morale and productivity.

Linda Dulye provided a winning game plan to help Communication professionals bring out the best in managers in their workplace.

Drawing from her firm’s heralded Spectator-Free Workplace™ Training Program, Linda revealed proven, practical, portable tools that will enable and equip managers to motivate and engage employees, and earn the respect of others.

Linda’s toolkit of 7 success tips featured interactive exercises, relevant case studies and simple models for coaching managers to sharpen their communication skills and facilitate great teamwork.

Attendees learned concrete approaches for raising the bar on talent and teamwork by helping managers to:

  • Understand their role of key communicator
  • Activate direct feedback using two-way communication practices
  • Give substance, not sugar coating, to even the toughest messages
  • Unlock employees’ ideas with questions that demonstrate interest
  • Recognize others in low-cost, high-impact ways
  • Measure effectiveness without complex employee surveys
  • Demonstrate accountability through actions that build credibility and inspire others.

To learn more about Linda Dulye’s speaking topics and how to book her for your company or conference event, please contact Bev Pierce at Dulye & Co., bpierce@dulye.com or 708-788-6204. 

3 STEPS TO REVERSING A TURNOVER TREND

By: Ashley Devick | Feb. 26, 2014 | NFIB.com
Featuring: Linda Dulye, Founder, Dulye & Co.

Employee turnover can be beneficial when it means new hires are bringing fresh ideas to a small business. But when a business resembles a revolving door and turnover becomes an epidemic, it’s downright scary—and expensive.

The cost factors are numerous, from lost productivity to reduced efficiency from the spread-thin workforce that remains at the organization.

“Managing turnover and really managing your talent—and especially your best employees—is something that any employer, including small business, can take proactive actions on,” says Linda Dulye, the founder and president of Dulye & Co., a workplace engagement consultancy in New York.

1. Speak up.

According to Dulye, lack of communication, particularly with a direct manager, and involvement in decision-making are major factors that drive an employee’s decision to leave. Workers tend to feel a sense of loyalty to a business if they feel informed about its performance and involved in daily operations. Increasing the number of cross-team conversations, brainstorming sessions and regular meetings about the performance of the company can help make people feel a part of the team.

2. Learn from those who are leaving.

If poor communication isn’t the problem, small business owners must figure out why people are leaving. “You really need to uncover some root causes,” Dulye says.

Frightened of burning a bridge, exiting employees may feel uncomfortable being fully honest with the small business owner. Instead, Dulye suggests small business owners have trusted employees conduct exit interviews and relay the information to you.

Or, bring in a human resources consultant to conduct the interviews and have that person follow up with people who have already left. It allows for more honest answers.

3. Hire the right people.

If a company is facing a high turnover rate, it could be the result of poor hiring practices. To find the right employees, Claudia St. John of Affinity HR Group in Cazenovia, N.Y., suggests adding behavioral interviews to your hiring process.

For example, if exit interviews reveal employees are leaving because of the high-stress nature of the available position, behavioral questions such as “Describe a time on any job in which you were faced with stresses which tested your coping skills. What did you do?” can give clues to how a candidate will respond.   

Staff Turnover: 4 Tips to Ready You for a NEW Reality of the 2014 Workplace

How ready are you to address or possibly avert the challenge of staff turnover? Four tips to help you lead and learn.

Opportunity Tops Gift List for Your Best Employees

By Linda Dulye, president & founder, Dulye & Co.
December 17, 2013

What’s the best gift for your top talent?

No, it’s not a hefty gift card or Super Bowl tickets.

The gift of a challenge goes farther than anything you can tie with a bow. A new, on-the-job opportunity, that stretches the thinking and actions of a staff member, sends a clear message from you of trust, confidence and true caring.

You Don't Need a BIG Holiday Party to Show Appreciation

Planning an office holiday party? Here are 5 practical tips for holiday merrymaking with meaning—that won't break the company budget!