Inspired Work Services Logo

Showing Post from: Employee Engagement

This Political Scandal Called “Work”​

By David Harder on the October, 15, 2018

Earlier this week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for making a claim that Donald Trump created 700,000 jobs while Barack Obama only created 195,000 new positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Trump created 708,000 jobs, Obama created 3 Million positions.   What is so outlandish about the numbers is […]

What if the Turmoil Isn't Political?

What if the Turmoil Isn’t Political?

By David Harder on the September, 7, 2018

If ever there was a time when America was at risk, it is right here and right now.   However, I am not pointing a finger at politics.   I am suggesting that underemployment is creating the kind of turmoil that sets the stage for the politics at hand.   […]


A Whole New Game to Solve Underemployment

By David Harder on the September, 3, 2018

Those of us who work or employ others are swimming through larger and larger waves of change. But, many are losing faith they will play valuable roles in the future or progress economically.   This past year, I came to the conclusion that much of the turmoil rolling through our […]

Why Brick & Morter Retailers Are Joining the Boneyard

Why Brick & Morter Retailers Are Joining the Boneyard

By David Harder on the August, 22, 2018

#Americans have a great thirst for buying large quantities of things at the cheapest price possible.   This thirst has led many consumers to lower their standards of the “customer experience” and far too many CEOs are buying into that notion, setting a low bar with disengaged workers, shoddy check-out […]

Why Is The Average Tenure of Trader Joe's Cashiers 19 Years

Why Is The Average Tenure of Trader Joe’s Cashiers 19 Years?

By David Harder on the August, 14, 2018

The employee engagement issues tend to be on full display in the grocery industry.   Customer and employee engagement is directly impacted by CEOs who go for the lowest prices or premium buying experiences, but rarely both. But there is a big problem with the commodity-driven and mediocre store experiences. […]

surfing spectacular

7 Questions Every CEO Needs To Answer About Talent

By David Harder on the July, 27, 2018

I wrote The Workplace Engagement Solution with a commitment to define a practical and actionable response to disengagement. It’s a big deal. According to Gallup’s last global survey about 87% of the world’s workers are disengaged. In our country, billions of productivity per day are removed from our economy because so many […]

surfing spectacular

Engagement. Mid-Management’s Final Frontier!

By David Harder on the July, 26, 2018

Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.   Warren Bennis   In a recent Harvard Business School study, mid-managers emerged as the most disengaged of all workers. This isn’t a big surprise. Mid-managers are overworked, undervalued and are the most at-risk employees during lay-offs.   […]

surfing spectacular

Why is Your Employer Brand More Important Than Your Consumer Brand?

By David Harder on the July, 18, 2018

Who would you rather work for? United Airlines or Southwest Airlines? Google or Yahoo? Vons/Safeway or Trader Joe’s? Odds are high that you have identified the better employer with each example simply through word-of-mouth or direct customer experience. Or, you might be seriously interested in working for one of these organizations so […]

surfing spectacular

One Innovation That Will Change Entire Categories of Work

By David Harder on the July, 12, 2018

Picture this. You’ve wanted a new BMW convertible for quite some time. You get a promotion and a bonus. Your first thought is to order your brand new car.   So you go to BMW’s website and build the car online with all of the options, “Individual” paint and leather […]


Underemployment – The New American Way of Life?

By David Harder on the July, 2, 2018

In a recent survey, 48% of Americans characterized themselves as underemployed.   Underemployment is holding three jobs to make ends meet. And yes, that father is an insurance worker by week and an Elvis for pool parties.   Underemployment is having a masters degree and serving coffee to make the […]