As we've touched on several times in this blog, the 2012 Gallup survey on employee engagement revealed extremely discouraging statistics, including that only 30% of U.S. workers feel engaged at their jobs. The economic fall-out from the actively disengaged is estimated to cost between $450 billion and $500 billion in lost productivity each year . Mark Craemer offers some cures to this huge problem, writing that "increasing employee engagement is not a one-off intervention through an annual team building off-site, but instead is a continual process of healthy workplace policies and behaviors." Craemer continues that increased engagement will not only boost the bottom line, but it also helps attract and retain top talent whose engagement makes the company an overall better place to work.
We never know what questions will come up during a job interview. It seems that no matter how well the interview is going, there's always a moment when we wish that a question was never asked or that our answer to it was better. Pauline Millard provided some advice on what to do when four particularly uncomfortable questions are asked. The questions, ranging from asking why there's a gap in your resume to whether or not your married and have kids, are inappropriate but can be deflected in a way that doesn't hurt your chances of getting the job. This piece is a great read for anyone who is looking to get back into the workforce or have had a recent family change.