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Feedback On Feedback

2021-03-10T21:33:35+00:00March 10, 2020|Articles, Featured, Skills for ESOP ownership|

“My negative feedback experience happened in high school basketball,” said a leadership coaching session participant. “Our best player got injured and the coach told us that we couldn’t win without her. My friend and I proved him right by deliberately fouling out in the game’s first five minutes.” Destructive criticism like this can lead to “foul outs” in the workplace, too. Most of us have had similar experiences where the wrong words at the wrong time disempowered, deflated and defeated us. Try these more constructive ways to deliver feedback that coaches, engages and empowers employees as ESOP owners to “stay in the game and win.” Click here to read the full article.

Don’t Let Your Lizard Brain Rule Retirement Planning

2021-03-10T21:33:49+00:00November 11, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Did you know our human brains have the same limbic system that dominates a lizard’s brain activity? Luckily, we also have other lobes that provide higher-level functions. The limbic system is the source of impulses like fight, flight, feeding, fear, freezing up, and falling in love. Certainly, it’s good to have these reactions when we need them, but our “lizard brains” aren’t well-suited for activities like retirement planning and understanding fluctuations in ESOP stock value. Click here to read the full article.

10 Ideas for Employee Ownership Month

2021-03-10T21:34:20+00:00August 19, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured|

If employee ownership is an important part of your culture, you’ll want to find ways other than the annual statement to bring awareness and focus to your unique ownership structure. Here are 10 ideas Workplace Development, Inc. (WDI) brings you from ESOP-owned businesses nationwide. Click here to read the full article.

Your Unique ESOP Rollout: It’s all in the Details

2019-08-19T18:59:37+00:00August 19, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, Featured, New ESOPs, Uncategorized|

Joe Motz, like many successful business founders, wanted everyone to benefit more directly from their daily efforts growing the company. “People receive wages and benefits for helping us succeed in the short run,” he commented. “The ESOP provides everyone with an equity stake, rewarding them for their efforts to grow our business in the long run.” Click here to read the full article.

Five Keys to Engaging Employees as Owners

2019-06-06T15:20:39+00:00June 6, 2019|Articles, Building Business Literacy, Communicating ESOP Benefits, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Because unlocking the door to greater employee engagement is critical to your ESOP’s success, here are five communication keys you turn to open it. 1) Answer the "why" to create an ownership foundation. There are many different types of ESOP companies, styles of leadership, methods of sharing information and tools for engaging employees. Bottom line: No matter the company, people want to know the “why." Why should I care? Why would I want to be engaged? Click here to read the full article.

ESOP Advocates Energize Ownership Culture

2019-06-06T15:15:20+00:00June 6, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured|

When a company transitions from being traditionally owned to employee-owned, it’s perfectly normal to run into some resistance, skepticism and confusion among employees at every level. And that can make it more of a challenge to develop an ownership culture and mindset. Hydraulic Controls, Inc., (HCI) encountered this very scenario after becoming a 100% ESOP in 2009. Through several subsequent acquisitions, HCI, headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., has now grown to 13 branch locations scattered across several western states. While corporate growth is a good thing, the executive team realized its employee-ownership culture wasn’t being tended to. Click here to read the full article.

Team Focus On “When Do I Get My ESOP Money?”

2019-04-08T00:56:52+00:00April 8, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured, New ESOPs, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

“If I retire, then the payments begin in the year after?” one ESOP Communication Committee member asks for clarification. “Tell me again, now, what's retirement age,” another member chimes in. Does this sound familiar? Is it a bad sign when the dominant theme of your interactions with participants or your ESOP committee is all about cashing out? When employee owners are spending energy thinking about their exit, they aren’t developing “ownership thinking” or focusing on actions that build value. How should you interpret it when people keep asking about cashing out? Click here to read the full article.

Ownerfest Builds ESOP Culture and Connection

2019-04-08T00:55:31+00:00April 8, 2019|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

If there’s one thing that captures the concept of employee ownership it’s connection. Connection to each other, both in day-to-day interactions and as people. Connection to the company, and the pride and responsibility. And onnection of one’s own individual efforts to the broader shared success of the company. How do you foster such connection? Click here to read the full article.

Explaining ESOP Stock Value in Volatile Times

2019-02-03T02:13:36+00:00February 3, 2019|Articles, Building Business Literacy, Communicating ESOP Benefits, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Anytime the public market goes on a roller coaster ride as it did in late 2018, it can cause quite a bit of uncertainty and anxiety for employees who are invested in stocks or equity funds as part of their 401(k) and other retirement accounts. So, naturally, your employees may be wondering how it all impacts their ESOP accounts.

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