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Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People

Widgets:The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People

Rodd Wagner

Summarized October 2015

Type: [SUMMARY]

SKU: 10152

ISBN: 0071847782

Price: $12.50

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When did it become okay to treat people as “human resources”? As “human capital”? Or -- as one staffing firm calls them -- “inventory”? In treating employees like widgets, leaders have fallen into destructive strategies while losing some of their humanity. Even so-called “employee engagement” initiatives have become check-the-box exercises that say many of the right things while doing too many of the wrong ones. This summary explains how you can use the 12 New Rules of Engagement to treat people the way they should be treated, and get the performance your organization deserves.

When did it become okay to treat people as “human resources”? As “human capital”? Or -- as one staffing firm calls them -- “inventory”?

It’s not right and it’s not smart, argues New York Times best-selling author Rodd Wagner in our summary of his new book, Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees as if They're Real People.

Wagner is a leading authority on employee engagement and serves as Vice President of Employee Engagement Strategy for BI Worldwide.

As he explains, in treating employees like widgets, leaders have fallen into destructive strategies while losing some of their humanity. Even so-called “employee engagement” initiatives have become check-the-box exercises that say many of the right things while doing too many of the wrong ones.

Seeing the failures of traditional employee engagement methods, the author and his team asked pointed and predictive questions of employees around the world. They drew from their experience and distilled what they were seeing at hundreds of international companies, many of which shared confidential data and plans with them. They questioned fundamental assumptions.

What emerged from the research was a set of imperatives for mending the unwritten social contract at work. This summary explains how you can use the 12 New Rules of Engagement to treat people the way they should be treated, and get the performance your organization deserves.

 

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