WorkTraits Insight & Perspectives

Personal Engagement: The Role of Happiness

Personal Engagement: The Role of Happiness

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. The role of happiness in personal engagement has become a hot topic for research in the last several years. Recently, Harvard University Graduate students launched an app to track your happiness (trackyourhappiness.org). Books such as Well Being, from the well known author of Strengths Finder 2.0, […]

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Personal Engagement & WorkTraits

Personal Engagement & WorkTraits

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. A recent Gallup Poll discovered that 70% of U.S. workers were disengaged with their jobs… Meaning, each person in some way didn’t want to be at his or her job, felt they were a poor fit for their role, or were not committed to the success […]

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Identifying & Mitigating Stress #1

Identifying & Mitigating Stress #1

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Stress is important. In fact, if we didn’t have small amounts of daily stress we would lack motivation and drive. What paralyzes employees however, is stress that appears endless. Often this type of stress is brought on by job requirements that are a poor fit for […]

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WorkTraits: Identity and Conflict Resolution Pt. 2

WorkTraits: Identity and Conflict Resolution Pt. 2

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. As you can imagine, emotions became inflamed and in some instances paralyzed the manager. When emotions were at their worst, the manager and owner would argue in front of customers. Morale was low for the rest of the staff and the owner was at  loss for […]

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WorkTraits: Identity and Conflict Resolution Pt. 1

WorkTraits: Identity and Conflict Resolution Pt. 1

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Resolving identity conflict is a relatively simple process. However, it takes time and requires self-examination (something most people don’t want to do). There are 3 steps to resolving this type of conflict. First, ask yourself how the person with whom you are in conflict is keeping […]

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Does your #WorkSpace show your #WorkTraits?

Does your #WorkSpace show your #WorkTraits?

We want to see your work space!   Do you have only the most essential items on hand?  Are pictures and toys strewn around to make it fun?  Does it have personal items, like a family photo?  Is everything organized, and kept neatly in its place? Show us! We’re willing […]

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WorkTraits Insight: Identity and Conflict Awareness

WorkTraits Insight: Identity and Conflict Awareness

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. One of the most common causes of workplace conflict stems from harming a co-workers identity. Identity is made of three elements: 1) Who the person is told he or she is (this usually comes from a job description, a title, or what a supervisor has told […]

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WorkTraits & When It’s Time To Change

WorkTraits & When It’s Time To Change

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. I’m often surprised by how stuck people feel with their life and work. So afraid to make a change, so embedded with the status quo. Imagine how surprised I was when it hit me that I was stuck, too! I was using my time and resources […]

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Communication: Past and Present (Part 1)

Communication: Past and Present (Part 1)

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. 20 years ago, before the internet and ubiquitous smart phones and social media, David Wells wrote about what modernity had done to the American consciousness in his book, No Place For Truth: “[modernity] has also brought a world of despair and complexity that few fully understand. In […]

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Servant Leadership Characteristics: Trackers

Servant Leadership Characteristics: Trackers

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. The president of the seminary where I used to teach would often tell leaders that they must “march to a mission,” meaning that if you are going to lead you should know where you’re going and why you’re going there. A mission has a dual purpose, […]

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