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Today’s guest is Dr. Bob Nelson who is an expert on the subject of employee recognition and engagement. He is the author of several books, but today we hone in on the topic of making work fun and his most recent publication Work Made Fun Gets Done: Easy Ways to Boost Energy, Morale, and Results. This topic is badly needed right now during the “great resignation” which Dr. Nelson discusses in this interview.
Morale is incredibly important in talent retention and in attracting new talent. While it is so crucial, it is also lacking in many workspaces. Why is that? In this episode, Dr. Nelson gives many real examples from his book as well as from organizations he has worked with personally. The best part about this concept is that it is based on science. So take a step back, loosen up, and bring fun to the workplace.
What We Talked About in This Episode:
- Bob’s Background and Impressive Experience
- Taking Employee Morale Seriously
- Dr. Nelson’s Most Recent Book
- Retaining Current Talent Before Hiring More
- The Benefits of Remote Work
- Bob’s Use of Real Examples in His Books
- Bringing Out the Best in the Team
- You Can’t Legislate Fun
- The Differences Internationally
- Generational Differences
- Being Open to Other People’s Ideas of Fun
- Fun as a Core Value
- Dr. Nelson’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals
About Our Guest:
Bob Nelson, Ph.D. is president of Nelson Motivation, Inc. and the world’s leading authority on Employee Recognition and Engagement. He has published over 30 books that have sold over 5 million copies that have been translated into over 30 languages. He has presented on six continents and worked with thousands of organizations including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a Senior Fellow for The Conference Board, a Top Thought Leader for The Best Practices Institute, and has been named a Leading Global Employee Engagement Influencer by EE Awards, and a Top Five Management Guru by Global Gurus. He received an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and a PhD in management education
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