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Continued: St. Anthony: Low worker engagement is pulling everyone down

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 16, 2013 - 10:05 AM

Change can be glacial

“It takes three to five years to change an organization,” MacPherson said. “If senior leaders don’t communicate effectively, employees make up their own reality.”

An improving economy and pay raises can help. A new job is another option in a better economy.

We also can improve ourselves, our outlook and our performance.

Many folks say circumstances dictate our happiness. MacPherson, who once quit a decent job to move to Germany, play club basketball, learn the language and the culture, says human psychology holds that 10 percent of our happiness is dictated by circumstances, 40 percent by genetic makeup and 50 percent is personal choice.

We all know colleagues who never complain, who are collaborative and fun. And there’s the one who’s always whining and makes a rough day worse.

“Ultimately, you decide if you’re going to be happy on the job,” McPherson said. “It’s just easier if you work for a great organization and a great leader.”

 

Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144

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