illumyx Culture Spotlight

The Flawed Business Approach to Conflict Management

Posted by Melissa Borowicz on Apr 21, 2017 4:57:09 PM

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  — Mark Twain

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Topics: conflict in the workplace, leadership, conflict management

Workplace Awareness: Social Contracts

Posted by Ken Utech on Apr 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

As a licensed family and marriage therapist and business consultant, rapport is crucial.  It allows you to connect and dive into conflicts that may be holding people and businesses back.  However, this is an ability that takes time to develop — yet alone utilize effectively towards driving change.

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Topics: conflict in the workplace, workplace culture, implementing change in the workplace, leadership development, team development, social contracts in the workplace

Retaining is Gaining: Why Organizations Need to Address Employee Retention Issues

Posted by Melissa Borowicz on Mar 31, 2017 11:16:32 AM

Let’s face it — good employees are hard to come by, and in many cases, harder to retain.  In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, tenured has decreased since 2014.  Some of these reasons are due to inflexibility at work, lack of growth opportunities, better pay elsewhere, or employees disliking their bosses, says Harvard Business Review.  In concordance with this, Paychex conducted a survey that breaks down the top 15 reasons as to why people leave.

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Topics: building company culture, motivate your employees, improve employee experience, employee retention

Limiting Your Leadership Potential

Posted by Ken Utech on Mar 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

My father had worked at the same company for 40 years.  He was so dedicated, that he invested everything he had into the company.  When he later died of a heart condition, my family and I were penniless because the company my father loved so much had gone bankrupt, leaving my mother without his pension.  It was at that point that I developed the belief that I couldn’t trust authority.  I was not going to blindly follow someone else, but rather, take charge and be in control of my own life.

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Topics: leadership development, conflict management, common probelms within organizations, limiting beliefs

The Biggest Mistake in eNPS Benchmarking

Posted by Stephen Utech on Mar 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) can be used to predict the productivity of your company. Studies have shown that a higher eNPS leads to better customer experiences, and thus, creates an increase in growth. The idea behind this is that when people enjoy the work they are doing, they are more focused on their tasks versus doing things like gossiping about coworkers or discussing workplace conflicts. Because of this, they are able to work more effectively and efficiently, which gives customers a better experience and encourages them to return. With an increase in Net Promoter Score (NPS), a measure of customer loyalty and enthusiasm, a company is predicted to profit.

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Topics: employee net promoter score, how to measure corporate culture, Biggest benchmarking mistakes, cultural analytics, corporate culture, understanding corporate culture, benchmarking data

4 Stages of Culture Integration

Posted by Melissa Borowicz on Mar 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Change is scary. Whether you’re moving to a new area, starting a new job, or simply taking on more responsibilities. Just like people, companies experience change in a similar way. The only difference is that companies hold a heavier burden because so many lives are affected by a single decision.

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Topics: implementing change in the workplace, How change happens in the workplace, merger and acquisition, change curve, stages of culture integration, Culture Integration

The Inefficiency of Dishonesty in Business

Posted by Melissa Borowicz on Feb 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

People are inherently inefficient. In fact, our inefficiency sparks our desire to find a better way. Take travel for instance. To be able to travel faster, someone invented wheels, and then horse drawn carriages, bicycles, and cars. The birds in the sky compel us to fly and see the world. History would tell us that when we see something we can’t do, it compels us to find a way.

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Topics: workplace culture, what is holding employees back, corporate culture, dishonesty in the workplace, being honest at work, common probelms within organizations

The Corporate Lifecycle:  The Business of Growing Up

Posted by Stephen Utech on Feb 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

“The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”  - Alan Watts


Death has this unique ability to awaken something within us—whether you want to call it our souls, dormant selves, raw human instincts, or simply fear.  Perhaps it’s because Death is the ultimate proof that nothing lasts forever.  That things can and will forever be changing.  But what sets us apart is how we handle our fears.  Do we accept our fates and allow Death to consume us, or do we take this as an opportunity to create life?

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Topics: company culture, Acquisition, Merger, company, business, Corporate lifecycle

Being a Meaning Maker

Posted by The Utech Group on Jan 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Culture plays a huge role in the success of an organization.  One of the most important aspects of a company's culture is that it has the ability to motivate employees and give them meaning. 

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Topics: culture, company culture, employee engagement, Illumyx, company, business, improve employee enagement, how to increase employee morale, cultural analytics platform, meaning maker

A Dose of Anxiety

Posted by Melissa Borowicz on Jan 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Imagine what would happen if you were locked in your office without your phone or email.  You are not able to do anything for the day, other than sit in your office and relax.  How would this make you feel?  Will you utilize that time to relax, or does your mind race with thoughts of everything that could go wrong?  

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Topics: culture, company culture, employee morale, leader, fear, leadership, leadership development, leadership styles, work addiction

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