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The Art of Workforce Science: Creating Better, More Engaged Employees

michael_housmanI’m really excited to talk to my guest today, Michael Housman. He’s the chief analytics officer at Cornerstone, but he describes himself as a workforce scientist. His webpage is called Decoding the Workforce, and he has devoted his career to studying what makes people engaged at work, what keeps them there longer and what allows them to reach their full potential. So I’m really looking forward to talking with Michael about all of that.

In this interview, Michael and I discuss:

  • Employee engagement
  • The surprising impact of wages in employee retention
  • What makes a good supervisor
  • Toxic employees and their effect on co-workers
  • How browser choices and social media habits predict on-the-job performance

(Scroll down for more in-depth podcast notes.)

Listen to my interview with Michael Housman:

0:01:53: The two Michaels discuss employee engagement and why it matters.

0:06:50: Michael Housman touches on the surprising impact of wages on employee retention.

0:08:44: They explore what makes a great supervisor, which leads to a discussion about toxic employees.

0:14:43: The two Michaels elaborate on findings about toxic employees and the effect they have on their co-workers.

0:20:35: Michael Bungay Stanier asks the other Michael to offer clues into how to identify people who are more productive rather than less productive. Michael Housman provides some interesting insights relating to browser choices and social media habits.

0:25:46: Michael Housman directs listeners to and to learn more about his work.

2 Responses to The Art of Workforce Science: Creating Better, More Engaged Employees

  • Debbie Liles

    Hi, I’ve tried playing this podcast, and I’m only able to hear the first 24 seconds. Help!

    • acr

      Hi Debbie,

      I was wondering if you could try refreshing your browser or listening in a different browser and see if that works. Also, you may want to listen to it via iTunes, as it is listed in Great Work Podcasts. Hope that helps!

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