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Leadership in Normal 2.0

  Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Roger Herman

Naughty or Nice?

Employees who are delighted---or disgusted---with their employers now have a way to express themselves. Happy workers can nominate their employer for recognition as an Employer of Choice® at Disgruntled workers can nominate their employers to be placed on the Corporate Suicide Watch list at

These opportunities for employees to voice their feelings about their employers are made possible by The Herman Group, a firm of workforce consultants and forecasters based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roger Herman, Chief Executive Officer of the firm, explains that "There's a love-hate relationship between employees and employers. They need each other, but don't necessarily like that situation."

"When leaders do a great job," Herman says, "employees are thrilled to come to work and strive energetically and enthusiastically to do a great job. Morale is high, customers are awed, and employee retention is strong. These employers are most attractive to top talent."

On the other hand, there are corporate executives who do a less-than-adequate job of taking care of their people. Their employees believe their leaders are selfishly putting their own interests ahead of the needs of their employees.

"Given today's sensitivity, maltreatment of the workforce can be suicidal," asserts Herman. "Employers who lose valued employees will have difficulty replacing them with comparable talent, placing their companies at grave risk. When we're facing an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers, this is not the time to be taking people for granted. Without competent workers, organizations can not survive for long."

The relationships that senior executives have with their employees will influence the survivability and the strength of their organizations in years to come. Their performance now will affect the valuation of their companies in the future.

The Herman Group is a firm of consulting futurists concentrating on workforce and workplace trends and their implications. Emphasis is placed on employee selection and retention as critical strategies. Included in the firm are researchers, professional speakers, authors, and consultants. The Herman Group is based in Greensboro, NC, with affiliates in Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Port Louis, Mauritius. Contact Joyce Gioia-Herman at 336-210-3548 or e-mail:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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