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Raising a Child with HR on the Brain, Amy Dillman

    So, another school year begins and the battle for homework happiness begins. My son, the fourth grader, doesn't want any. I, the mom, want it done quickly yet correctly. It's not that he struggles with his scholastic abilities; it's thankfully, quite the opposite. He's smart, or so I've been assured by the Illinois education system's standardized testing. But homework is a nightly tug-of-war, complete with pouty bottom lips and threats of early bedtimes (though I'm not sure who is responsible for which). The problem lies in the execution. It's either completed in haste so that he can move on the bigger and better things - like playing ball or getting 'skilled' on the Xbox - or he's bored by the work and shows a geniune lack of interest in the languages, sciences, math, etc. Or both, or all of the above.

    That got me thinking. How may employees are, in the essence of my fourth grader, under-motivated? In a rush for a better project? Lack enthusiam or pride in their work? Or are bored by the absence of challenging work? A lot, if you read the statistics. But here's the bigger question. If you as an employer know this problem exists, what are you doing to fix it? Are you finding ways to engage them? Are you letting them rise to their full potential? Are you creating challenging work and an inviting work culture in which to be their best? Are you doing anything to keep them from scanning for other job opportunities? Wait, that was more than one bigger question. Well, you get the idea.

    My son is stuck with fourth grade and will just have to find a way to mudle through like every other elementary student. Your employees have other options. Now, do you have some homework to do?

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