Elm Street Placements - July/August 2019

The Curse of the Ungrateful Employee

Why You’re Experiencing Churn Instead of Gratitude

PRIORITIZE RESPECT Respect is one of the top three things employees look for in the workplace. In fact, a 2012 survey of social workers

No matter how much someone loves their job, at the end of the day, most people come to work to get a paycheck. But providing steady income to your employees doesn’t mean they will automatically feel appreciated and stick around, and it shouldn’t! If you’re struggling with employee churn and an unhappy workplace, it’s time to look at how you can create a culture of gratitude. BE A LEADER If you want to cultivate a culture of gratitude, you need to lead the charge. This doesn’t have to be a big production; a quick, genuine “thank you” when you’re passing through the break room can go a long way. A study from the University of Pennsylvania found that when leaders expressed gratitude to their employees, those employees were 50% more successful. Plus, employees who feel appreciated tend to have a higher degree of job satisfaction, which is crucial for longevity. KEEP COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS CURRENT Offering good benefits shows employees you’re invested in their overall health and futures. If you find yourself losing good employees to your competition, it might be time to look at what they offer that you don’t. Are you paying employees a fair wage for their work — or better? Do the benefits go beyond the legally required minimum? Are they the kinds of benefits your employees actually want and need? Having a reputation for offering the best benefits in your area will attract quality employees and make your current employees feel valued, keeping them from seeking greener pastures.

found that a lack of respect is a large contributing factor of voluntary turnover. Paul Marciano, organizational psychologist and author of “Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work,” outlines a few critical ways managers can show respect.

• Equip employees with the tools they need to be successful. • Set clear expectations and hold employees accountable. • Practice thoughtfulness, empathy, and kindness. • Trust in your employees’ abilities — don’t micromanage. Employee happiness doesn’t have to come at the cost of company profit — just look at Salesforce! This global CRM leader was voted the No. 1 spot on Forbes “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2018. More often than not, happiness translates to overall success. Look around and see how you can start building a culture of gratitude and happiness at your own company.


Invisible Disability

In school, students with NVLD may read quickly or pick up on topics with ease, but they struggle to identify sarcasm

(nonverbal part of language), and fail to turn in homework on time because of poor executive functioning. These children may have low math scores, poor handwriting, limited social abilities, and difficulty performing executive functions.

This spring, Lucy Pritzker of Elm Street Placements and speech and language pathologist Deb Browne from the Brehm School presented at the Independent Educational Consultant Association’s biannual conference. Their presentation was ‘Nonverbal Learning Disability: A Forgotten Disorder. Identifying NVLD & Setting Up Success.’

Quantitatively, NVLD reveals a difference of 15 points or more in verbal IQ as opposed to visual spatial IQ in cognitive testing.

Below is a brief description of their presentation.

As mental health professionals and educators, it is vital that we continue to learn about nonverbal learning disorders. The sooner you, the child’s parents, and their school professionals are made aware of this diagnosis, the sooner the child can find specialized learning environments or therapies to help them thrive. Every child, regardless of their academic or emotional

Nonverbal learning disorders (NVLD) often go undiagnosed because there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the disorder and confusion around the constellation of symptoms. Additionally, NVLD is not in the DSM 5. People with NVLD are often thought to have behavioral issues. In reality, they are experiencing a disorder that affects how they understand and relate to the world. They struggle with the nonverbal components of language, such as body language, tone, facial recognition, and gestures.

challenges, deserves a chance to succeed. We would love to help your patients find these opportunities. To collaborate with our team of professionals, call 908-228-2212.



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