Articles tagged 'Engagement'

Classic TLNT

8 Ways to Help Make Your Office Meetings More Tolerable

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, economist.

As we can all attest, business meetings often waste valuable productive time and tend to last far longer than they should.

But until we learn to communicate telepathically, they will remain a necessary evil — not just as a means of exchanging ideas and information — but also as a way to build relationships with others.

That doesn’t mean we have to like them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Skilled Employees? Maybe You Need the Tour of Duty Approach

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When you think about the employer-employee dynamic, the old career path is dead, and the balance of power has really shifted toward the people who have critical skills.

Open up a major business publication any day of the week, and you’ll find employers talking about how hard it is to find employees with specific skills.

In a Harvard Business Review article and new book, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman advocates a new employer-employee compact that addresses this problem. Hoffman and his co-authors suggest hiring employees for “tours of duty” lasting two to four years.

The strategy misses some important nuances. Read more…

Talent Management

The Magnificent Seven Ways Executives Can Improve Engagement

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Research on the ROI of employee engagement has proven time and again that organizations that create an engaging environment perform better than their competitors.

Results show that engaged companies:

  • Experience a 19.2 percent growth in operating income (over a 12-month period);
  • Grow profits as much as three times more than their competitors; Read more…
Culture, Talent Management

Want to Better Your Business? Take a Few Lessons From Baseball

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Although characteristics found in almost any sport can be compared to business (great coaching, teamwork, cooperation, refuse-to-lose attitude, etc), business is most like baseball.

As we watch the San Francisco Giants battle it out with the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 World Series title, we are reminded that winning in baseball and succeeding in business requires talent, a good manager, great coaches, and leadership.

In baseball, the teams that generally make it to the playoffs are those that combine the best managers, coaching and player talent, opportunities, and front office leadership. In business, similar combinations result in success. Any one or even two of the aforementioned elements is not enough.

It’s the combination of all of them that spells success. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

The Art of Perseverance: Why “True Grit” Is Key to Successful Workforce

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When you hear words like “grit,” “determination” and “self-control,” what emotion does that conjure up in you? I’d be willing to guess that emotion wouldn’t be “positivity.”

And yet, the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania is where MacArthur Foundation “genius” award winner Angela Lee Duckworth leads the research into how just those attributes of “grit” translate into greater success than talent or IQ. Read more…

Talent Management

Are Your Employee Engagement Efforts Getting Outdated?

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Leaders who step back and consider their employee engagement and outreach efforts for a moment may realize that they have lost the thread.

If employees are looking for new roles or considering leaving — and today, many are doing just that  – calling them “engaged” seems foolhardy. Instead of pouring more resources into the assessment metrics that are already in place, it could be better to simply change strategies at a base level.

It’s not too late to switch tactics, and every moment that a business pushes forward with a system that is failing to reach the modern workforce, the danger of losing those employees becomes more immediate. Read more…

Culture

Transforming Culture Is Simple: All It Takes Is Changing People

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In a survey of top leaders by Booz and Company last year, 84 percent said culture was critical to success, and yet the majority admitted their culture was in need of a major overhaul.

So, how do you transform a culture to meet your company’s needs today? How can you get employees or teams to behave the way you need them to execute your strategies and enhance your performance as well as your employee engagement and the customer experience?

How do you get the innovation and agility you need in fast-changing markets? How do you get the cross-organizational collaboration that makes one plus one equal three? Read more…

Classic TLNT

A Close Look at What CEOs Really Think About Employee Engagement

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement?

Many of us have, and new research from the UK’s Ashridge Business School provides some answers.

The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it could do for their organizations. They view engagement as a strategic narrative (and ongoing dialogue) within their organizations that creates emotional connections and purpose for employees. Their view of the end result is a culture where people choose to give the very best of themselves at work. Read more…

Culture

Want a Culture of Appreciation at Work? It All Starts with You

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Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office?

Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?

What’s your personal reaction to this environment? How do you work within it or contribute to improving it? Do you see this as your responsibility? Read more…

HR Insights

It’s Sad But True: Don’t Expect to Get a Thank You in HR

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I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.

She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.

This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.

For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…