Articles tagged 'Engagement'

HR Insights, Leadership

It’s the Holidays! Don’t Make Employees Be Naughty Instead of Nice

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When I was a kid, we had a name for those other kids who were always causing trouble — instigators.

Confusion, noise, and conflict swirled around these rabble-rousers who, when they weren’t actively making bad stuff happen, were darn sure taking advantage of its presence.

Unfortunately, some of these provocateurs grew up and were eventually promoted into management.

Crap. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Today’s Most Important Strategy: Building a Culture of Agility

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What company in the world has not been going through sudden shifts from major, disruptive change?

Consumer technology companies, health care companies, automakers, and smart phone manufacturers are among industries whose very foundation is more like shifting quicksand. To survive and grow, and even regain competitive advantage, many companies are grappling with ways to transform their businesses in the face of radical change.

They are responding in many predictable and time-tested ways: Changing CEOs and leadership teams, shifting strategies, rolling out new product lines, amping up innovation, cutting costs and restructuring. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Three Engagement Trends to Plan Next Year’s Strategy By

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Since 2007, Modern Survey has been releasing the results of their annual State of Engagement survey each Fall, and since it’s pretty much the only large-scale engagement study released in Q4, it is extremely helpful in giving organizations an idea of workforce attitudes heading into the New Year.

This year’s report is no different, and identifies three (3) key trends that will be very helpful when planning your 2015 engagement strategy: Read more…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

Work Friendships: They Improve Productivity and Job Satisfaction

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Following on my post yesterday (What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated) about global employee research showing that “appreciation for my work” is the most important job aspect for employees, I wanted to share the findings of the Globoforce 2014 UK and Ireland Workforce Mood Tracker survey.

The findings are consistent with what we see in the U.S., with employees highly valuing relationships at work but feeling unsupported by the organization in building those relationships more deeply.

This year’s survey shows that organizations would benefit greatly from celebrating their employees’ dedication to the company, as well as the strong bonds people form while at work. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

HR Roundtable: What Do You Do With Ambiguous Leadership?

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Everyone clamors for fantastic leadership in their organizations.

Books, blogs, and conference sessions are dedicated to outstanding leadership. But, what happens when your leadership is ambiguous?

This is more common than people are willing to admit in today’s workplace. So, the December HR Roundtable in Cincinnati decided to take this topic on and started with these three questions: Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Even in Tough Times, Employees Deserve a Show of Appreciation

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Last Summer, I followed the Market Basket grocery store saga religiously. I was captivated by the story of non-unionized employees willing to risk their livelihood to keep their CEO. (Here are posts about the walkout and the outcome.)

After a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott, it’s fairly safe assumption the company took a pretty big financial hit. Employees were rightly concerned that years-long traditions around holiday bonuses might not materialize.

Then news broke last week that all associates would indeed receive their deserved bonuses. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Enforced Holiday Fun: A 100% Preventable Employee-Morale Issue

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit?

Here’s the deal: I have worked in lots of offices where some of the staff really got into holiday planning and making sure that everyone was involved in the festivities.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, but one of the problems that crops up during the holiday season time and time again is that all that holiday fun can get in the way of getting real, live work done. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

How to Strengthen Your Organization’s Brand

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The “Employer Brand” is, to put it simply, an organization’s reputation as an employer.

This brand is what people (employees, applicants, candidates, and the public) associate with the organization whether that be good, bad, or indifferent.

It encompasses culture, history, traditions and all the various touch-points of the employment experience. It includes employee onboarding practices and the office environment. It contains collaborative work efforts, employee benefit package, workplace flexibility practices, and the external reputation of organizational leaders.

For better or for worse, your brand includes it all. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

What Have You Done to Show Your Employees How Much You Care?

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You’re running late to work.

Maybe you’re going a tad bit too fast. You look up and — oh, no! — you see the flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

What goes through your mind at this moment? Does your stomach jump into your throat? Do you think, “Not now. I don’t have the time! I’m already late.” Or perhaps, “Not this time of year. The budget’s already tight for Christmas presents. I can’t pay a speeding ticket, too!Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Effect Do You Have on People? Are You a Net Positive or a Negative?

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At a recent event, I noticed the dramatic difference between an entrepreneur’s demeanor when he interacted with me, compared to moments later when he interacted with another person.

With me, Jack expressed enthusiasm and optimism for his start-up business (which, btw, I believe will be a game-changer for monetizing the social sharing of images on Pinterest and through other social media). As I asked him questions and listened intently, he eagerly shared new developments and spoke freely about his plans.

Then, a man who I’ll call Walter, came by and started to talk with Jack. Walter also knows Jack and knows that Jack’s business has tremendous potential. After shaking hands, he immediately asked Jack about his progress in a particular aspect of his business. Read more…