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Trick or Treat? The Scary Facts About Employee Engagement

Posted by Matt Banna

Oct 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM

It’s almost time for Halloween when all the ghosts and monsters come out of hiding to give folks a scare. Fortunately, it’s all in fun. But there is something that should be truly frightening to business leaders, and that’s research about employee engagement and motivation.

Gallup has measured the state of the workplace for more than twenty years. Their research digs deep into the motivating and demotivating factors for employees and sheds light on what leaders can do to create the conditions for attraction, retention, and engagement.

There’s definitely some good news in the data, but let’s start with the scary stuff.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

5 Pillars of an Effective Employee Engagement Strategy

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jul 17, 2019 12:42:47 PM

When we sit down with a prospective client, we find it is very important to understand the challenges the organization is facing and their long-term goals before we start talking about our solution. One of the themes that come up, again and again, is employee engagement, or lack thereof. What we often find is that leaders and managers implement all sorts of employee engagement activities, but they rarely have a well-crafted, cohesive plan for maximizing the human potential of their workforce. Our clients who have done it successfully have found five key elements that are essential to an effective approach.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition Software and the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Posted by Maggie Millard

Nov 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I love that Thanksgiving gives us all a reminder each year to be grateful for the people and things that we value in life. Some people gather with their loved ones, while others go out into the community to serve, remembering that no matter our hardships, we can always give someone else a hand. I think it is wonderful that we have set aside a national day of thanks.

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Topics: Employee Recognition

Pay People to Quit, and Other Employee Engagement Ideas from Zappos

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jul 24, 2015 1:30:22 PM

You’ve probably heard of Zappos, the online shoe retailer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Well, I call them a shoe retailer, but they would argue that they’re a customer service company that just happens to sell shoes. Whether you judge Zappos on the goods they provide or the culture of customer service that they spread, their success lies in the strategic engagement of their employees. There’s a reason Zappos has been named on the FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For 6 years in a row; they know how to treat their people right.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

The Empirical Case for Employee Recognition Software

Posted by Maggie Millard

Mar 5, 2015 2:16:00 PM

As more and more business operations are supported by technology that is capable of generating data to inform decisions, executive teams are demanding objective, fact-based justification for investment in every area of the organization. Marketers no longer make ad buys based on “gut feeling,” PR teams must prove an ROI, and customer service organizations must meet satisfaction metrics. This shift in decision making impacts HR organizations and programs as well. Efforts to improve employee engagement and morale are often given low priority or neglected altogether because they are seen as subjective, difficult to measure, and too far removed from the bottom line.

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Topics: Employee Recognition

Save Yourself A Headache: Use Built-In Employee Recognition

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Jan 15, 2015 7:45:00 AM

When companies adopt a platform for managing their continuous improvement efforts, they look for solutions that offer workflow management, notifications and alerts, ROI reporting, and mobile device support, among other things. These are all essential elements of a great business management solution, but there’s another one that is often overlooked - built-in employee recognition.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

Why Bother To Broadcast Improvements?

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Dec 26, 2014 8:03:00 AM

We’ve written before about how continuous improvement is a team sport. One of the best things about playing on a team is that the success of each individual contributes to the success of the whole. When the ace pitcher gets the last out, everyone on the team wins (and if it is the 7th game of the World Series, grown men hug). Your team might not get as excited over a resolved opportunity for improvement as Buster Posy and Madison Bumgarner, but they should have the opportunity to celebrate.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Collaboration

Employee Recognition Programs Gone Wrong

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Aug 4, 2014 1:19:00 PM

Most business leaders will nod in agreement when you say that employee recognition is an important factor in engagement and retention.  But, not all of them are attuned to the emotional and social factors that make employee recognition so essential. This is obvious when you look at some of the mistakes they make in their approach to recognition.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

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