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5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement

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Here are 5 tips to help you improve employee engagement - it’s surprising how few organisations do them well!
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Thank Different. Employee engagement is a key element to any successful business. In today’s knowledge economy, your most valuable assets are your people. All organizations need to have a strategy to engage & align their team to achieve their business goals. In a highly competitive world - the ability to retain, attract & engage your staff can be the difference between success & failure. Kudos is a corporate social network with a peer-to-peer recognition system designed to engage your teams with enhanced communication, collaboration, appreciation & recognition.
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The Value of Engagement

The Value of Engagement | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Engagement has become one of the more recognizable, buzz-worthy measurements in human resources. But is it overrated? According to one expert, it’s actually underrated.
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Total Rewards Challenges Today and Preparing for the Futur

Total Rewards Challenges Today and Preparing for the Futur | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Total Rewards Challenges Today and Preparing for the Future. The future of employe engagement  is SOCIAL. Design, program and experience is all going to be one. 

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This is a great interview with John Bremen on what the future of total rewards is going to be. Love the idea of treating your employees like you would treat customers.

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Kudos Accepts the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

This is "Kudos Accepts the ALS #IceBucketChallenge" by KudosNowTV on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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We had a little fun today with our ALS Challenge. Company culture +  a little challenge brought out our creative side. The team was very engaged. Enjoy. 

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The 'Inboarding' Revolution: Do Employees Get More To Leave Their Job?

The 'Inboarding' Revolution:  Do Employees Get More To Leave Their Job? | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
An article recently posted in Forbes declared in its title “Employees Who Stay in Companies More than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less.”  This statement created an overnight social media frenzy, not only generating more than a million views of the article, but also instigating a comment frenzy by readers [...]
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Cool concept and so often overlooked. opportunity and alignment are key to engagement. Money is not the core driver. Opportunity and recognition rank higher once a persons basic financial needs are met.

 

In fact, people will stay for less if they truly believe in what the company stands for and is doing especially if they also feel valued and empowered to make a difference.

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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I have posted this before but sometimes good articles like this just need to be revisited. Time for a little refresher.

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under immense pressure. The process of making these decisions comes from an accumulation of experiences and encounters with a multitude of difference circumstances, personality types and unforeseen failures. More so, the decision making process is an acute understanding of being familiar with the cause and effect of behavioral and circumstantial patterns; knowing the intelligence and interconnection points of the variables involved in these patterns allows a leader to confidently make decisions and project the probability of their desired outcomes. The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. Having done it so many times throughout their careers, they become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions. This is why most senior executives will tell you they depend strongly upon their “gut-feel” when making difficult decisions at a moment’s notice. If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace.
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Some really good thoughts here. Practice, routine and repetition makes perfect.  Well give you a chance to be successful. No one is perfect.

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6 Worst Employee Engagement Practices| PeopleFluent

6 Worst Employee Engagement Practices| PeopleFluent | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Discover the issues that companies will run into if their employee engagement practices aren’t as strategic as they could be. These 6 mistakes are engagement killers.
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Great points here on what not to do if you want to engage your team.

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Employers Engage on Engagement - Talent Management magazine

Employers Engage on Engagement - Talent Management magazine | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Talent Management magazine, The Business of Talent Management
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The world is moving to a new way to address HCM. Social recognition, Health and Wellness, Casual learning are all leading the way.

 

The most important element to engagement is still and will always be closely tied to recognition and feeling valued by your manager and peers. It is simple human nature. We are social animals and need to feel connected to people we work with and inspired by those that lead us. If you have that, you have the essential elements for engagement.

Measuring how engaged people are and how that translates to discretionary effort or even just how to measure engagement is still a challenge.

 

There is no magic measure to know if everyone is engaged or formula to engage everyone. People are complex and work environments are dynamic. But in the end it is just common sense to treat your people fairly, with respect and to give them recognition when they do well and help the company.

 

Over communicate your vision, goals and successes and recognize people often for their contributions on that journey.

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New report: Best Places to Work 2014 | HRZone

New report: Best Places to Work 2014 | HRZone | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Which companies rank on the Great Workplaces 2014 list and why?
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Interesting report. Trust and Engagement are keys to success. 

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The Top 5 Pain Points in Performance Reviews (And How To Solve Them)

The Top 5 Pain Points in Performance Reviews (And How To Solve Them) | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Let’s be honest: performance reviews are a pain in the you-know-what. Employees don’t like them and HR aren’t fans either -- 45 percent of HR leaders didn’t think reviews were good …

Via Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian
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Totally Agree. Formal reviews are a huge waste of time but you do need to have handle on performance and coaching which should be happening every week if not every day. As for reviews and general performance you know if they are a keep or not. Set expectations, give them some training and guidance and then let them go. They will sink or swim. 

 

We refer to the one on ones that we have with our team members as personal development planning and it is just conversation on how things are going, what the team member is liking or not liking about their role and some coaching to guide them and help them develop personally and professionally. 

 

If some one is not doing well, is in above their head, not the right skills set for the role  or just not a cultural fit, we try to identify that in their first 3 months and move them off the bus. It is best for he company, the other team members and best for the individual. 

 

It is simplistic but that is why is works.You end up with team that knows you care about them and with a team is in alignment with the companies core values.

 

That said it is still pretty hard even when you try to get it this simple.

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180Fusion Partners with Kudos to Provide Recognition for Employees

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 12, 2014 180Fusion, a leading SEO Company, has partnered with Kudos Inc, to deliver a world class social recognition program as the company continues to be one of the fastest growing digital marketing companies. With research firms like Gallup citing employee disengagement among U.S. workers at 70%, 180Fusion made a proactive decision to elevate an already strong culture with a social recognition program. With award winning solutions in SEM, SEO and social marketing, 180Fusion wanted to partner with a like-minded innovator, and found an ideal match with Kudos Inc. 180Fusion launched the Kudos peer-to-peer social recognition system company-wide, and the improvements in team cohesion are striking. 180Fusion employees have a platform to better communicate and connect by becoming the online hub where people in offices across the country recognize success, post a thank you or share what happened cross departments, and learn about common interests , hobbies, and backgrounds of their peers and management.
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We are often so busy working and helping our clients we forget to toot our own horn. More good news on Kudos "Changing the World One Thank You at a Time" and helping companies engage their teams.  Woohoo.

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Rethinking HR's role in employee engagement - HR Executive - Bain & Company - Publications

Rethinking HR's role in employee engagement - HR Executive - Bain & Company - Publications | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
HR plays a key role in raising levels of engagement among employees—but it's not the role that most companies assign.
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HR can manage recognition and reward programs and engage their own department but if you want to be successful with a company wide culture initiative for building employee engagement, you need C level buy in to get the  trickle down effect with all managers.

 

The CEO should be the Chief Engagement Office and executives and managers should be their disciples spreading the vision and reinforcing the mission. And CEO's you need to constantly reinforce your message to excite your ambassadors. 

 

So, if you want to change things -  you first need to address two truths - People quite their managers, not the company (most the time) and the #1 thing most people want is to be appreciated. So, if you want to stop people from quitting their managers (most quite and stay by the way = disengaged = poor performance), a good place to start is to have managers show a little appreciation to their team.

 

The only problem is some managers are horrible managers, to focused on the wrong things (aka short term goals) or worse, just horrible people undermining your efforts. 

 

You may have heard about the  "Peter Principle" which stats that every employee will rise or get promoted to his or her level of incompetence.  A lot of managers fit this principle. 

 

The peter principle is not the main issue for disengaged employees. You may have good people in the managers roles but I think it is lack of time.  Most managers are not just managers, they also have other full time responsibilities and sometimes managing people goes to the lowest of their priorities when they are just trying to get stuff done . But that still leaves most companies with an engagement problem. 

 

So what is the answer - make recognition easy, and let everyone be part of the solution. The crowd is wise and it takes a village  to raise a culture.  Ok, I made that last part up but it is kind of true.

 

That is a great place to start.  Put in a simple program and system that allows people to quickly and easily recognize one another for the great things they do. That says to everyone the company cares about their team  and culture. With system everyone and hopefully managers will then find the time to recognize their people and reinforce values and behaviours that make your company great.

 

Recognition and appreciation is like a smile - it is contagious. 

 

Thank Different. :)

 

 

 

 

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How Much Does HR Software Cost?

How Much Does HR Software Cost? | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
So you've realized that spreadsheets are kind of a hassle for tracking and reporting on employee data, and HR software is your solution for improving human resources. But your budget is on your min...
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I often get questions around the cost for SaaS. I am always surprised when people think $3 or $5 is expensive for as a per month per user license. 

 

If you compare the total cost of ownership for a system like Kudos to others  hosted systems - such as Sharepoint or  SaaS systems like Salesforce, it is a screaming deal. 

 

SharePoints average cost per seat is $45 to $48 dollars per month in the Osterman study  (2011 vs  2012)  http://bit.ly/1nEBIpS

 

SAP and Salesforce both average around $125 per user per month. http://bit.ly/1iccWhA&nbsp

 

In the end SaaS is a better deal for a variety of reasons with flexibility and lower internal support costs being the two most significant not to mention your hosted software will be out of date in 2 to 5 years. SaaS never requires updates, SaaS requires far fewer internal resources to maintain and you can ramp up or down as you beed too. Sweet.

 

So embrace SaaS and save. And Thank us for keeping our SaaS price so reasonable so you can Thank others. 

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The Successful Entrepreneur's Secret Weapon -- Employee Engagement

The Successful Entrepreneur's Secret Weapon -- Employee Engagement | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Often ignored in an owner's rush to develop a new product or invention, the passion workers feel for a company can be critical for results.
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Employee Engagement is critical for everyone.  @conserogroup #conseroHR Fit is first. Find  and hire the right people for your culture and their role, then on-boarding and training (Day1 to Day 90), last but not least recognition to thank and reinforce what matters and why they made the decision to join your firm. Lead with you mission and vision and keep a consistent stream of communication. 

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6 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Undervalue Their Employees

6 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Undervalue Their Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Leaders often find themselves getting lost within the growing demands of the workplace and losing sight of what matters most to their employees. As such, they fail to realize the negative repercussions that the lack of strategic focus can have on their ability to deepen relationships with employees, which is important to understanding their specific needs for success. As a consequence, employees begin to lose trust in leaders that they perceive as self-absorbed, complacent and only concerned about their own well-being – rather than interested in advancing the people they are responsible for leading.

Via Judy Knight
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Good advise - I know too many managers like this. Don't be that guy.

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Dear Leaders: Please Revisit Your Corporate Culture

Dear Leaders: Please Revisit Your Corporate Culture | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Is it the capacity to inspire loyalty, the ability to articulate a vision, emotional intelligence, or persuasiveness? Does a company need a leader whose values are culture-based, or one whose values are aligned with the needs of shareholders and the marketplace? Maybe it depends, which is [...]
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The truth is out there.

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An Equation That Predicts Happiness

An Equation That Predicts Happiness | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Researchers say the most important variable is your expectations.
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Happiness “doesn’t depend on how things are going,” says lead study author Robb Rutledge of University College London. “It depends on whether things are going better or worse than you had expected they would.”


It does depend on your outlook. We all know people that are never happy. They expect to fail or have something go wrong and inevitably it does. They create their own success and happiness.


If you expectation is that you will have a great day or will be happy and you do not let the little things that do not go perfect bother you - you will be happy.


If you are unhappy because you are envious of others or think the world is unfair. That is a choice to be unhappy.


Choose Happy.

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Have you ever read a book that literally changed your life? If so, what was the book?

Have you ever read a book that literally changed your life? If so, what was the book? | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Have you ever read a book that literally changed your life? If so, what was the book?
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This is a really good reading list.

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Sometimes you just want to say thank you #TDThanksYou - YouTube

TD turns ATMs into Automated Thanking Machines to create some very special moments for customers across Canada. A thank you can change someone's day. #TDThan...
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This is awesome. We are in the Thank You economy. The companies that show appreciation and value their customers and team members will be the most successful. Kudos to TD bank for a very cool idea.

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News - Employee Activism: The Next Frontier of Employee Engagement - Weber Shandwick

News - Employee Activism: The Next Frontier of Employee Engagement - Weber Shandwick | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
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Weber Shandwick, in partnership with KRC Research, released Employees Rising: Seizing the Opportunity in Employee Activism. This survey of 2,300 employees worldwide reveals a rising social movement ignited by the digital and social media era: employee activism. Employee activists are more than just engaged employees. They make their engagement visible, defend their employers from criticism and act as advocates, both online and off. In an era marked by unrest in the workforce, employers have a pressing opportunity to capitalize on their powerful supporters and work on curtailing detractors who have the potential to upend company reputations. 

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Why You Hate Work

Why You Hate Work | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.
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The always on employee tethered to work by technology, takes it toll. I am sure your resemble that remark. So what do you do to stay energized and more importantly energize  your team. 

 

The Energy Project has some cool insights. I like their energy.

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The Flip Side of Employee Engagement - TalentCulture

The Flip Side of Employee Engagement - TalentCulture | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Take a look at what the TalentCulture Community has to say about the other side of employee engagement... the employer perspective.
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Very interesting perspective. Engagement is a two way street and you have to create an environment where people can be engaged. No one goes into a job to under perform but if there is poor leadership and practices that create an us and them mentality with only top down decision making, you will end up with a disengaged team.  

 

So be open to and ask for ideas, listen to your team and then do what a manger is suppose to do - make good decisions that advance your goals and empowers your team. If they feel heard, valued and respected they will be more engaged. That is someone a team will follow and respect in return.

 

 

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6 Ways Supersmart People Succeed

Facing tough competition? Supersmart people know how to gain advantage. Here are their secrets.
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This is a great article. As a startup it rings true for me on many points. Not sure you need to be supersmart to live by these rules and be successful.

 

The recipe does have these ingredients though - work smart, make good decisions on the best information we have, be decisive but make adjustments when necessary and most importantly innovate, move fast and stay true to the vision - always remember the core reason why we started the company. 

 

When you have victories everyday which validate your ideas - every new cool feature, every new milestone hit and every new client that becomes a fan - It lets you know you are on the right track. 

 

That way of thinking and acting is why so many startups that operate on a shoe string can out innovate and out hustle the well funded  larger organizations. The movie / book Moneyball is a great sports metaphor that encapsulates a lot of what it is like to think and work like a start up.  They did not win the world series, but they changed the game and proved they were one of the best, which has its rewards too.

 

When a startup executes and gets the attention of their bigger competitors  and more importantly  the market, the old start up saying holds true -  "If you can't beat' em, buy' em"  - and so it goes. 

 

 

 

 

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3 Ways to Really Reward Your Employees

3 Ways to Really Reward Your Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Human resources expert Chester Elton explains exactly how to create the company culture you want.
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Good little video on what is important to get the team engaged. Telling stories and celebrating the things that make your company who it is is a great point. Having a corporate social network where your culture can thrive and stories can be shared is key. Layer on a quick and easy way to recognize people and you have a great foundation to build the culture you want.

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Singing the Praises of Praises

Singing the Praises of Praises | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
If managers want to create a workplace environment where people thrive, tap into the benefits of praise.
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It seems common sense but common sense is not that common. the proof is compelling that something as simple as a thank you can make a big difference.


"The factor that made the greatest difference between the most successful and least successful teams was the ratio of positive comments to negative ones. Top-performing teams gave each other more than five positive comments for every criticism, while the lowest-performing teams gave each other three negative comments for every positive one."


So get with the program and start giving kudos and watch your team go. Thanks.

 

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