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.
Good managers are key to keeping good employees. Good managers show interest in their staff, coach and mentor them and encourage them, giving regular feedback and recognition. There are many other factors that come into play but if you can have systems and practices that address these essential elements for creating stronger relationships between staff and managers you will have a better chance of keeping your best and brightest and engaging them daily to do their best and care.
The key to creating a foundation for success is to give your managers the training and tools that can make them a better manager and create consistency across the organization. Also holding them accountable to use those tools and follow those best practices to engage their team.
You will not be able to keep everyone or make everyone happy. Other items, both internal and external, can and will affect an employee's decision to stay or leave or be happy and productive (engaged).
▶︎Leaderships style / quality of leadership.
▶︎The vision of the company.
▶︎Interesting and satisfying work.
▶︎The individuals ability to progress in the company.
But it all starts with the manager or management, the ability to learn and grow and feeling appreciated and the ability to work in a positive work environment.
Good article - this is why we built Kudos. To help companies build a foundation for success with a good system the embraces best practices for communication, feedback, and of course recognition.
Today leaders face added complications of rapidly changing technology, virtual working teams separated by cultural and geographical boundaries, and the difficulties of making decisions when faced with an overload of information.
What is 'sustainable' employee engagement? And why it is so critical to organisations? Gloria Lombardi interviews Yves Duhaldeborde, Director in the Human
Good article and interview. It touched on some very important points. We have tried to address many of these points with Kudos.
Kudos is designed to help create and sustain employee engagement. Timely messages of recognition and sharing what is going well in the company can help sustain your team's engagement.
Real-time tools like Kudos are changing how we think about performance management. Recognize the behaviors you want more of. Then coach and mentor on things you want to change with Individual performance plans.
The more communication in a company the better. Organizations should communicate their message consistently and constantly to reinforce their vision, core values and successes.
For us at Kudos, when we see our clients excited about Kudos, making connections with their teams, highlighting their company success and sharing those stories, it gives meaning to our whole team and demonstrates to them that what we are doing at Kudos is important and needed.
Good article and interview. It touched on some very important points.
The new year is bringing out a lot of thought leadership around employee engagement. Even some older recycled articles that stand the test of time. Some think employee engagement is a fad but really it is common sense. And it has been a hot topic since 2006.
All the studies and research show that these ten C's are what the best companies excel at. The sad truth is most companies suck at most these things. Not because they ignore them but because it is hard to do without a plan and systems to support the execution.
This article covers all the essential elements for engagement. Very much like the Gallup research and the details around the Q12.
We focus on a couple of elements - enhancing communication, building connections and improving recognition or congratulations, if we stay on the C theme.
As I said, execution is the hard part and systems are necessary to give managers the tools to engage people.
The nice thing about tools / systems is they also capture data that helps you better understand how your company and team members are doing.
Kudos to the team at the Ivy School of Business to be ahead of the curve on what matters most.
This is a really great study by the Clute Insitute on the importance of employee engagement. Worth the read. The big question after you agree with the findings is what can you do to improve and manage employee engagement.
Start by building a foundation with social recognition and communication.
Great post by David Zinger who is a one of the true thought leaders in employee engagement and recognition. Empathy does not mean capitulating to other points of view. It means you do your best to understand the other persons concerns, point of view and ideas and then do your best to address them so they know you heard them and care. But not all concerns can be incorporated for a variety of reasons. If so, then you share why they can not and find common ground and an understanding.
Doing nothing or ignoring issues and concerns is bad, not taking the time to really understand when you do engage them is worse.
Major organizations have begun to look more strategically at engagement, but the process has just begun, based on candid off-the-record meetings with the chief human resources executives of 14 companies at the recent HR Summit, Oct. 26-28 in Denver, produced by London-based GDS International. The one-on-one meetings with HR executives and
This is bang on. There is wave of change coming in business and HR all around employee engagement. I hear the same thing all the time.
Kudos is uniquely positioned to address several of the things business care most about and we make it simple.
Enhance Employer Branding (communication / culture)Improve employee recognition (and casual rewards) Provide unique analytics (Big Data) on engagement and performance.
I liked the comment about no one system does it all. Recognition solutions are just one part of a total solution focused on improving employee engagement. We do see a system like ours as a foundational element that can reach the most people on a consistent basis.
The one thing I did not see in the article was the rise of SaaS systems as a solution and that clients are looking for more consumer style experiences in the UI and UX of the tool they use.
Informed use of technology isn’t just a way of monitoring staff morale, it can also help to encourage and support employee engagement
Kudos is one of the solutions that addresses several of these key tech trends in th workplace. Social recognition is the foundation to a social workplace, enhancing corporate culture and employee engagement.
Oftentimes, as businesses grow, there are going to be some growing pains. And even more often than not, one of the less obvious pains is the slowly disintegrating company culture. When left alone, executives and employees, alike, will start to witness a lot of infringements on company values, because a lot of people either don't understand them or flat out didn't know they existed.
To navigate in our rapidly changing world, corporations and organizations everywhere have had to reevaluate the ever expanding, changing and intertwining complexities of their cultures. "We realized that when an organization has a poor perspective on its culture, it has resulted in low energy and mediocre morale that stifles people, and consequently, causes them to not keep up with the demanding pace of today's workforce," says Jason Richmond, CEO of Culturized.
If you want to be an effective business owner in 2016, you can’t manage everything on your own. In order to scale the progress you’ve already made, or simply experience real growth for the first time, you have to be willing to delegate responsibilities, standardize processes, and use the right tools. The problem is, there are …
This is an amazing list of cool new tech startups and tools that is shaking up the work world. We are proud to have made the list at Kudos. Worth the read and book marketing.
Step 1: Lose the Employee-of-the-Month program. (No one cares about it.) Here's the recognition your staff really deserves.
I really like this article by Jeff Hayden. Simple great advice. This cuts right to the chase on the things you can do to be a better manager of people. It really comes down to recognizing and connecting with your team.
Add in high standards, setting performance goals / expectations and accountability and you have a winning formula for success. Just be sure to praise the good things you want to see more off and you will be that great manager that people want to work for.
Want to know how to make employee recognition both positive and powerful? These tips will help you recognize employees in the best possible ways.
Susan has done a really great job summarizing why employee recognition is so important and how best to set up a program.
• Decide what you want to achieve with your recognition program - what does success look like. • Create goals and action plans for employee recognition • Make sure the recognition is timely fair, clear, and consistent • Set guidelines so leaders acknowledge equivalent and similar contributions • Employee recognition approaches and content must also be inconsistent - make it personal • Be as specific as you can in telling the individual exactly why he or she is receiving the recognition. • Be vigilant and look for opportunities to recognize your team - leadership must lead
A great culture is not easy to build — it’s why high performing cultures are such a powerful competitive advantage. Yet organizations that build great cultures are able to meet the demands of the fast-paced, customer-centric, digital world we live in. More and more organizations are beginning to realize that culture can’t be left to chance. Leaders have to treat culture building as an engineering discipline, not a magical one.
Culture is the secret to why some companies are so much more successful than others. Creating a great places to work and success go hand in hand. Some leaders get it, even if they can't put their finger on how they make their culture work. They just have a natural ability to inspire great cultures. What they do really well is hire great people that are extensions of their vision and operating philosophy.
It all comes down to how they approach business and treat their people. In reality it is a bunch of little things they do, from a presenting a compelling vision for the company to giving their team members purpose, empowering them and showing appreciation for a job well done.
Creating and sustaining a great culture is not easy and requires a full time effort. Tools, like Kudos, were designed so organizations and leaders can empower their team to help them do the little things better, like recognition. It is the little things that add up that make your company more resilient and successful.
RT @helenbevan: Another great @tnvora sketch on the basic needs of people at work that leaders must address http://t.co/zg32ML2jNs http://t…
This is well done. The simple rules to success at work.
To implement the culture you want you need both strategy and systems. One without the other will lead to less the favourable results.
If you do not have a simple way to put an engagement strategy into practice, hold people accountable and measure success you are leaving the program to chance and most likely failure.
SaaS system like Kudos can be used by any organization to address many of these core areas. A few systems together can create and reinforce the behaviors that lead to a great culture and enhanced employe engagement.
1. To build trust you need good communication, transparency and empowerment.
2. To create hope you need to share your vision and celebrate your successes.
3. To create a sense of worth you need to mentor and recognize your team and let them know how their contributions and role matter.
4. To help build competence you need to provide training, learning and development opportunities and feedback.
Baby Boomers are the largest generation of active workers. Their workplace strengths are, according to Ivey Business Journal, their “organizational memory, optimism, and willingness to work long hours.” They grew up working as individuals in large corporations with traditional hierarchies.
This is a good guide. I personally think this applies to all people. People have not changed. The way we work has changed.
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