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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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Gen X vs Gen Y Employee Motivation and Productivity

Gen X vs Gen Y Employee Motivation and Productivity | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Guest post by Carrie Wynne According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s research, published in the Harvard Business Review, Google does a pretty fantastic job in show
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Good overview on the ongoing discussion about Gen Y and Gen X yada yada yada. There is truth in that every generation thinks the new generation is ... well.... not as good or focused or as determined as them generation. 

 

There are good points here and we need to be aware of the differences. But the one thing remains the same - if you create a compelling vision, provide opportunity, a little appreciation and some tough love - wake up and smell the coffee advice  - they will respond in a positive way and find their path forward.

 

If they do not want to be on the bus - a good life lesson is to move them off the bus so they can find what makes them happy and realize you get out of life what you put into life, work hard, don't burn bridges, do what you love to do, and work with nice people.

 

 

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Workplace Happiness: Why Should Your Boss Care?

Workplace Happiness: Why Should Your Boss Care? | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
What’s the fuss about workplace happiness? In a recent post on Forbes.com, HR expert (and founder of Bersin by Deloitte) [...] (RT @ingoodco: 10 simple steps to a happier workplace.

Via Richard Andrews
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This is a neat site. Also a very simple way to present the business case for happy employee's. Now the next question is - how do you make them happy?

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 3:43 AM

The article offers proof that a focus on the work environment will improve the productivity of the employees.

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Science of Ingagement, research by Weber Shandwick | simply communicate

Science of Ingagement, research by Weber Shandwick | simply communicate | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

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good stuff.

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Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption


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The world is changing with and because of technology. Are you ready.

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A Recruiter's Guide to Hiring the Super Motivated

A Recruiter's Guide to Hiring the Super Motivated | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Duds and rock stars are easy to spot. Here's an assessment system to help ensure that you don't hire the candidate who's almost good enough.
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I like rule #2 - constantly recognized by their peers. Sounds like Kudos could advance your career. That is one of the major benefits of kudos. You get to collect all the accolades to show people you are worthy and a good person and worker.

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Survey Reveals Most Memorable Employee Excuses for Being Late - Talent Management magazine

Survey Reveals Most Memorable Employee Excuses for Being Late - Talent Management magazine | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

From escaped zebras to must-see TV, employers share some of the most unique excuses they've heard from tardy employees in a new CareerBuilder study. The study also finds that nearly one quarter (23 percent) of employees admit to being tardy at least once a month on average, with 15 percent admitting to arriving late at least once a week.

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I think I have heard a few of these too. What are the most crazy ones you ever heard. 

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HR Tech: The Year Ahead - Talent Management magazine

HR Tech: The Year Ahead - Talent Management magazine | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Talent Management magazine, The Business of Talent Management
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Very interesting overview on where things are going in HR. Looks very promising for Kudos.

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14 Ways to Engage Your Employees

14 Ways to Engage Your Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 16, 3:14 PM


Business owners everywhere face multiple challenges, not the least of which is increasing the engagement levels of employees, in order to facilitate greater productivity and ultimately profitability.


One way in which business owners can increase the engagement of their employees, is to look closely at how successful franchise groups help their franchisees to remain engaged with the franchisor's offering, and ensure that their staff are also engaged with the relevant brand.


This excellent article written by the leader of a franchise group, stresses that in any change process it is important to remember and value your employees in all of the changes you make, and it outlines 14 ways his group is approaching the employee engagement challenge in the coming 12 months.

John Michel's curator insight, February 16, 4:36 PM

Just as leadership style can be redefined and perfected, so can -- and should -- a company's culture. As president of a franchisee system, I know it's important to constantly innovate and improve to keep all team members on board, and here are the tips I'm applying to make 2014 a banner year.

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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Good points here.

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StickyGram - Your Instagrams as Magnets and Phone Cases

StickyGram - Your Instagrams as Magnets and Phone Cases | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
StickyGram is a personalised printing service that turns your Instagram images into lovely little magnets and phone cases. You create your pack online and we’ll deliver them to your door.
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Good idea. Great way to take pictures and give personalized gifts as part of a recognition program.

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Top Ten Ways to Be Happy at Work

Top Ten Ways to Be Happy at Work | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Want to find happiness at work? Most employees want to love their job but they struggle with how. Here are 10 tips to help you find happiness at work.
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A couple of good posts on About, about happiness.  There is also some great sites out there dedicated to research on happiness and survey tools to measure happiness.

 

http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/ - take survey

https://www.happinessatworksurvey.com/ ; - take survey

http://www.gethppy.com/ - simple survey systems

https://www.tinypulse.com/ - simple survey systems

https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/employee-surveys/ ;

 

There are also great site out there that make are positive and just put a smile on your face like Soul Pancake.

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake?feature=watch

 

Happiness is a state of mind and up to you. You can choose to be happy or not.

 

" There are Great days and days that are less Great."  It is how you approach life that dictates how life treats you.

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Giving Meaning to the Work: It’s How You REALLY Engage Millennials

Giving Meaning to the Work: It’s How You REALLY Engage Millennials | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
This is a fact: In 10 years, Millennials (also known as Gen Y) will make up 75 percent of the global workforce. With that reality staring us in the face, it’s time to stop marginalizing …
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Globoforce is a competitor of ours but i really like the work they do in evangelizing social recognition and employee engagement. We have similar but slightly different approaches on how you achieve. I like how they help me make the business case for Kudos.

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Cisco Employees Share Our Values - YouTube

Cisco Employees Share Our Values - YouTube | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Cisco employees share how they think our values help make amazing things happen -- from focusing intensely on customers to making innovation happen to always...
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Well done video on company values. It shows the power of an idea to engage people.

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Here’s Why So Many Good Employees Are Looking to Leave This Year

Here’s Why So Many Good Employees Are Looking to Leave This Year | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, 1 out of every 5 workers is planning to leave their job in 2014. That’s a lot of disengaged employees. After digging into the data, you find …
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The problem persists. Is this the new normal or can the tide be turned. The best companies seem to have success because they address many of the items that dis-engage others.

 

So why do so many organizations do so little to engage their team? Cost, Time, Apathy, Not sure what to do?

 

The real answer is many bosses treat their team like indentured labour, privileged to have a job and the opportunity to work for the company. Bad bosses are immortalized in shows, movies and cartoons. The really bad bosses laugh right along with the rest of us not even realizing they are watching a cliche of the environment they create. And they wonder why doesn't our company (or department) do better, why do all these ungrateful people leave or worse my employees are worthless whiners. Sound familiar?

 

So the big question is - if what you are doing is not working for you - why do you keep doing the same things expecting your team and company to improve. 

 

Look to the best for answers, change things up, invest in your team and give them credit where credit is due.  If you care about them - they will start to care about you. I admit is is not easy but doing nothing is the road to no where. 

 

 

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Happy People Equal a Happy Brand

Happy People Equal a Happy Brand | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

With the consistent flow of research demonstrating the connection between an engaged workforce and revenue growth, improved employee retention, and customer loyalty, organizations have realized that they must deploy a more strategic approach to internal branding and employee engagement, or face the realities of lost market share. However, optimizing a global internal brand platform is proving to be challenging.  Developing a consistent internal brand message that can be disseminated across multiple platforms and diverse internal audiences requires advanced communication and training methodologies, and an internal culture that is well-aligned with organizational values and goals.

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Communication is key to success.

 

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Why You Have to Be Your Team's Top Cheerleader

Why You Have to Be Your Team's Top Cheerleader | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Are appreciation and gratitude a part of your management style? Maybe they should be.
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I whole heartily agree. Leadership sets the tone and defines the culture. Otherwise you will get a culture you may not want.  Thank Different.

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Why Employee Engagement Matters

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Anthony MARTINS de NOBREGA's curator insight, March 4, 12:33 AM

I totally agree

John Rudkin's curator insight, March 4, 1:53 AM

....and so many businesses don't see it this way. 

Debra Walker's curator insight, March 6, 1:23 PM

I recently read an article that was describing corporate culture as lunch provided everyday & free beer on Friday.  If you take away those superficial connections for an employee - which are merely non cash components of a compensation plan and not a long term contributor to organizational culture - an engaged employee will remain committed to excelling in their role and for the organization.


An unengaged employee will be more impacted by that removal, resulting in connecting with that employee becoming even harder to achieve.


Engagement is multi-layered and more complex than being provided a sandwich so that I can continue to work through what should be a period of refreshment called lunchtime.

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3 Questions That Will Motivate Your Employees

3 Questions That Will Motivate Your Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

We are alwsy tyring to fqForget money or touchy-feely stuff. These three clear questions will change the way staff approaches work.

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This is very true. I really like the questions to determine if someone is engaged. We are always looking for the best way to benchmark engagement and to measure it on an ongoing basis.

 

What do you think are the best questions to ask that can determine a persons engagement?

 

What do you think are the best types of questions to measure engagement on different levels.

 

Connection to leadership

Connection to a manager

Connection to the team

Connection to your job

Connection to your future

 

You can high and low engagement depending on the question and all of these areas should be benchmarked and measured continuously so you can see where you are engaging you team and where you are loosing them.

 

And remember - you set the course and vision and define their role and your expectations. Then it it up to them to execute, set goals and contribute and only then will they find purpose and engagement. It takes two to tango.

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Employee engagement remains a challenge for companies

Employee engagement remains a challenge for companies | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Employee engagement remains a challenge for companies.

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How to Create a Shared Vision That Works - Jesse Lyn Stoner

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Follow these five steps to create a shared vision with your team and to lay out the roadmap to achieve it.

Via Richard Andrews
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Lots of good thoughts here. Coming up with a compelling vision, values and goals that people remember and actually get excited about is tough. Most companies and leader struggle with it.  The best things you can do is keep them front and center. Signage to making it a standard meeting topic.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 17, 12:06 PM

Some valuable advice that is easily translatable to education. 

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Early Employee Recognition | Social Recognition

Early Employee Recognition | Social Recognition | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
New Survey%3A Early Recognition on the Rise%2C Social Recognition on the Fence http://t.co/UhasbYeXE5
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Early, timely and social is the trend. 

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Employee Engagement: Say It Like You Mean It #TChat Recap - TalentCulture

Employee Engagement: Say It Like You Mean It #TChat Recap - TalentCulture | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
New research indicates that employees tend to love their employers -- but don't feel it in return. What can we do about that? The #TChat crowd weighs inRead More
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Kudos is what you can do. :) 

 

I do think lots of employers do a lot of great things for their teams but they are often taken for granted or over looked because they are not in your face all the time. The good news in this report is that all the good climates and cultures that are being created  is adding up to generally happy teams,

 

But it is not surprising people do not feel recognized regularly . When it comes down to feeling loved or valued - a simple thank you and great job goes a long way. The more often the better. But having a place to keep all those love notes is the trick if you really want to have it sink in and be remembered. 

 

: Love is fickle and fleeting. I heard once you can not say I love you too much. Or maybe it was you need to say I love you 10 times for every transgression, so everything balances out.

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WorldatWork Search

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A Report by WorldatWork and Underwritten by ITA Group June 2013 Trends in Employee Recognition research ©2013 WorldatWork Any laws, regulations or other legal requirements noted in this publication are, to the best of the publisher's knowledge, accurate and current as of this report's publishing date. WorldatWork is providing this information with the understanding that WorldatWork is not engaged, directly or by implication, in rendering legal, accounting or other related professional services.

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Lots of good reports here on all things HR. Employee engagement is a hot topic. The first report " Trends in Employee Recognition 2013"  summarizes the results of a February 2013 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about trends in recognition programs. Specifically, the research is designed 

to measure specific types of recognition programs and the impact on the workforce. 

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How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically

How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Studies show that strategic thinking is the most important element of leadership. But how do you instill the trait in others at your company?

Via Sandeep Gautam
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These are great tips and items that should be considered when giving recognition. Recognize the behaviours you want more of from your team . Strategic recognition to get your team to think strategically.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 11, 5:52 PM

strategy, again imho, is not just for leaders/ managers; everyone should be taught how to assess things from a strategic perspective and how to make good strategic decisions...

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GREAT PLACE TO WORK® GUIDE TO GREATNES 201 The Workplace Culture Expert Your guide to learning from the companies appearing on the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List

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Some good stuff in this report. Culture is King. Knowledge is a close second.

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