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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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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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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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Kudos Success Stories: Providing More Than Assistance at AXA Assistance : ) Kudos

Kudos Success Stories: Providing More Than Assistance at AXA Assistance : ) Kudos | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Axa Asssistance rewards its employees with recognition and appreciation with awards by using Kudos to boost employee engagement.
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How good are we. This is how you can use Kudos. I want to work at Axa.

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How To Coach Your Really Good Employees

How To Coach Your Really Good Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
They may seem like they have everything under control, but that doesn't mean there's no room for some coaching.

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We often spend more time coaching our more challenging team members then our best. Don't ignor the best or you could loose them. 

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, January 28, 10:44 AM

Take care not only of the laggard, the best needs you, too...:-))) it might help in retaining them, too...

 

1. Help them progress 

2. Hone their leadership skills (start challenging them with an increasing number of leadership responsibilities)

3. Give them new challenges

4. Don't let them off the hook

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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

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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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An Overview of Employee Motivation: (Part 1)

An Overview of Employee Motivation: (Part 1) | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Mainstream Thinking About Motivation

 

Motivating oneself is difficult, motivating others is even more difficult. With this in mind we need to embark on a journey of sorts - to discover and reveal what motivation truly is and how to harness and fully utilise its benefits for the development of an organisation.

 

Motivation, according to many definitions, is an employee's intrinsic enthusiasm about and drive to accomplish activities related to work. Motivation is in essence that internal drive and level of energy that causes an individual to decide to take action - usually a positive action that ensures growth, progress and general or direct improvement of conditions or performance.

 

An individual's level of motivation is influenced by biological, intellectual, social and emotional factors. As such, motivation is a complex, not easily defined, intrinsic driving force that can also be influenced by external factors. Ultimately every employee has activities, events, people, and goals in his or her life that he or she finds motivating.


Via WorldsView Academy
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Motivating people is one of the most difficult things to do. When you do succeed in motivating a team - amazing things happen. One thing to think about is motivating on a micro and macro level. Get people to buy into the company/team, program, vision and goals. Then work with each individual to get the best performance out of them based on their individual motivators. And do not be afraid to move none believers off the team. Success happens when you have commitment from the entire etam and if you show your appreciation with good communication, empowerment, respect and recognition you will have a great chance to win their hearts and minds.

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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Want to write everyday? Start exercising? Quit smoking? We look at how to hack our brains' hard-wired habit loops to change our lives for the better.

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Interesting artcile and a pretty cool web site. 

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