Employee Engagement Made Easy!
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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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KEVIN KRUSE - JIM CANFIELD INTERVIEW: BUSINESS CASE FOR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT - YouTube

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I could not have said it better.

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Employee Engagement Is on the Upswing - Baseline

Employee Engagement Is on the Upswing - Baseline | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
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A recent survey on employee engagement presents very encouraging results: Employee disengagement is at its lowest level in six years, according to the findings from Modern Survey.
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Good progress but lots of room to even do better. The people that get it will be the ones that do realy well when the economy gets cooking again.

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Proactive Employee Recognition: 12 Resolutions for in the New Year

Proactive Employee Recognition: 12 Resolutions for in the New Year | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a 2 part series exploring proactive ways to recognize employees including time management ideas, communications, and practical tactics (12 Resolutions for Proactive Employee Recognition in the New Year (Part 1 of 2)
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The orginal recognition system. A nice card and meaningful note can make a big impact. Nice tips in this post. I should show Hallmark Kudos. :)

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3 Simple Steps to Help Employees Find Vision in 2014 - Huffington Post

3 Simple Steps to Help Employees Find Vision in 2014 - Huffington Post | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
3 Simple Steps to Help Employees Find Vision in 2014
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Two-way communication is key to any successful employer-employee relationship, and especially important to employee motivation.
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Employee engagement: The key to improving performance


Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan, Miklos Szilagyi
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, January 1, 2014 2:07 PM

Sure... it's a key...  factors which still "plays the game" with it together: engagement, alignment, commitment, empowerment... interesting how thes are structured in a sort of hierarchy, which depends on which... this paper says that engagement is on the higher level than empowerment and alignment... it says that 

 

"a manager must do five things to create a highly engaged workforce. They are:

x Align efforts with strategy
x Empower
x Promote and encourage teamwork and collaboration x Help people grow and develop
x Provide support and recognition where appropriate"


OK, let's take this like one of the (practically endless) propositions... not too bad...:-))) 

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You Will Laugh At The Best Vines Of 2013. A Lot.

You Will Laugh At The Best Vines Of 2013. A Lot. | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
It's New Year's Eve and work is slow. So why not waste 23 minutes watching all of 2013's best Vines?
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Get ready to laugh. Social Media is getting better and people are very creative. Kudos to all the best of Vine highlights.

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Leading by Letting Go

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If you are running a large company anywhere in the world, you have almost certainly asked yourself some version of this question:


“How can we get tens of thousands of employees to deliver memorable customer experiences that enhance our brand, all at a reasonable cost?”


Find out how Jim Bush from American Express approached this challenge. 


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 26, 2013 4:23 PM

Do you have too many people to check them closely? Either you prescribe every detail and control everything (i.e. you use them as a sort of robots...) or you find a way to encompass their creativity, their own initiation, you tell them what, when, which quality (and find way of course to control their output of course) but you do not bind their imagination and actions down to the hows... example: customer care of American Express....:

(a) clear goal,

(b) guardrails (but not minute details about the hows),

(c) high velocity feedbacks (from the customers for knowing the quality of the output),

(d) coaching and support (you do everything that they are trained and kept well because you know that the satisfied people make others more easily satisfied... you are smart...:-)))

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 30, 2013 12:58 AM

Releasing a bit of the pressure brought by the "management by KPI" style seems to work... At least for America Express: "Within just three years, the company saw a consistent 10% annual improvement in what Bush calls “service margins.”

Steve Miletto's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:47 AM

This excerpt sums up the article..."to trust your employees to exercise their own judgment and learn from their experience — employees can become both self-directing and self-correcting. They become inspired, energetic, and enthusiastic." Excellent article! No matter the size of your organization...Do you trust your staff? Can you let go?

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Executives Ignore Valuable Employee Actions that They Can't Measure

Executives Ignore Valuable Employee Actions that They Can't Measure | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Along with better data, we need to develop a more nuanced view of human qualities and human potential. Can we not only accept, but embrace, that some behaviors may not be reducible to easily quantifiable metrics, and that no amount of data can fully capture all of your, or my, best performance qualities?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Good discussion on quantatitive and qualitative anaylsis of work ouctomes. Some things can be measured easily while others cannot. When you do try to measure desired outcomes, you will not alwasy get the outcome you want. But you can't fix what you can't measure. So how do you value things that are not easily measured.

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Drucker: Treat Employees Like Volunteers

Drucker: Treat Employees Like Volunteers | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

*** Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. 


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 15, 2013 5:52 AM

Yeahh, that's it... read it, think about it and try it... then, you will make a  great steps towards the coaching approach life...:-))) no downside risk, only upside potential...:-))) great, isn't it?

John Michel's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:46 AM

Lousy leaders use pay checks as permission to control. You feel like you own their time because you paid for it. Technically, you’re right. But, who enjoys being controlled?

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11 ways to create real employee engagement from the ground up

11 ways to create real employee engagement from the ground up | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
The founders of Barefoot Cellars, the company that transformed the image of American wine from staid and unimaginative to fun, light-hearted and hip.
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Employee Recognition and Reward - Discussion Paper

Employee Recognition and Reward - Discussion Paper | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
1.         Why is employee recognition and reward important? The short answer is that employee recognition helps employees feel engaged at work. “An engaged employee is one who is fully involved in...
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5 Ways an Employee Recognition Program Can Help Your Business ...

5 Ways an Employee Recognition Program Can Help Your Business ... | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
A well-executed employee recognition program can encourage people to stay with a company for the long haul which is a win-win for you as a business owner.
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5 Ways to Build Employee Engagement Into the On...

5 Ways to Build Employee Engagement Into the On... | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Today’s technology allows us to streamline the new hire paperwork process. That gives employers a chance to build engagement during onboarding.
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- Top 10 Differences Between Rewards and Recognition - Incentive Magazine - Roy Saunderson

- Top 10 Differences Between Rewards and Recognition - Incentive Magazine - Roy Saunderson | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Top 10 Differences Between Rewards and Recognition - Rewards and recognition are not the same. Here's how to understand the differences between the two.

Via Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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This is really well done. Rewards are an excellent motivating element if used in the right way. Recognition is more inclusive and cultural focused. Both can be used together but our experience has been recognition is the primary objective and way to engage everyone and connect their everyday actions to business goals and outcomes.

 

We do recommend rewards and awards as a nice way to encourage participation in a recognition program. Little nice gifts your earn or can win for participation is always fun.  And it does not need to be big. It just needs to easy and something a person would like to have.

 

People may initially participate in a recognition program based on the opportunity to earn rewards or win prizes but they will continue to use the system for the recognition - giving and receiving. In the end that is what people really want more then anything else.

 

This article is a great comparison between the strengths and weaknesses of recognition vs. rewards.

 

Check out Kudos to see how our system can help you. www.kudosnow.com

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How to Measure Engagement With a Stay Interview - Talent Management magazine

How to Measure Engagement With a Stay Interview - Talent Management magazine | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Talent Management magazine, The Business of Talent Management
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This is a great idea. We use it. Read Kevin Kruse's book as well - Engagement 2.0. 

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Infographic: Employee Engagement Across the Gen...

Infographic: Employee Engagement Across the Gen... | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Engage employees across generations by understanding what motivates them (Infographic: Employee Engagement Across the Generations | Ceridian Voice Feb 2013 | @scoopit via @tomwhaak http://t.co/AROV1GRkIZ)...
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Employee Engagement: It’s Getting Workers to Think Like Owners - Linkis.com

Employee Engagement: It’s Getting Workers to Think Like Owners - Linkis.com | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
What, exactly, is (RT @llcomiskey: Employee Engagement: It’s Getting Workers to Think Like Owners http://t.co/N3JVKgdV8D via @TLNT_com)

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Entrepreneur's Top 10 Insights From Richard Branson in 2013

Entrepreneur's Top 10 Insights From Richard Branson in 2013 | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
A look at the most popular words of wisdom from the unflappable entrepreneur.
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Now for something a nit more serious then Vine , well maybe not that much more serious. If you are a Branson fan you will want to check out all his wisdom here. Happy New Year.

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Does technology improve employee engagement? | ZDNet

Does technology improve employee engagement? | ZDNet | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
The endless parade of technologies to improve workforce collaboration has certainly led to the shrinking of time and distance, but has it actually let to a long-term increase in engagement and business performance?
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This is really well researched and written. Dion Hinchcliffe highlights how technology is not the answer but part of future solution for socially centered leadership. 

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5 tips for designing an employee recognition program that works ...

5 tips for designing an employee recognition program that works ... | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Tips for managers on how to best create an employee recognition program that is inclusive, fair and effective.
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The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should

The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
I’ve always believed leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity, but I’m afraid in recent times many leaders are losing that battle.

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.

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Andrew Man's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:14 AM

I like this article. The way it's written makes us realise why emotional intelligence is important to us.

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Five Recognition Myths that Hinder Employee Engagement | #infographic

Five Recognition Myths that Hinder Employee Engagement | #infographic | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
The value of a measurable recognition strategy is far reaching for employers and by conquering common misconceptions, organizations can help elevate employee engagement and promote a more positive ...
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Michael_J_Stone's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:01 AM

Engagement through recognition is one of the most complex and least understood leadership principles. This infographic illustrates some of the more common myths.  

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5 Key Ways to Boost Employee Morale and Motivation in the Workplace - Business 2 Community

5 Key Ways to Boost Employee Morale and Motivation in the Workplace - Business 2 Community | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
5 Key Ways to Boost Employee Morale and Motivation in the Workplace
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Gallup's 2012 State of the American Workplace found that about 70 percent of Americans are not emotionally invested in their current job.
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Top 3 Employee Rewards and Recognition Trends for 2014

Low levels of employee engagement are plaguing companies today and improved rewards and recogniti...
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