Harmonious and Balanced Workplace
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10 Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions You Cannot Afford

10 Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions You Cannot Afford | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
If you want to improve employee engagement, boost employee morale, and maximize employee productivity, you cannot simply do the “right things.” It’s not enough to model best practices … (RT @EmplyEngagement: 10 #Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions...

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nice list questions to ask your client :))

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John Michel's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:07 AM

The human brain is hard-wired to notice and remember negative things more effectively than positive. That’s because the brain is hard-wired for survival, and is basically designed for a bygone “caveman/cavewoman” era. When you consider this, it makes sense that the brain registers and remembers objects and events associated with negative emotions more effectively than those associated with positive emotions.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, June 27, 2013 10:00 PM

"Thus, when it comes to employee engagement, employee morale, and employee productivity, employers must recognize what they do that might be damaging employee engagement, morale, and productivity. Likewise, managers must know how to do the same at an individual level. Otherwise, the negatives will overshadow all the good practices you implement."

Michael_J_Stone's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:31 AM

Is this your "wake up test?" How many of these perceptions can be heard in your building? It seems like everyone I have ever spoken to about their job has said at least one of these ten things. 

 

Which one of these will you act on? 

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Most workers hate their jobs or have 'checked out,' Gallup says

Most workers hate their jobs or have 'checked out,' Gallup says | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Seven out of 10 workers have "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged," according to a recent Gallup survey .
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pretty grim picture...

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How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future | Wired Science | Wired.com

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future | Wired Science | Wired.com | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Thanks to new observation technologies, powerful software, and statistical methods, the mechanics of collectives are being revealed.
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This research is fascinating... need to read it again

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Because Employees Can't Be Trusted

Because Employees Can't Be Trusted | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Endless honesty tests and background checks make it seem as if we don't trust our employees. Didn't we hire them?
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The Dollars and Sense of Employee Engagement

The Dollars and Sense of Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
How you can make a business case for investing in employee engagement initiatives, and quantify the business impact of a disengaged workforce.

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Innovation and Culture: Necessity isn’t the Mother of Invention – Culture is!

Innovation and Culture: Necessity isn’t the Mother of Invention – Culture is! | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Necessity once was thought to be the mother of invention. Why? Because it makes us want to innovate – or actually, need to innovate. However, most of us are already motivated. As workers in the Age of Ideas, we love to innovate, right? What we need is an environment where innovation comes naturally, where there are no unnatural blocks to our urge to create.


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Better Teamwork Through Better Workplace Design

Better Teamwork Through Better Workplace Design | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Collaboration is the way we work now. In a 2008 BusinessWeek study of white-collar professionals, 82% reported they needed to partner with others throughout the day to get their work done. That means people don't just work together in meeting...
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Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

Reinvent Your Company Through Culture | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
A veteran CEO who turned around several pharmaceutical companies explains how managers can build high-performance cultures.
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The Evolution of Empathy

The Evolution of Empathy | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
We tend to think of empathy as a uniquely human trait. But it’s something apes and other animals demonstrate as well, says primatologist Frans de Waal.
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Top Business Growth Driver: 100% Employee Engagement

Top Business Growth Driver: 100% Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Chief Outsider Greg Spindler discusses how to get your employees fully engaged in what they're doing, and the benefits it brings to your business.


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Jarie Bradley's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:53 PM

Engagement is the name of the game!

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Large companies: Employee engagement comes through loud and clear - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Large companies: Employee engagement comes through loud and clear - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Large companies: Employee engagement comes through loud and clear
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Employee engagement comes through loud and clear as a top priority among the top large company workplaces in the Star Tribune's fourth annual survey.
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The-Evidence.pdf

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This paper sets out the evidence for the effectiveness of employee
engagement in raising performance and productivity across the UK
economy.

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Employee Engagement Strategies Lacking | Loyalty360.org

Employee Engagement Strategies Lacking | Loyalty360.org | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
While most organizations (79%) rate employee engagement a high priority, only 41% have an employee engagement strategy in place according to new research by YouForce.
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Conducted in March, the YouForce research found that, of the 41% which do have an employee engagement strategy, 30% indicated it improves employee performance and 13% said it improves employee retention. - See more at: http://loyalty360.org/resources/article/employee-engagement-strategies-lacking#sthash.OV9VxRnr.dpuf

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Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Costco's chief furnishes his boardroom with faux-wood tables, has no PR staff, and doesn't offer customers shopping bags—but he does pay employees a fair wage. Now that his formula is pleasing Wall Street, will other companies follow?
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Can Employee Engagement Improve Customer Satisfaction?

Can Employee Engagement Improve Customer Satisfaction? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
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Employee Engagement Insights from the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer

A highlight of the key employee engagement findings from the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer and actions companies can take. Learn more about Trust in Employee Eng
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How Employee Engagement Drives Growth - Gallup.com

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It's great when companies try to improve employee engagement and even better when they measure it.
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Research shows that concentrating on employee engagement can help companies withstand -- and possibly even thrive -- in tough economic times.

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Darwin's Imbalance

Darwin's Imbalance | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection is the basis for evolutionary biology.  The basic idea is that mutations in genes can give any organism, humans included, an advantage in competition.  ...
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Gallup's Workplace Jedi On How To Fix Our Employee Engagement Problem

Gallup's Workplace Jedi On How To Fix Our Employee Engagement Problem | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
More than half of America's workforce is disengaged. In an exclusive conversation with Dr. Jim Harterwho initiated the first State of the American...
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Top Employee Recognition Goals: How Many Does Your Company Embrace?

Top Employee Recognition Goals: How Many Does Your Company Embrace? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
WorldatWork just released its 2013 Trends in Employee Recognition report. The timing is ideal, as earlier this week I blogged about the importance of behavior-based recognition and …
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How Google Is Using People Analytics to Completely Reinvent HR

How Google Is Using People Analytics to Completely Reinvent HR | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
First of two parts If you haven’t seen it in the news, after its stock price broke the $800 barrier last month, Google moved into the No. 3 position among the most valuable firms in the …
Gene Shklover, PhD's insight:

A very nice summary of Google's approach to people's management and I love renaming ugly "Human Resources" into “people operations.”

 

I don't agree though that "data" and "analytics" are drawing distinction between the leading firms and the rest of the pack. I believe the distinction is in a drastically changed approach of treating people as human beings instead of human resources... I hope that it symbolizes a beginning of a global trend in changing the business world's attitude to its most precious asset - people. 

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