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The Most Popular Employee Perks Of 2014

The Most Popular Employee Perks Of 2014 | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

During a trip to California last fall, I stopped in to visit a friend of mine who works at Dropbox.  He zipped over to the reception area to fetch me on a Razor scooter, provided to employees to make getting around the office faster (and cooler), took me past the morning yoga class currently in session, the fresh squeezed juice station and granola wall, and the made-to-order stir fry bar, to the plush music room, equipped with instruments and big soft couches arranged in a lounge/bar atmosphere.  At the time, I was struggling to raise another round for my start-up, and was packing my own lunch for the plane to save money. It was as if I had walked into a physical representation of the opportunity costs of running my own company — and it was painful.

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 20, 11:22 PM

In addition to all of the traditional perks like 401K matching funds and free medical and dental benefits, employers are becoming more innovative and employees love it!

Debra Walker's curator insight, March 11, 4:35 PM

I am so glad to see that this author correctly identifies these as perks or additions to compensation plans.  As more employees are seeking other things than the traditional cash compensation, this does provide a competitive advantage as a distinguisher between organizations for individuals considering which organizations to work for.  However, what has to go hand in hand with these amendments to traditional compensation plans is a culture that supports and lives the philosophies that underline it.  As the author notes, not all firms can afford this and it is the kind of work and professional development environment that exists beyond these components that will guide the "happiness" and continued engagement of an employee.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 24, 7:47 AM

When you are offered employment, it is important that you negotiate for any additional perks.  As they say, you never receive what you don't ask for.

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The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

It's safe to say most people are addicted to meetings. It doesn't quite make sense, especially from a boss's perspective. Meetings are expensive. The hours your employees spend in meetings are hours when they're not working.

 


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Meetings, bloody meetings!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:05 AM

A helpful look at meetings - and how to make them more productive.

 

(From the article): The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, a Salary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

 

Obviously, not all meetings are unnecessary and unproductive. I spoke with project management and productivity expert Tony Wong to find out how to transform meetings and increase productivity. Here are his tips:

John Michel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:44 AM

The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, aSalary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

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The Evolution Of Work

The Evolution Of Work | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, HR Trend Institute, Fred Zimny
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AnnC's curator insight, September 14, 2013 6:42 PM

It is about time for structures to open up.  We have known that open systems work better in science for a long time.  

Miguel Cañas's curator insight, September 16, 2013 2:21 PM

Great Infographic about the evolution of work

John Michel's curator insight, September 23, 2013 2:36 PM

The smart leaders understand the concept of following from the front, that is, removing obstacles from the paths of employees to help them become successful.  Scaring your employees into doing what you want is a failed approach to leadership yet unfortunately this is how many of our companies were created; it’s time to evolve this way of leading.

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Your Employees are Engaged...REALLY? - Forbes

Your Employees are Engaged...REALLY? - Forbes | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"Recently, I dropped in on an innovative workspace for one of my software technology clients– it's a very cool office space. An open-plan, communal space with worktables in rows, very low partitions between areas, and no private offices."

 

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"Here are my top 5 questions which help construct the WHYS of employee engagement for leaders.

 

1) Why am I here?

2) Why should I trust you leadership?

3) Why should I be loyal to your company?

4) Why don’t you communicate your company values?

5) Why aren’t you clear about the rewards of working in this company?"

 

Read the rest of this article by Meghan Biro. Important questions leaders should consider....


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