December 2014

18
Dec

Earning Employees’ Trust is Key to Engagement Efforts

Earning your employees’ trust is one of the most basic things you can do as a leader to improve engagement at your organization. This means being consistent in your actions, open with communication and fair in judgment. When employees trust you, they’re more likely to be aligned with your organization’s mission, working hard and planning to stay longer. This week

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15
Dec

A Time to Celebrate — and Give Back

The BlackbookHR team is grateful to all the customers and friends who have helped build our business in 2014. We know how fortunate we are to work for a growing company, doing work we love with great colleagues. As a team, we like to give something back to the local Cincinnati community that’s home to our business and families. This

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11
Dec

Real Listening is Essential to Employee Engagement

No one likes to feel like no one is listening and employees get frustrated fast when they feel like they aren’t being heard. One of the simplest, cheapest steps you can take to improve employee engagement at any organization is to make sure leaders — from frontline managers up to executives — are really listening to what employees think. This

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9
Dec

9 Tips To Make A Splash At An Industry Event On A Shoestring Budget

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on Forbes on Nov. 21, 2014. Conferences and other industry events are a great way for startups to get noticed, but it’s hard not to feel small (in a bad way) when you walk into such a large event. For example, this year’s HR Technology Conference had 300 vendors, including

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4
Dec

President Obama Tells Federal Managers to Focus on Employee Engagement

As Chris Powell and I often point out, employee engagement makes a big difference in every workplace. Last week, President Obama affirmed the federal government is no exception with a memo to agency leaders from the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management and the Presidential Personnel Office, which said the government’s senior managers will soon be

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2
Dec

4 Tips for Keeping Employees Engaged Over the Holidays

When you return from a holiday and time off from work, you should feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to go. But returning from Thanksgiving, I feel the annual holiday crunch coming on. I have a lot of work to do here at BlackbookHR to finish up the year strong, but I also need to get my Christmas cards out and

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