April 2015

30
Apr

Want to Improve Engagement? Focus on Healthier Work-Life Balance

Workers often say they want better work-life balance. Employers are beginning to see the value in this as well, realizing that if an employee is worrying about their family, health or other personal obligations, they can’t be as effective at their job as they could be. By remaining flexible, if possible, and allowing employees uninterrupted time with their families, employers

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28
Apr

Sometimes the Little Things Can Make a Big Difference in Employee Engagement

Company leaders sometimes think an employee engagement initiative has to be a huge undertaking, with new programs and efforts to move the needle. While big gestures are important, don’t discount the little things, because they can be just as effective in building a culture of engagement at your organization. The Power of a Name When I worked as an HR

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23
Apr

Study Says Most Managers Actively Disengaged At Work

Bad managers can make a great job a nightmare and great managers can make a nightmare job a lot better. Unfortunately, the world seems to suffer from a lot of bad managers right now. That’s the word from Gallup, whose recent study State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders highlights just how pervasive bad management is. As

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17
Apr

Effective Communication Is Essential to Employee Engagement

Improved workplace communication is consistently among the things employees say would increase their engagement at work, yet many companies continue to struggle to build effective communication into their cultures. Office politics, technological failures, generational differences and even literal language barriers can impede effective communication in today’s global workplaces. Still, there are plenty of things corporate leaders can do to create

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16
Apr

Steve Boese at DisruptHR: Use Technology To Bring People Together, Not Keep Them Apart

Despite the advances made in technology, we’re still using it to keep ourselves apart rather than bringing ourselves closer together, Steve Boese, HR Tech Conference co-chair, said at a Cleveland DisruptHR event in February. Technology has come a long way: Prehistoric people struggled with major challenges, such as killing a mammoth with a rock, Boese said. Today, things seem untenable

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9
Apr

The Power of Servant Leadership

“Servant leadership” is a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in his 1970 essay “The Servant as Leader”. Servant leaders get things done by first taking care of the needs of the people they’re leading. Does this mean servant leaders are pushovers? Absolutely not. Rather, they make themselves available and share their time, knowledge and experience to help others succeed.

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7
Apr

Deloitte Survey Finds ‘Looming Crisis’ In Employee Engagement and Retention

Deloitte recently released research that paints a pretty dire picture for employers worldwide. Employers are facing an approaching crisis in employee engagement and retention, according to the Deloitte’s third annual “Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work” report. And while the vast majority of companies are concerned about employee engagement, they aren’t taking action to

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2
Apr

Peer Coaching Can Benefit Your Workplace

When people discuss coaching in the workplace, they often confuse it with training or assume it’s a manager coaching or mentoring one of her direct reports. While managers certainly can perform coaching duties, often the best coaching is done by peers and colleagues. It can be done in a group setting or one-on-one and can be beneficial to both parties.

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