June 2015

30
Jun

Employee Engagement Requires Acts of Courage

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on TLNT on April 23, 2015. Employee engagement is not for the timid. Assessing and improving employee engagement requires courage from leaders and employees at every level — and that can be a challenge for some organizations. If you are working to establish a culture of engagement at your organization,

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25
Jun

Why Employee Recognition Matters — And How to Get It Right

It takes more than basic rewards — think pay and benefits — to really engage and retain top talent. Great employees also want to know they’re doing a good job and that someone appreciates their hard work. When employees feel acknowledged, they are more likely to be motivated and productive in their everyday work lives. Employee recognition doesn’t have to

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23
Jun

Transparency and Employee Involvement Help Make HubSpot a Great Place to Work

Marketing and sales software giant HubSpot has appeared several times on various “great place to work” lists and received accolades for its transparent, friendly corporate culture. How does the Boston-based company do it? HubSpot’s strong culture isn’t the result of top-down management, says Director of Talent and Culture Katie Burke. “The vast majority of ideas have nothing to do with

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18
Jun

The How’s and Why’s of Helping Employees Manage Stress

When your employees have a problem that inhibits their ability to work, it becomes a problem for their teams and the organization as a whole, too. Successful leaders understand that providing employee support is key to maintaining a fully functional, productive workforce. That’s particularly true when it comes to employees who are facing a variety of work-related stress — which

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16
Jun

What Gallup’s Latest Employee Engagement Data Means for the Cable Telecommunications Industry

I originally wrote about the Gallup employee engagement survey results in March. Recently I focused on what these results mean for cable telecom companies in an article featured in the CTHRA March/April 2015 newsletter. The full article appears below. Gallup’s most recent annual employee engagement data contained some good news and bad news: Engagement was up in 2014 compared to

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11
Jun

Wal-Mart Listens to Workers, Finds Easy Ways to Boost Employee Satisfaction

Wal-Mart made news last week when it announced changes designed to boost employee satisfaction, including a more relaxed dress code where employees will be allowed to wear denim to work. Another change involves the music you hear playing in Wal-Mart stores. Instead of having to listen to a limited number of songs on a loop — which can grow annoying

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9
Jun

How to Think About Employee Engagement in Terms of Productivity

Higher engagement means increased productivity — it’s that simple. But my friend Denise Cooper of Coach HR says she often finds leaders have trouble grasping the importance of employee engagement. So she changes her tactics. “When I talk to leaders, I don’t talk about engagement. I talk about productivity,” she says. “HR sometimes shoots itself in the foot when it

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4
Jun

Beat the Heat With These Summer Employee Engagement Tips

Summer is the time when most people — including your employees — want to be relaxing at the beach or spending time outside with their families. Keeping them engaged at work can be difficult, but offering special summer-only benefits such as casual Fridays or weekend events can help your employees focus on work when they aren’t taking vacation time. It

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2
Jun

5 Traits Companies Should Seek When Staffing for Growth

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on American Express OPEN Forum on April 14, 2015. It can take great teams of great people for high-growth companies to achieve their ambitious goals. But not all great people are created equal. Workers who would be great for a steady, established enterprise aren’t the same ones that would be

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