August 2015

27
Aug

Servant Leadership Builds Trust and Increases Employee Engagement

Servant leadership is often called the most important aspect of leadership. Successful leaders understand that it isn’t enough to lead employees — you have to actively help them succeed. A servant leader helps her team develop their skills, and in doing so improves the entire organization. This week, I’ve been reading about how a servant leader can improve the workplace

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25
Aug

#HRwins Infographic: Why the Annual Engagement Survey Is Dead

As more companies move toward a freelance, contractor or contingent workforce model, keeping employee engagement at the forefront can be a challenge, says human resources technology adviser George Larocque. He recently created a great infographic that looks at HR tech companies — including BlackbookHR — that are disrupting employee engagement. It explains the traditional annual employee survey and compartmentalized approach

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24
Aug

What is a Manager’s Role in Engaging Employees?

Employee engagement — and disengagement — has serious effects on businesses, but it isn’t a metric that can be moved by members of the C-suite alone. Managers play an integral role in engaging employees at all levels of an organization. I recently connected with MindLight Group founder Esther Weinberg, author of “Become a Successful Leader: 57 Simple Strategies Any Leader

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18
Aug

Do You Understand the Connection Between Collaboration and Employee Engagement?

The workforce has changed rapidly in recent years and companies that want to build and maintain employee engagement in today’s working world must focus on collaboration, says David Youssefnia, Ph.D., president and founder of Critical Metrics and one of Talmetrix’s (formerly BlackbookHR) advisers. “When you think about collaboration today, it’s something that’s important because the nature of work has changed,”

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13
Aug

Young Talent Staying in Cincinnati Because of Better Opportunities to Live, Work and Play

This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on WCPO Cincinnati on July 22, 2015 I’ve been a part of the Cincinnati community since 2007. I’ve been impressed by the growth and development that’s happened in just a few short years. The city’s strong employer ecosystem provides plenty of opportunities for young talent: There’s a good mix of

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11
Aug

How to Connect People to Improve Employee Engagement

As companies focus on collaboration and engagement, they need to understand that connectedness is key to an organization’s bottom line, says Jeff Thompson. He’s president of PEAK Learning and one of BlackbookHR’s advisors, and we caught up with him to talk about the importance of connectedness in the role of productivity at any organization. “It really comes down to taking

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6
Aug

Why Employee Engagement Matters

If you still think employee engagement is too touchy-feely for business or just a passing fad, you’re wrong and there’s research to prove it. Employee engagement affects real business metrics, including productivity, turnover, customer satisfaction and the bottom line. These recent articles and blog posts explain all that and more reasons why employee engagement matters to every business. Employee Engagement

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4
Aug

Why You Need to Consider Your Employees’ Perspective on Engagement Surveys

This is an excerpt of a post by Chris Ostoich that originally appeared on Forbes on June 11, 2015. The employee survey process is, historically, annoying. Employees might answer 80 questions on an online survey that takes almost an hour, they hit “submit,” and when they get a 404 page, they’re stuck wondering if their answers went through or if

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