April 2016

27
Apr

Engaged Cultures: Homeside Financial

BlackbookHR is on a mission to recognize companies and leaders that achieve high performance through engaged cultures. We’re spotlighting companies where employees are proud to work and are doing great things, but their stories might not make headlines. Great cultures and employee engagement aren’t built on crazy perks, but in the way people work, the type of people hired and

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26
Apr

The Art of Engagement: How to Prioritize Action After Your Engagement Survey

There’s no doubt that an engagement initiative takes a lot of work. Getting buy-in from company leaders, writing and administering a survey and assembling the results aren’t easy. But creating and implementing an engagement action plan — the steps your organization will take to make engagement happen — can seem overwhelming, and it’s where many engagement initiatives fail. If you

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21
Apr

The Downside of Measuring Happiness

Everyone wants their employees to be happy. The reasons are obvious. It’s no fun to be around people who aren’t happy — they can bring others down and generally make everything unpleasant. But we also aim for employee happiness because people tend to shy away from uncomfortable emotions, and we believe that if everyone would just be happy, work would

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19
Apr

3 Ways Predictive Analytics Is Shaping Talent Management

What if you could look into the future and determine which new hires would best succeed at your company? There’s always some uncertainty around hiring, even if you use interview panels and personality assessments. But technology is changing that: With predictive analytics, it’s now possible to get a clearer picture of how new employees might perform at your organization, how

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14
Apr

How to Build a Better Engagement Survey

When you’re building an engagement survey, the decisions you make will determine whether it’s a success. And by “success,” I mean scientifically valid. The kinds of questions you ask and the number of responses you receive will affect the results, and you’ll need to have confidence in the results to put your engagement plan into action. I asked David Youssefnia,

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12
Apr

4 Ways to Prepare Employees for an Engagement Survey

A successful employee survey relies on trust. If employees don’t trust the process, you can forget a response rate that generates actionable insights. Boost trust in the engagement process by making sure your employees are ready for the survey and understand what it’s all about. These tips will help you make your employee engagement survey a success. Explain the Difference

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8
Apr

HBR: How Employee Engagement Affects Business Outcomes

When companies start traveling the road map to engagement, the improvements along the way can seem abstract. But the outcomes of engagement initiatives are more than increased employee satisfaction. Increased engagement drives real, measurable business results. At Talmetrix, we’re always working to link engagement to business outcomes, so I was encouraged to read this recent article from the Harvard Business

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7
Apr

6 Advanced Engagement Survey Terms You Should Know

Just as employee surveys go beyond simple yes/no answers, survey analysis and data management can go deeper than simply showing whether people are engaged. As your company gets more adept at understanding the science of engagement, you’ll likely come across advanced survey terms that might make you scratch your head. I asked David Youssefnia, Ph.D., to explain a few of

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5
Apr

How to Build a Survey That Works for Your Organization

There are several different ways to survey employees, and considering them all can be overwhelming. After years of designing and implementing engagement surveys, we’ve got some tips to guide you. Keep in mind that no matter what kind of survey you choose, your business strategy will help narrow down your survey approach and the questions you ask. Talent analytics is

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