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Above and Beyond, or the Bare Minimum? Recognize and Manage Employee Engagement at Every Level

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 12, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Many organizations place a high priority on employee engagement, but how many can say their workforce is fully engaged? To know whether your employees are engaged, it’s important to understand what engagement means. You can interpret employee engagement in many ways, which is why sometimes addressing it and learning how to improve it is extremely difficult.

Engagement doesn’t necessarily mean happiness or a measurable amount of work, but it can be identified through actions that reflect the emotional commitment employees have to a company. When employees lack that commitment, they become disengaged, and basically disconnect themselves emotionally from the organization and its goals. While most disengaged employees will leave their job eventually, not everyone quits. Disengaged employees who stay with an employer can have a severe negative effect on the company. They tend to be less productive, produce lower quality of work, can cost time, money, and clients, and drag other employees down with them. This is why it’s important to recognize and tackle disengagement on every level before it becomes a burden on the organization.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Quickly Measure Employee Engagement: One Effective (and Super-Easy) Method

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Picture this scenario: the HR manager of Widgets, Inc., suspects that employee engagement is low after observing certain behaviours in the workplace. Some staffers are routinely showing up late or calling in sick more often than historical averages, while others have begun to openly grumble about things they don’t like. The HR manager knows that something is wrong, but isn’t quite sure how to gauge the true extent of the problem.

There is a vast body of literature, advice, and clinical studies on the subject of employee engagement. Many organizations try to tackle this all-important issue only to see their efforts fall completely flat, or at least fail to gain any noticeable traction. As the business saying goes, “what gets measured, gets managed.” And as any decent carpenter will tell you, “measure twice, cut once.” Proper measurement, therefore, is the first step in truly assessing employee engagement across the organization. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) has been used effectively for over 15 years as a reliable and repeatable methodology for this very purpose. So where do you start?

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Make ’Em, Don’t Break ’Em! Keep Up with Your HR Resolutions

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 1, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Every New Year’s Eve, as the ball drops in Times Square and fireworks erupt over Parliament Hill, people make resolutions. Most people make these resolutions with a true desire to make them happen and the initial drive to succeed. However, the unfortunate truth about resolutions is they are usually easier to make than keep. In fact, studies show only 8% of people keep their personal New Year’s resolutions, and that is understandable. Keeping resolutions is not easy; unexpected obstacles may arise, and delays can occur without warning. Although all resolutions start with good intentions, by the middle of February, it’s not uncommon for these resolutions to be forgotten.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, HR Resolutions

From Employee Experience to Employee Engagement

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 5, 2017 2:30:00 PM

When surveying an HR landscape full of trendy buzzwords, “employee engagement” and “employee experience” may seem like two signposts that point you toward the same destination: happy, motivated, and hard-working employees. Although each practice complements the other, each requires a slightly different mindset.   

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Topics: Employee Engagement, employee experience, EX

Kudos, Not Cash – Budget-Friendly Employee Recognition

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 13, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Employees everywhere appreciate getting a monetary bonus for doing a fantastic job or burning the midnight oil. There is also no doubt that extra cash motivates many employees to apply themselves with extra effort at work. Although some employers offer bonuses, many simply don’t have the resources to provide financial rewards. When businesses are faced with tight budgets, they often need get creative to reward and recognize their employees.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, HR Management

Organizational Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 16, 2016 2:08:13 PM

People outside your company often ask employees what it’s like to work there. In effect, they are asking you what your corporate culture is. Is your answer positive? Have you really thought about answering this in more than cursory detail? More importantly, what kind of value can the right corporate culture bring your company?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture, HR Management

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