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.
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.
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.
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?