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Hiring top talent is only the start. Now you have to work hard to keep your very best talent. Most companies stink at structured and systematic retention of their top performers. Discover how to prevent turnover and keep your best people.
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The best (and worst) employee survey questions

The best (and worst) employee survey questions | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here’s how to elicit more substantive, honest answers regarding job satisfaction, personal goals and company culture. With in-person interactions being few and far between for many teams, employee engagement is especially crucial to your business’ success.
Barry Deutschs insight:

I frequenty suggest to my clients to do employee surveys to take the pulse of your workforce. Many companies don't do this because the management team is afraid of what they will hear. This article lists some of the good questions to use. I particularly liked the start of the article with "What's your Why?"

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6 Slack Apps For Employee Engagement We Bet You Didn’t Know About | Plum Blog

6 Slack Apps For Employee Engagement We Bet You Didn’t Know About | Plum Blog | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Slack offers over 2000 integrations with different kinds of apps. Here are some of them you can use for employee engagement.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Everyone organization is a technolgy company now! Are you using apps and tools to make life more efficient and enjoyble for your employees? Here are some ideas for employee engagement through Slack. If you're using teams - what is the comparable apps/tools?

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The Secret to Employee Happiness is a Great Onboarding System

The Secret to Employee Happiness is a Great Onboarding System | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It is impossible to overstate the importance of building a great employee onboarding system to solve the problem of employee turnover in the first 90 days.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Most companies are horrible at their on-boarding process. In most companies the imprpvement of their on-boarding process is fake dress up = what my of my midwestern friends would call putting lipstcik on a pig. A great on-boarding process goes a long way to building engagement, encouraging motivation, and ensuring a successful relationship.

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Should Organizations Reward Employee Performance or Behaviour?

Should Organizations Reward Employee Performance or Behaviour? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
This article can help organizations who are often faced with this dilemma – whether to reward employee performance or behaviour.
Barry Deutschs insight:

I get this question a lot from my clients related to what are we measuring and how are we recognizing it in our people? Is it more about performance or behaviors?

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Peer to Peer Recognition at the Workplace: The Complete Guide

Peer to Peer Recognition at the Workplace: The Complete Guide | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Wondering what is a peer to peer recognition, and how can you build a recognition program in your organization? Read this complete guide.
Barry Deutschs insight:

As you probably know, I talk extensively about how rewards, recognition, and appreciation is the next most important element to employee engagement (productivity) after defining success for the role.

 

Do you have a strong peer to peer recognition as a best practice in rewards and recognition for your organization?

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Busting 4 remote employee engagement myths

Busting 4 remote employee engagement myths | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Traditional engagement tactics are no longer working. Here’s what you can do to maintain productivity, morale and motivation amid the ongoing pandemic. We won’t debate which is more productive, in-person or remote work.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Let's shatter some myths that managers have about their remote/hybrid work team - for example - I was very surprised about the "tone it down" on communication myth.

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Council Post: How To Create A Culture Of Appreciation In Your Team

Council Post: How To Create A Culture Of Appreciation In Your Team | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Appreciation culture is an effective way to develop emotional connections between your employees and your company, which in return can motivate them to stay loyal and dedicated to the company culture.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Most companies I come across in my executive search and consulting practice claim they have a great culture - but they lack a core element of appreciation, gratitude, recognition, and thankfulness. How do your managers execute on a daily basis around showing appreciation? Is it time for some remedial training of your management team around this critical element of an outstanding culture.

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The 12 Scariest Bosses Anyone Could Have

The 12 Scariest Bosses Anyone Could Have | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Research shows that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores. The 12 scariest bosses: Ghost boss – only shows up when things go wrong.Wart boss – loves to point out what’s wrong.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Always looking for a little managerial humor. Bosses are always getting a bad rap - maybe for good reason after you read this article. I've been preaching over the last few years about how important the boss is in driving engagement/productivity.

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The Impact Of Covid-Related Stress On Employee Engagement

The Impact Of Covid-Related Stress On Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Anxiety and stress during COVID-19 has risen, and new research shows that this is having a profound impact on employee engagement among workers. Thankfully, there is an answer.
Barry Deutschs insight:

We've known this to be an issue for quite some time. Studies are starting to show the effect of stress and anxiety on engagement and productivity. The big question is how your organization is responding to this new trend and potential crisis given the fact that we're going to be in a Covid-related environment probably well into 2022.

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1 in 4 US workers have considered quitting amid COVID-19: poll

1 in 4 US workers have considered quitting amid COVID-19: poll | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
An overwhelming number of US workers, or 75 percent, say they have been stressed out over juggling their professional and home lives amid deadly COVID-19 -- not to mention the fear of contracting it.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Some interesting insights into your workforce - particulary the disengaged who don't care whether they continue working for you  - new study pegs it at 25 percent. I believe it's much higher - particularly if you look at the Gallup research.

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Dos and Don’ts of Effective Employee Recognition - BambooHR Blog

Dos and Don’ts of Effective Employee Recognition - BambooHR Blog | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn best practices that can help you develop a top-notch employee recognition program—and avoid common pitfalls.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Good article by BambooHR on the Dos and Don'ts of employee recognition. As I indicted earlier, many companies have just zoned out on the need to increase employee recognition, rewards, sensitivity, empathy during COVID. My argument is that we should all be doubling down to show how much we appreciate our employees.

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Recognizing A Toxic Work Culture Before You Get In Too Deep

Recognizing A Toxic Work Culture Before You Get In Too Deep | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Bullying, abuse, threats, incomprehensible hours and demands, overt sexism, and racism are all pretty in-your-face signs that there might be an issue but there are quite a few more subtle signs that you should be attuned to should you find yourself in a potentially toxic environment.
Barry Deutschs insight:

This article caught my attention. Do you work in a toxic work environment? Should you be asking yourself these questions? As a key executive, leader, or CEO - you are what you tolerate. If the complaints I hear from my clients are indicative of what's going on in most companies as tolerated behavior - then I am seriously worried about the state of employee engagement and retention.

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Managing a remote employee who consistently fails to perform

Managing a remote employee who consistently fails to perform | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
While it would be ideal if employee performance was never an issue, understanding the options enables managers to succeed when it is....
Barry Deutschs insight:

Many of my clients have been lamenting to me for the past few months about underperforming team members and whether they should fire them and replace with them with someone better.

 

There are lot of things you can do to improve an employee's performance before you reach for the trap door lever. First, are the expectations and results desired clear, precise, quantifiable, and metric based? Are they written down and have you and your employee agreed to them together? Secondly, how often are you having one-to-ones and improving your coaching of your employees? Finally, are you actively working on employee engagement initiatives such as creating personal development plans and implementing a rigorous employee appreciation and recognition program? Simple steps to dramatically boost performance, effort, initiative, motivation, and proactivity.

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How to Actually Encourage Employee Accountability

How to Actually Encourage Employee Accountability | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It’s about dignity, fairness, and restoration — not blame.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Here are some frightening statistics about performance management and accountability from a recent HBR article. This could be one of the greatest issues of the decade for hiring, productivity, and engagement.

 

Most of my clients when asked why they are not defining success and implementing accountability - respond with "we don't know what to do."

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Council Post: 11 Telltale Signs Of Employee Disengagement

Council Post: 11 Telltale Signs Of Employee Disengagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee disengagement can be dangerous for a business since it can lead to poor performance and massive turnover. Here are some telltale signs of employee disengagement that could cost you your best workers.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Are any of these telltale signs of disengagement occuring in your organization? I would guess it's all over the place if we're being honest since research indicates that 50-70 percent of your workforce is disengaged. The real question is what are you doing about it?

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How to Decide to Fire

How to Decide to Fire | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn when to fire and what signs to look for for problems.
Barry Deutschs insight:

I rarely touch on the element of when to fire someone. I should probably cover this topic more in-depth. One of the old trite phrases that many of my clients violate is Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly. Most companies do the complete opposite. They fall victim to hiring mistakes because they pull the trigger long before vetting, validating, verifying every claim, accomplishment, achievement, skill, statement by the candidate.

 

They also let misbehaving, toxic, non-performers overstay their welcome instead of voting them off the island. They usually rationalize this decision with "better the devil I know than the one i don't."

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How Top Supervisors Decide When to Give Feedback

How Top Supervisors Decide When to Give Feedback | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Top 10 Human Resources Recruiter in Michigan...
Barry Deutschs insight:

I find that a huge struggle for many managers is the decision making process over when and how to give feedback. I like the summary and checkbox approach of this article to determining the proper course of action when an issue occurs that is feedback worthy.

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Employee Self-Appraisal Questions that Boost Productivity

Employee Self-Appraisal Questions that Boost Productivity | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Many experts recommend the use of employee self-appraisal questions and include them in the performance management process. Learn why they're important.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Do you make performance discussion a two-way street? Interesting article on including an employee self-appraisal as part of your performance management-appraisal process.

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Do your employee performance programs work

Do your employee performance programs work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Remote work makes performance management more challenging but also even more important.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Interesting article on performance management - particularly questions around feedback. The author suggests feedback is not as important as it once was since everyone feels that's the standard = unfortunately many companies still suffer from a basic last of effective feedback by managers. Is it time to reassess managerial skills in giving feedback. Many CEOs assume that if their direct reports carry manager level titles, they must understand how to give feedback. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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12 Employee Rewards for Every Occasion

12 Employee Rewards for Every Occasion | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Find out what types of employee rewards can help your organization increase engagement, productivity, retention, and overall employee satisfaction.
Barry Deutschs insight:

I cannot stress enough the importance of a vibrant employee recognition and reward program. Here are some additional ideas to consider in recognition and rewards. Next to the lack of NOT defining success, a weak or non-existent recognition and rewards program is the secon reason you see a lack of engagement and productivity in your organization.

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How to stop being average (at anything)

How to stop being average (at anything) | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Would you consider yourself just average? If you want to excel and succeed in everything, learn how to stop being just okay, with this tip.
Barry Deutschs insight:

This article caught my attention. In my executive search practice I focus on interviewing for exceptional talent - those who have a passion for self-improvement, learning, and development. I look for people who have developed a high degree of mental toughness like resilience, focus, effort, overcoming adversity, taking initiative, being proactive, and tenacity. You can develop all these traits - you're not born with them.

 

Here's my question: If you can teach yourself these core traits of success and a few others - why don't you do it? The payoff to applying yourself at a completely different level is enormous. We don't do it because it's really hard work! Most people are happy being complacent, being average, accepting their lot in life as a given that they cannot change - because they dont want to make the effort to be better.

 

What's your pain threshold for being ready to change your mindset and your behaviors?

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6 things that make smart people fail

6 things that make smart people fail | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Even when a product—or lack of one—is at the center of the spectacle, flawed thinking by very smart people is often what made things fall apart.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Interesting article on potential failure points of executives and managers. Many times in interviews we except the rationalizations and excuses of why they didn't succeed. Or they blame it one others. Could their failure be linked to their own behavioral flaw - how do we flush this out in the interview?

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How to Manage Employee Performance Effectively

How to Manage Employee Performance Effectively | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Develop a strong employee performance management strategy by adopting these best practices.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Good thorough article on performance management and best practices. Are you starting to adopt some of these ideas in your performance management?

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Importance of Celebrating Personal Milestones of Employees

Importance of Celebrating Personal Milestones of Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Celebrating personal milestones of employees can help organizations to motivate their employees and drive their performance and loyalty.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Do you celebrate personal milestones of your employees. One milestone not mentioned you should be celebrating are when your employees take part in non-profit, social activities that are not political - like helping at a soup kitchen, food bank, or organizing a dinner drive for local hospital workers.  Are all of your employees tuned into what's going on in the lives of their teammates?

 

I've seen many companies drop this caring, empathy, and recognition during Covid as if people don't matter anymore. NOW is when we should be emphasizing these personal milestones.

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Top guide on how to gain maximum productivity at home | theHRD

Top guide on how to gain maximum productivity at home | theHRD | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Working at home and struggling to maintain productivity? Workthere, has shared 10 tips on how you can create an office space that leads to maximum productivity.
Barry Deutschs insight:

You might consider sharing this aricle with your employees who are working from a home office to improve their productivity.

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