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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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How To Avoid Employee Paranoia In The Workplace

How To Avoid Employee Paranoia In The Workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
7 measures leaders can employ to reduce employee paranoia over losing their jobs, a fear that can adversely impact productivity and growth.
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I liked this article. It addresses the proverbial "elephant in the room" with many of your employees. In my executive search practice, I am amazed at the sheer number of folks who are willing to talk about future opportunities because they are scared they might lose their current job through a RIF.

 

Some good ideas here to reinformce positive thinking. Obviously, you can't make guarantees - but you can go a long way to show people who important they are, how they matter, and how much you care.

 

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Adopt Employee Net Promoter Score

Top 10 Reasons You Should Adopt Employee Net Promoter Score | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Why is Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) important? We share 10 reasons eNPS should be part of your employee feedback strategy.
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I've published a number of articles on tracking nEPS as a metric to measure the success of your initiatives around employee experience and engagement. If you can't measure it, it's probably not worth managing. How do you track the success of your talent management initiatives?

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Employee Recognition is Key to Fighting Turnover

Employee Recognition is Key to Fighting Turnover | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn how real-time employee recognition is an effective fiscal measure in fighting the costly impact of employee turnover.
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Although the example used in this article was about dissatisfaction among nurses not finding meaning in their work" the exact same issues affect your employees regardless of industry. Are you leveraging recognition and appreciation to motivate, engage, and help show employees how they matter to your success?

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How To Implement Culture Change In A 70-Year-Old Company—Without An Employee Rebellion

How To Implement Culture Change In A 70-Year-Old Company—Without An Employee Rebellion | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
New leadership can mean all kinds of changes at an organization, but the hardest one by far to create and sustain is culture change.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Some key points in this Forbes article about culture change. How do you adapt to a post-Covid world? How do you integrate the baby boomer managers with staff of younger generations? How do make significant strides forward in employee effort, productivity, and engagement?

 

The author doesn't talk a lot about specific strategies, but rather the change management elements of having a plan and communication - 2 of the key reasons why 80 percent or more of cultural initiatives fail miserably.

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9 Best Practices for Onboarding New Employees

9 Best Practices for Onboarding New Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Onboarding isn’t just dropping off an employee handbook; it’s an intentional framework for future employee success. Learn how to create a great onboarding experience for new employees with these best practices.
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One of the elements I find most companies fail at in the hiring and engagement process is the bridge experience between them of on-boarding. How do you help your new employee feel like they've made the best decision of their life to join your organization. Here are some simple ideas/reminders of things to be done during that first 90 days so your new employee doesn't have "buyers remorse".

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The Five Fundamentals Of Employee Satisfaction

The Five Fundamentals Of Employee Satisfaction | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Satisfied employees stay longer and do better work. You can help motivate employees and provide deeper satisfaction by managing the things that really motivate people at work.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Although I've been beating the drums in my workshops on employee retention, engagement, and productivity around these concepts in the article based on Gallup's research in First Break All The Rules, the authors at BambooHR phrase it a little differently. This article serves as a great reminder of the key elements that drive employee engagement and productivity (I would rank understanding performance expectations NUMBER ONE).

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How To Sustain Company Culture In A Hybrid Work Model

How To Sustain Company Culture In A Hybrid Work Model | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Hybrid work is likely here to stay, and as a result, leaders will need to be intentional about how to create and sustain constructive and productive cultures....
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Good article from Forbes pointing out key issues to sustain your culture in a hybrid model of part-time and full-time tele-commuters. How do you connect people to purpose, accountability, and shared experiences when they are seperated from their bosses, peers, and subordinates?

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Employee Recognition: The Key to Customer Satisfaction

Employee Recognition: The Key to Customer Satisfaction | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee recognition is crucial to companies' business success. Learn in what specific ways it improves customer satisfaction.
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Many Vistage size companies treat recognition and non-monetary rewards like it's an afterthought. Many abandoned whatever they were doing when Covid hit. My belief is that you should double down on recognition when some or all of your workforce is virtual. The thing I liked most about this article was the linkage between recognized employees/engaged employees and customer satisfaction.

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How to Keep Employees Engaged During COVID-19

How to Keep Employees Engaged During COVID-19 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How do we adapt without compromising employee engagement?Here are 4 tips on how to reinvent your company culture and have better employee engagement:...
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I've done about 75 workshops since mid-March on Managing Remotely in a Crisis covering similar points for Vistage groups and members.

 

Some really good ideas here that most companies are violating during Covid and remote work. First, building trusting relationships through effective one-to-ones, and showing a little bit of caring, sensitivity, and empathy by not making every conversation about goals and KPIs - building this conversation through effective use of video and chat technology. Are you failing to engage your workforce for the highest productivity levels because you're failing on some of these most basic elements of managing remotely?

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Build Success in the Workplace Using the Employee Engagement Lifecycle

Build Success in the Workplace Using the Employee Engagement Lifecycle | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Workplace engagement is essential to having happy and effective employees. Here is how to build success with the employee engagement lifecycle....
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Here's different lens through which to view your employees - new term: the employee engagement lifecycle - also referred as the employee experience. Are we considering our employee's journey from the hiring process through to when they leave? What are the touchpoints, how to build their loyalty and committment, and show them they've made the best decision of their career to be part of our organization? That's a radically different approach than you show up for work and we pay you for being here. Are we ready to make that transition?

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How to revamp your remote onboarding process for 2021

How to revamp your remote onboarding process for 2021 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Human Resources and Workforce Management News...
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I get a lot of questions in my workshops about on-boarding - particularly about remote on-boarding. Here's a good resource with some ideas to consider for your next hire.

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7 Employee Engagement Tools to Help You Increase Engagement

7 Employee Engagement Tools to Help You Increase Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Take your employee success strategy to the next level with the right employee engagement tools and learn the importance of an integrated solution.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Although the article ends with a ptich for their services, I like the list of suggestions that might improve employee engagement. Not sure this is an all encompassing list - and it's mostly centered around performance/feedback/goal setting type issues. However, most companies are not coming close to fulfilling these most basic of employee engagement criteria.

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Employee Experience: Combining Performance Management and Learning

Employee Experience: Combining Performance Management and Learning | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Let’s consider how integrating the right performance management technologies and culture can help organizations create a comprehensive employee experience.
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Lots of buzz around this idea of the "employee experience". I liked this article for the recommendation they make about integrating learning and development with performance management - instead of looking at these two elements as completely separate. 

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Nine ways to level-up employee recognition in the remote workplace

Nine ways to level-up employee recognition in the remote workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here are three fundamentals of effective employee recognition and creative ways managers can show appreciation for their team today. ...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Many companies have very weak non-monetary reward and recognition programs. Here are some ideas to experiment with for boosting employee engagement in your organization (I use the phrase employee engagement to be an alternative to employee productivity). Next to not defining success, a lack of a rigorous process for employee appreciation and recognition is the next biggest mistake I see at most companies in regard to employee engagement and productivity.

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Employee engagement in the last leg of the pandemic and beyond

Employee engagement in the last leg of the pandemic and beyond | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How can employees remain motivated and resilient despite the challenges ignited by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Key take-away from this article is the idea that companies should be focused on talent management - the entire range of an employee's experience. My personal perspective is that most organizations are still stuck in a 1970s model of management and culture. How do we continue to keep employees learning, growing, being challenged, and motivated?

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Cultivating culture in a remote workplace

Cultivating culture in a remote workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Our partners at Purple share how they've been cultivating culture, even throughout the pandemic.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

There are some interesting ideas here related to engaging, appreciation, and recognition. Are you pursuing any of these initiatives for your culture/team?

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The Most Important 2021 Employee Engagement Trends

The Most Important 2021 Employee Engagement Trends | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
This will be a momentous year for employee engagement, an issue that nearly every organizational leader has thought about recently. Learn about the most influential trends that will help employees feel like part of a larger mission, grow professionally, and understand the impact they make on others.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting elements of employee engagement to think about for the coming year. Where do you stand around significant initiatives on each of these key points? The job market is starting to heat up again in anticipatin of Covid ending. Are you prepared to retain your best performers or if you do nothing is there a risk of some of these folks being poached?

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WFH: Get ready for the WFH appraisal season: Smart tips for managers to assess employee performance

WFH: Get ready for the WFH appraisal season: Smart tips for managers to assess employee performance | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Inspiring employees to remain engaged and productive is a growing issue....
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Almost all of my clients are struggling with giving effective feedback and conducting on-going performance management. This article emphasizes some of the key points to having a discussion around performance with your team members. I like the idea of showing empathy as a starting point.

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Half of workers say HR policy doesn't support pandemic working | theHRD

Half of workers say HR policy doesn't support pandemic working | theHRD | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Half of workers say HR policy doesn't support pandemic working.Dissatisfaction rises 81% of employees despite organisation did a good job...
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Is there an increasing trend of employees being disappointed in their employer's response/support of working from home? How does this effect productivity and engagement in the coming hybrid work environment?

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What is the Best Employee Onboarding Process

What is the Best Employee Onboarding Process | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The best employee onboarding process will steer new hires toward success in their roles and create alignment with a company’s values.
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Have you given thought to improving your on-boarding process? How do you create a scenario in which the new employee thinks they've made the best decision of their life to join your organization - from the moment of the offer to their first 90 days on the job.

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Proving the Value of Employee Engagement

Proving the Value of Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Patti P. Phillips and Jack J. Phillips No topic is more frequently discussed in the talent development area than employee engagement. Articles, conferences, and books are filled with issues about employee engagement, usually for good reason. Fully engaged employees will remain with their organization, be more productive, deliver better quality, and be more efficient. In […]
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I am a huge proponent of measuring and evaluating. My experience in executive search is that over 80 percent of executive level initiatives - in manufacturing or HR - fail miserably to have a significant impact. One of the primary reasons is that we don't use metrics, KPIs, and data to be informed of our decisions, initiatives, execution, and impact.

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There's something better than Employee Engagement | HR Examiner

There's something better than Employee Engagement | HR Examiner | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
As an employee, it is natural that my engagement will rise and fall. There's something better to measure than Employee Engagement.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here's counter argument to employee engagement. I do not agree with the author's statement that the most we can expect from an organization is 35% engagement.

 

Problems: First, I do agree that the engagement number has hovered around 25-33 percent for 20 years. Why? Is there a limitation or is it due to some other factor? I'll contend that you will always have a group of engaged employees no matter what you do. Second, the group that offers the greatest opportunity to raise the engagement number is the disengaged group - we're failing to engage this category of employee. In fact, I'll suggest that 80 percent of all engagement initiatives fail for lack of effective execution. Finally, we're leaving the actively disengaged in our companies dragging down the numbers. Get rid of these folks - they are negative influence on everyone else.

 

The solution might be better execution from the HR team in driving initiatives and programs around engagement.

 

 

 

 

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How to Drive Employee Engagement During Challenging Times

How to Drive Employee Engagement During Challenging Times | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement matters in all the aspects of whether you are a marketer or a business owner. Here are 7 ways to drive employee engagement..
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Are you using this Covid crisis to raise your employee engagement - even though many employees might not be in the office. Notice the first item on the list is employee well-being - which I've discovered is the last thing most organizations are thinking about rather than the first.

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3 Tenets of a Strong Remote Culture

3 Tenets of a Strong Remote Culture | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Leading consulting firms like McKinsey have done it for years. Here’s what they’ve learned.
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Good article on ideas of working and managing remotely. We're not all McKinsey-type companies, but there may be a few nuggets we can take away from this article - as work evolves toward permanent remote or a hybrid environment.

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Retention Attention: Metrics and Best Practices That Up Your Retention Game

Retention Attention: Metrics and Best Practices That Up Your Retention Game | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
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I am huge proponent of metrics and KPIs to determine are your initiatives having an impact. Here are some ideas for measuring retention and related scores.

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