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Retain Top Talent
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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3 Controversial Ways to Get Your Managers Coaching

3 Controversial Ways to Get Your Managers Coaching | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you’re committed to helping your managers coach but the actual practice of coaching hasn’t stuck, try these surprising tips.
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73 percent of managers had some form of coaching training, but only 23 percent of people being coached (fewer than one in four!) thought that the coaching had a positive effect on their job. That statistic stinks! Employees want to be coached like a championship team - if you can't provide it - they'll go somewhere else to get it.

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Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team

Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are five keys to cultivating optimal teams, and they all come back to safety, belonging and mattering. Here's how to know where your team is lacking and what to focus on to fix it.
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Have you had a chance to review the research Goggle did on the conditions or elements that led to optimal team work. Fascinating stuff to improve how your teams work. Are you focused around any of these issues in improving the results and outcomes your teams generate?

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Are You Scared About NOT Having A Retention Strategy?

Are You Scared About NOT Having A Retention Strategy? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

"We’re in a full-fledged candidate’s job market. The frightening news for employers is that we’re nowhere near the peak."

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Just like a hiring process, you should also have a retention process. Praying that employees love their job and your company because they show up for work every day could lead to your best talent exiting over the next few years. You need to be intentional about working on culture, feedback, engagement, mediocrity, non-monetary rewards and recognition to mention a few key areas. When should be the best time to create a retention process or system?

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The Employee Experience Should Come Before Everything

The Employee Experience Should Come Before Everything | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Happy employees = happy customers. It seems obvious, so why do so many companies overlook the employee experience when they set out to improve the customer experience? For one, companies often strugg…
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The author writes from the perspective of improving the customer experience - but talks about how the employee experience has to come first. Interesting trend developing in recent surveys - particularly among the younger generations - is that they want a more flexible work schedule and opportunity to work from home. What does this say about supervision, performance management, and work productivity - particularly for companies that are not prepared to manage flex time and remote working?

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Two Big Reasons Why Work “Culture” Is Overrated

Two Big Reasons Why Work “Culture” Is Overrated | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The fixation on “culture fit” might be steering us wrong on both sides of the hiring table.
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Opposing view of the argument to work on your culture. The author suggests that perhaps all the work on "culture" is over-rated and harmful. Do you hold this same view? Do you think the obsession with creating a better culture has negative effects?

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The Difference Between Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement

The Difference Between Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement and job satisfaction are not as similar as you think. Learn the difference to effectively recruit and retain developers
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Interesting article separating the idea of employee happiness and employee engagement. Which one yields the greatest additional discretionary effort? Although the article is focused around hiring developers - it could apply to any position.

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Employee Engagement: Moving the Bus in the RIGHT Direction

It's great to have everyone pulling in the same direction, but what if it's the wrong direction?
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I had the opportunity to present our Vistage workshop "You're NOT the Person I Hired" today to a group of CEOs in the LA area. We did a role play around defining success for the team on product development. As we got deeper into the role-play it was obvious not everyone was on the same page for the results needed by the company. This article I just read makes that same point using different words - the need to align everyone on the team on what are the outcomes - this is probably the greatest failure in execution by most companies. How good a job does your company do in aligning expectations around business goals?

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How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Incivility can fracture a team.
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I loved this article on the impact of rudeness in working together - whether it be non-profit teams, executive management groups, or on projects. Rudeness, incivility is one of the killers of motivation and high performing teams. In my own work as a non-profit Board President, I get to improve the civility of how people interact, and continually reinforce group norms around civility. One of the books I am reading right now is titled "Choosing Civility". What do you tolerate with your team?

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The Pursuit of Employee Happiness 

The Pursuit of Employee Happiness  | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn all about Gusto's latest and greatest HR feature — Employee Happiness Surveys.
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Is anyone conducting employee satisfaction or happiness research, surveys, studies in their organization? What tools are using and how effective are these in improving employee happiness? Check out this tool I stumbled across called Gusto - would love to hear your feedback on what looks like a SaaS approach to employee surveys

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The Best (And Amazingly Easy) Thing You Can Do to Increase Employee Engagement

It's easy to blame employees for lack of engagement, but without a clear, simple, and engaging mission statement and strategy--they won't.
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I wanted to slap myself in the forehead after reading this article. Of course, the mission statement is critical to success. It's one of core elements of culture, focusing employees, and gaining alignment around employee motivation and the purpose of your organization.

 

How strong is your mission statement? Is it a difference maker in hiring and retention?

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The New Rules of Employee Performance Management

The New Rules of Employee Performance Management | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Are you up to date on the new performance management approach?
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Out with the outdated sadistic approach to annual performance reviews. This article talks about how progressive companies are rethinking their approach to performance management and ensuring flawless execution among their employees.

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Employee Recognition: Why Do You Need It?

Employee Recognition: Why Do You Need It? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We all hear how employee engagement brings long lasting results, but what exactly are these results and how do you effectively reach them?
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3 Nuances in Employee Recognition Created by Dodgy Brain Reactions - The Human Resources Social Network

3 Nuances in Employee Recognition Created by Dodgy Brain Reactions - The Human Resources Social Network | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

Interesting take on the application of "neuro" thinking as it applies to employee recognition. How would you apply this in your unique organization as it relates to employee recognition?

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Interesting take on the application of "neuro" thinking as it applies to employee recognition. How would you apply this in your unique organization as it relates to employee recognition?

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How accidental managers are draining productivity

How accidental managers are draining productivity | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A recent article from The Times shined a spotlight on the seemingly perennial problem of low productivity facing UK Plc, and how proper management training can help
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I loved this article headline. Do you have managers in your organization who were great "doers" - thus you promoted them to oversee other "doers"? The problem is that they are "accidental managers" and are draining your productivity, not to mention a number of other terrible ills they inflict upon your organization. What are you doing about fixing the problem of accidental managers - folks you are supervising the bulk of your employees and have no right to be in a managerial role?

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Employee engagement’s little-known benefit: it’s contagious

Employee engagement’s little-known benefit: it’s contagious | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are many benefits of employee engagement, but there’s one benefit that isn’t as well known - employee engagement is contagious!
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Engagement is contagious. However, when so few of your employees are engaged, it's hard to build a momentum of contagious engagement. When you have more engaged employees, their energy, enthusiasm, passion spreads like wildfire.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy

8 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We've rounded up tips and tactics for building employee retention and fostering a happy workplace that makes people want to stick with you.
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Great article on Mashable about keeping employees happy. How many studies have you read over the last 4-5 years that talks about the importance of feedback - yet nothing has really changed.

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What If Your Boss Will NOT Develop You?

What If Your Boss Will NOT Develop You? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

"Just yesterday, a CEO in one of my workshops on retaining people, “You’re the Person I WANT to KEEP”, asked me what to do about a manager in his company that refused to train and develop his team because he felt he was training people for other companies - does this sound dysfunctional to you?"

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Training and personal development are two of the most effective levers you control to improve employee happiness, engagement, and satisfaction. Studies show that companies who invest in training and development attract, retain, and have above average results. Why are you not investing more in training?

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7 High Performing Team Lessons Learned From Coaching High School Girls Basketball

7 High Performing Team Lessons Learned From Coaching High School Girls Basketball | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
After almost a decade of coaching high school girls’ basketball, I’ve discovered a few lessons that enable groups of diverse individuals to become a
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I've been coaching HS Girls Basketball for 10 years - and before that another decade around coaching club basketball.  Many of my greatest lessons about employee engagement, teamwork, happiness, satisfaction, and discretionary effort (proactivity and initiatve) come from coaching at the HS level. Many of the girls who have played for me don't realize these lessons until long after they've left high school.

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The Big Problem with Employee Engagement

The Big Problem with Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement can and should simply be measured by asking employees one question.
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Should measuring employee engagement boil down to just one question. Not sure I agree with this article on INC - seems too simplistic of a recommendation/solution to a very complex and difficult issue. What are your thoughts? Would you use just one question?

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What your boss is not giving you that you need to win

What your boss is not giving you that you need to win | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employees across the world have the same core needs —including recognition, feedback, personal growth, and work-life balance— to succeed at work.
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This Office Vibe study is gaining a lot of attention.  It's one of the largest studies conducted in recent years and mirrors a lot of the research from the Gallup organization on employee happiness, satisfaction, and engagement. Note the statistic that only slightly over 50% of employees would recommend their company to friends. If your Net Promoter Score was that low, you would fire your Marketing-Customer Success-Sales Executive. How can you allow such a low level of satisfaction to exist in your organization?

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Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Insights from Google's new study could forever change how teams are assembled.
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Interesting practical research by Google on team research that extends into why people enjoy working in a company or with a particular team. This article focuses on teams - but could actually be an article about retention. Notice the points about work being meaningful to each person, and that it matters to others. This goes all the way back to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and basic motivation.

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Sheila Talks Coaching for Results Video Engaged Employees

Hi, I'm Sheila Kamuda with coaching advice for the office and beyond. playniceadvice.blogspot.com Hope you enjoy, leave comments, subscribe, like, share.
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Shelia Kamuda has a nice blog and great little video series about employee engagement, satisfaction, culture, and workplace behaviors. I recommend reading and watching the content she shares.

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At the Heart of Culture: Work That Matters

At the Heart of Culture: Work That Matters | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To most of us, the phrase Work that Matters infers job satisfaction. Our intended outcome is a workplace culture characterized by lower stress, lower turnover, an
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A large part of employee engagement and satisfaction is work that matters - employees derive a high value from what they do. Do you look closely at these issues for all jobs - particularly those on the front line?

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The benefits of recognizing your team success and the 3 rules of celebration

The benefits of recognizing your team success and the 3 rules of celebration | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Building a great team is a challenging job. You should take pride in your
team’s success. Take time and efforts to celebrate success with your
people. 
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Very few companies do a great job recognizing and rewarding individual and team performance. I liked this article because it reinforces some very simple ideas about recognition.

 

If you're recognizing outstanding performance, why would your employees continue to go above and beyond the call of duty for you?

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B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition

B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

I've been exploring how gamification might work in areas like referrals, but had not yet considered it around employee engagement and recognition. Interesting comparison to LinkedIn's gamification strategy of trying to get you to complete your profile.

 

I'm curious if anyone has started to use gamification on the retention side vs. hiring side?

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I've been exploring how gamification might work in areas like referrals, but had not yet considered it around employee engagement and recognition.

 

I'm curious if anyone has started to use gamification on the retention side vs. hiring side?

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