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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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Should the Chief Happiness Officer be your next hire?

Should the Chief Happiness Officer be your next hire? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
More and more businesses are hiring a Chief Happiness Officer. What is it and where does it come from? And more importantly, do you need one?
Barry Deutsch's insight:

At first I had to laugh at this article - but then it hit me: Shouldn't your HR person be the individual tasked with ensuring employee happiness - along with employee engagement, employee satisfaction, employee learning and development, employee experience?

 

Why do we need to hire or contract with someone when that should be our chief people person? The issue is if you're not a big enough organization yet to support a full time senior professional HR person who drive these initiatives, what's your options? You could hire a "fractional" or part-time HR exec that supports you one day a month or one a week to drive these initiatives and set the programs up. Don't let your size or lack of a full time permanent person stop you from moving foward on the critical initiatives that dictate high or low productivity.

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Is Employee Engagement A Painkiller Or A Vitamin?

Is Employee Engagement A Painkiller Or A Vitamin? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Traditionally, companies have had to master the art of providing painkillers — health care, retirement benefits, additional wellbeing resources, etc.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting article on the Forbes website talking about employee engagement/satisfaction/happiness in terms of vitamins are pain-killers. Unfortunately, the concepts discussed are so far out in left field that many companies might have trouble considering these ideas.

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This Remarkable Chick-fil-A Employee Does Something Every Day That You Wish Every Employee Did

This Remarkable Chick-fil-A Employee Does Something Every Day That You Wish Every Employee Did | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
They say he's been doing it for years. I wonder how.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

What if this was a trait we looked for in interviews - enthusiasm, energy, positive, friendly, helpful. Do we measure it, score it, role play for it, and seek to understand when we are doing references.

 

The attitude of these folks is contagious. They are the epitome of Gallup's definition of an engaged employee.

 

Just imagine what would happen if you added a few more of these folks to your team.

 

The big question I've got is why your hiring process is not focused around finding, attracting, and recruiting these magical employees?

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New Research Identifies Six Ways To Increase Happiness In The Workplace

New Research Identifies Six Ways To Increase Happiness In The Workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Studies suggest that cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions are most effective at increasing workplace happiness.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

We usually think more about employee engagement than employee happiness - here are some ideas on the subject of helping your employees to attain happiness in their work from FORBES.

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8 Ways Employee Happiness Can Impact Your Customer's Experience

8 Ways Employee Happiness Can Impact Your Customer's Experience | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When we measure happiness, we're measuring 8 different components in the employee’s experience to determine how they might impact your customer experience.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

There are 3 main areas that authors focus on in terms of an employee's experience: employee engagement, employee happiness, and employee satisfaction. All of these can impact customer satisfaction.

 

Many authors use these terms with overlapping definitions. 

 

As a summary statement, there is a lot of overlap between the ideas. For example, this author talks about creating a positive work environment - this can affect engagement, happiness, and satisfaction. 

 

For me, the bigger question is how do we measure the investment in retention or engagement tactics - is it through productivity KPIs, attendence, turnover, structured feedback from employee or customer surveys?

 

We know we should have a non-monetary reward/recognition system - but how do we determine if it is meeting our needs? What's the metric, measurement process, reporting, and action steps/milestones along the path of making improvements?

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Why Managers Shouldn’t Mistake Employee Happiness for Employee Engagement | Modern Restaurant Management | The Business of Eating & Restaurant Management News

Why Managers Shouldn’t Mistake Employee Happiness for Employee Engagement | Modern Restaurant Management | The Business of Eating & Restaurant Management News | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Why employee engagment is vital for restaurants...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Although the article is focused on the restaurant industry, they are a lot of good lessons for all segments. I really liked the author's ability to separate employee happiness from employee engagement. Just because they are happy at work, doesn't mean they are engaged.

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