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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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10 Ways To Reward Your Remote Workforce

10 Ways To Reward Your Remote Workforce | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
In our new remote world it's important to know how to motivate your workforce.Here's 10 tips to reward your remote employees...
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Some good ideas from Insperity on rewarding, recognizing, appreciating, and showing gratitude toward the employees working remotely. Although many of these ideas represent the foundation of good employee recognition programs, I am still amazed at how many organizations are not practicing these basic fundamentals.

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Employee Engagement trends during a pandemic

Employee Engagement trends during a pandemic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic were spent firefighting and figuring out how to sustain some degree of operations.But now a new reality dawned on HR and leadership teams: How to look after and support the workforce in this new world order...
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The part of expressing caring, interest, sensitivity, support, and empathy goes down the tubes when we feel isolated, lonely, and separated from our boss, organization, and co-workers.

 

As I've been reminding everyone in our Managing Remotely in a Crisis Workshop:

 

"Instead of jumping right to agenda item no 1 (or as soon as Harold finally located his unmute button) we should take 5 min. to ask how people are. Or take a virtual lunch or coffee break without any other purpose, than sharing how we are feeling on, what feels like day 913 of working in the same pants"

 

How much of this dialogue is happening in your organization - or is it only about the numbers and the metrics in conversations?

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How to Successfully Manage Culture Change in the Workplace

How to Successfully Manage Culture Change in the Workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover the challenges HR experts have identified with implementing cultural change in an organization and how to overcome them.
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Pretty good article on company culture. Unfortunately, in smaller organizations the entire culture is dictated by the CEOs personality -  it's almost a cult of personality. As your organizational needs grow beyond this cult mentality - are you prepared to shift your culture and fix some basic problems.

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Is Your Leadership Disengaged?

Is Your Leadership Disengaged? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When you as a leader are disengaged, it causes your employees to be disengaged.
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Are some of your managers who lead the bulk of your employees having issues about their own engagement. Front line employees observe this attitude and become disengaged when their boss is disengaged.

 

Here's the quote that reinforced this idea:

 

"Leader disengagement often happens for the same reasons as employee disengagement. They don’t feel respected by their manager, they don’t feel like they have a say in decision making, and they aren’t kept in the loop in terms of communication. Finally, they usually don’t receive enough positive feedback and appreciation themselves as leaders. Lack of leader motivation and engagement tends to breed cynicism, sarcasm, and negativity in the leader."

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65 Creative Employee Reward Ideas (2020 Update)

65 Creative Employee Reward Ideas (2020 Update) | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Blanking on employee rewards? Here are 65 creative ideas to help you engage employees and improve organizational culture.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Great list of employee reward/recognition ideas broken down in key categories. Are you testing any of these ideas in your company?

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6 Simple Things Managers Can Say to Keep Employees Motivated

6 Simple Things Managers Can Say to Keep Employees Motivated | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How to keep employees motivated and happy? It's the million-dollar question all managers ask themselves at some point in their tenure. Connecting and communicating with employees is key. Managers can drive employee happiness and motivation by expressing these simple statements regularly.
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Teach your managers these six simple phrases to say to their teams and you'll see a dramatic improvement in happiness, engagement, and job satisfaction.

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39 Thoughtful Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas for 2020

39 Thoughtful Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas for 2020 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Creative employee recognition & appreciation ideas from experts and companies known to have the happiest employees. Use these proven ideas in your office!
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An overwhelming number of ideas that you could you use to immediately boost employee recognition. Just pick one for an immediate impact.

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How to Boost Employee Engagement in a Remote Workforce

How to Boost Employee Engagement in a Remote Workforce | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn how to increase employee engagement during a time when COVID-19 and remote work has impacted your brand's company culture.
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Some really good suggestions and ideas - simple to implement to bolster engagement and strengthen your culture with remote workers. How many of the items on this list are you currently working on?

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Why In-House Employee Recognition Programs Don't Work

Why In-House Employee Recognition Programs Don't Work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A look at why in-house employee recognition programs fail, and the potential solutions...
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Here's a contrarian view of why self-run internal employee recognition programs fail. Granted, the authors are biased since they are recommending their software SaaS model. However, I've see an extraordinary explosion in some very good SaaS apps for companies to more effectively manage employee engagement - apps for tracking success factors, projects, recognition programs, employee satisfaction, and many others.

 

Is now a good time to look at some of these app-based tools as many of your team members are remote?

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The Top 50 Compliments for Coworkers

The Top 50 Compliments for Coworkers | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How to say something positive about a coworker when you don't know what to write or say. With 50 example phrases you can use to write a meaningful and memorable message.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Great set of statements that are compliments for co-workers. I frequently find that workers and managers don't know what to say to each other. It's not natural for most people to be sensitive, empathic, kind, gracious, generous, and positive in their feeback.

 

Imagine what your culture would be like if you trained your employees to use these words with each other? Could you quantify the leap in positive energy?

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Cousins sub shop fights turnover by treating employees like family

Cousins sub shop fights turnover by treating employees like family | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
"It's tough out there," for food-service employers, one exec admits, yet the chain thrives in part by being intentional about giving thanks.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I'm not sure I would call this treating employees like Family - rather it's a very personal level of interaction using very basic ideas of connecting with employees - unfortunately most companies don't consider how impactful these small elements are in building happiness, engagement, and retention. Quote from the article:

 

"calls on them to be "recognition detectives." On Tuesdays, he'll bring in a congratulations card for each manager to take back with them and give to someone they want to thank. Cousins' area directors, each of whom own multiple corporate locations, have a budget for recognition."

 

"Store managers are encouraged to be specific about how they celebrate employees. Cousins hands employees birthday cards as well as "wild cards," given for high performance or going above and beyond. The company also hosts group outings to baseball games, giveaways and other events."

 

Small low-cost effort that results in a strong desire by employees to want to work in this company. What do you do to create that culture?

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How CEOs Can Boost Engagement By Harnessing Trust

How CEOs Can Boost Engagement By Harnessing Trust | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A study of Glassdoor data reveals a startlingly high correlation between the ratings for “company culture” and “senior leadership”—showing that the two are mutually dependent.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Good short perspective on employee engagement in Chief Executive Magazine. Bottom line - formalizing communication made a big difference. I assume it was along the lines of communicating vision, mission, purpose, recognition, and feedback.

 

It could also be along the lines of teaching/training managers to be coaches - how to listen, how to give praise, how to give feeback.

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6 Helpful and Loving Ways to Employee Recognition

6 Helpful and Loving Ways to Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Recruiting an employee is a challenging process and retaining your best people, needs a lit bit of more effort. It requires to implement honest and thoughtful employee recognition.Such a culture motivates and rewards employees in a way that extends …...
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If you've been following my posts, you know that I am a huge proponent of showing praise, appreciation, gratitude, and recognition. Here is an article that highlights 6 simple and easy to implement tactics for improving retention.

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Employee Experience: Using Empathy Maps - #HR Bartender

Employee Experience: Using Empathy Maps - #HR Bartender | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The employee experience drives engagement and retention. As we bring employees back to the workplace, focus on the employee experience.
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Here's a radically different approach to thinking about the experience your employees have around engagement, recognition, and culture. You might want to consider an empathy map.

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Why Companies Have to Rethink How to Treat Working Parents in a Post-Pandemic Culture

Why Companies Have to Rethink How to Treat Working Parents in a Post-Pandemic Culture | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
As millions of workers have transitioned into working from home over the past few months, state and local governments have, in turn, issued COVID-19 restriction mandates that require employers to adapt accordingly.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Something to think about - your working parents - whether they will continue to work from home or come into the office now that restrictions are being eliminated.

 

Are you setting your organization up as a great place to work because of your sensitivity, empathy, caring toward family issues, and parents struggling with at-home issues?

 

The great part of working for an entrepreneurial company is the flexibility and family style atmosphere  - is that really the case in your actions as we cycle through this Crisis? 

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Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder —

Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder — | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Its usefulness as an internal marketing tool has never been greater.
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I've been suggesting this idea in the last 8 weeks of doing my Managing Remotely in a Crisis zoom webinar - send everyone company swag. This article reinforces that idea - and breaks down some different recommendations. The big question is whether swag is an effective reinforcement of positive experiences when folks are separated and isolated from being together?

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The Dos and Don’ts of Engaging Remote Employees

The Dos and Don’ts of Engaging Remote Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Remote work isn't just about making sure your team members have the right technology and security. Keeping your teams engaged is vital to success.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Key points in this article about keeping it personal and not micro-managing. Unfortunately, we seem to violate both ideas.

 

While folks are working from home, many managers appear to have slipped into a mode of only talking about tasks and activities, and have forgotten how to show empathy, appreciation, caring, and sensitivity for their team members. Maybe it's time for some remedial managerial training on empathy.

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Remote Work: Inspiring Motivation, Accountability, And Productivity 

Remote Work: Inspiring Motivation, Accountability, And Productivity  | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When your employees build strong relationships with the people they work with, they’re more likely to put in effort, keep everyone updated about what they’re working on, and feel inspired to produce their best work.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

From the makers of a recognition app, I found this blog quote that I've been reinforcing in my workshops, but it's always good to hear it from multiple sources:

 

"When your employees build strong relationships with the people they work with, they’re more likely to put in effort, keep everyone updated about what they’re working on, and feel inspired to produce their best work."

 

How are you creating these relationship building opportunities, team bonding, and leveraging chat tools like yammer/slack to encourage sharing?

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Keep Employees Engaged by Personalizing Appreciation

Keep Employees Engaged by Personalizing Appreciation | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement has recently been a major topic for leaders. Learn about its benefits and how personalized appreciation keeps employees engaged.
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I thought this was a good breakdown of different elements of the language of appreciation. Most employees don't feel appreciated enough and most managers don't know how to appreciate their employees.

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20 Creative Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ideas for 2020

20 Creative Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ideas for 2020 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Wondering what is the best way to recognize employees? In this guide, you’ll discover 20 creative employee recognition ideas your employees will love.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Good ideas and reinforcement about employee recognition and appreciation. I liked giving shout-outs on social media to teams and individual employees and having managers write hand-written notes to their subordinates who then post those notes on the refrigerator so the whole family can see how much they are appreciated.

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The Difference Between Recognition and Appreciation – And Why Your Employees Need Both –

The Difference Between Recognition and Appreciation – And Why Your Employees Need Both – | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you want to improve your workplace morale, keep up employee efficiency levels, and reduce the risk of turnover, your team needs to know that you care. There are a lot of ways to demonstrate this. Two of the most effective ways are through recognition and appreciation.
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This article did a good job separating the ideas of recognition and appreciation. Sometimes, CEOs get confused over which one requires what tactics - or one gets ignored.

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Ideas for Creating a Sense of Culture, Community Amid Social Distancing and Work-From-Home Mandates

Ideas for Creating a Sense of Culture, Community Amid Social Distancing and Work-From-Home Mandates | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here are some examples of Zoom virtual events/ideas centered around culture & community that you can bring to your organization while you work from home.
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Some good ideas from the Zoom blog about the problems and issues around culture when everyone is working from home. Have you tried some of these ideas yet?

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The Positive Spiral of Frequent Employee Appreciation

The Positive Spiral of Frequent Employee Appreciation | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here's a look at some of the ways frequent employee appreciation throughout the workplace can cause a positive spiral effect.
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You know I'm a huge proponent of praise, recognition, and non=-monetary rewards to stimulate retention, engagement, and employee happiness. This article gives some good examples and shares some of the primary research around this topic.

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7 Easy Ways to Show Employees Some Love!

7 Easy Ways to Show Employees Some Love! | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Top 10 Human Resources Recruiter in Michigan...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Sometimes in the rush and pressure of business, we forget that we're dealing with human beings who require a little praise, empathy, encouragement, interaction, and kindness.

 

Although the author mentions a number of very simple things, like celebrating birthdays, I still find that many companies show tthat they don't care about their people by ignoring some of these most basic elements. 

 

Where are you on the spectrum of caring, empathy, and specific tactics? When I help my clients develop compelling advertising, one of the most common phrases they throw back at me is "we're a family oriented environment."

 

When I ask for a couple of examples of why they say that - all I get is a blank look. Can you back up your statements with examples about your culture, values, and how the company cares about the employees?

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NoExcusesHR: Kindness, Grace...and Work?

NoExcusesHR: Kindness, Grace...and Work? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
"It's not personal, it's business." I've said this a thousand times...and I'm quite sure I'll say it a thousand times more before I call i...
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You probably know from my posts that I am a huge advocate of kindness, grace, appreciation, and gratitude in the workplace. I'm going to suggest that this concept is so far beyond most executives and CEOs that it could be coming from outer space.

 

The current generation of executives and many managers are indoctrinated from their bosses and mentors with the need to yell, scream, be angry, and show little mercy. They are rude, inconsiderate and don't really care about people in their actions. in most companies, there is very little appreciation, grace, and gratitude.

 

The challenge for most executives and managers is how to balance the need for execution and attainment of goals with caring about people through appreciation, grace, and gratitude.

 

Without the appropriate balance, it will be very tough to keep high performers in your organization in the coming years.

 

How do you do it?

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