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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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Employers failing at employee appreciation

Employers failing at employee appreciation | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Workers are looking for appreciation, but many say their company doesn't recognize them or offer incentives.
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Wow - catch this quote in the article:

 

"Yet more than 40% of respondents say their employer does not offer an incentive/rewards program or recognize employees."

 

In my workshops on employee engagement (productivity) I teach that having a rigorous reward, recognition, and appreciation program is second to helping employees understand what is expected of them.

 

Why do so many organizations fail at appreciating their employees?

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15 remote employee recognition ideas to build a culture of appreciation

With everyone working remotely, expressing appreciation, and giving recognition to your employees are more important than ever. Here are 15 ideas to recognize employees in a meaningful way....
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I've been spending a fair amount of time in my recent consulting with clients talking about non-monetary reward and recogition programs. Next to defining success, this is the second most important issue of driving employee engagement and productivity - showing apprecation.

 

Do you have a systematic and rigorous process embedding appreciation into the fabric of your culture?

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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 Deutsch's 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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New Research Indicates Desire for Recognition, Feedback

New Research Indicates Desire for Recognition, Feedback | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Jennifer Toton of Reflektive highlights meaningful trends behind the performance benchmark study for 2020, and insights into the current state of work.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

It's interesting to see the same issues crop up again and again related to tactics of employee engagement. Here's the quote:

 

"We did identify a major communication gap: only 20% of employees reported that they receive weekly feedback. So it appears that managers and employees are talking regularly about ongoing work and projects, but employees still aren’t receiving the coaching that they desire."

 

Why are employees not getting the coaching they want - because most managers don't know how to coach. Is it time for some remedial training for managers on coaching?

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2020: An employee engagement roller coaster

2020: An employee engagement roller coaster | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It probably comes as no surprise that today’s employee engagement trends are volatile – a reflection of the unprecedented times we’re living in.  In early May, following employers quick response to COVID-19, Gallup reported a record rise of engaged employees – those who are highly involved in, enthusiastic...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Notice the information linking to Gallup's work on employee engagement. For those of you that have seen me do my Vistage One Hour Complimentary Webinar on Managing Remotely in a Crisis - communication, setting clear expectations, and providing appropriate rewards and recognition. No brainer initiatives - what's holding you back from moving down the path of starting to do these basic fundamental initiatives that lead to high productivity.

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How to Apply the Employee Experience Model for a Happier Workplace

How to Apply the Employee Experience Model for a Happier Workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover how one business owner applies the employee experience model to create a happier, more productive workplace....
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Good article around the idea of employee experience - which contributes to employee engagement and thus higher productivity. Are you executing on a few of these tactics to improve your employee experience?

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The Importance of Employee Recognition in a Pandemic

The Importance of Employee Recognition in a Pandemic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How do employees feel about recognition in a COVID climate? Does it still matter, or do concerns like staying alive and employed take precedence? A new survey offers answers.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

From one of my favorite publications - Psychology Today - on the importance of employee recognition and why most companies/managers struggle with this issue. It is the number 2 element of why you're not seeing appropriate levels of productivity from your workforce - you're employees don't think you care.

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38 Employee Appreciation Quotes to Recognize Others

38 Employee Appreciation Quotes to Recognize Others | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover how everyone in your organization can start practicing recognition by drawing on these inspiring employee appreciation quotes.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Many of my clients look to me for specific language and vehicles through which they can recognize their employees - showing gratitude, appreciation, and being thankful. Geniune caring human behavior. I find that many managers struggle to show their appreciation because they have never been coached on how to do it. Secondly, I observe during this hard economic time and health care crisis, many managers have lost their caring and sensitivity. Unless your culture reinforces the need to show it, most of the time appreciation, recognition, and thanking others just falls through the cracks. Is your organization guilty of this?

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How Recognition Helps in Retaining Employees

How Recognition Helps in Retaining Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Failure to recognize top performers leads to low retention rates. Learn how leaders can retain talent through changes in the company culture.
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Recognition is the second most important element of engaging employees to drive high productivity. Why then do most companies give it little focus or effort. In at least 75% of the companies I have engaged with in the 60 complimentary 90 minute workshops I've done for Vistage Groups there is no comprehensive program for non-monetary rewards and recognition.

 

The result is a shameful level of low productivity since the majority of your employees believe that you don't care if they work hard and put in extra effort.

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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.
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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.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

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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8 Powerful Employee Recognition Ideas Your Staff Will Love

8 Powerful Employee Recognition Ideas Your Staff Will Love | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employees are a company’s most valued asset, and if they feel unappreciated, retention becomes a big problem for organizations.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Do your employees feel underappreciated? Are you aware of your practices around the elements listed in this article. Is it time to take a hard look at whether your culture is one of appreciation, gratitude, and thankfulness?

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Recognition Fuels Engagement: Downloadable Infographic

Recognition Fuels Engagement: Downloadable Infographic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
See how recognition truly powers engagement —and what you can do about improving it in your own organization.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Nice infographic regarding non-monetary rewards and recognition to stimulate employee engagement. Lacking a rigorous process for appreciation, recognition, and gratitude is the number two reason why so few of your employees are engaged, motivated, and productive. The number one reason is a lack of helping your employees understand what's expected of them in clear precise language.

 

How rigorous is your reward and recognition process. Shoot me a note and I'll send you the matrix we've created that allows you to gain a quick snapshot of where you stand on the spectrum of having an effective process in place.

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'Thank you' from a boss can boost employee satisfaction, study says

'Thank you' from a boss can boost employee satisfaction, study says | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Human Resources and Workforce Management News...
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In my workshops and consulting on employee engagement, I spend a lot of time focusing on saying thank you - showing appreciation, gratitude, thankfulness. Most companies suffer greatly from not doing this enough.

 

The problem is that most individuals in management lack enough empathy and sensitivity to say thank you when appropriate. Is it time for some management/supervisor training on when it's appropriate, what to say, and the vehicle/medium for presenting the thank you?

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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 Deutsch's 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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How to Sell Employee Recognition to Your Leadership Team

How to Sell Employee Recognition to Your Leadership Team | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee recognition programs need initial buy-in from executives to succeed. Win over skeptics by showing how recognition improves morale and profits.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Although many of my clients are finding great value in bonus.ly as a platform for managing employee recognition and rewards, the article pinpoints some of the issues leadership might be focused on in why should we invest in employee recognition and rewards at a significant level.

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How To Accomplish The Mammoth Task Of Employee Engagement

How To Accomplish The Mammoth Task Of Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are many benefits of good engagement.But achieving benefits is not as easy when tackling the mammoth task of employee engagement...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Good reminders of very basic elements of engaging employees and being a good boss to work for vs. a jerk. In this time of extraordinary stress - Covid,  business depression, and social unrest - we sometimes forget or skip the basics.

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4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement for Frontline Workers

4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement for Frontline Workers | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement links to your bottom line. Here are four ways to boost employee engagement for your frontline workers...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Many of my clients struggle to think about strategies and tactics to engage frontline employees. Here is a good article on how to engage those frontline folks. How many of these tactics are you using in your organization?

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Employee engagement during coronavirus

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Workers say appreciation is more important while working from home. Here's what that means to HR leaders.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here's one of the key points I've been advocating in my workshop for Vistate Groups - Managing Remotely in a Crisis!

 

Here's the quote that grabbed me in the article:

 

Three out of five employees believe employee recognition and appreciation is more important while working from home, yet only one out of five employees (26%) say their company has implemented new ways to reward and recognize them since the current pandemic started"

 

One of the most powerful elements to drive motivation, engagement, and productivity is showing appreciation, recognition, gratitude. It's shameful not to have a strong recognition program.

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Employee recognition: How a compliment can work miracles | Speakap

Employee recognition: How a compliment can work miracles | Speakap | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Compliments cost nothing but do a lot for engagement and motivation. Surveys show that employees value praise higher than cash. Here is how to turn the art of giving compliments into a strategic recognition tool.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

This issue of recognition is the second most important element behind defining expectations (employees understanding what their immediate boss expects of them). The goal is to drive higher levels of employee engagement (translated into productivity). Most stuides show 50-70% of your workforce is not engaged - primarlily around not defining expectations and not providing enough recognition.

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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...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

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...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

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.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

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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