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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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Busting 4 remote employee engagement myths

Busting 4 remote employee engagement myths | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Traditional engagement tactics are no longer working. Here’s what you can do to maintain productivity, morale and motivation amid the ongoing pandemic. We won’t debate which is more productive, in-person or remote work.
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Let's shatter some myths that managers have about their remote/hybrid work team - for example - I was very surprised about the "tone it down" on communication myth.

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What is Gamification? And How to Gamify Your Employee Advocacy Program

What is Gamification? And How to Gamify Your Employee Advocacy Program | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
What is gamification? And how can you incorporate it into your employee advocacy program? We break this down and show you the benefits....
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Have you considered gamification around some of your employee engagement initiatives, such as supporting teammates, exhibiting core values, going above and beyond for a customer or teammate, coming up with a recommendation/suggestion for improvement, making referrals - the list is endless. This article does a good job walking through gamifying activities to drive behavior or action. It's all the time in the sales function - why not everywhere else in the organization?

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How to Lift Employee Morale in the Workplace When Managing Remote Teams

How to Lift Employee Morale in the Workplace When Managing Remote Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Like all engagement strategies, there are plenty of ways to motivate your team. But if you're struggling, it might be time to try something new & creative.
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I especially liked the paragraph in this article on getting creative around engaging, motivating, involving, stimulating, building team cohesion. The problem is that most companies can't even begin to explore these creative ideas because they haven't yet implemented the basic fundamentals of employee engagement like defining success for the role, having a great recognition process, and doing frequent discussions (one to ones) around subjects of learning, impact, and becoming - stay interviews.

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How to improve employee engagement

How to improve employee engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Tap into technology like Yammer to reach a remote workforce. At the start of the pandemic, communicators were thrust into a crash course on how to engage a remote workforce. Some were more prepared than others.
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In my complimentary workshops for Vistage Groups on Managing Remotely in a Crisis we've been talking about the need for leveraging technology to improve communications. Many companies are still stuck ina 1970s model of old-school communication even with a hybrid model of some staff in the office and some remote. EVERYONE is now a technology company. Are you helping your employees to be successful or do they feel like mushrooms in the dark.

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5 Tips for Communicating with Employees During a Crisis

5 Tips for Communicating with Employees During a Crisis | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Based on a survey of more than 800 employees across 10 organizations.
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Some really good tips for communicating with employees in a Crisis by HBR. How do relieve some of the fear, anxiety, apprehension, separation loss, and sense of divorce from the culture? How do you help move folks out of Maslow's level of Safety and Security concerns - hard to be productive when I'm worried about whether I'll have a job.

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Council Post: Embrace And Improve Your Remote Workforce With These 15 Management Tips

Council Post: Embrace And Improve Your Remote Workforce With These 15 Management Tips | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Proper management is the key to sustaining employee and company success in a remote workplace environment.
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Here from Forbes some key points reinforcing those I've been making in my Vistage Managing Remotely in a Crisis workshop on Zoom: set expectations and manage them, do face to face meetings on video, over communicate, create a communications plan and stick to it,

 

How well is your leadership doing leading across these elements?

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Employee engagement: How to keep furloughed employees engaged and motivated

Employee engagement: How to keep furloughed employees engaged and motivated | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
As well as engaging with your front line employees, it’s essential to maintain communication with furloughed employees and ensure that the whole team continues to feel valued and motivated during the current crisis and beyond.
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I agree with this recommendation by the author 100 percent.  Are you staying in touch with your terminated or furloughed employees? How are you maintaining a strong relationship with the folks you might want to hire back?

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How do you check the pulse of your employees on Slack?

How do you check the pulse of your employees on Slack? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
With Slack, your teams remain productive despite the lockdown. The tool allows you to poll your employees and take the pulse of their commitment.
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As you may be aware from some of my previous posts, I've been urging my clients to move to a chat-based tool for communication like the yammer tool on teams or slack. Interesting article about taking the pulse of your employees through such a tool on a continuous basis throughout the year.

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6 tips on remote work success during COVID-19 | Canadian HR Reporter

6 tips on remote work success during COVID-19 | Canadian HR Reporter | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Regular check-ins, relaxed rules, leadership support among solutions...
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Here's my key take away from the article (there was some other good information about communication and the cadence of check-ins):

 

“Most people are probably worried about where they stand from a job standpoint. HR departments should definitely be open to having people talk to them about anxieties related to their job security, that’s a huge one. You may even want your leadership to pre-empt some of those worries by getting in front of that question. I took the time to actually let people know I’m available if you are worried about job security: ‘Come and talk to me.’ I’m going to tell you all the things that we’re going to do before they even have to worry about that.’”

 

Are you or your management team members having these conversations? Do your front line employees feel reassured?

 

If you're not a member of the top executive team, has your manager taken the time to give you comfort the future of your job?

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25 remote employee engagement activities that spark joy

25 remote employee engagement activities that spark joy | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here are 25 employee engagement activities that boost team performance, retention and happiness. Plus, they can all be done remotely.
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Loved the various ideas in this article to stimulate team - culture interaction, learning about each other, and building strong relationships.

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How to Overcome Zoom Fatigue & Engage Your Employees During Covid-19

How to Overcome Zoom Fatigue & Engage Your Employees During Covid-19 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
In the Covid-19 era of remote work, video chat platforms like Zoom have become the name of the game, both during and outside work hours. In particular, they’ve become the new venue for the frontier of virtual employee engagement.
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In my workshops for Vistage Groups on Managing Remotely in a Crisis, many members complain of Zoom Fatigue. Here is an article on how to overcome this issue in your organization - since it appears it's going to be awhile before we're all back together in person.

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Conducting One Specific Type Of Interview Can Boost Employee Engagement

Conducting One Specific Type Of Interview Can Boost Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To increase employee engagement, you need to know what the cause of the disengagement and dissatisfaction is in the first place. Conducting one specific type of interview can help you find out what that is.
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One element of conducting an effective one-to-on I suggest in my workshops on Engaging Employees - You're the Person We Want to Keep, and in my workshop Managing Remotely in a Crisis is the idea of conducting a LIB Discussion (Learning, Impact, and Becoming). In HR terminology this is called a Stay Interview. It's a powerful way to re-engage your employees. I recommend spending 15-20 minutes on this LIB dialogue at least once a quarter. See my LinkedIn article on what questions to ask and how to stimulate this conversation.

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Why reward and recognition are critical to employee engagement during the coronavirus pandemic

Why reward and recognition are critical to employee engagement during the coronavirus pandemic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The businesses that support, appreciate and reward their employees during this time will see better engagement in the long run. Find out more in peoplevalue’s latest article.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I spent a lot of time today with one vistage group focusing on employee recognition. My research indicates that it's the next most important element in employee engagement/productivity - after defining clear expectations for everyone.

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How to manage poor employee performance

How to manage poor employee performance | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When one member of your team begins to perform below par, this can have a knock-on effect across the whole business. So, dealing effectively with performance issues is a must. Your team is the beating heart of your company.
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Some good tips on managing performance - particularly when performance falls below your expectations. NOTE the importance of setting clear and specific goals/outcomes.

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Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | TED Talk

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
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In my workshops on how to conduct effective 1-to-1s, I've been talking about the need for CEOs, Executives, and managers to first demonstrate vulnerability to get their employees to open up and speak truthfully.

 

Excellent TED talk on this subject.

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How to Help Employees Avoid Fearing Shutdowns - Glassdoor for Employer

How to Help Employees Avoid Fearing Shutdowns - Glassdoor for Employer | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Managers already had their hands full and then COVID-19 struck. Now leaders must help employees navigate economic and financial uncertainties while ma...
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How do you have difficult conversations and messaging with your employees when the future is uncertain? How do you give them hope, reassurance, comfort - without false or misleading information? This article provides some good ideas around overcoming the fear that is gripping many of your employees about their future job status.

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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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