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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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Council Post: Building A Top Team: 14 Strategies For Attracting More A-Players To Your Company

Council Post: Building A Top Team: 14 Strategies For Attracting More A-Players To Your Company | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A top company starts with a top team -- here's what you need to know to build one.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Some really good ideas from Forbes on hiring A-players. How many of these 14 strategies are you executing on now? Which one is at the top of your list to develop action plans for execution?

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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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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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5 Tips for Maintaining Company Culture in Remote Teams

5 Tips for Maintaining Company Culture in Remote Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
At Maven Wave, building a partially remote workforce that feels just as much a part of our close-knit team as the onsite employees have been integral to our success as a company. Every year, we win awards for our culture and growth, and we’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here's the quote that reinforces most of the attitudes about remote work. 

 

“If I can’t see them working, how do I know they’re actually working?”

 

This sums up the managerial attitude of the vast majority of my clients. It covers for the excuse of not investing time to define expectations, conduct on-going performance management through one-to-ones, and learning how to coach teams.

 

Rather than staying stuck in a 1070s command-control mode, when we start working on the things that raise employee engagement and lead to increased productivity, we actually don't have to see our subordinates doing work to trust they are being productive.

 

I know it's hard to let go of tribal management practices and the tactics that most managers were taught (direct line of sight). The question is when will you start experimenting with best practices to unleash the productivity in your employees that you are missing?

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5 Work Culture Trends That Improve Employee Productivity and Satisfaction

5 Work Culture Trends That Improve Employee Productivity and Satisfaction | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
You want to feel excited to go into the office after COVID-19. The office you spend your time in every day plays a huge role in that. Here are five work culture trends that improve employee productivity and satisfaction.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

As you start to consider bringing employees back into the office, are you taking this opportunity to go beyond putting up plexiglass shields and moving desks 6 feet apart?

 

Are you considering a complete redesign based on best practices for a great work environment = I'm noticing that some of my clients who have redesigned their workspace before the COVID crisis, were starting to reap the benefits of increased satisfaction and productivity.

 

Are you going to return to "business as usual" or use this time period as an excuse to blow up your preconceived notions of office space?

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Why Team Building is Important for Your Business!

Why Team Building is Important for Your Business! | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Team building activities will not only boost employee morale, productivity and open communication but it can dramatically increase the success.
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My experience over 30 years of working with small businesses and entrepreneurial organizations is that the ones who manage to achieve creating high performing teams are those that dedicate specific time to team building activities.

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9 Ways To Improve Employee Engagement During The Crisis

9 Ways To Improve Employee Engagement During The Crisis | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are many ways to improve employee engagement, even during a crisis. In the article, we gathered the most effective ones. Almost all of them are free.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

A good reminder of some of the key elements to think about related to employee engagement. Which one of these could you focus on to improve your employee engagement - and raise productivity.

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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.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

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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5 Tips for Maintaining Company Culture in Remote Teams

5 Tips for Maintaining Company Culture in Remote Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
While physical distance may separate employees, remote workforces can maintain the same company culture found in the office with online collaboration tools.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

As you know, I've been doing a webinar on How to Manage Remotely which takes all our content over 2 decades on hiring, performance management, and employee engagement and mashes it together with the element of working remotely.

 

The first of 8 elements I cover in this webinar is that companies must provide the infrastructure to allow employees to work well with each other. Here's the statistic that shocked me:

 

The Right Technology. According to a recent Gartner poll, 54% of HR leaders reported that poor technology and/or infrastructure for remote working is the single largest barrier to its success. This “technology” category encompasses everything from email to internal messaging platforms to video conferencing tools.

 

This is pretty consistent with the comments shared by CEOs in my webinars.  If this is a barrier to getting work done - what does that say about the productivity of your organization?

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In a Downturn, Include Your Employees in Cost-Cutting Decisions

In a Downturn, Include Your Employees in Cost-Cutting Decisions | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A bottom-up approach helps align incentives and find creative solutions.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here's a novel idea - how about involving your employees in decision making around layoffs and cost reductions - counterintuitive idea from HBR.

 

I'm curious if any of you have tried this compared to the traditional method of top-down instead of bottom-up?

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10 Great Culture Building Activities for Remote Teams

10 Great Culture Building Activities for Remote Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It can be hard to connect with remote team members, but these virtual activities will make culture building and employee engagement a breeze.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Some great ideas that I've been mentioning in my Vistage Webinars for team-building, relationship development, fun, and culture enhancement. 

 

Some of these you may be already doing - like the Birthday celebrations and morning donut/coffee breaks. There are also some other creative ideas mentioned that I've not yet considered.

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How to Go From Good to Great Employee Engagement

How to Go From Good to Great Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Is your team satisfied? Meaning, are they showing up and going through the motions? Or, is your team engaged? Meaning, do they want to be involved and...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I didn't find this article to live up to the headline about how to go from good to great in employee engagement. It offered a few simple suggestions.

 

What caught my eye was the couple of studies they mentioned that showed employees think their employer has blown it during the Corona Virus Crisis. These studies ranged from 45-55%. I saw one the other day that said 75% felt their employer had done a terrible job.

 

If those stats/surveys are accurate and reflect what's going on in your organization, what's your plan to fix it?

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Recognize and Reward

Recognize and Reward | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Companies should improve their performance management process to acknowledge employee performance and contributions.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting thoughts about performance mangement linked to rewards/recognition. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article:

 

"biggest barriers to effective performance management, a top obstacle they identified was an inability to adequately reward or incentivize performance that exceeds expectations."

 

"a recognition or award—had the strongest link to effectiveness."

 

"Top-performing organizations, were significantly more likely than all other companies to reward employees with a financial bonus or a recognition or award."

 

How closely is your non-monetary reward/recognition system linked to your performance management process?

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Facebook’s Shift To Remote Work Is Good For Everyone

Facebook’s Shift To Remote Work Is Good For Everyone | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It became the latest major tech company to embrace a remote work culture.
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Note on Facebook's shift to remote working:

 

"The impact of the coronavirus has caused Facebook to reassess its requirement for employees to work out of an office"

 

Have you gone through a similar analysis of who really needs to be in the office full-time or part-time?

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Harnessing the power of recognition

Harnessing the power of recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Creating an open and employee-friendly workplace is a priority for many organisations in today’s competitive jobs market.Companies have recognised that sa...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Some interesting statistics on retention and engagement in this article.

 

"55% of workers say annual reviews don’t improve their performance. Employees would rather – and expect – to have a continuous level of engagement and feedback from their managers on how they are doing in their role."

 

Almost half of your employees want a different approach to feedback on their performance than the traditional sadistic approach of doing an annual performance review.

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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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5 Reasons Why Employee Recognition Is Essential to Performance Management

5 Reasons Why Employee Recognition Is Essential to Performance Management | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn why frequent praise and appreciation benefits any company’s performance management.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here's the quote that got my attention:

 

"Gallup found that just one in three U.S. employees felt they’d received recognition for a job well done in the past week."

 

That's a horrible metric. What are you doing to build a strong recognition program into the fabric of your culture?

 

You'll never realize high productivity from your workforce until they feel you appreciate their effort through recognition.

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Companies are rushing to reopen their offices. Here's what they're get

Companies are rushing to reopen their offices. Here's what they're get | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Flexible work is here to stay. Where we get our work done is less important than how we get our work done....
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting article in Fast Company challenging the idea of bringing folks back into the office now that restrictions are lifting. Have you considered a hybrid approach to home/office work?

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Trader Joe’s: 10 Ways it Attracts & Retains Great Employees

Trader Joe’s: 10 Ways it Attracts & Retains Great Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you are trying to increase employee engagement or attract better team members consider these strategies that Trader Joe’s uses with great success.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Some interesting ideas of how Trader Joes creates a unique culture starting at hiring and on-going to reinforce the culture. Perhaps, a few of these ideas might apply to your organization?

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5 Best Ways to Recognize the Work of Remote Employees | RingCentral Blog

5 Best Ways to Recognize the Work of Remote Employees | RingCentral Blog | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Google has a unique approach to employee recognition.In addition to compensation and other perks, Google uses a digital tool called “The Wall of Happy,”...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Loved the Wall of Happy described in this article. The statistic that rocked me a little was the one about 4 out 5 employees indicated they would work harder if praised/patted on the back.

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This Is Actually The Perfect Time To Assess Your Company’s Employee Engagement

This Is Actually The Perfect Time To Assess Your Company’s Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The smartest executives know that employee engagement surveys are not superficial exercises to solicit high scores to parade around town. The primary purpose of measuring employee engagement is to discover the truth about what’s helping or hurting your employees’ engagement.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

It's somewhat counter-intuitive, but the author is suggesting that even in the middle of a crisis like the Corona Virus - it might be the perfect time to do an employee survey and measure current engagement levels.

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Organizational Culture: Definition, Importance, and Development

Organizational Culture: Definition, Importance, and Development | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover what organizational culture is and the techniques you can use to build a culture that leads to improved productivity, retention, and profitability.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

A really good article on defining culture, and details about how to build/refine your culture. Most interesting statistic was:

 

85 percent of organizations fail in transforming their cultures.

 

If 85% fail to transform/improve their culture - what's the biggest pain point?

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Why I Hate My Job ... And My Boss

Why I Hate My Job ... And My Boss | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The truth is employee satisfaction can be considered a thing of the past.
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Usually I would not post a rant like this about culture or bosses - however, it struck me that it's a familar theme I keep hearing from many people.

 

Most of my direct clients are the CEOs and senior executives of $10-$100 million companies. They seem blindsided by this feedback over the quality of their subordinates who are managing the bulk of their organization.

 

Remember the folks at Gallup have identified that 70% of the variation in employee engagement is directly tied to the manager. If you're manager sucks, you then hate your job, your engagement is low, and your effort level is minimal because you no longer care.

 

My first question is why the CEOs of entrepreneurial and small businesses are blind the capability of their managers, and secondly, why do they accept such poor levels of effort from their workforce when the studies show that 50-70 percent are disengaged and a significant reason is the manager?

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How to develop an employee engagement strategy for new employees

How to develop an employee engagement strategy for new employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
With up to 20% of staff turnover happening within the first 45 days on the job, it’s vital that leaders ensure the dream sold at interview is every part the reality, argues Kerry Drury....
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First the bad news: 20% turnover in first 45 days. Horrible!

 

What I liked about the article was what has been known up to this point as an on-boarding plan - takes on a new dimension as a customized employee engagement plan for each new hire.

 

What if you did this with every new hire?

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A Few Large Companies Prolong Work from Home to September and Beyond

A Few Large Companies Prolong Work from Home to September and Beyond | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
​Capital One has announced it is extending its work-from-home policy, put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the workforce, through Labor Day weekend. It is latest large company to delay a return to the office.
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Some companies are extending work from home into the fall or through the end of the year. Have you communicated your expectations to your workforce?

 

Second element the article raises is that over 1/3 of US jobs can be done remotely. For these roles, are you now considering some hybrid form of coming into the office occassionally, but dominately working from home? Many organizations have done this for their sales teams - why not for other roles?

 

Why does the supply chain analyst, or bookkeeper, or marketing manager have to work full time from the office?

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