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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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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...
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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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If You're Not Making Progress at Work, You're Done - DZone Agile

If You're Not Making Progress at Work, You're Done - DZone Agile | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We're still in the midst of an employee engagement crisis. Wise leaders will take this message to heart.
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Interesting article reinforcing the idea that people want to have an impact with meaningful work. How do you show your employees that they matter and that they are making progress?

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5 Reasons Businesses Use Hallmark Cards

5 Reasons Businesses Use Hallmark Cards | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Hallmark Business helps businesses when connecting with people & inspiring them to make a difference.Hallmark Business Connections...
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What a great idea for retention and employee engagement. You've probably noticed that I've been writing a lot about employee engagement, recognition, appreciation, happiness, and retention.

 

The job market is rapidly shifting from how do I find people to how do I keep my best ones from being poached.

 

A big part of engagement and retention is showing appreciation, gratitude, empathy, caring, and recognition.

 

What could be more simple than uploading your company logo to hallmark, using some standard cards and sentiments on the inside, and then writing a short note of appreciation?

 

You'll change your culture dramatically overnight for a just a few dollars. I use these hallmark cards on a regular basis with employees, consultants, non-profit volunteers, and customers.

 

What's holding you back from a few minutes to create custom appreciation cards - either online or formal printed cards? It's almost a no-brainer to invest 30-60 minutes to try this tactic.

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How to Create an Employee Rewards and Recognition Policy

How to Create an Employee Rewards and Recognition Policy | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Companies implement policies to define the rules of an organization and shape future decisions with a thought-out framework. They help employees make day-to-day decisions that lead to overall cohesion and success.
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My experience of consulting with hundreds of companies on an annual basis for the past 30 years is that very few companies have an effective and robust non-monetary reward/recognition program covering such topics as praise, fun achievement awards, learning and development.

 

Although it's not possible to motivate employees, you can create an environment for self-motivation by showing your employees that you care and are appreciative when they knock it out of the park or act as a role-model in demonstrating one of your core values. Not having a robust program to show appreciation and gratitude means that your employees will not be motivated to do anything beyond the minimum expectation you tolerate to allow them to keep their jobs. How depressing!

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3 Controversial Ways to Get Your Managers Coaching

3 Controversial Ways to Get Your Managers Coaching | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you’re committed to helping your managers coach but the actual practice of coaching hasn’t stuck, try these surprising tips.
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73 percent of managers had some form of coaching training, but only 23 percent of people being coached (fewer than one in four!) thought that the coaching had a positive effect on their job. That statistic stinks! Employees want to be coached like a championship team - if you can't provide it - they'll go somewhere else to get it.

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7 High Performing Team Lessons Learned From Coaching High School Girls Basketball

7 High Performing Team Lessons Learned From Coaching High School Girls Basketball | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
After almost a decade of coaching high school girls’ basketball, I’ve discovered a few lessons that enable groups of diverse individuals to become a
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I've been coaching HS Girls Basketball for 10 years - and before that another decade around coaching club basketball.  Many of my greatest lessons about employee engagement, teamwork, happiness, satisfaction, and discretionary effort (proactivity and initiatve) come from coaching at the HS level. Many of the girls who have played for me don't realize these lessons until long after they've left high school.

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The Pursuit of Employee Happiness 

The Pursuit of Employee Happiness  | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Learn all about Gusto's latest and greatest HR feature — Employee Happiness Surveys.
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Is anyone conducting employee satisfaction or happiness research, surveys, studies in their organization? What tools are using and how effective are these in improving employee happiness? Check out this tool I stumbled across called Gusto - would love to hear your feedback on what looks like a SaaS approach to employee surveys

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The Best (And Amazingly Easy) Thing You Can Do to Increase Employee Engagement

It's easy to blame employees for lack of engagement, but without a clear, simple, and engaging mission statement and strategy--they won't.
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I wanted to slap myself in the forehead after reading this article. Of course, the mission statement is critical to success. It's one of core elements of culture, focusing employees, and gaining alignment around employee motivation and the purpose of your organization.

 

How strong is your mission statement? Is it a difference maker in hiring and retention?

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The New Rules of Employee Performance Management

The New Rules of Employee Performance Management | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Are you up to date on the new performance management approach?
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Out with the outdated sadistic approach to annual performance reviews. This article talks about how progressive companies are rethinking their approach to performance management and ensuring flawless execution among their employees.

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Employee Recognition: Why Do You Need It?

Employee Recognition: Why Do You Need It? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We all hear how employee engagement brings long lasting results, but what exactly are these results and how do you effectively reach them?
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3 Nuances in Employee Recognition Created by Dodgy Brain Reactions - The Human Resources Social Network

3 Nuances in Employee Recognition Created by Dodgy Brain Reactions - The Human Resources Social Network | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

Interesting take on the application of "neuro" thinking as it applies to employee recognition. How would you apply this in your unique organization as it relates to employee recognition?

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Interesting take on the application of "neuro" thinking as it applies to employee recognition. How would you apply this in your unique organization as it relates to employee recognition?

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Build better relationships with employees - Sacramento Business Journal

Build better relationships with employees - Sacramento Business Journal | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Build better relationships with employeesSacramento Business JournalAs an executive coach and people strategist, I have witnessed the performance, health and cost benefits that occur when employees are satisfied and well-regarded in their jobs.


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Breaking off the engagement: Study shows that even loyal employees become ... - Phys.Org

Breaking off the engagement: Study shows that even loyal employees become ... - Phys.Org | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Breaking off the engagement: Study shows that even loyal employees become ...Phys.OrgAll businesses want "engaged" employees -- those who are committed to the success of the company and are willing to go the extra mile to see it flourish.


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How To Create A Work Culture Where People Choose To Be 'All In'

How To Create A Work Culture Where People Choose To Be 'All In' | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Having trouble getting your people "engaged" on the job? Maybe double talk is part of the problem. Mind-numbing jargon can render good intentions meaningless. Here's some expert coaching.
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Yesterday I published an article on the importance of creating a purpose-driven organization. On the heels of that article, this one pops up on Forbes about giving your employees a "cause" for being part of your organization.

 

The SEALs get it, Starbucks gets it. Do your Employees understand the purpose and cause behind your organization?  IF NOT, are you at risk of losing good people when they hear this message from your competitors as the job market shifts from advertising to poaching.

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Strong Leaders Do This 1 Thing to Improve Employee Happiness

Strong Leaders Do This 1 Thing to Improve Employee Happiness | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
This simple practice can help boost morale​ and strengthen relationships.
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I've been talking about this idea for years - great leaders show their appreciation, gratitude, and caring toward their teams and employees.

 

Not having gratitude and appreciation as part of your core values can be one of the reasons your best performers will be poached in the next year or two.

 

Fixing a culture where there is a lack of gratitude and appreciation is very simple - why don't more CEOs and Executives take action toward building it into the fabric of their organizations?

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How Caring About Employees Translates to Business Success

How Caring About Employees Translates to Business Success | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It’s safe to assume that most companies want happy employees. Unfortunately, for many businesses, profits often take priority at the helm of the ship and employee satisfaction takes the stern. Moreover, even fewer companies know what it takes to actually make their employees happy.
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We can all agree with the article headline that there is a direct correlation between employee happiness and business success.

 

How do you focus in this area, particularly when surveys, such as the Gallup engagement survey, show that engagement, happiness, and satisfaction is less than 30%?

 

I liked the way the author of this article broke down 4 key areas to focus on to improve employee happiness: trust, health, recognition, and culture.

 

What initiatives are you currently implementing to focus on these 4 key areas?

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Want to Stop Rampant Sales Team Turnover? Career Ladders Are the First Step

Want to Stop Rampant Sales Team Turnover? Career Ladders Are the First Step | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It's no secret sales rep turnover and its consequences are a threat to sales teams. Foster career development for happier reps that stick around.
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Here's a novel idea (I'm kidding of course). When was the last time you sat down and painted a strong visual image of the path forward for your biggest contributors or most impactful employees? How detailed did you get in terms of time frame, money, responsibility, authority, impact, and expectations?

 

NOT having this conversation frequently is a recipe for the turnover of your best performers. Top talent wants to know what the future looks like - not platitudes and generic phrases - but hardcore specific time frames and expectations.

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Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team

Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are five keys to cultivating optimal teams, and they all come back to safety, belonging and mattering. Here's how to know where your team is lacking and what to focus on to fix it.
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Have you had a chance to review the research Goggle did on the conditions or elements that led to optimal team work. Fascinating stuff to improve how your teams work. Are you focused around any of these issues in improving the results and outcomes your teams generate?

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How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Incivility can fracture a team.
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I loved this article on the impact of rudeness in working together - whether it be non-profit teams, executive management groups, or on projects. Rudeness, incivility is one of the killers of motivation and high performing teams. In my own work as a non-profit Board President, I get to improve the civility of how people interact, and continually reinforce group norms around civility. One of the books I am reading right now is titled "Choosing Civility". What do you tolerate with your team?

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Sheila Talks Coaching for Results Video Engaged Employees

Hi, I'm Sheila Kamuda with coaching advice for the office and beyond. playniceadvice.blogspot.com Hope you enjoy, leave comments, subscribe, like, share.
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Shelia Kamuda has a nice blog and great little video series about employee engagement, satisfaction, culture, and workplace behaviors. I recommend reading and watching the content she shares.

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At the Heart of Culture: Work That Matters

At the Heart of Culture: Work That Matters | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To most of us, the phrase Work that Matters infers job satisfaction. Our intended outcome is a workplace culture characterized by lower stress, lower turnover, an
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A large part of employee engagement and satisfaction is work that matters - employees derive a high value from what they do. Do you look closely at these issues for all jobs - particularly those on the front line?

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The benefits of recognizing your team success and the 3 rules of celebration

The benefits of recognizing your team success and the 3 rules of celebration | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Building a great team is a challenging job. You should take pride in your
team’s success. Take time and efforts to celebrate success with your
people. 
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Very few companies do a great job recognizing and rewarding individual and team performance. I liked this article because it reinforces some very simple ideas about recognition.

 

If you're recognizing outstanding performance, why would your employees continue to go above and beyond the call of duty for you?

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B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition

B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

I've been exploring how gamification might work in areas like referrals, but had not yet considered it around employee engagement and recognition. Interesting comparison to LinkedIn's gamification strategy of trying to get you to complete your profile.

 

I'm curious if anyone has started to use gamification on the retention side vs. hiring side?

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I've been exploring how gamification might work in areas like referrals, but had not yet considered it around employee engagement and recognition.

 

I'm curious if anyone has started to use gamification on the retention side vs. hiring side?

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Onboarding: Ensuring Success for New Hires

Onboarding: Ensuring Success for New Hires | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
"It is an important part of the employer/employee relationship. Effective onboarding programs promote a number of benefits, including greater employee satisfaction, better job performance, greater commitment to the company, ...


Another article on the importance of onboarding which many companies - especially in the small business and entrepreneurial sector IGNORE - Barry


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Unleashing the Power of Employee Performance

Unleashing the Power of Employee Performance | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Managers cite performance evaluations as one of their most disliked tasks, and employees aren't usually fond of them either. But what if you could turn evaluations into a tool that would unleash the power of performance in ...
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