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Retain Top Talent
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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The Overlooked Impact of Your Company Culture [FREE WORKSHEET]

The Overlooked Impact of Your Company Culture [FREE WORKSHEET] | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How can you convince your leadership that investing in people, your company culture, and employee engagement should be a priority? Check out these surprising [and convincing] stats, and download our free Culture Worksheet to get the conversation going in the right direction.
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Good article on the impact of culture in your company. I zeroed in on this quote:

 

"According to Gallup, disengaged employees are almost twice as likely as engaged employees to seek new jobs. And it’s not just the disengaged ones that you should worry about - 51% of U.S. employees say they are on the lookout for new jobs."

 

Is that not frightening? The entire job market is about to degenerate into pure poaching. We could be looking at another 10-12 years of an increasingly difficult job market for employers. How do you protect your existing employees from considering that the "grass might be greener elsewhere?"

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Is Virtual Working A Culture Killer?

Is Virtual Working A Culture Killer? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
What can be seen, heard and experienced by employees and customers, is unique to every business, and is more successful in some than others? Culture isn’t tangible, but it is unavoidable and manageable; it’s the sum total of a business’s values, ethics and beliefs, perpetuated by its people through interactions with peers and customers. So, …
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Are your younger workers demanding more flexible work hours and the chance to work from home. Have you tried to experiment with virtual work arrangements. It's one of the strongest desires from the younger generations. Are you adapting or resisting? Is the lack of a structured approach to managing virtual employees limiting your ability to hire younger talent?

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It's Not About Hiring Great Employees, It's About Engaging Your Current Workforce

It's Not About Hiring Great Employees, It's About Engaging Your Current Workforce | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Stop the hunt for hiring great employees. Instead, develop a culture in your organization that develops a great, highly-engaged workforce.
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WOW! Earth-shattering!

 

Here's the quote that caught my attention:

 

If the workforce is so important to organizational success, why does Gallup tell us that 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged?

 

Why are so many companies still stuck in a Victorian Age of management with supervisors watching the clock, picking on negatives, and micro-managing their people.

 

Have we not yet come to the conclusion this is de-humanizing, de-motivating, and a complete deterrent to accomplishing great results?

 

What do you think it might take for this monumental shift in corporate management to occur?

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The Employee Experience Should Come Before Everything

The Employee Experience Should Come Before Everything | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Happy employees = happy customers. It seems obvious, so why do so many companies overlook the employee experience when they set out to improve the customer experience? For one, companies often strugg…
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The author writes from the perspective of improving the customer experience - but talks about how the employee experience has to come first. Interesting trend developing in recent surveys - particularly among the younger generations - is that they want a more flexible work schedule and opportunity to work from home. What does this say about supervision, performance management, and work productivity - particularly for companies that are not prepared to manage flex time and remote working?

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Employee Engagement: Moving the Bus in the RIGHT Direction

It's great to have everyone pulling in the same direction, but what if it's the wrong direction?
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I had the opportunity to present our Vistage workshop "You're NOT the Person I Hired" today to a group of CEOs in the LA area. We did a role play around defining success for the team on product development. As we got deeper into the role-play it was obvious not everyone was on the same page for the results needed by the company. This article I just read makes that same point using different words - the need to align everyone on the team on what are the outcomes - this is probably the greatest failure in execution by most companies. How good a job does your company do in aligning expectations around business goals?

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40 Different Ways to Say Thank You at Work

40 Different Ways to Say Thank You at Work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Saying thank you is one of the easiest and best forms of employee recognition in the workplace. Here are forty ways to say thank you at work.
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I recently posted an article on LinkedIn in my Retention Hot Tip Series about giving praise. This article complements my blog post with other tactics of saying thank you. My perspective is that most employees feel underappreciated, don't understand how they matter, and don't feel expending extra effort is worth since their manager doesn't seem to care.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Onboarding New Employees

A Step-By-Step Guide to Onboarding New Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A good onboarding experience can set a new employee up for success. Check out this step-by-step guide to onboarding new employees.
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I am in the middle of updating my retention workshop called "You're the Person We Want To Keep".

 

One of the slides is about on-boarding since I get this question every time. In my research for this one element of the retention program, I came across this interesting article I wanted to share on the subject of on-boarding.

 

There are some real benefits from changing our approach - so many new employees either get off on the right foot - or their invisible forehead sign starts flashing "this place sucks" by about the 3rd day.

 

What's the biggest thing you've done to change your on-boarding program in the last year?

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If You Want to Keep Your Best Employees From Quitting, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

If You Want to Keep Your Best Employees From Quitting, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Getting new hires off on the right foot can make all the difference.
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Sometimes we forget about the importance of the on-boarding process as an effective retention tool. How do we wrap our arms around our new hire, making them feel coming aboard was one of the decisions of their life. Why do we sometimes cast them aside making them feel isolated and lonely?

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Why Culture Doesn't Just Beat Strategy, It Must Be the Strategy

Why Culture Doesn't Just Beat Strategy, It Must Be the Strategy | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

"A strong culture that aligns with a specific vision and strategy is a winning combination."

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Think about the most successful organizations - for-profit, non-profit, educational, start-ups, large companies - my experience in 30 years - like the author of this article - is that the most successful organizations focus around culture. Are you spending time defining it, managing it, and communicating about it?

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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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