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What we can learn from Tina Fey’s workplace comedies | Culture | The Guardian

What we can learn from Tina Fey’s workplace comedies | Culture | The Guardian | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
From Mean Girls to 30 Rock, Fey’s comedy dissects the everyday stresses of working life...
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Yes I know - the article is little edgy. I like edgy. I like shaking things up. I am not a status quo person. As you may know - I don't play nice with tribal approaches to hiring and retention.

 

What's the old saying - life imitates art or vice versa?

 

I am always looking to see how work life gets portrayed in comedy programs and stand-up. I really like Tina Fey's take on the whole work-life environment.

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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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Salespeople Retention | How to Manage Your Retention

Salespeople Retention | How to Manage Your Retention | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Salespeople retention is often overlooked. Don't assume your top people will stick around just because they are your top people. Here's how to manage...
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Wondering why your top sales folks have 2-3 offers sitting on the table, and why your competitors feel so confident that they can attract your most successful reps - this article dives into the issues that could mean the difference between keeping the Pareto group and being stuck with a team of average people.

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Seven Team Building Activities That Actually Build Stronger Teams

Seven Team Building Activities That Actually Build Stronger Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If team building exercises suck, then why are they so popular? We cover the research behind strong teams and have suggestions for real, meaningful team bonding.
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Great teams bond together through activities that encourage overcoming shared pain and fears and learning about each other. It doesn't happen naturally in the course of sitting in closed-off cubicles. You have to force it to occur by putting employees in situations where they must work together intimately as a team, learn to "get each other's back", and rely on each other. All l high performing teams use team-building exercises to improve the way they work together. Have you considered the results you could get if your team was hi-performing?

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The #1 Employee Recognition Tool of All-Time! «

The #1 Employee Recognition Tool of All-Time! « | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
At the Michigan Recruiter’s Conference last week I got into a side conversation with a TA leader who had her team at the event.She was talking about motivating and recognizing her team, and …...
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What a great story that reflects praise, gratitude, appreciation, and recognition. A letter to the parents. Duh! Why haven't I thought of that as a tactic around motivation? How many of you have written a note to an employee's parents?

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How To Create A More Inclusive Workplace Culture

How To Create A More Inclusive Workplace Culture | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A series of steps that leaders and organizations can take to gradually create a more inclusive and positive environment where employees feel inspired to do the best work of their lives.
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I am a huge proponent of inclusiveness - whether it be in a community non-profit, religious institution, or work setting.

 

Have you done an assessment, survey, self-reflection on whether your work environment or culture is inclusive? It doesn't happen naturally - as the author indicates you have to be purposeful.

 

For those in the younger generational categories, working in an inclusive culture is important.

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Lagging Employee Engagement? Four Ways to Fix It

Lagging Employee Engagement? Four Ways to Fix It | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is often a challenging thing to get right, especially long term. But a focus on cultural needs and offering the right resources could help rekindle a flagging employee’s mojo.
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When was the last time you tried to measure employee engagement? Are you behind your competitors? Have you tried to calculate the cost of low employee engagement?

 

There are some very simple fixes. This article mentions a few fixes that mostly focus on thinking about employees differently. How to care, nurture, and develop them. Why do most companies still treat employees like they did in the 1980s and 1990s?

 

What's holding you back on creating an outstanding work culture?

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50 Employee Behaviors Worth Recognizing and Rewarding

50 Employee Behaviors Worth Recognizing and Rewarding | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To help you quickly identify employee behaviors that are aligned with your core values and business objectives, we created a manager’s guide with 50 common behaviors worth recognizing and rewarding.
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Interesting list of behaviors centered around initiative, proactivity, an self-motivation. In what ways does this number one trait of success get exhibited? How can you recognize and reward it?

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My Employee Onboarding Was a 600-Person Ice Breaker

My Employee Onboarding Was a 600-Person Ice Breaker | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
You find out where you sit, where the coffee machine is, and you start a day full of icebreakers. But how can you make your onboarding experience special?...
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Great example of a company going far beyond the typical on-boarding process. How do you make your on-boarding process "special" and unique - so that your new employees RAVE about it??

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The Key to Happy Customers? Happy Employees

The Key to Happy Customers? Happy Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
An analysis of Glassdoor data.
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An interesting article published on HBR from Glassdoor data about employee happiness/engagement/satisfaction compared to customer satisfaction.

 

Although this point has been proven in numerous studies already, it reinforces this basic link between the two.

 

What are you doing to raise your employee engagement to drive the best customer satisfaction among your competitors?

 

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IT Pyramid of Pain: How the CIO of IBM retains top tech talent

IT Pyramid of Pain: How the CIO of IBM retains top tech talent | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Supplying employees with the tools they need to be successful will keep them more engaged and satisfied, according to IBM's CIO.
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I spend a lot of time teaching my clients how Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is still relevant for success around retention, engagement, and employee motivation.

 

This article is an interesting adaptation in the IT world for Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

 

Have you considered applying the lessons from Maslow in your own organization, and perhaps creating your own pyramid - perhaps with a focus on the foundation level?

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How Should You Be Defining Employee Engagement? Here's How We Do It

How Should You Be Defining Employee Engagement? Here's How We Do It | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Most companies evaluate employee engagement based on data that might not be helpful. See how the Delivering Happiness team approaches engagement in a way that looks at the employee experience on the individual level to maximize the impact and profits of your organization.
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This article comes at the idea of employee engagement a little differently than most articles - it tackles the idea of creating a sense of purpose - both at the ME and WE levels.

 

Interesting statistic on how purpose-driven organizations outperform their non-purpose driven competitors.

 

Would your employees say that you are a purpose-driven organization?

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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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To Be Happier at Work, Invest More in Your Relationships

To Be Happier at Work, Invest More in Your Relationships | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Both inside and outside the office.
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The HBS article talks about the need to develop and nurture relationships inside and outside of work. I would like to focus on the inside element.

 

In coaching HS girls basketball for the past decade, I've realized one of the elements behind high performing teams is a shared experience of getting to know each other, learning each other's values, sharing stories, and understanding each other at a deeper level.

 

This doesn't happen naturally - you as the coach/boss need to facilitate this shared team experience or bonding.

 

How do you create high performing teams, improve retention, and raise engagement among your direct reports?

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Employee Engagement & Onboarding is an Experience Not a Process

Employee Engagement & Onboarding is an Experience Not a Process | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Don't take a sink or swim approach to onboarding. Effective onboarding contributes to employee engagement, increased productivity and higher retention....
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Interesting perspective about viewing onboarding through the lens of the experience vs. the process and steps. Would your recently hired employees give their onboarding experience a "10"?

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Before You Label an Employee as Ungrateful, Ask Yourself This Question

Before You Label an Employee as Ungrateful, Ask Yourself This Question | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee recognition without appreciation feels like an obligation....
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Interesting article distinguishing between recognition and appreciation. Most companies have some form of minimal recognition initiatives, yet very few focus on the element of appreciation. Is your lack of appreciation and gratitude undermining your employee engagement and ability to retain to top performers?

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Continuous Performance Management begins to gain ground

Continuous Performance Management begins to gain ground | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Continuous Performance Management software is inching into companies as the annual appraisal continues to show its age and lack of business value.
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I've been recommending this idea for over a decade now. Let's kill the traditional sadistic exercise of annual performance reviews and move to Continuous Peformance Management of monthly one-to-ones and regular feedback. Not only will see performance soar, but you'll also see motivation and employee engagement explode.

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Google released research on what makes a good boss

Google released research on what makes a good boss | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Let us know what you think about what qualities and flaws the best and worst bosses have...
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Do you agree these are some of the most important criteria for a good boss? Are there any others you might add to the list?

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Exceptional feedback ensures employee development and engagement

Exceptional feedback ensures employee development and engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Developing your employees is among the most important responsibilities of your credit union’s leadership.  Helping employees to grow, learn and evolve requires a continuum of communication. Providing productive feedback is essential to the mix.
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Are you stuck in old school feedback?

 

Your Managers who are not well trained in how to provide on-going positive feedback?

 

A performance review process that is once a year?

 

Employees who are not getting enough feedback to become engaged?

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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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Driving Employee Engagement

Driving Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Nearly 70% of the American workforce is disengaged in the office, and we're going about the solution completely wrong.
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Another reminder that 70% of your workforce is disengaged. Small incremental differences of improving that metric can have a significant impact on organizational success and customer satisfaction.

 

If we all accept this statement as a given truth through all the studies and research - why then do so few companies work on engaging their employees?

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What actually motivates people at work? —

What actually motivates people at work? — | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Are awards motivating your employees? Or are they making things worse?
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Counter-intuitive perspective on financial rewards and motivation. What works best in your organization?

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6 Things We All Hate About Employee Recognition

6 Things We All Hate About Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
People now have more reasons to snub an employee recognition and rewards program, than to accept it.Here are few of those reasons;...
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Usually, I'm posting positive articles with tips, tactics, and recommendations. This article takes a different approach by looking at why recognition programs fail. One interesting learning element for me was that recognition is not frequent enough.

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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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What Do You Work On First With Employee Recognition?

What Do You Work On First With Employee Recognition? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It's a question repeatedly asked. Where do you start with employee recognition? Here's a bold stand on where to begin with your recognition. Make it happen!
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I liked how thorough this article approached the idea of teaching the fundamentals of employee recognition. It aligns with our process of making things like hiring and retention a systematic and rigorous process - instead of random events.

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People Don’t Leave Jobs, They Leave Bad Bosses And Toxic Work-cultures! - Thrive Global

People Don’t Leave Jobs, They Leave Bad Bosses And Toxic Work-cultures! - Thrive Global | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
95 percent of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention.Decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, disengagement, burnout etc are some of the most commonly known behaviors to spot a toxic culture at workplace...
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Do you have bosses in your organization that create a toxic work culture? Are you at risk of losing some of your top performers as the job market continues to accelerate over the next decade?

 

How do you know? When was the last time you solicited feedback - formally or informally about your supervisors, managers, and executives?

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6 Surefire Strategies to Kickstart Employee Engagement

6 Surefire Strategies to Kickstart Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When your employees are engaged, they are more productive and less likely to quit. So how can you improve and sustain employee engagement in your company?
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Good basic ideas on recognition, team work, personal development, learning - all of which leads to increasing engagement and productivity.

 

Here's the key question - why do so few companies and managers shy away from investing in trying to build employee engagement - when we know the impact on retention and productivity?

 

Is there not enough published information and studies to justify the investment, is there not enough incentive to change, is it not part of your culture, or is it that you just don't know what to do? 

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