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Two Words to Guide Your Employee Onboarding Program

Two Words to Guide Your Employee Onboarding Program | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Starting a new job is a powerful moment in an individuals life, most onboarding programs are nothing more than orientation days and stop quickly after that.
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Most companies on-boarding consists of filling out paperwork in HR. Here's an interesting take on getting employees off on the right foot and staying passionate. A Great on-boarding program is the start of ensuring high employee engagement.

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20 Employee Engagement Statistics That Impact Your Business

20 Employee Engagement Statistics That Impact Your Business | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Looking for evidence to prove that employee engagement actually works? Explore our top employee engagement statistics to support your case.
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I love statistics, metrics, scorecards, and surveys, especially around hiring and retention.

 

Here's some surveys and statistics to think about as you start to see your best talent get poached by your competitors.

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7 Easy Ways to Show Employees Some Love!

7 Easy Ways to Show Employees Some Love! | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Top 10 Human Resources Recruiter in Michigan...
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Sometimes in the rush and pressure of business, we forget that we're dealing with human beings who require a little praise, empathy, encouragement, interaction, and kindness.

 

Although the author mentions a number of very simple things, like celebrating birthdays, I still find that many companies show tthat they don't care about their people by ignoring some of these most basic elements. 

 

Where are you on the spectrum of caring, empathy, and specific tactics? When I help my clients develop compelling advertising, one of the most common phrases they throw back at me is "we're a family oriented environment."

 

When I ask for a couple of examples of why they say that - all I get is a blank look. Can you back up your statements with examples about your culture, values, and how the company cares about the employees?

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Employee Engagement: Measure Using eNPS

Employee Engagement: Measure Using eNPS | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee feedback collected through eNPS surveys arms internal communicators with valuable information around employee engagement.
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I'm a huge proponent of defining quantifiable outcomes and metrics/KPIs to track progress and to move an organization forward. One of the metrics I am very keen on is eNPS.

 

Are you measuring employee satisfaction like customer satisfaction and the willingness of your employees to refer potential employees (friends, neighbors, former business associates, and others in their network)?

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How CEOs Can Boost Engagement By Harnessing Trust

How CEOs Can Boost Engagement By Harnessing Trust | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
A study of Glassdoor data reveals a startlingly high correlation between the ratings for “company culture” and “senior leadership”—showing that the two are mutually dependent.
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Good short perspective on employee engagement in Chief Executive Magazine. Bottom line - formalizing communication made a big difference. I assume it was along the lines of communicating vision, mission, purpose, recognition, and feedback.

 

It could also be along the lines of teaching/training managers to be coaches - how to listen, how to give praise, how to give feeback.

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Why Your Employee Engagement Tactics are Destined to Fail

Why Your Employee Engagement Tactics are Destined to Fail | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Is your approach to employee engagement destined to fail? Check out five tips to keep front of mind: define; find your "why," measure and monitor.
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This article borders on the comical and addresses the few simple reasons why engagement tactics and strategies fail all the time to drive substantial improvements.

 

Number ONE issue - most companies and executives are unwilling to do the hard work.

 

I draw the comparison to both playing a sport and hiring.

 

My experience as a high school girls basketball coach is that most players are unwilling to put in the hard work to aspire to something greater - whether it is the ability to move up a team level or just make more free throws in the next game. This is the basic message by Kobe Bryant. Nothing earth-shattering about this message - it's just a continuation of what you did in high school.

 

The second point - most companies don't make substantial improvements in hiring because they are unwilling to do the hard work of defining success for every job, shaking the bushes for the best candidate, and investing substantial resources and time to improve the interview process.

 

It's like the wrecking ball is just around the corner when we become complacent, lazy, and unwilling to do hard work.

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8 Tips To Increase Employee Satisfaction In The Workplace - Eden

8 Tips To Increase Employee Satisfaction In The Workplace - Eden | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it

It is no secret that people who are passionate about their work are the key to a company’s success. Unmotivated employees with low employee satisfaction will likely lead to low productivity, low staff morale and a high turnover rate. 

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My take away here is that employees really want investment in training and development. Do you develop written personal development plans for every plan every year? Are your competitors doing this retention strategy? Have you trained your managers in how to have this career/training/development discussion with their teams?

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3 Myths Destroying Your Goal of Creating an Engaged Workforce

3 Myths Destroying Your Goal of Creating an Engaged Workforce | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Solving a decade's worth of stagnant employee engagement trends means organizations must approach the issue -- and possible solutions -- differently.
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Inc Magazine recently published this article on the myths of employee engagement. I think they may have missed the mark - not that I would disagree with a major business publication.

 

I don't believe companies substitute a fun work environment for true employee engagement. I do believe many CEOs and HR execs put millennials in a box. Finally,  many of my clients have weak or non-existent reward and recognition programs.

 

When should you start focusing on engagement issues - should it be when you've lost 10% of your best talent to your competitors in the next few years?

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Eight ways to engage your staff in the coming year | theHRD

Eight ways to engage your staff in the coming year | theHRD | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
People don’t work well in a vacuum; they want to feel that work is a nice place to be with supportive people they trust, not a daily-drudge with strangers. They also want development, and they need to know they are appreciated.
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Good summary of the Gallup and Gartner research on employee engagement. Not only does the article present scary stats on the actual percentages of employee engagement, but it also lists a number of areas to focus on to improve employee engagement.

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Best Employee Engagement Books for Leaders

Best Employee Engagement Books for Leaders | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Leading an engaged team doesn't have to take up all of your time and resources.
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If you're looking to improve employee engagement, retention, happiness, and satisfaction - - this list is also my top list for reading material. the authors are all outstanding  - especially the first one - Patrick Lencioni whose book was originally titled the 3 elements of a miserable job. Great reading.

 

To this list I would add Gallup's book It's All About the Manager.

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#WorkTrends: Why Employee Engagement is a Joke

#WorkTrends: Why Employee Engagement is a Joke | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Worktrends’ host Meghan M Biro and WorqIQ president Mark Babbitt took apart the myth of employee engagement and came up with a plan to save the world of work.
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Counter-Intuitive article about employee engagement. Author claims current tactics have not moved the needle on employee engagement. I think the author is out of touch. For companies that have implemented effective employee engagement programs, they have moved the needle dramatically on NPS, engagement scores, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, turnover, and retention.

 

The problem is that so few companies have implemented effective programs, the needle appears in aggregate not to move very much.

 

The tactics of employee engagement are very basic, yet most companies don't want to make the effort. Simple things like listening, coaching, autonomy, praise, recognition, development, training, challenges - all basic fundamental work motivations -- and most companies are failing miserably at execution,

 

It's not the tactics that are wrong, it's the issue of poor execution on change management.

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This Remarkable Chick-fil-A Employee Does Something Every Day That You Wish Every Employee Did

This Remarkable Chick-fil-A Employee Does Something Every Day That You Wish Every Employee Did | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
They say he's been doing it for years. I wonder how.
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What if this was a trait we looked for in interviews - enthusiasm, energy, positive, friendly, helpful. Do we measure it, score it, role play for it, and seek to understand when we are doing references.

 

The attitude of these folks is contagious. They are the epitome of Gallup's definition of an engaged employee.

 

Just imagine what would happen if you added a few more of these folks to your team.

 

The big question I've got is why your hiring process is not focused around finding, attracting, and recruiting these magical employees?

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Why performance management and engagement should be linked

Why performance management and engagement should be linked | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement and performance management have traditionally been two separate facets of HR’s role. But both need to be better aligned for organisations to get the most from their people.
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I like the idea proposed by the article on linking performance management and engagement. There is no question performance goes up as engagement goes up. Although the article cites the HBR on this subject, and makes a number of key points, it lacks specific recommendations on how to link them together.

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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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The Key to Employee Engagement? Relationship Building at Work

The Key to Employee Engagement? Relationship Building at Work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Relationship building is an essential piece of employee engagement. Read on to see why relationships matter and why organizations should measure them.
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Interesting article on the importance of relationships at work. Remember one of the key elements of Gallup's engaged employee is someone who has a good friend at work.

 

The leaders of Faith-based communities figured out long ago that one of the reasons people stay in churches and synagogues is that they have deep relationships with others. 

 

Is it time to consider extending this model of relationship-building to a business environment?

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How to stop micromanaging in the workplace

How to stop micromanaging in the workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Most leaders are afraid of delegating because it requires them to relinquish control....
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Do your managers micro-manage their teams? Do your managers lack the training and knowledge of how to effectively delegate?

 

Micro-managing and not appropriately delegating can lead to low levels of motivation, engagement, and employee effort. The best will just leave to go to your competitors. Is this an issue that your employees are raising in surveys? How do you even know if it's an issue beyond managers who have poor retention of their staff?

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5 ways introverts silently succeed at work

5 ways introverts silently succeed at work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Introversion is one of the most misunderstood (yet most widely recognized and talked about) dimensions of human personality.
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Most hiring managers are highly biased to lean toward extroverted candidates. I wrote a LinkedIn article a few years ago that introverted candidates were doomed to fail in interviews due to this biased mentality. Some of my very best hires have been with introverts.

 

This article dives a little deeper into how introverts are successful. After reading this article, does it change your interview bias? How would you pose the interview questions differently to an introvert vs. an extrovert?

 

 

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Only 19% of Employees Feel Engaged, Ready to Find a Different Job

Only 19% of Employees Feel Engaged, Ready to Find a Different Job | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you don't engage your employees in 2020, there is a big chance you will lose them....
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Another survey on employee engagement - pretty consistent data.

 

80% not engaged.

64% considering looking for a job

82% want more recognition

90% want more feedback

 

What I don't understand is that some of these issues are very simple to fix and are basically low hanging fruit to immediately boost retention and employee engagement.

 

Why do most employers, especially smaller businesses, feel it's not worth the time to give more feedback, recognition, and learning/development?

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7 Ways You Can Help Keep Employee Passion Alive in Your Company

7 Ways You Can Help Keep Employee Passion Alive in Your Company | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Starting a new job often begins with a blissful honeymoon phase, in which someone's best work is consistently produced. Inevitably, this comes to an end sooner or later, when the flaws of the job gradually start to reveal themselves, and it's natural that an employee's passion may fade away once...
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I liked this article about igniting passion in your workforce. I am not sure I would use the word passion - I might replace it with focused, energized, engaged, self-motivated. When these elements occur, employees tend to show high levels of personal initiative and proactivity.

 

When missing, people tune out, lean outward, find other ways to become self-actualized than at work, and generally act bored and disinterested (not engaged).

 

One of my constant efforts as a high school girls basketball coach and management consultant around hiring/retention is to continually be taking the pulse, and developing actuion plans to keep the passion high.

 

What do you do frequently with your team beyond reviewing daily to-do activities?

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5 tactics for enhancing employee engagement

5 tactics for enhancing employee engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Try these approaches to help staffers embrace your company mission and recognize their respective and common contributions toward realizing it. Employee engagement is crucial for business success.Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to establish and sustain high levels of employee...
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There was one major point in this article I found most useful.  With younger generational workers you must have frequent career discussions and provide a clear roadmap of promotions, increased responsibility, and how their job will evolve as the company moves forward.

 

Not having these discussions at least once a quarter leaves you vulnerable to great performers leaving to go to companies that are willing to have these conversations.

 

How do you as a manager engage in career discussions with members of your team? Have you ever been trained formally in how to have these conversations?

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NoExcusesHR: Kindness, Grace...and Work?

NoExcusesHR: Kindness, Grace...and Work? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
"It's not personal, it's business." I've said this a thousand times...and I'm quite sure I'll say it a thousand times more before I call i...
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You probably know from my posts that I am a huge advocate of kindness, grace, appreciation, and gratitude in the workplace. I'm going to suggest that this concept is so far beyond most executives and CEOs that it could be coming from outer space.

 

The current generation of executives and many managers are indoctrinated from their bosses and mentors with the need to yell, scream, be angry, and show little mercy. They are rude, inconsiderate and don't really care about people in their actions. in most companies, there is very little appreciation, grace, and gratitude.

 

The challenge for most executives and managers is how to balance the need for execution and attainment of goals with caring about people through appreciation, grace, and gratitude.

 

Without the appropriate balance, it will be very tough to keep high performers in your organization in the coming years.

 

How do you do it?

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LinkedIn, Glint survey: Work-life balance the key to job satisfaction

LinkedIn, Glint survey: Work-life balance the key to job satisfaction | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The professional networking site and Glint surveyed over 7,000 talent professionals and hiring managers in 35 countries.
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An interesting study and article showing one of the top elements of concern to employees is work/life balance. Unfortunately, the article doesn't provide any greater detail on defining what's an appropriate work/life balance. Does that mean I get time off for Doctor's appointments or you'll not call me at the last minute to work a weekend shift?

 

I did pick that a couple of the most important factors for younger workers is challenging work and learning opportunities. Duh! Still amazed how many companies don't focus and discuss this issue with their employees.

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6 Helpful and Loving Ways to Employee Recognition

6 Helpful and Loving Ways to Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Recruiting an employee is a challenging process and retaining your best people, needs a lit bit of more effort. It requires to implement honest and thoughtful employee recognition.Such a culture motivates and rewards employees in a way that extends …...
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If you've been following my posts, you know that I am a huge proponent of showing praise, appreciation, gratitude, and recognition. Here is an article that highlights 6 simple and easy to implement tactics for improving retention.

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Using Data to Help Managers Improve Employee Engagement

Using Data to Help Managers Improve Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
What drives of employee engagement?
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I'm a huge fan of metrics and KPIs. I liked this article's focus around HR/retention/engagement KPIs. What do you measure? Are you holding your managers accountable for making great hiring decisions and sustaining/retaining high performing teams?

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Employee Engagement Strategies for the Year Ahead

Employee Engagement Strategies for the Year Ahead | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement produces dramatic and tangible benefits. Yet across the US, statistics show only about one-third of employees are engaged.
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Interesting perspective on empathy in the organization as being a key element of employee engagement. the striking statistic to me was the gap between the CEOs perception of being an empathetic organization and employee perception.

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The New and Painful Truth About Employee Loyalty

The New and Painful Truth About Employee Loyalty | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
New generations entering the workforce have completely different expectations, and it is companies that need to adapt.
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Interesting perspective on the issue of loyalty by the younger generations. Are you seeing these issues pop up in your organization?

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