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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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Episode 229 - The Value Of Friendships At Work

Episode 229 - The Value Of Friendships At Work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We often spend more time with colleagues than we do with family and close friends, which is why so many of our friendships are with coworkers. They share our experiences and can be a source of support…
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Interesting perspective on the importance of relationships at work. Lots of studies have been done on this subject - especially the work by the folks at Gallup. This is one of the key elements of their 12 points leading to an engaged employee.

 

Many other studies have shown that people join organizations, but tend to leave (more comfortably, less regret, easier separation) when there is a lack of friendships and relationships.

 

What are you doing to create high performing teams by encouraging deep relationships where people care about each other?

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Onboarding for Success in a Virtual Work Environment

Onboarding for Success in a Virtual Work Environment | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
You've virtually interviewed and hired the perfect candidate. Check out these tips for making your new employee’s virtual onboarding experience a success.
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Some basic fundamental ideas on virtual on-boarding. Most companies approach to effective on-boarding is either non-existent or completely ineffective. Hiring people in a virtual world just amplifies the need to do a better job of making people believe this is the most important decision they've made to join your organization.

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Is your workforce resilient enough? | HRD New Zealand

Is your workforce resilient enough? | HRD New Zealand | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
'Work-related mental health conditions are becoming more and more prevalent'...
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I've researched the idea of mental toughness extensively and teach it as my primary tool for success in coaching High School Girls Basketball. What is mental toughess (or what's now referred to as "Grit")?

 

It's character traits that enable success - like a positive attitude, a winner's mentality, proactivity, intiaitive, self-motivation, resilience, ability to overcome adversity, ability to accept constructive criticism/feedback and strive to continually improve (as Covey called it - sharpening the sword).

 

I recommend my clients dig into these character issues in every interview at every level. Here's an article on resilience I thought was interesting, especially this quote:

 

"40% of global respondents reported low levels of personal resilience and were at risk of ‘occupational burnout"

 

How do you build mental toughness/grit among your teams, especially since it's one of the core elements of high-performing teams.

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Council Post: Embrace And Improve Your Remote Workforce With These 15 Management Tips

Council Post: Embrace And Improve Your Remote Workforce With These 15 Management Tips | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Proper management is the key to sustaining employee and company success in a remote workplace environment.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Here from Forbes some key points reinforcing those I've been making in my Vistage Managing Remotely in a Crisis workshop on Zoom: set expectations and manage them, do face to face meetings on video, over communicate, create a communications plan and stick to it,

 

How well is your leadership doing leading across these elements?

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Why companies shouldn't digitally monitor remote workers

Why companies shouldn't digitally monitor remote workers | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Virtually looking over employees’ shoulders isn’t just bad for privacy. Research shows it could also be bad for business....
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I keep seeing articles showing a trend for companies to be monitoring how much and where employees are spending their time - NSA type monitoring.

 

Something doesn't seem right about these attempts? I've always been a big proponent of not measuring screen time, but rather setting mutually agreeable outcomes, deliverables, metrics, and KPIs.

 

The problem is when managers don't want to invest the time to define success, then we are left with the fallback position of measuring hours and screen time.

 

What's going on in your organization?

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What is Employee Engagement? Ideas To Improve The Office Culture

What is Employee Engagement? Ideas To Improve The Office Culture | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee involvement – and its relationship to job performance and retention of talent – is an issue that has become increasingly popular with HR professionals. However, the implementation of gamification in the enterprise or the creation of a recreation room does not have to be the...
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Some good action steps for improving employee engagement and higher levels of impact/productivity.

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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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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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Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder —

Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder — | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Its usefulness as an internal marketing tool has never been greater.
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I've been suggesting this idea in the last 8 weeks of doing my Managing Remotely in a Crisis zoom webinar - send everyone company swag. This article reinforces that idea - and breaks down some different recommendations. The big question is whether swag is an effective reinforcement of positive experiences when folks are separated and isolated from being together?

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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...
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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.
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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....
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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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Episode 229 - The Value Of Friendships At Work

Episode 229 - The Value Of Friendships At Work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
We often spend more time with colleagues than we do with family and close friends, which is why so many of our friendships are with coworkers. They share our experiences and can be a source of support…
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting perspective on the importance of relationships at work. Lots of studies have been done on this subject - especially the work by the folks at Gallup. This is one of the key elements of their 12 points leading to an engaged employee.

 

Many other studies have shown that people join organizations, but tend to leave (more comfortably, less regret, easier separation) when there is a lack of friendships and relationships.

 

What are you doing to create high performing teams by encouraging deep relationships where people care about each other?

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5 innovative approaches to employee performance reviews

5 innovative approaches to employee performance reviews | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Get five proven tips from Cassidy Jakovickas, CPA, on how to improve your tax firm's employee performance reviews.
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Good reminders on the basics of effective performance management. Notice number one on the list is map out expectations.

 

This is the central theme of our consulting, workshops, and executive search practice - define success. NOT defining success is the number one reason for hiring failure, ineffective performance management, and poor employee engagement (and subsequently employee productivity).

 

Most studies show that at best 50 percent of your workforce knows what their immediate boss expects of them. In entrepreneurial and small businesses, that number is more likely to be in the 80 percent range of employees, candidates, new hires not understanding what's expected of them.

 

Huge problem in most companies. How are you fixing it?

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The Staggering Results of Successful Employee Engagement

The Staggering Results of Successful Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Our current methods aren’t working, but when done right, successful employee engagement efforts have the potential for exponential results.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Great set of statistics reminding us of the value of creating a sense of belonging, community, and matterness. What specific intiatives is your organization moving forward with to stimulate this level of employee engagement around relationships?

 

People might come to you because of your rep, salary, location, job opportunity - but they'll leave for a lack of relationships - boss, peers, teams.

 

Most companies invest ZERO time in stimulating the relationships among co-workers, and creating a sense of community and shared purpose. If we don't work on these elements, how can we ever hope to build high performing teams?

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Employee Engagement trends during a pandemic

Employee Engagement trends during a pandemic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic were spent firefighting and figuring out how to sustain some degree of operations.But now a new reality dawned on HR and leadership teams: How to look after and support the workforce in this new world order...
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The part of expressing caring, interest, sensitivity, support, and empathy goes down the tubes when we feel isolated, lonely, and separated from our boss, organization, and co-workers.

 

As I've been reminding everyone in our Managing Remotely in a Crisis Workshop:

 

"Instead of jumping right to agenda item no 1 (or as soon as Harold finally located his unmute button) we should take 5 min. to ask how people are. Or take a virtual lunch or coffee break without any other purpose, than sharing how we are feeling on, what feels like day 913 of working in the same pants"

 

How much of this dialogue is happening in your organization - or is it only about the numbers and the metrics in conversations?

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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 keep employees engaged when stressed and working from home Prof

How to keep employees engaged when stressed and working from home Prof | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
As employees around the world embracethe Worlds Largest Work-From-Home Experiment theyre also experiencing the new levels of stress that come with wor...
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Some ideas/thoughts for boosting motivation by your employees working from home and suffering burn-out, zoom fatigue, isolation, separation, and the stress of balancing childcare, home life, and work expectations. My concern is that most companies are not spending enough time thinking about these issues, their cultural implications, and the resulting low levels of productivity based on employee disengagement.

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Why Companies Have to Rethink How to Treat Working Parents in a Post-Pandemic Culture

Why Companies Have to Rethink How to Treat Working Parents in a Post-Pandemic Culture | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
As millions of workers have transitioned into working from home over the past few months, state and local governments have, in turn, issued COVID-19 restriction mandates that require employers to adapt accordingly.
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Something to think about - your working parents - whether they will continue to work from home or come into the office now that restrictions are being eliminated.

 

Are you setting your organization up as a great place to work because of your sensitivity, empathy, caring toward family issues, and parents struggling with at-home issues?

 

The great part of working for an entrepreneurial company is the flexibility and family style atmosphere  - is that really the case in your actions as we cycle through this Crisis? 

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Improve employee happiness by hiring the right candidates

According a research made by Oxford University – employees are 13% more productive when they are happy. Many companies have already understood this and have started to focus more of their efforts to keep the employee satisfaction score high.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

An interesting idea in this article of focusing on recruiting messaging. The quote I liked:

 

"Start by attracting candidates to an employee community, not to a job. People usually are attracted by concrete role. But they want also to join an organization they feel a shared alignment and purpose with."

 

How do you help candidates "feel" the shared purpose?

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The Surprising Science Behind Successful Remote Meetings

The Surprising Science Behind Successful Remote Meetings | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Evidence-based insights and practical tips can help you improve your remote meetings.
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One of the topics I cover in my Managing Remotely in a Crisis webinar in the Vistage/TEC community is whether managers need to be trained in how to run an effective online meeting.

 

Here's a great article with key points to have the most effective remote meetings from the MIT Sloan Management Review.

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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.
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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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