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Learning from an agile operating model | McKinsey

Learning from an agile operating model | McKinsey | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Companies with agile operating models have managed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis better than their peers. Here’s what helped them cope.
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Interesting article bordering on an intellectual discussion of operating models/theory. Do you use an agile model to navigate in times of crisis or do you return (or not change/pivot) from your traditional model of decision making, innovation, ideation, change management, implementation and execution?

 

Most companies have their executive teams wrining their hands, holding their head in their hands, and wondering when the crisis will end so they can return to business as normal.

 

We're never going to return to business pre-Covid. Let's embrace that reality now. Given that we must change and pivot, what's the first step?

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Zillow exec: Why we changed our minds on remote work

Zillow exec: Why we changed our minds on remote work | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Last month, Zillow joined a growing list of companies that have decided to allow most employees to work from home permanently, even after the pandemic....
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Interesting article on the thought process of shifting from an old-school mentality that everyone must be together in the office for collaboration and determining if they were working hard to a more flexible work environment embracing work from home. Have you considered this shift or are you still stuck in a 1970s model of management, oversight, and lack of trust regarding your employees? This might become the edge by which companies are able to attract better talent in the future.

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25 remote employee engagement activities that spark joy

25 remote employee engagement activities that spark joy | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Here are 25 employee engagement activities that boost team performance, retention and happiness. Plus, they can all be done remotely.
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Loved the various ideas in this article to stimulate team - culture interaction, learning about each other, and building strong relationships.

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4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement for Frontline Workers

4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement for Frontline Workers | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Employee engagement links to your bottom line. Here are four ways to boost employee engagement for your frontline workers...
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Many of my clients struggle to think about strategies and tactics to engage frontline employees. Here is a good article on how to engage those frontline folks. How many of these tactics are you using in your organization?

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The Importance of Employee Recognition in a Pandemic

The Importance of Employee Recognition in a Pandemic | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How do employees feel about recognition in a COVID climate? Does it still matter, or do concerns like staying alive and employed take precedence? A new survey offers answers.
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From one of my favorite publications - Psychology Today - on the importance of employee recognition and why most companies/managers struggle with this issue. It is the number 2 element of why you're not seeing appropriate levels of productivity from your workforce - you're employees don't think you care.

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Employee engagement during coronavirus

Employee engagement during coronavirus | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Workers say appreciation is more important while working from home. Here's what that means to HR leaders.
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Here's one of the key points I've been advocating in my workshop for Vistate Groups - Managing Remotely in a Crisis!

 

Here's the quote that grabbed me in the article:

 

Three out of five employees believe employee recognition and appreciation is more important while working from home, yet only one out of five employees (26%) say their company has implemented new ways to reward and recognize them since the current pandemic started"

 

One of the most powerful elements to drive motivation, engagement, and productivity is showing appreciation, recognition, gratitude. It's shameful not to have a strong recognition program.

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How to keep developing your work culture during COVID-19

How to keep developing your work culture during COVID-19 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To redesign your culture remotely, think of it as an evolving entity depending on the strength of team connections....
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A decent article in Fast Company to consider the development/refinement of your culture in a virtual/remote world. My big question is: Are you doing anything right now to be working on improving your culture or is this at the bottom of your priority list?

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How to use your network to survive a bad job market

How to use your network to survive a bad job market | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
You may already know that successful job-searching requires networking, but how extensively should you reach out?...
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In down job markets (30 million unemployed heading for 45 million before the end of the year), networking vs. advertising becomes the dominant method of job hunting for top performers.

 

Studies show that 80-85% of all jobs never get advertised - they are filled through informal networks and referrals. Unfortunately, most job hunters don't start thinking about the strength of their networks until they desperately need a job. Always be networking.

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The ROI of Frequent Recognition

The ROI of Frequent Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Recognition at any time is crucial, but frequent recognition helps stoke the fire of engagement even more.
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Employee recongition is such a powerful tool - and the benefits come from so many areas as this article simply describes. I keep scratching my head why more companies don't embark upon a path of creating a comprehensive non-monetary reward and recognition system.

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Permanent WFH sounds great. But it's harder than it sounds

Permanent WFH sounds great. But it's harder than it sounds | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Creating an effective work-from-home policy, requires a thoughtful strategy.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Key points in the article: measuring results, culture, teamwork, and the Manager as the lynchpin. Same exact things I've been discussing with my clients for the last 4 months. No one seems be putting much energy or focus behind these ideas. In most companies, it's business as usual = nothing is different than when everyone was in the office.

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Improve Employee Engagement With These 6 Questions

Improve Employee Engagement With These 6 Questions | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Every leader should be asking their employees the right questions. These questions address two dimensions from each of three significant categories: support, clarity, and conflict.
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I'm pulling together resources that could serve as reinforcing material for my virtual Vistage Complimentary one hour program on Managing Remotely in a  workshop. One of the elements I talk about is conducting more effective one-to-ones with folks working virtually/remotely. Here's a good article from Fortune.com on some questions to ask in those one-to-ones.

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3 Hacks Businesses Can Use to Increase Employee Productivity

3 Hacks Businesses Can Use to Increase Employee Productivity | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Increase Employee Productivity - Here are some easy ways you can easily use technology to streamline business processes and optimize them....
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I heard a fellow speaker the other day make the comment that "all companies are now technology companies."

Unfortunately, about half the organizations I deal with are still stuck in a 1970s model of working. I am awe of the tools/apps available to improve communication, execution, performance, recognition, and so on. Not exploring these tools basically means you are allowing your competitors to become much more productive - and they will eventually bypass you on all dimensions of success.

 

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Employee recognition: How a compliment can work miracles | Speakap

Employee recognition: How a compliment can work miracles | Speakap | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Compliments cost nothing but do a lot for engagement and motivation. Surveys show that employees value praise higher than cash. Here is how to turn the art of giving compliments into a strategic recognition tool.
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This issue of recognition is the second most important element behind defining expectations (employees understanding what their immediate boss expects of them). The goal is to drive higher levels of employee engagement (translated into productivity). Most stuides show 50-70% of your workforce is not engaged - primarlily around not defining expectations and not providing enough recognition.

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What Is Productivity Monitoring?

What Is Productivity Monitoring? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Productivity monitoring is a method for watching employee productivity levels throughout the workday. It has gained attention in recent months as a greater percentage of the workforce has begun working remotely, thus prompting employers’ desire to have more visibility into remote employees’...
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As I have been teaching in my Complimentary one hour Vistage Workshops on Managing Remotely in a Crisis - this is a horrible method to manage performance. It's micro-management and "big brother" looking over your shoulder. It basically says we don't trust you. It's the easy way of out defining real performance mangagement like outcomes, deliverables, expecations, metrics, and KPIs. STOP using monitoring software. It creates a culture of mistrust.

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Am I A Toxic Employee?

Am I A Toxic Employee? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It is always easy to blame others for our unhappiness at work, but to look in the mirror and take accountability for ourselves is another matter. But, have you ever asked yourself, am I a toxic employee?
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Some interesting questions to think about whether you're toxic at work or you have toxic people on your team. When you see these behaviors in your teammates, do you immediately stop and address them. Your employees perceive your culture as what you are willing to tolerate as their boss.

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How to Apply the Employee Experience Model for a Happier Workplace

How to Apply the Employee Experience Model for a Happier Workplace | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover how one business owner applies the employee experience model to create a happier, more productive workplace....
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Good article around the idea of employee experience - which contributes to employee engagement and thus higher productivity. Are you executing on a few of these tactics to improve your employee experience?

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What is Gamification? And How to Gamify Your Employee Advocacy Program

What is Gamification? And How to Gamify Your Employee Advocacy Program | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
What is gamification? And how can you incorporate it into your employee advocacy program? We break this down and show you the benefits....
Barry Deutschs insight:

Have you considered gamification around some of your employee engagement initiatives, such as supporting teammates, exhibiting core values, going above and beyond for a customer or teammate, coming up with a recommendation/suggestion for improvement, making referrals - the list is endless. This article does a good job walking through gamifying activities to drive behavior or action. It's all the time in the sales function - why not everywhere else in the organization?

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How to Overcome Zoom Fatigue & Engage Your Employees During Covid-19

How to Overcome Zoom Fatigue & Engage Your Employees During Covid-19 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
In the Covid-19 era of remote work, video chat platforms like Zoom have become the name of the game, both during and outside work hours. In particular, they’ve become the new venue for the frontier of virtual employee engagement.
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In my workshops for Vistage Groups on Managing Remotely in a Crisis, many members complain of Zoom Fatigue. Here is an article on how to overcome this issue in your organization - since it appears it's going to be awhile before we're all back together in person.

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To Engage and Retain Employees Provide a “Mini” Job Rotation During Employee Orientation

To Engage and Retain Employees Provide a “Mini” Job Rotation During Employee Orientation | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Have you noticed that, in many companies, employees often have no clue what many of the other employees in other functions do to support the overall organization?When you look at how companies typically onboard new employees and the lack of follow-up employee development training, it's not at all...
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This is an interesting idea for on-boarding. I actually had to do this years ago when starting a couple of new jobs. I think it's great way to gain appreciation for what goes on in other departments and a way to get to know folks.

 

Have you tried out this on-boarding idea in your organization. Even if it's not job rotation, it could at least be a shadowing experience.

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38 Employee Appreciation Quotes to Recognize Others

38 Employee Appreciation Quotes to Recognize Others | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Discover how everyone in your organization can start practicing recognition by drawing on these inspiring employee appreciation quotes.
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Many of my clients look to me for specific language and vehicles through which they can recognize their employees - showing gratitude, appreciation, and being thankful. Geniune caring human behavior. I find that many managers struggle to show their appreciation because they have never been coached on how to do it. Secondly, I observe during this hard economic time and health care crisis, many managers have lost their caring and sensitivity. Unless your culture reinforces the need to show it, most of the time appreciation, recognition, and thanking others just falls through the cracks. Is your organization guilty of this?

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How to Lift Employee Morale in the Workplace When Managing Remote Teams

How to Lift Employee Morale in the Workplace When Managing Remote Teams | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Like all engagement strategies, there are plenty of ways to motivate your team. But if you're struggling, it might be time to try something new & creative.
Barry Deutschs insight:

I especially liked the paragraph in this article on getting creative around engaging, motivating, involving, stimulating, building team cohesion. The problem is that most companies can't even begin to explore these creative ideas because they haven't yet implemented the basic fundamentals of employee engagement like defining success for the role, having a great recognition process, and doing frequent discussions (one to ones) around subjects of learning, impact, and becoming - stay interviews.

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Conducting One Specific Type Of Interview Can Boost Employee Engagement

Conducting One Specific Type Of Interview Can Boost Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To increase employee engagement, you need to know what the cause of the disengagement and dissatisfaction is in the first place. Conducting one specific type of interview can help you find out what that is.
Barry Deutschs insight:

One element of conducting an effective one-to-on I suggest in my workshops on Engaging Employees - You're the Person We Want to Keep, and in my workshop Managing Remotely in a Crisis is the idea of conducting a LIB Discussion (Learning, Impact, and Becoming). In HR terminology this is called a Stay Interview. It's a powerful way to re-engage your employees. I recommend spending 15-20 minutes on this LIB dialogue at least once a quarter. See my LinkedIn article on what questions to ask and how to stimulate this conversation.

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This Simple Idea Will Change How You Think About Culture (Especially During Hard Times)

This Simple Idea Will Change How You Think About Culture (Especially During Hard Times) | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Want your team to come out stronger after everything that's going on in 2020? This simple but powerful shift in focus will help.
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Interesting perspective on thinking about oyour company culture - how do you get people to do the right things without creating a rigid rules based organization?

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How To Boost Remote Employee Engagement On A Shoestring Budget

How To Boost Remote Employee Engagement On A Shoestring Budget | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Since quarantine transformed the dynamics of how many companies operate, employers have been wondering how to maintain morale, and keep their teams enthusiastic and committed from afar.
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Some of my clients worry that starting down the path of employee engagement will be expensive - giving out awards, hiring an HR professional, creating a budget. This recent Forbes article talks about how to do it on a shoestring budget. One of the shoestring tactics they mention is my favorite one to talk about in my workshops on employee engagement and retention - giving praise. Doesn't cost a dime - but most companies so poorly use it that it's bordering on a worthless tactic. You might consider training your management team how to be better at showing empathy, gratitude, appreciation, and being thankful for the work your employees do daily.

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Harvard Business Review Analytic Services [New Report]

Harvard Business Review Analytic Services [New Report] | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Many businesses fail to quantify the business impact of their talent strategies. Learn why in our Harvard Business Review Analytic Services research.
Barry Deutschs insight:

Recent report reinforces importance of employee engagement initiatives. Here's the quote:

 

"81% of business leaders strongly agree that highly engaged employees perform better and are more productive."

 

So my question is why are so few companies making such little effort around improving employee engagement and employee experience?

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New Study Shows Troubling Disconnect Between HR and Employees

New Study Shows Troubling Disconnect Between HR and Employees | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Four indications that HR and employees are not on the same page.
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Is your HR manager/director disconnected from what employees want/need in their jobs? Interesting counter-intuitive article suggesting that HR professionals are out of touch with the idea of employee experience/employee engagement.

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