Is Employee Engagement REALLY Worth It? [Infographic]


How do you know if employee engagement is really worth the investment in tools in programs to help improve it? Many organizations realize it should be a priority but struggle to understand the financial implications if they don’t take action.

Moving Away from Stacked Rankings? Think of Your Employees as Professional Athletes


Today’s guest post is authored by Petter Andersson, global HR executive, talent development leader and consultant. He is a global thought leader in the field of organizational and talent development with more than 20 years of multinational experience in numerous HR executive, business and consulting roles. Moving away from annual ratings and rankings might spark worries that your organization is less performance oriented.

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The Secrets of Low Turnover Companies [Infographic]


One metric often used to assess the health and attractive power of an organization is its turnover rate. Measured as the percentage of employees in a workforce who leave during a set period of time, turnover rate reflects employee engagement at a certain company.

Performance Management: A Swing and a Miss? [Infographic]


Baseball season is well underway and it got us thinking about coaching – and specifically how performance management practices can take some cues from the sports world. Better employee performance management is a well-known and ongoing priority for HR.

Turbocharge Your Talent with Real-time Feedback & Drive Tangible Results

Download the eBook “Real-time Feedback, Tangible Results” to learn 8 awesome tips designed to help you tap into the power of “anytime/anywhere feedback” and the benefits it can bring to your organization.

Going for Employee Engagement Gold


Five rings, every four years, three medals, two weeks, one city. The Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, bringing nations together to celebrate the talent and athletic skills of their athletes. Whether it’s the inspirational, tear-jerking commercials (just me?) or the pride felt when your home-country athletes step on the top podium, the Olympics remind us of workplace values such as dedication, teamwork and performing your best.

Is It Time for the Employee to be King?


Customer-first mentality. Customer-centric culture. The customer is king. Sit down with leading CEOs today, and you’ll find there are common threads in how executives describe their businesses, with a strong focus on customers being important across the board. And rightfully so. After all, a business can’t survive without customers, and a good measure of success is having happy ones.

On International Women’s Day, HighGround Leaders are Trailblazers


It’s International Women’s Day and every year the United Nations selects a theme. This year’s focus is especially relevant, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.

Flip the Script: Initiate Conversations with Your Manager


This blog series is to help employees make 2017 the best year yet. We spend 30% of our lives at work – this checklist will help employees get the most of their time and develop the skills that can turn jobs into something meaningful. If you missed it, check out our first post on embracing a growth mindset. 2017 Employee Checklist. Embrace a growth mindset. Start the conversation. Expand your feedback circle. Put your goals to work.

Managing Your Hiring Managers for Successful Recruiting

Are your hiring managers checked out in the recruiting process? Wish you could get them more involved and improve communication? Register for Newton’s upcoming webinar and learn a step by step action plan to keep them actively engaged in recruiting.

How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings [Video]


This video called, “How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings,” first appeared on strategy + business. You can watch the original version here. .

10 Must-Dos at HRTech Chicago


HR Tech is less than one month away. We’re excited to host so many industry leaders, experts, solution providers and partners in our hometown. We’re also looking forward to three days of networking, attending thought-provoking sessions and taking in everything the event has to offer. Of course, a trip to Chicago isn’t complete without taking in a few of the sights as well. Here’s our list of what not to miss at both HRTech and the city itself while you’re here in October.

What Makes the Ultimate Dream Job?


Believe it or not, foosball tables, beer Fridays and napping pods are not the way to the average professional’s heart. While these are cute (and welcome) perks, they aren’t really what people want in a dream job. Curious to know what is? Good, let’s find out.

Ignore Your Company Values and They Will Go Away


Ideally the values of any organization should influence everything that happens inside its doors — from employee interactions with one another, to customer partnerships, to how managers manage, to goals set by the C-Suite. When an organization declares its values through a mission statement, employees are clear on what’s important to the company. But simply creating a mission statement isn’t enough — it should drive every interaction and business decision.

[Video] HighGround Customer Story: Patagonia


We recently sat down with Dean Carter, Vice President of HR for Patagonia, to talk about how the company is re-thinking its approach to performance management. When they decided they wanted to make a change, Patagonia implemented HighGround to help them better develop its workforce.

The Path To Creating A High-Performing Resilient Organization

Leaders who practice 'active listening' across the organization will tap into a wealth of actionable insight that would otherwise be difficult to access. Enabling and encouraging people to communicate inclusively and transparently helps to cultivate a 'listening culture'.

A Must-Do: Give Credit Where It’s Due


Believe it or not, Millennials (1980-2000) may not be the first generation of so-called “trophy kids.” The famous quote by Samuel Adams, “Give credit where credit is due” originates all the way back to the 1700s. So why have Millennials been pegged as “trophy kids” ? Some believe we expect a blue ribbon for every task we complete, no matter how trivial.

[Infographic] The Biggest Workplace Trends for 2016


We hear a lot about Millennials and Baby Boomers but a new generation of employees will soon be entering the workforce – Generation Z.

“How’s My Driving?” What HR Can Learn From Uber


Last week I received excellent service from an Uber driver. When prompted to enter feedback on the app at the end of my ride, I rated my driver five out of five stars and added a comment about the exceptional service. I felt my opinion mattered, his assistance was admirable and it should not go unmentioned. In fact, you’re actually prevented from using the app again until you rate your previous driver.

Generation “Why?”


“But why?”. I’m sure this phrase still haunts my parents and the grade school teachers who answered my incessant questions. But this inquiry embodies my deeply rooted curiosity; I actually read encyclopedias for fun as a child. You can only imagine my excitement upon discovering AskJeeves (now Ask.com) where all of the questions in the world (or at least my 10-year-old brain) could be answered with the click of a button. I continue to ask questions now. Why?”

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

Yes, I’m a Millennial. No, We’re Not That Different.


I’ve never ridden a hoverboard, experienced virtual reality, or worn a beanie hat to work. But yes, I regularly use many digital technologies, measure likes on social posts and send selfies through Snapchat every once in a while. In case my need to defy a stereotype didn’t give it away – yes, I’m a Millennial. I’m one of the more than 80 million who were born between 1980 and 2000. We now comprise the largest share of the professional workforce and will make up 75% of workers by 2030.

Q&A: Dean Carter of Patagonia Answers Your Questions


Last week we tackled some of the questions asked during our webinar with Deloitte’s Josh Bersin and Patagonia’s Dean Carter. Attendees had a ton of great questions for Dean specifically so we asked him to sit down and tackle them here. Thanks again to Dean for taking the time to share his insights and stay tuned in the next few weeks as we share more of the Q&A from the webinar. Do you have any tips for how you handled the change management of this process?

No More Hams. Revamp Your Recognition and Rewards Program.


Raise your hand if you’ve ever received a ham, turkey or slightly inappropriate food-based reward from your company. How about an engraved pen? A generic gift card given to all employees? For some reason, some organizations still believe that giving away a celebratory ham, office supplies and impersonal rewards once a year are effective. They’re not. Worse yet, many still give away the #1 bad corporate gift: nothing. Well, it’s now a full-blown epidemic.

Disrupting the HR Status Quo


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being part of the inaugural DisruptHR Chicago event held at 1871. The evening featured short, focused presentations from 10 HR thought leaders who shared their forward-thinking ideas on talent. Each speaker was allotted five minutes to present and was challenged to “blow the mind” of the audience. Some speaker highlights included: Jen Sommesi , Talent Acquisition Manager for CDW, talked about how branding plays into recruiting the best and brightest.

Breaking Down 2017 Labor Law Complexities

Workplace employment issues continue to make news as state and local governments propose labor law legislation at a frenzied pace. This free e-guide analyzes years of labor law posting data to provide you with a look at the complexity of labor law compliance for businesses of all sizes.

[Video] HighGround Customer Story: LRW


Lieberman Research Worldwide wanted a way to help its managers become better coaches and leaders. It turned to HighGround to help re-tool performance management from an annual, dreaded process to more continuous, real-time feedback and coaching.

Treat Your Employees Like Customers


Last week at the Bersin by Deloitte IMPACT conference , Echo Global Logistics ’ CEO Doug Waggoner and SVP of Talent Cheryl Johnson shared their story of creating a strong company culture through treating their employees the same as their valuable customers.

Three Ways External Feedback and Recognition Can Be a Career-Changer


Many companies are well beyond assuming an employee’s contributions to an organization can be fully understood from an annual performance review alone. To better assess and improve employee performance, conversations much happen much more frequently. For employees to understand their strengths and weaknesses – and for their managers to help them develop – feedback must be gathered continuously and in a variety of ways throughout the year.

Is Your Recognition and Rewards Program Costing You Too Much?


Not all recognition and rewards programs are created equal. That, however, can be hard to prove when trying to convince executives it’s time for a change. Many companies think that simply checking the box on having a rewards program is good enough. What many HR leaders don’t realize that traditional approaches and technologies to little to engage employees and even worse, they’re actually wasting money along the way.

Getting the Org Chart to Deliver Your Strategy (Hint: No Restructuring Involved)

Driving your strategy isn't a matter of moving your org chart around (i.e. restructuring); it involves shifting the way your employees and leaders think and collaborate—so you can harness the power of a startling and dramatic new way of doing business.

The Big Question: Do You Have People Data?


Picture this: You’re responsible for employees spanning several offices. Your CEO walks in unexpectedly, greets you warmly and then asks a simple question. “How is New York doing?” ” You fidget a moment and try to think of your last conversation with a senior leader from New York. You’re stumped. This scenario isn’t uncommon. Leaders often struggle to find concrete answers and insight into the performance of a particular geography, department or team.

What HR Can Learn from the Grammy’s and Oscars


It’s awards season, which means that we’ll soon be inundated with red carpet interviews, bad fashion choices and of course, winners’ speeches. And with those things also comes news that a few of the oldest awards shows around – the Grammy’s and Oscars – are making big changes. The Grammy’s, first held in 1959, recently announced that this year’s winners will receive the iconic gramophone trophy with a GoPro camera inserted at the base.

Bad Bosses: It’s Not Always Their Fault


When people are promoted to managers, it’s usually because they were top performers in their roles. But once they’re promoted, they often struggle to know what it takes to actually be good or effective leaders. No one is there to guide them or instruct them. As a result, engagement among their newly inherited direct reports drops, impacting morale, efficiency, the customer experience and the bottom line.

27 Moments When You Should ReThink Your Employee Engagement Strategy


Before you acquire another company. Over 70% of acquisitions fail and culture is a big factor. When you’re trying not to be acquired. If you’re unsure of how your employees feel about its leadership – both at the C-suite and managerial level. When your company is having trouble recruiting. Before your company has high turnover. One in 6 workers will change jobs in the next six months. If you’ve noticed a recent downturn in employee morale.

7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

Why It’s Important to Give a Bad Employee Good Feedback


If you’ve worked in HR long enough, you’ve had plenty of conversations about “bad employees,” “disengaged workers, “underperformers” and even “bad apples.” Managers often need HR’s help in figuring out what should be done next. But it’s not just about giving a bad employee good feedback, it’s about arming managers with the tools they need to be effective advocates and coaches. Managers might mistakenly assume underperforming team members are a lost cause.

Adding “Value” to Your Interview Process


It’s a concept that’s come into sharper focus within the past few years: the importance of organizational values. Once only mentioned in passing during new hire orientation (and never spoken of again), organizational values are now front and center, acting as guiding principles that employees now expect as part of the company milieu.

How One Company is Creating a Feedback Culture


We recently sat down with Craig Wigley, VP of Employee Success, for LLamasoft, a supply chain software company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lessons from Donald Trump: Cutthroat Competition and Instability in the Workplace


First it was Sean Spicer. Then it was Reince Priebus. And now it’s Anthony Scaramucci. In less than two weeks, three high-profile members of Donald Trump’s administration have left. Spicer announced his resignation after Anthony Scaramucci was named the White House Communications Director. It didn’t take long before tensions between the now former White House Chief of Staff Priebus and Scaramucci became very public. Within a few days, President Trump fired Priebus via Twitter.

Guide to Lean Hiring

It's undeniable: over the years, hiring processes have become more complex. In many ways, this shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, the work that most of us do has become more sophisticated But does complexity really lead to better, faster hires? Of course not. In fact, many smart organizations have started a trend, a return to simplicity, that allows them to compete for talent more efficiently. This trend is called lean hiring. Download the Guide to Lean Hiring and develop a systematic approach to recruiting that increases productivity while eliminating waste.