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Team Building Exercises Aren't Just for Fun—They're Critical to Employee Engagement

Cornerstone On Demand

Companies and employees are increasingly focused on finding a healthy work-life balance, but that doesn't mean the two need to be entirely separated. We spend the majority of our days in the workplace—which means we spend a majority of our days with our coworkers, and it turns out, we're happier if these coworkers are our friends, too

TeamWORK or Team-BUILDING?

HR Hardball

My Talent Acquisition team recently participated in a team-building event courtesy of our friends at Strayboots. We literally have a motto in our Recruiting organization that translates to “we keep moving or we die.”. which may explain this… With that as a backdrop, a spirited walk on the streets of downtown Dallas would be a great respite from the grind, and would give us a chance to strengthen the bonds of our team.

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Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement

Clarity Wave

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement In an effort to keep employees motivated, satisfied and productive, business leaders and psychologists have developed a variety of programs over the years. In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the concepts of team building and employee engagement. Employees who are not rowers are riders. Employee morale is enhanced. Engagement

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement

Clarity Wave

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement In an effort to keep employees motivated, satisfied and productive, business leaders and psychologists have developed a variety of programs over the years. In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the concepts of team building and employee engagement. Employees who are not rowers are riders. Employee morale is enhanced. Engagement

What Can Leaders do About Employee Engagement?

ATD Human Capital

workers are considered engaged in their jobs. Sally, on the other hand, is part of the 68 percent who are considered either not engaged or actively disengaged in their jobs. What Does It Mean to Be Engaged? As a report by Institute of Employment Studies states, the ability to grow and take on new jobs makes employees feel valued, which is the strongest driver of engagement. Is Engagement Really Important?

Want Engaged Employees? Try Team Building

Evil HR Lady

Having a cohesive team is critical to the success of your department–and your entire company. Hop over to Cornerstone and read: Team Building Exercises Aren’t Just for Fun–They are Critical for Employee Engagement Why is this? And how can you do this? To answer these questions, I interviewed Strayboots CEO Ido Rabiner over at Cornerstone, Inc.’s ’s ReWork blog.

The Language of Engagement

Achievers

Within highly engaged organizations, statements like these are actually pretty common. Employees at these companies love their work and are deeply, emotionally connected to their co-workers, their company’s purpose, and their own passions. There are many ways to understand and begin to tackle engagement. Achievers has created the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards to recognize and showcase organizations that are truly making employee engagement work for them.

Why Team Building Should Play a Central Role in Corporate Culture

Corn on the Job

Only then can we explore how and why or even IF team building is important. In a business sense, it determines how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. A company’s culture is reflected in everything from its dress code and office setup to its hiring decisions, employee communications and treatment of clients. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide…”.

Why Corporate Wellness Programs Need a Dose of Occupational Therapy and Analytics

Visier

The field of “occupational therapy” provides an alternative perspective, using evidence-based principles to improve and measure employee health, wellbeing, and occupational performance, where “occupation” refers to the tasks individuals find personally meaningful. Fortune magazine describes the wellness programs of the Fortune 100 companies, and suggests benefits such as: Healthier, more productive working employees. Lower turnover / higher employee retention rates.

9 Things To Consider When Recognizing Remote Employees

Get Hppy

Even if managing remote employees is becoming a more widespread phenomenon, many leaders stills struggle with one of its key aspects – employee recognition. It doesn’t matter whether employees work on-site or remotely – obviously, they need to be engaged and motivated all the same. ’ remarks, many managers are at loss when it comes to recognizing the achievement of remote employees. What are the key challenges remote employees face?

What’s Wrong With Your Team Building—And How to Fix It

SAP Innovation

Utter the phrase “team building” and watch your employees run for cover. There’s the association with mandatory team-building exercises that many a worker associates with forced enthusiasm and awkward moments. There are better ways to build teams, and they don’t involve failed trust falls. Then it was onto the next mission: teams. They ranked the top 5 successful team attributes : Psychological safety.

5 Fascinating Finds: Everything You Need To Know About Employee Engagement

RecogNation

Employee engagement is one of the crazy buzzwords of the moment. A lot of employers and managers are feeling discouraged, fed up, and just plain down about the dismal numbers in Gallup’s employee engagement polls. workforce categorized as “actively engaged” and $450-550 billion in lost productivity dollars per year from symptoms of disengagement, who wouldn’t feel borderline desperate to get a larger slice of the engagement pie?

Technology is a Must-Have for Modern Onboarding

Rallyware for Human Resources

But now that our employees are scattered around the globe, new problems appear. How can we preserve team integrity, ensure efficient communication or enable the common use of intellectual property? But so do competitors… this creates new challenges: how to retain the most talented employees, how to effectively connect new talents of different locations, how to achieve the competitive edge in onboarding process. Social media (networks/intranets) are both fun and engaging.

The Onboarding Experience Matters To Your Future Employees

TalentCulture

We talked last week about the need for HR and leaders to be on the look-out for employee potential – a real-time alignment between the business’s needs, new employees in the onboarding and hiring process , and existing employees who may have unrecognized potential. As with so much else in the world of work, long-term employee engagement tracks back to the right cultural fit. But does all this front-work pay off in long-term employee engagement?

4 Ways To Define Trust In The New World Of Work

TalentCulture

Geographically, demographically, even culturally, how we view trust and what it means has evolved, as have the rituals we use to build it. There’s a great lesson to be learned from Uber (again): how a rogue group of employees bypassed the workflow channels to create a new product. Studies like Deloitte’s on culture and employee engagement found that 87 percent of organizations surveyed cite culture and engagement as one of their top challenges.

How to Build a Workplace Culture Based on Loyalty

HR Daily Advisor

Despite the recent trends of HR professionals focusing on retention and employee engagement, a major issue still haunts workplace cultures everywhere—employee loyalty. The American Management Association’s January 2015 survey found that 52% of the 1,200 managers surveyed say their employees are less loyal than they were 5 years prior. Here are five ways you can build a workplace culture founded on loyalty: Start a Recognition Plan. Loyalty builds over time.

Video In The Workplace: Is It Ready For Its Close-Up?

SuccessFactors

In today’s age of information overload, easy-to-use, readily accessible forms of content such as video can provide deeper employee engagement. With video technology, we have transformed how we can communicate with our staff and created a way for employees to consume information in an easier, more digestible manner. It’s equally important for HR managers and leaders to employ live video streaming when dealing with geographically disbursed, global teams.

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A Powerful Idea for Giving Gratitude To People at Work

HR Soul

I also felt that it was one of the biggest missed opportunities in creating an engaged workplace. Teams change. I have had the privilege of facilitating many team business planning sessions in my career. Many times I was asked to include a “team buildingexercise. “No rope climbing or falling backwards exercises please” was the usual request. The exercise I did was a very simple one.

17 Surefire Ways to Boost Employee Wellbeing

SnackNation

17 Surefire Ways to Boost Employee Wellbeing. In a recent interview , Life is Good founder Bert Jacobs emphasized that focusing on things like employee wellbeing have an often under-acknowledged business benefit for organizations. According to Jacobs, focusing on employee wellbeing and purpose is “a smart strategy for building a strong business….The And while it certainly includes things like exercise and nutrition, well-being isn’t just about physical health.

10 Ways to Deliver Strategic HR

GuideSpark

This need to become more strategic is highlighted in a survey by Information Services Group and the HRO Today Service and Technology Association, in which 32% of respondents cited strategic alignment with the business as the leading area of improvement for 2016 —more so than talent acquisition and retention or delivering on cost reduction targets. The company’s brand isn’t just about external perception; how employees themselves perceive the company is just as important.

Creating a Career Pathing Program

TalentGuard

Employees with career path plans are more motivated to succeed and better prepared to do so. Diagram-style career roadmaps assist employees in visualizing the multiple avenues for career advancement arising from specific entry positions, whether those avenues are upward moves in a single department or horizontal moves across a number of departments. Position profiles help employees dig deeper into the specific requirements and activities of each position on their career roadmaps.

17 Proven Morale Boosters That Won’t Break The Bank

SnackNation

The benefits of high employee morale in your company can be summed up in one word: performance. High morale is also a prerequisite of engagement, and multiple studies have shown that engaged companies outperform competitors in categories like customer service, retention, and profit. Recently, New York ad firms engaged in a very public Post-it art war , with each firm trying to one-up the other with large displays on the windows of their Canal Street offices.

Six Personnel Headaches You Can Eliminate Today

EngagementMultiplier

A smartly dressed young lady says, “All I want is to work for a company that actually listens to its employees.” As an employee, she had quickly started to lose her excitement and motivation for the job she’d started with enthusiasm only a short time ago. Her employer is likely faced with being in the unenviable position of either funding the cost and disruption of finding replacement personnel or worse still, holding on to a disengaged employee. Fractious teams.

121 Creative Ways to Reward Employees – The Ultimate List

SnackNation

121 Creative Ways to Reward Employees – The Ultimate List. Rewards are a powerful tool used for employee engagement. Recognizing and rewarding your employees effectively is crucial for retaining top talent and keeping employees happy. The key to successful employee rewards is being creative and thoughtful. Inspired by our list of 121 employee wellness ideas , we sought out to find all the ways companies can reward their employees.

Employee Turnover Rate: How to Calculate it (& Tips for Improvement)

Semos Cloud

Employee Turnover Rate: How to Calculate it (& Tips for Improvement) . Employee turnover is costing companies money and resources. Find out why your employees quit and how to reduce your turnover rate. Many organizations today struggle with high employee turnover rates.

How To Effectively Manage A Multigenerational Workforce [INFOGRAPHIC]

SuccessFactors

This leaves many managers with the challenge of managing teams made up of employees from distinctly different generations, each with unique strengths, weaknesses, needs, and attitudes. A good place for any manager to start is by addressing each generation individually and looking for ways to make those employees more productive, engaged and fulfilled. One thing managers can do to bridge this gap, real or imagined, is implement more team-building exercises.

Don’t Believe The Hype: Unlabeling Millennials

SAP Innovation

Ever since the CoBies – Google’s multi-directional Conference Bikes that transform going for lunch into a team-building exercise – the image of millennials in the workplace has turned into a kind of perpetual second-guessing. It also makes them more like everyone else, not less; the quest for engagement and growth at work is not unique to people under the age of 34.

What Are the Most Important Onboarding Forms?

ExactHire

An effective onboarding process—complete with the most important onboarding forms—is the first step to creating productive, long-term employees. Employee separations are costly to a company’s bottom line. Turnover costs increase if an employee leaves before his first anniversary.

Retaining the Millennial Workforce and Why It Matters

HR Daily Advisor

As such, HR teams are tasked with the critical job of developing programs and putting benefits in place that lower turnover rates and set their employees up for success as they grow with the organization. Retention starts from the first interaction a potential employee has with an organization. Before Millennial employees join a company, there are certain characteristics or benefits that attract them to it—be it company training programs or flexible work policies.

4 Ways to Extract ROI from the Employee Experience - Sapling Blog

Sapling

Companies have traditionally focused on “culture” as the driving force to improve employee satisfaction scores. As we look to the future, companies are recognizing that culture is just one aspect of the overall employee experience. Forward-thinking companies are beginning to view the employee experience with a comprehensive approach and are placing more emphasis on increased employee self-direction, development and relationships.

Older Professionals Often Face Discrimination at Work — Here's Why Your Company Should Change That

Linkedin Talent Blog

Multigenerational workforces bring a wider range of perspectives to the table, and hiring older employees may be the key to solving skills shortages. Heather Tinsley-Fix , senior advisor of financial resilience programming at AARP, says phrases like “seeking digital natives” or “join our young, dynamic team” can be inadvertently ageist. Don’t tailor your culture solely to one group: make sure team activities work for everyone.

“Leadership visibility” With Charlie Katz & Chuck Stokes

Thrive Global

System’s network of more than 17 hospitals and 300 delivery sites, with more than 27,000 employees and 6,400 affiliated physicians in the Greater Houston area. Can you share with our readers a story from your own experience about how you lead your team during uncertain or difficult times?

Five Good R????n? t? Use T??m Building Activities in the W?rkplace

HR Hardball

This week Hardball introduces you to Ido Rabiner and his merry band of team-building gurus… All ѕuссеѕѕful соmраniеѕ undеrѕtаnd the importance of tеаm-building in the workplace. Helping employees get to know each other in a different context can help make working together back at the office that much easier and more enjoyable which can yield dramatic results. And lastly… Remind Employees How Important They Are.