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Top 4 Areas Where Leaders Can Increase Employee Engagement

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I believe that leaders are responsible for creating the work environment that brings out the very best in people. The most effective leaders I work with (and have worked for in the past) strive to constantly inspire higher levels of performance from their teams. Simultaneously they make every effort to retain their most important employees over the long-term.

It’s Time to Engage Employees With Actions, Not Strategies

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It’s a well-known truth that engaged employees perform better than those who are not. But employee engagement isn’t the result of some inspirational decals on the walls, a product, or even a strategy—it’s an ultimate goal. You can create a workplace that supports and encourages employees to do great work and excel in their careers by giving them the time and attention they need to develop and grow. When employees shine, so do the organizations they work for.

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Why Your Toxic Employee Could Be Costing You Millions

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Have you heard of the 80:20 rule? Eighty percent of your energy is spent on 20 percent of your relationships. Most often this energy is wasted in drama. Then there are toxic employees, who epitomize the 99:1 rule; 99 percent of the negative energy in the workplace is caused by 1 percent of the people. Toxic employees consistently seeking drama by playing one or more of these three roles: victim, persecutor, or rescuer. Victims over-adapt, feel hurt, act needy, and invite others to cover for them.

The 11 Habits of Highly Effective Teams

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In my book, The Collaborator: Discover Soccer as a Metaphor for Global Business Leadership , I describe the game of soccer as the best example of a sport with teams charged to perform their work under changing conditions. Why soccer? Played at its highest level, the best soccer teams in the world succeed by applying a mindset that recognizes a mutual dependency between players on the field, described as genuine collaborative teamwork.

Recruiting From Within: Expand Your Talent Pipeline While Driving Retention

Rethinking your internal employee career strategy can help you fill critical roles and retain your best talent. This eBook highlights the benefits of internal migration, outlines how to execute a virtual recruitment strategy, and provides tips to promote internal migration.

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Hold Managers Accountable

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The best organizations know that engaged, high-performing employees drive business success. Engaged employees are more productive, more profitable, more customer-focused, and more likely to stay. And highly engaged workplaces grow faster, adapt quicker, and innovate more. It’s no wonder that Quantum Workplace’s State of Employee Feedback report found that almost 37 percent of organizations said increasing employee engagement was their top people priority this year.

7 Reasons Talent Development and HR Leaders Should Adopt Open Badges

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According to a recent Aberdeen Group report , four out of five businesses say they are facing a critical shortage of talent. And t here are signals that the emerging workforce will look very different than it does today. Trends Shaping the Workforce. Lifestyle expectations, labor market changes, and the rapid pace of technology change will force talent leaders to rethink their strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent, with a focus on upskilling and reskilling their talent pools.

The Beginner's Guide to Predictive Workforce Analytics

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Today’s business executives are increasingly applying pressure to their human resources departments to “use predictive analytics.” ” This pressure isn’t unique to human resources, as these same business leaders are similarly pressuring sales, customer service, IT, finance, and every other department head to use predictive or analytical tools.

What Can Leaders do About Employee Engagement?

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It’s Monday morning and John and Sally are getting ready for work. John is excited and can’t wait to get to work. After all, just last week his boss accepted his request to be involved in an upcoming project where he would get wider exposure and try his hand at project management (which he thinks he is good at). So, John is really looking forward to his new role and is eager to give his best. Sally, on the other hand, is not so enthusiastic about going to work.

Top 5 Soft Skills Gaps and How to Overcome Them

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Soft skills are one of the hottest topics in the human resource and business community, and rightly so. Mastery of these skills increases the chance for professional success. If you want to grow professionally, improving your soft skills is the place to start. Despite soft skills’ importance, many still struggle with them, and everyone has room to grow. Here are the five most common soft skills gaps and how you can overcome them. Self-Awareness.

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HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….

6 Ways Mindfulness Can Enhance Performance

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Thirteen years ago, in my former career as a physical therapist, I landed my dream job. I was hired at a highly regarded clinic, with the opportunity for mentorship from a highly respected professional in the field. I had four years of experience at the time, and I knew this opportunity could significantly advance my career. I was ecstatic about the job. Until I actually started it. Then I lived in despair almost every day for three months.

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Extreme Work Hours: An American Crisis

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Something must be done about the amount of time Americans work. According to a 2014 Gallup poll , the average full-time employee in the United States works 47 hours per week. Almost 40 percent of employees work more than 50 hours each week and 18 percent work more than 60 hours. White-collar employees, who have more flexibility over their work schedule, typically work more hours than those with less control. Impact of Extreme Hours.

A Working Learner Is a Modern Learner

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A recent study by the ACT Foundation uncovered a rise in the number of working learners: “Individuals who work for pay and learn toward a credentialing at the same time.” ” This education can take the form of formal training or personal skill development. Individuals pursuing education while working may do so to: gain financial support for living and school expenses. learn or maintain new skills and experience. build or maintain professional networks.

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From a Training Culture to a Learning Culture

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Companies have long thought of employee learning as something that happens in a classroom, delivered by a trainer away from the worksite, with content and activities selected by an instructional designer. Managers, as well as trainers, have come to believe that good training can solve any performance problem. This is antiquated thinking. The problem is not with the quality of training.

3 Ways HR Can Enable Your Employees to Thrive in the Modern Work Environment

Speaker: Candace Giesbrecht - Director of the Remote Performance Academy at Teamit

In this session, Candace Giesbrecht, Director of Teamit’s Remote Performance Academy, will unpack evidence-based approaches to leading more effectively when working apart and explore HR’s unique opportunity in today’s distributed workforces.

5 Tips to Make Any Change a Success

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If you are a leader rolling out change after change in your organization, you don’t need us to let you know that many things can go wrong. Based on our experience around the globe helping leadership teams create successful organizational change, here are five recommendations to support your success. 60-Second Change Speech. If you asked your team about the business context for the changes you are leading, would everyone say the same thing and would it be correct?

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The Reinvented Performance Appraisal Coaching

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You have heard the buzz about reinventing—or completely doing away with—performance appraisals. But what does that really mean? Basically, organizations are realizing that getting everyone up to speed on coaching skills is not just “a nice way to give feedback and develop people” but a major component for more realistically assessing performance and organizational success.

5 Tips for a Creative Workplace

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Creativity can be a scary thing for many workplaces because it pits tried-and-true methods against something new. But creativity is needed to solve the increasingly complex problems facing businesses. There are three main reasons people get creative: a need for something new. a need to communicate. a need to solve a problem. Creativity can produce small but noticeable changes, and sometimes it can lead to fundamentally disruptive and profound changes.

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How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Organization

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Mindfulness in the workplace is gaining staying power and credence, backed by a growing body of research and data demonstrating the positive results of practicing mindfulness. Companies such as Intel, PWC, McKinsey, and AstraZeneca, as well as other organizations like the U.S. Marine Corp., Harvard Business School, New York Knicks, and Seattle Seahawks offer mindfulness programs.

Preserving Culture in the Digital Workspace: A Conversation with An Employee Relations Expert

Speaker: KristyAnne Thompson Boyd, Head of Employee Relations & People Operations and Member of the Forbes HR Council

Recently, scheduling 1:1 time for any HR process -- or even a quick check-in -- is bogged down in a back-and-forth scheduling. So how can we reform our processes and eliminate this feeling of missing an integral part of the employee experience?

Leveraging the “Beautiful Game” in the Age of Collaboration

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Soccer—often referred to as the “beautiful game”—represents the best example of a sport with teams charged to perform their work under changing conditions. The best soccer teams in the world succeed by applying a mindset that recognizes a mutual dependency—that is, interdependency—between players on the field, which is genuine collaborative teamwork.

Positive Change Management Starts With Yourself

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How easy is it for you to maintain a positive attitude in a stressful situation? Do you naturally look for ways such circumstances will benefit your learning and development ? Cultivating this positivity can help us manage the emotions that come along with change. Change is inevitable, but suffering with the change is self-induced.

5 Ways to Help Employees Build a Career Path They'll Want to Pursue

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The days of a career trajectory being described as “climbing the ladder” are gone. Instead, employees are now on a career path. Each path is as different as the people making the journey, from the straight lines of individuals who know what they want to the meandering twists and curves of people who want to explore and experience as much as possible.

The Merging of Gen X and Millennial Cultures in the Workplace

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There actually four generations represented in today’s workplace: Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, who have taken over many senior leadership roles, Millennials, whose younger members will be the next generation of managers, and Gen Z, who is just entering. Having said that, Gen X and Millennials are the two biggest generations in the workplace right now. What can they teach each other to capitalize on their collective strengths?

Retention Roadmap: Ways to Reduce Talent Turnover in 2022 and Beyond

Employees are now embracing lifestyle over work – with many migrating to other jobs to find opportunities that better align with their priorities. How can you retain your top talent? Get tips to keep your global employees happy, engaged, and productive.

Is Kindness the Missing Link to Employee Performance

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When is the last time you did a good deed for someone in your office? How did it make you feel? How did it make them feel? Dan Schwartz explains how kindness can be a catalyst for organizational transformation. Click here to read full version

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Technology Created Virtual Employees—Now Use It to Engage Them!

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A work from home arrangement makes sense for both employees and their organizations. Remote employees find working from home convenient, and they save time and money when they don't have to go to the office every day. Organizations can retain competent employees who might otherwise have to leave because of relocation or other personal constraints.

Your Disengaged Employees Don’t Trust You

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Employee engagement is a good news/bad news proposition. On the bright side, employee engagement is at its highest level since 2000, and overall employee engagement was up 2 percent from 2013 to 2014, per a January 2015 Gallup poll. Overall, 31.5 percent of U.S. employees are engaged at work. This is a good statistic, but only in the “sort of” sense. There’s also bad news. The percentage of employees that Gallup categorized as “not engaged” remained flat.

Getting and Giving Feedback Is Required, Not Optional

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One of the key areas of focus for every human resource executive today is retention of talent in a highly competitive marketplace. Keeping employees motivated and engaged requires a culture that truly supports investing in the development of all staff members. Having career conversations with employees is an essential part of every manager's role along with clearly defined goals and development plans for growth.

The Power of HR & Automation: How to Keep the “Human” in Human Resource Management with Technology

Speaker: Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG

Shifting existing teams over to new digital processes during remote times can be a challenge, especially when teams are focused on maintaining the ever-illusive sense of "culture." Join Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG, for this indispensable discussion on the future of work and HR tech.

Why Most Employee Recognition Doesn’t Work

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As we have traveled across the country, working with various businesses and organizations, we’ve had the privilege to interact with HR professionals and corporate trainers. We initially were surprised to hear both professionals and frontline workers report that the vast majority of employee recognition programs aren't working. They generally are not having a positive impact on employees or workplace morale.

Gender Diversity Among the Ranks of Leadership Pays Off

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Even though the number of women among the ranks of leadership is lacking, the business case for gender diversity has never been stronger. Let’s take a look at what’s holding women leaders back. Click here to read full version

Conservatives Necessary for Change: A Paradox? Part 2

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In my earlier blog post , I shared my views about how conservatives are not a hindrance to change but are actually vital for successful change management initiatives. The innovators and visionaries can facilitate the first part—initiation of change. But if change has to be sustained, it is the conservatives who possess the ability to lead the second and equally important part—institutionalization of change. How can conservatives help in the change process?

4 Ideas to Promote a Learning Culture

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Many companies look at employee development as a way to increase employee engagement. Engagement is good, but the real purpose of development is to improve employee performance. And better performance is only possible with a culture that supports and acknowledges employees for their development. What Is a Culture of Learning? Culture refers to the habits, thinking, beliefs, and customs of a group or society.

Your Global Compliance Playbook: Onboarding Best Practices

A well-structured onboarding process plays a vital role in welcoming new employees and helps them quickly become productive, engaged, and loyal. This guide offers key practices to compliantly onboard your new international remote workers.

Top 4 Ways to Engage Employees in Your Mentoring Program

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A mentoring program can help you build stronger relationships with your employees, giving them the career skills and knowledge they need to grow with your organization. Given the value employees place on professional development and learning opportunities, getting them engaged in mentoring should be a no-brainer. So why do some organizations struggle to get people into their mentoring programs and keep them there?

Forget Work-Life Balance, Pursue Well-Being Instead

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Trying to fulfill professional, family, and personal responsibilities is a constant struggle for everyone. In Beyond Happy, author Beth Cabrera outlines reasons why women should forget trying to find work-life balance. Instead, she makes a case for boosting well-being. Click here to read full version

Leadership Is the Answer, But What Is the Question?

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Leadership development is faltering most organizations. However, ATD 2015 made one thing clear: people development—especially leadership development—is the answer. Perhaps what we’ve lost is the question. Define that first…then develop and empower leaders at every level to address it. Click here to read full version

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The Balance of Meeting Business Needs with Employee Expectations

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As we move into the last quarter of 2017, it continues to be an exciting—yet challenging—time for human capital leaders. By now, it should be clear that the old way of working just doesn’t cut it for your employees. They want more—more feedback, more learning opportunities, more touch-points with their managers, more recognition for what they do, and more connection to what their organization is doing.

Become an HR Leader by Mastering Asynchronous Communication within Your Organization

Speaker: Laurel Farrer, CEO of Distribute Consulting

Is your team overworking, battling zoom fatigue, or struggling to find time for deep work? Break the dependence on synchronous communication that may be getting in the way of your organization’s success and productivity.Join Laurel Farrer, Founder and CEO of Distribute Consulting, for this illuminating discussion on optimizing intra-organization communication.