YouEarnedIt and HighGround Join Forces to Transform Human Capital Management Industry

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Leaders in engagement and performance management combine to prioritize the employee experience in today’s workforce. YouEarnedIt started in 2013 with a vision to provide an employee-first solution that would positively impact the employee experience and bottom-line business results across growing organizations. At HighGround, we never stop looking for ways to help our customers create the most productive teams,” said Andee Harris, CEO of HighGround. “By

Defining Employee Engagement and Initiating Change

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Employee engagement is talked about often but rarely clearly defined. and Dean Carter, VP of Human Resources and Shared Services for Patagonia recently co-hosted a webinar with the Human Capital Institute called, “ It’s Time to Rethink Your Employee Engagement Strategy. During the webinar Clare discussed the meaning of employee engagement, what the data shows and steps to take to help improve it. What does employee engagement mean?

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Q&A: Rethinking Your Employee Engagement Strategy

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Last week we hosted a webinar with Human Capital Institute, Forrester Research Analyst Claire Schooley and Patagonia VP of Human Resources and Shared Services Dean Carter called, It’s Time to Rethink Your Employee Engagement Strategy. Check out the Q&A below: Isn’t it kind of a “chicken and egg” situation with company financial stability and employee engagement? At my company, the score from the engagement survey is used as a metric for each department.

HCI Webinar Recap: Performance Management Overhauls Are Constant Works in Progress

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Jason Averbrook, CEO and Co-founder of LeapGen, and Laura Seamans, VP of Organizational Effectiveness for ACT, recently shared their experiences and insights during a webinar called “Workplace Engagement Decoded” moderated by HighGround Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris an co-hosted by the Human Capital Institute. So how can HR and organizations deliver the ongoing approach that managers and employees want?

HR TechStack – Employee Engagement Software

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Employee Engagement Software Definition. Employee engagement software helps organizations solicit and track feedback from their employees, recognize employee achievements, and promote positive activity. Employee engagement tools are used to draw actionable insights from employee feedback. Organize and maintain data collected from pulse surveys for reporting purposes. The HR TechStack for Employee Engagement Software.

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The Big Question: Do You Have People Data?

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Picture this: You’re responsible for employees spanning several offices. The good news is that with the right tools in place, you’ll get immediate access to “people data” that will give you and your CEO an immediate 360-degree view of your organization. Measuring Every Type of Engagement. For years, other departments have been using big data to drive business decisions. Today, analytics are empowering HR with the same holistic view into employee engagement.

News You Might Have Missed

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Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HighGround in the news. How Big Data Can Drive Employee Engagement. Using analytics to predict which employees are engaged and perhaps even more importantly, those who are not, is changing HR. Employee Engagement in U.S. Almost 20% of employees said they were “actively disengaged.” The Best Managers – Always – Develop Their Employees.

News You Might Have Missed – June 13

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Intermedix Uses HighGround to Build Culture. Employee Recognition 101: Celebrating Things That Really Matter. Disney understands that acknowledging employees for embodying important cultural values is just as important as recognizing all other business criteria or outcomes. Now is the Time to Fix Your Engagement Programs – Your Future Employees Are Watching. HighGround Modernizes Goal Management with Enhanced Solution to Drive Greater Organizational Success.

News You Might Have Missed – November 22

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Vip shared how employees expect enterprise technology to function similarly to the consumer apps they’re used to, and the role of social media in their desire for feedback in real time. This article shares lessons from a career coach on how to pull your employees out of a confidence slump. By following these suggestions, managers can help employees get back on the right track. Why Employee Engagement Programs Backfire and What You Can Do About It.

What Does HR Actually Mean? Taking a Cue From Presidential Politics

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To get a more current definition of HR, we turned to HighGround’s own Chief of Staff, Jeremy Scott. He explained that, to him, HR “ensures the success and professional growth of employees, the integrity of personal information required by governing agencies and continued success and innovation of the organization. It does this through various strategies – recruiting, employee relations, benefits and perks, advancement opportunities, culture building and more.”.

Bad Bosses: It’s Not Always Their Fault

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As a result, engagement among their newly inherited direct reports drops, impacting morale, efficiency, the customer experience and the bottom line. It’s a recipe for failure that many organizations need to fix before their best employees get burned out from lack of direction, recognition, or development – and in many cases, all three. Managers have the opportunity to drive better employee engagement but they need the right tools in place to be successful.

News You Might Have Missed – May 16

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Focus On These Three Things to Create Killer Employee Experiences. The world’s top organizations do an amazing job at these three things to create great employee experiences. Before Your Dump Your Annual Review, Ask Your Employees What They Want. Ask your employees these questions to make the transition away from annual reviews more seamless. What Emma Stone Can Teach Companies About Employee Recognition & Feedback.

The Staffing Industry Engagement Struggle is Real

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We attended the Exec Forum because we had a strong suspicion that improving employee, worker and customer engagement could be a very compelling value proposition to staffing firms, MSPs and RPO providers. In the first day alone, my colleague and I joined three sessions where engagement was the focal point. He shared a great deal of research and humor-fueled visual aids to outline the business problems staffing firms face when internal staff engagement is low.

How to Better Engage Your Workforce in 2016

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A new Gallup poll had some telling statistics regarding employee engagement in 2015. Take a look: Only 30% of workers felt engaged at their jobs in 2015. More than 50% of employees said they weren’t engaged. Almost 20% of employees said they were “actively disengaged” from their jobs. Let’s take a step back to better understand how Gallup defines engagement. Engaged employees support the innovation, growth and revenue that their companies need.”.

Gallup: The State of the American Workplace is Changing

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Gallup recently released its latest State of the American Workplace report, which provides an in-depth look into engagement and changes within the work environment. Its data is used as a benchmark by HR teams that are looking to make performance and engagement change at their own companies. In case you couldn’t attend, we broke down the major takeaways: Employee engagement hasn’t improved in the last 15 years. Managers can make or break employee engagement.

News You Might Have Missed

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Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HighGround in the news. The Big Question: Do You Have People Data? For years, other departments have been using big data to drive business decisions. Here’s how you can measure “people data” in your organization. How Can HR Drive High Employee Engagement? Our CEO, Vip Sandhir, sat down with HR.BLR.com to discuss all things employee engagement.

News You Might Have Missed – July 25

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Is HighGround One of Chicago’s Coolest Companies? Follow this link to vote for HighGround as the Readers’ Choice award winner. Nix Hoodies, Add Maternity Leave, Says HighGround Exec. Women make up half of HighGround’s executive team but we’re a rarity in the tech scene. Our Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris, discusses women in leadership roles. Two Truths and a Lie about Employee Engagement.

The New World of Performance Management Webinar Q&A

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Can employees request feedback at any time or do they need to wait until the quarterly check-in? Yes, employees have the ability to request feedback at any time and it doesn’t necessarily need to correlate to a check-in. HighGround offers a variety of feedback types including: Group feedback. You can learn more about HighGround Check-Ins here and feedback here. You can also hear more about how HighGround customer, LRW, is creating better managers.

News You Might Have Missed – July 11

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If you’re not giving regular feedback to your employees or answering their questions, they will find companies that will. 27 Moments When You Should ReThink Your Employee Engagement Strategy. Here are 27 moments when outdated employee engagement strategies will fail. Shift Your Employee Survey Approach. HighGround gives you the powerful data you need to make workforce decisions. Why The Employee Engagement Marketplace Is Exploding.

Engagement Surveys: There is a Middle Path

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But it’s also not unusual that these surveys leave you and your employees with more questions than answers. You’ve sent your costly annual employee engagement survey to the entire company. You start getting comments and questions from your employees asking about the status of the survey. Well, now you’re not sure, because you no longer have benchmarking data against which to compare the current data.

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What You Need to Know to Jumpstart Your 2018 HR Strategies

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90% of companies that have done so see direct improvements in engagement. 83% say they see the quality of conversations between employees and managers going up. Lack of data. Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine when your current processes don’t provide any insight into employee engagement or performance. Without solid data showing why a change is necessary and no playbook for how exactly it should be implemented, that C-level support can be hard to come by.

Ignore Your Company Values and They Will Go Away

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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. The benefits speak for themselves – employees are happier, more confident and believe their work contributes to something bigger.

What Emma Stone Can Teach Companies About Employee Recognition & Feedback

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After all, we’re in the business of helping companies execute employee recognition and feedback approaches that actually improve engagement. When we found out HighGround was named a silver Stevie Award winner in the Human Capital Management category for our feedback and check-in functionalities, we were pretty pumped. Because some companies recognize employees for tenure alone, employees might receive awards even though they’re disengaged and underperforming.

Bad Managers: Are They Hiding in Plain Sight?

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Is it someone who berates employees in front of other coworkers? Are they too “into the weeds” of employees’ work? In the workplace, when a manager ditches a 1-on-1 meeting with an employee, it not only sends a strong message to the employee but it might suggest a deeper issue. Is there one manager who has never received a check-in request from an employee? Do employees on a particular team regularly solicit feedback from someone other than their direct manager?

Adding “Value” to Your Interview Process

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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. Just because it is expected, however, doesn’t mean that employees relate their actions back to those same values (and in many cases employees might not even remember what they are!). For example, a core HighGround value is to “Decide with Data.”

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

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By requiring feedback after each ride, Uber is able to collect substantial amounts of data and reviews directly linked to each driver, and can modify service. This need-to-share behavior can be a positive push when it comes to HR’s approach to employee surveying. In the same way that Uber asks riders to rate drivers immediately, HR and managers can survey employees immediately after project completion or leadership changes.

Treat Your Employees Like Customers

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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. A strong partnership between HR and business leaders drove incorporating customer-centric cues into the entire employee experience. Soliciting and listening to employee feedback. Giving employees things they value.

How to Write a Feedback Survey Perfect for Your Team

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Feedback – from employees, customers, vendors and anyone else relevant to your business – is vital to the success your organization. Today we’re examining employee surveys, one critical component of feedback. They allow you to evaluate employee engagement, respond to problems or concerns, capitalize on successes and give respondents the opportunity to have a voice and impact change. How will the survey’s response data affect change?

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HCM Software Marketplace – A Look Back at 2016 and a Look Forward to 2017

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Innovations in Employee Engagement (Live H2H, Highground), Assessment (Pinsight, Pymetrics), and Recruitment CRM / Marketing (Yello, Crowded.com), were most notable to me. However, the acquisitions in 2016 by the major players of cloud data analytics companies, to me, are most significant. For years, HCM vendors have been challenged with providing better capabilities in this area, as organizations become more data driven. Written by: Jacqueline Kuhn.

4 Changes HR Needs to Make Now to Better Engage Employees – Part 2

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Last week we talked about a few changes that HR can make to help increase employee engagement. Today’s recognition platforms allow employees to choose rewards that are relevant to them, including non-monetary, monetary and creative cultural rewards tailored to your company. Capture the Voice of Your Employees and Actually Do Something About It. You can’t just identify what changes employees want– you need to actually acknowledge their feedback.

HR Tech in 5 Minutes! #HRTechConf

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Invesitpro – Employee relations investigation software. RolePoint – Employee referral automation talking about their new product for internal Talent Mobility. LifeWorks – Employee engagement app and recognition. Chemistry – Candidate assessment using unstructured data, so basically assessing your candidates without making them take an assessment. HighGround – Performance management reinvented, very cool UX. Gang!

Conference Twitter Primer #HRtechConf 2018

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Top Funding News in the HR, Recruiting and Benefits Space | 2016

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to help small businesses create employee retirement accounts. Million in Seed Funding to Change the Way Employees Get Paid. Culture Amp Plugs Into $10M to Gauge Employee Sentiment. HighGround Closes $7.6M LLR Partners Invests in SaaS Employee Benefits Administration Platform, benefitexpress. Sign-up to get our weekly recap of funding announcements, M&A and partnership news from the HR technology, recruitment, talent management and employee benefits space.

HR TechStack – Performance Tracking

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It helps organizations establish employee performance standards and enables managers to evaluate employees’ job performance in relation to these standards. Performance management systems are used to manage employee progress, performance, and development in relation to organizational goals. To qualify for inclusion in the Performance Management category, a product must: Facilitate the employee performance review process. Qualtrics Employee Insights. Engagedly.