And the Winner of the HighGround Scholarship is…

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Congratulations to Jerry Chiang of UC Berkeley, who is the inaugural winner of the HighGround Scholarship! Earlier this year, we announced the HighGround scholarship to learn more about how today’s college students understand workplace culture. We asked applicants to share ideas for how companies can improve employee engagement , as well as how to sustain those that are already engaged. Employee Engagement employee engagement HighGround scholarship

[Video] HighGround Customer Story: Patagonia

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When they decided they wanted to make a change, Patagonia implemented HighGround to help them better develop its workforce. In this video, Dean talks about the importance of transparency around goal-setting and coaching and how HighGround is driving better employee engagement. The post [Video] HighGround Customer Story: Patagonia appeared first on HighGround. Video coaching employee engagement goal-setting Patagonia performance management

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HighGround’s Top 5 Must-Download Resources of 2018

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From case studies and webinars to tip sheets and reports, the HighGround resource library is constantly updated with new content that helps HR leaders launch and optimize great performance management and recognition programs. To understand how performance management initiatives contribute to more meaningful work experiences for employees, look no further the 2018 HighGround Meaningful Work Study. Best Practices Employee Development Employee Engagement Employee Experience

Hello from HighGround! Meet Gina Slesar

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How well do you know the people behind HighGround? Today we cornered Gina Slesar for her thoughts on working at HighGround. How’d you get your start at HighGround? I joined HighGround in February 2015. I researched some local startups and found HighGround. I think what I love most about HighGround is our diversity, and how we use it to our advantage throughout the work we do. Tell us a bit about your everyday life at HighGround.

Performance Management in HighGround Customers’ Own Words

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Once those are established, think about how those ideals can trickle down to every part (and every employee) in your organization. Thinking through why this makes sense for your organization specifically will help you educate your managers on the importance of driving this frequent communication with their employees. How can we improve our employee performance? The post Performance Management in HighGround Customers’ Own Words appeared first on HighGround.

HighGround Hits the Road: Upcoming Events and Webinars

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As always, you can stay up to date via the entire HighGround events calendar : Argyle’s 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum. Our Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris, will also appear on a panel. Webinar] The HCM Symphony: Blending Engagement, Recognition & Rewards and Continuous Performance Management. The post HighGround Hits the Road: Upcoming Events and Webinars appeared first on HighGround.

Going for Employee Engagement Gold

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Here are some parallels between the Olympics and the employee engagement in the workplace. In the same way athletes, coaches and host cities prepare for years prior to the Olympics, your employee engagement approach takes time, re-tooling and dedication. Increasing employee engagement is an ongoing effort that can never be marked as “complete” on your checklist. Your strategy must be a continuously “practiced” for your organization to be fully engaged.

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?

Employee Engagement in the Healthcare Sector

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Healthcare professionals and hospitals face a daunting reality if employee engagement is low: patients’ health suffers. Every company deals with engagement issues but no other industry is so directly tied to customer (patient) satisfaction, outcomes and lives saved. Employee disengagement also has financial implications. percentage points…The same study showed a strong correlation between engagement and reducing staff turnover.”.

Three Common C-Suite Misconceptions about Employee Engagement

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HR leaders recognize the importance of employee engagement strategies and the emergence of technology solutions facilitating them. It’s been difficult to articulate the benefits of an employee engagement solution when leadership clings to common misconceptions about the problem and how it can be solved. Here are three of them and how they can be addressed: You think HRIS can handle employee engagement. lower than for employees who received no feedback.

Why Isn’t Your Employee Engagement Strategy Working?

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You’ve spent time and energy developing a new employee engagement strategy. It is HR’s job to care about employee engagement, right? The CEO and senior leadership team set the tone for how the company values are carried out, how employees interact and even how often your employment engagement tools are used. If your senior leadership team doesn’t take your engagement processes seriously, neither will anyone else. appeared first on HighGround.

27 Moments When You Should ReThink Your Employee Engagement Strategy

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If you’re unsure of how your employees feel about its leadership – both at the C-suite and managerial level. If you’ve noticed a recent downturn in employee morale. If you’re giving out pens as five-year anniversary gifts for employees. When you ask employees about their goals and they give you a blank stare. When your leadership can’t tell you the last time an employee survey was conducted. When employees are happy. One employee leaves.

17 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged in your Performance Management & Social Recognition Program

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One HighGround client created a Chuck Norris-themed badge to celebrate its “Day of Awesomeness.”. These could support the behaviors and competencies the organization wants employees to embody, such as community or integrity, and be awarded in a town hall meeting setting or announced in the platform. The easier the program is for employees to participate, the better. Create a live feed of employee recognitions through the use of in-office monitors.

Two Truths and a Lie about Employee Engagement

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Let’s apply it to increasing employee engagement , something that still eludes many HR leaders. A Gallup poll found that 13% of workers are considered engaged. companies lose $11 billion annually due to employee turnover. New research found 71% of companies are using technology and apps to increase engagement. It might be wishful thinking that the majority of companies have incorporated technology into their employee engagement processes.

Employee Engagement Tools Aren’t Just Plug-and-Play

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It’s no secret that companies are completely reevaluating their approaches to employee performance management, workforce recognition and survey programs and now looking for employee engagement tools to help support these new approaches. They’re ditching annual, paper-based and top-down processes in favor of real-time, mobile and peer-driven engagement. Because of this overhaul, you need to view your employee engagement program as a living, breathing thing.

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Which Comes First: Employee Engagement or Performance?

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HR has the difficult task of serving both employees and executives. They determine the processes that drive engagement and a positive company culture. While there’s certainly a correlation between engagement and performance, it’s widely misunderstood. On the surface, it would appear that an engaged workforce leads to a high-performing one. Happy employees mean productive employees, right? If engagement is an issue, take a look at performance metrics.

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.

Keep Employees Engaged and You Might Just Keep Them

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In yesterday’s Advisor , we heard from Vip Sandhir, CEO and founder of HighGround®, on the topic of employee engagement. Today we’ll hear what he has to say about how to help increase engagement. Who is responsible for increasing employee engagement? Engagement comes from the top down. If leadership prioritizes employee engagement, it will trickle down throughout the entire organization.

How Can HR Drive High Employee Engagement? Expert Q&A

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HR experts emphasize the role of employee engagement in creating and maintaining productive workforce. But what does engagement really mean? Vip Sandhir, CEO and founder of HighGround, has answered a list of commonly asked questions on employee engagement. Why is employee engagement such a large focus for companies right now? . Employee engagement is directly connected to work culture and happiness of employees.

Exceptional Performance Management and Employee Engagement Strategies from Fortune’s Best Companies List

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million employees. How can smaller companies compete with the employee experiences created by massive well-known brands with astronomical budgets? That said, the employee experience is so much more than free lunches and Instagram-worthy work spaces. Think: how employees interact, the impact of the company mission on culture, and the opportunities employees have to grow and develop. They include: Building trust with all employees regardless of position.

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. Promote employee recognition through internal communication channels. The HR TechStack for Employee Engagement Software.

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Is Employee Engagement REALLY Worth It? [Infographic]

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How do you know if employee engagement is really worth the investment in tools in programs to help improve it? Some stats included: $11B is lost annually due to employee turnover. A 5% increase in employee engagement results in a 3% increase in sales. Learn more about how you can create a company culture focused on continuous, real-time feedback and engagement. The post Is Employee Engagement REALLY Worth It?

Infographic: 2016 – The Year of the Employee Engagement

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Employee engagement has been a hot topic for a few years now and organizations are finally taking a closer look at how to create a culture of continuous, real-time feedback. The infographic below shows how we got here and why 2016 will be the year of employee engagement. To learn more about how HighGround can transform your employee engagement strategy, download the Continuous Employee Engagement eBook. .

How to Radically Change Your Performance Management Practice [Podcast]

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So, what’s the right balance between a system that meets the needs of business leaders and one that meets the needs of the employees? Link to podcast listener survey: [link] Preliminary findings from Performance Management, Culture, and Business Results study Thanks to Highground for connecting me with Autumn! General Employee Engagement Performance Performance Management Recognition Talent Management We're Only Human

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 – January

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Employee Engagement and Employee Productivity Aren’t the Same Thing — Here’s How to Boost Both. Learn the difference between engagement and productivity, and how to achieve the best of both worlds within your own company. 5 Things Every Manager Needs to Know About Employee Engagement. Hey managers – here’s five tips on employee engagement to start your new year off on the right foot.

Disrupting the HR Status Quo

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If companies really want to turn up the dial on engagement, they need to reignite in their employees a sense of awe and wonder about their jobs. Employees with a growth mindset see failure as an opportunity to grow rather than as a limit of their abilities. DisruptHR was also an opportunity for HR leaders to become better versed in the shift from technology designed for “behind the desk” to the front lines of the employee experience.

Recap: Millennials in a Multigenerational Workforce

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve blogged about different aspects of employee engagement that illustrate how today’s multigenerational workforce has more in common than you might think. Outdated performance management strategies such as annual reviews slow progress and disengage employees of all ages. Here’s why soliciting feedback in real-time and surveying your employees regularly is the best way to drive improvement.

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.

Am I Only Special One Day A Year?

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Employee Appreciation Day is here and I’m sure all of us in HR have been busy prepping for “the big day.” I’m excited to organize activities for our employees, but I couldn’t help but have some worry around this day — specifically that leaders and employees will show appreciation to their colleagues only today, and not on any other day of the year. So not only do the receivers of thanks benefit but so do the givers, which means both you and the employee win.

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.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of (Employee) Needs

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We read a recent article explaining how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can be applied to employee engagement. The author argues that in the context of employee engagement, when five distinct needs are met, people are more motivated to be a high-performing leader. As employees’ needs are met, their job satisfaction and commitment to the organization increases. A strong recognition and rewards program can ensure employees feel accepted and included.

Is It Time for the Employee to be King?

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But take a closer look into the inner workings of corporate operations, and you’ll see the customer experience is driven by their interactions with your employees at all levels of your organization. So, one could make the argument that if employees are the main driver of customer happiness, then shouldn’t employees be king? In our latest eBook, Happy Employees, Happier Customers: How Engaged Employees Amplify a Strong Customer Experience , the answer is a resounding yes.

Don’t Lose That Lovin’ Feeling: Take the New Hire Quiz

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You just hired a new employee who has just the right experience, seems like a perfect fit for your culture and starts in two weeks. In fact, there might not be a single benefit to losing employees quickly. Because they might feel more comfortable with you, employees may share more with you than their managers. Show them how your employee engagement platform works. It’ll be an important avenue for them, especially if employees aren’t all in the same office.

News You Might Have Missed – April 18

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HighGround is Hiring: Beyond the Job Description . You might have noticed that HighGround is growing. Employee Recognition: Incorporating Feedback Into the Daily Grind. Does it surprise you that 77% of employees said they would work harder if they were recognized at work? 10 Tried-and-True Tips for Effective Employee Recognition. Check out these 10 tips for providing meaningful recognition and rewards for your employees.