Posts Tagged ‘engagement’

Recruitment Pipeline: A Must in a Modern World

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Traditionally, small businesses seek out job candidates when they are ready to hire. Making decisions about the recruitment process is based on open or soon to be open positions. While many companies still approach the hiring process this way, there is a better way. Creating and maintaining a recruitment pipeline can help companies to hire faster, remain competitive and lower the ever-increasing costs of recruitment. A recruitment pipeline is essentially a maintained pool of qualified job candidates. Potential candidates go through an initial screening and develop a relationship with the recruiter and/or hiring manager. This not only allows them to…

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The Influence of Feedback in the Workplace

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For most companies in the United States, annual performance reviews are still the norm. They assist organizations in determining compensation, employee development, promotions, and, in some cases, terminations. While many businesses feel annual reviews are necessary, they were never intended to replace on-going feedback, and studies show they leave a lot to be desired. Well, more than half of American workers feel that they are not receiving enough feedback and in this age of increasing turn-over, it’s easy to see the importance it holds. Adequate and consistent feedback can make the difference between an empowered employee and a failing employee….

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Lessons from the White House: Credibility Matters

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Credibility of leadership is often something we take for granted. We assume, whether it be our CEO or a government official, that those in a position of authority are credible people. When this is challenged, and credibility is diminished, we not only doubt the individual’s ability to provide guidance and support but question the reliability of the system that has put them in a leadership role. When the current administration took up residence in the White House, many relied on the credibility of the Presidential office and governmental institutions. As time has gone one and the administration has produced more…

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Don’t Let Summer Days Drift Away!

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Summer is in full stride, and while it’s easy to enjoy the sunny skies, it is even easier for employees to lose their focus. This is the best time to break out some tactics to help keep your employees on task. Consider these five great ways to keep your employees engaged during the summertime. 1.   Vacation One of the best ways to keep your employees engaged while they are at work is to encourage them to make the most of their allocated vacation time. Some employees may feel as though they will be looked down upon or replaced if they…

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10 Ways to Reward Employees Without Breaking the Bank

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As a manager, you are busy and it can be easy to take your employees’ hard work for granted. However, it’s important to remember that recognition is a key driver of engagement, and yet most employees feel they are not recognized enough.  The good news is that employee recognition doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money.  So, here are 10 inexpensive ways to reward your employees. A simple thank you.  This is one of the most effective forms of recognition and costs you absolutely nothing.  In this day in age, with a good chunk of social interaction…

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Analyzing the Thinx Controversy

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The fallout from the Thinx scandal — a startup company that integrated feminism into its marketing for its “period-proof” underwear products — has been well-documented over the past couple weeks.  Thinx co-founder Miki Agrawal has come under fire for providing lackluster benefits for her largely female workforce, harassing employees, and only allowing raises for male employees. Agrawal built a reputation for being unafraid to tackle taboo subjects, like menstruation and sex, in the workplace and also in her personal life. However, her blatant openness rubbed much of her staff the wrong way — she’s been accused of inappropriately touching employees…

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Read the Writing on the Wall: Signs an Employee May Soon Quit

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Employee retention is one of the most vital aspects of running a company. It’s not always in your best interest to retain every staffer, but it’s important to keep your most valuable workers on board for as long as possible.  Consider the cost of turnover – recruiting, hiring, training, and time until the employee is competently performing in their role. It’s inevitable that over time; however, employees may wish to leave for new opportunities. Generally, these big career decisions aren’t made overnight. There is a buildup to leaving a job and some signs to which you should be attuned to…

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Live and Learn: Developing Your Employees

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Every manager wants their employees to grow and live up to their potential, but it doesn’t happen overnight.  Enter employee development — a top-notch manager will actively instigate development of their employees by pushing them to grow and learn. Here are six ways to spur on your team. Education/training opportunities Even the most astute and consistent employees can benefit from attaining new information and skills. And, employees are the most engaged when they are learning and growing, which is a key reason they will choose to stay with your company. By encouraging training and education opportunities, you send the message…

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