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How to Encourage a Culture of Open Communication

on Jul 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM By | Greg Smith | 0 Comments | communication Employee Engagement Management Accessibility
Positive employee sentiment has a significant influence on the productivity of your business. The first step to achieving this is to hire the right people for the job. The next step is to cultivate a culture that your employees never want to leave–meaning a culture where your employees’ thoughts and opinions are valued.
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6 Tips For Better Communication With Remote Teams

on May 6, 2020 10:15:00 AM By | Claire Hastwell | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Remote Team Building
How do you keep remote employees engaged? It's a question on the minds of many leaders as COVID-19 forces companies to adapt to new ways of working. While it's absolutely possible for companies to learn how to telecommute effectively, it doesn't happen automatically. Shifting from a physical shared workspace to a collection of virtual offices can challenge even the most seasoned manager.  
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How Managers Can Strengthen Team Connections During Times of Change

on Apr 29, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Karina Schultheis | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Management Trust Team Building
We're living in a time of unprecedented change, but even under more "normal" circumstances, transformation and uncertainty are foundational to business (and life). Whether navigating challenging circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic or positive ones like unprecedented periods of growth, managers have the ability to proactively strengthen team connections during times of change. Here are some tips to help keep your team engaged, even amid the most turbulent situations. 1. Be open and honest In some situations, leaders may be limited in what they can share, but you should always aim to provide your team with whatever information you can in a timely and professional manner. When things are changing quickly, access to information is comforting and helps to maintain a small sense of control. Fostering open discussions with your team about what's going on, what it might mean for them, and when you expect to have more information will help build trust and strengthen team connections. (Fun fact: Research suggests trust is the single most important thing in an employer-employee relationship.) This also gives you an opportunity to address your team's fears and concerns and build the understanding that "we are all in this together"which is a powerful motivator and cohesion builder. 2. Set clear expectations and responsibilities If anything is changing on your team (structure, responsibilities, strategy, etc.) it's crucial that you address these changes as soon as possible and clearly define roles and expectations. Be sure to include insight and input from your team so that you're setting realistic deadlines and goals. It's also a good idea to be extra-accessible during times of change, so you're available to answer any questions or clarify new projects as they come up. 3. Keep your team involved Remember: You hired your people for a reason. Trust is a two-way street, and in order to be an effective leader you must demonstrate your trust in your team's abilities. Great leaders also know that listening is just as important as communicating and this is particularly true during times of uncertainty and additional stress. When your people feel trusted and relied upon, they are likely to feel motivated and connected. Your ability to make good decisions as a leader also relies upon insight from your team, so ensure you're listening closely to their feedback. 4. Acknowledge your people When your people have been working hard in the face of change, don't forget to show your genuine appreciation. Saying "thank you" in a meaningful way can look like a spot bonus, an afternoon off, a handwritten note or heartfelt email. The key is to genuinely acknowledge their contributions. Your people are your business. Make sure they know that their hard work is being seen and is making a difference.
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Building Employee Loyalty Through Strengths-Based Management

on Apr 1, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Baili Bigham | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Goals Management
Although it’s no surprise, countless studies prove that offering workers a positive experience significantly increases employee loyalty and retention. And the key to keeping your rockstar talent is giving them opportunities to grow and develop their skills, not just professionally, but personally as well.
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How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days

on Mar 4, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Janine Comito | 0 Comments | managers Employee Engagement Management
Are you inspired by the headlines about harsh, take-no-prisoners leaders? Want to really show your employees who’s boss?
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Are You Supporting Your Remote Employees?

on Jan 8, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Ultimate Software | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Remote
According to a worldwide study, approximately 70 percent of global employees worked remotely at least once a week in 2018, while 53 percent telecommuted closer to half the week. These figures are significantly higher than studies from previous years, where Gallup found that 43 percent worked from home at least sometimes in 2016 (and 39 percent in 2012). As telecommuting acceptance and the number of remote employees continues to balloon, employers must learn to appreciate the significant value remote employees bring and support their unique needs. If you have ever worked from home, then you know how it feels when you are truly supported as a remote employee and how it feels when you aren’t.
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To Improve Customer Experience, First Improve Employee Experience

on Dec 23, 2019 10:45:00 AM By | Stijn de Groef | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Customer
Whatever their products—razors, drinks, project management software, or anything else—and whether they are startups or global pioneers, companies are finding it harder than ever to be competitive. Thanks to disruption, today’s status quo, doing business has become more difficult for everyone because of two main reasons.
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How Employee Wellness Programs Boost Productivity

on Dec 18, 2019 10:15:00 AM By | Pamela DeLoatch | 0 Comments | Company Culture Employee Engagement Wellness
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
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The Most Effective Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

on Dec 4, 2019 9:15:00 AM By | Lorena Martinez | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Appreciation
“Let me know when your whole life goes up in smoke. Means it's time for a promotion.” This is the advice Nigel gives Andy in a scene from the 2006 movie, “The Devil Wears Prada.”
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Engagement Is Really Just Connection

on Jul 3, 2019 10:26:00 AM By | O.C. Tanner | 0 Comments | Company Culture Employee Engagement
The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and well-being in the workplace worldwide than ever before.
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