3 steps to promote your employees’ health and wellness

Hi there, A Advisor,

I work for a company in the public health sector. I enjoy where I work, but I wish our company would offer more opportunity to practice what we preach: we promote a health-conscious lifestyle for our clients, why can’t we encourage the same lifestyle for our employees? What are some ways that I can advise our company to make  employee health and wellness a priority?

Thanks!

Run Around Sue

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Why leaving work early is good for business

Memorial Day weekend is behind us and summer is almost here. The days are warmer and longer, and for some employees, it means summer hours at the office. Companies offer summer hours as a perk to employees, which grants them reduced work hours on Fridays to enjoy longer weekends. How common are these programs in business?

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Years of service awards: Out with the dinosaurs!

“Traditional Years of Service programs fail to offer timely recognition as the rewards are spread out over long intervals of time. This will result in poor engagement and motivational levels putting your company at risk of losing your top performers. Evolve beyond Years of Service Awards to today’s years of service program—Recognition Milestones. Build a rhythm of recognition where employees are consistently recognized and have the power to choose their own rewards that are meaningful to them. ” Achievers Whitepaper RIP Traditional Service Awards

 

4 ways to use your corporate social responsibility days

You know that satisfying feeling you get when you donate to charity? Or the pride you feel after donating your time volunteering for a non-profit? We all feel great when we give back to the community, and just as we commit to being socially responsible individuals, we also expect our employers to be social responsible companies. Employees want to work for organizations that are making socially responsible choices regarding their products and services, business practices, and as members of the communities in which they operate.

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5 dos and don’ts to create and maintain relationships at work

We spend so much of our time at work, some of the best friendships are created in the workplace. The most successful corporate cultures are comprised of individuals with similar goals, professional interests, and ambitions in life – so the manifestation of friendships in the workplace is inevitable.

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Managers need recognition, too! 3 steps for employee retention

Dear A Advisor,

I need your help! My company is having trouble with employee retention. We offer competitive salaries and we’re a strong competitor in our industry, but we just can’t seem to keep staff happy enough to stay with our company. What tools can we use to make our employees more satisfied and engaged?

Thanks for your help!

Mr. Lonely

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After the big Facebook IPO, is talent a risk for Facebook? 3 tips to retain top talent beyond money

After eight years of innovation, expansion and hard work, Facebook is now a publicly traded company worth $104 billion. But as the IPO dust settles and begins to fade, what happens next for Facebook and its employees? Many employees have newfound wealth and, as a result, Facebook management faces a risk of losing talent. With their fortune, employees may start their own company or pursue other ventures. How will Facebook retain their top talent? This isn’t just for Facebook, many companies face this problem every day. Money is enough to get employees in the door, but it’s not what gets them to stay. Organizations must look beyond monetary incentives to keep their employees happy, motivated and engaged.

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HR: Now tech savvy!

“HR has never been known for being at the leading edge of new technology or communication. However there are many new technologies that now help increase engagement and productivity making it imperative for HR to jump on board. Today’s employees have high expectations, Gen X and Gen Y are demanding that their employers become early adopters of technologies such as social media to excel in their job functions.” Achivers Whitepaper: Early Adoption: Against HR’s Nature?

 

Company vision and values are more than just a plaque on the wall: Help employees see the bigger picture

Do you find yourself dreading work on Monday morning, because of the repetitive grind and monotonous daily tasks? Do you ever ask yourself these questions: “Why am I doing this? How do my actions contribute to the overall success of the company? What’s the point?”

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What the class of 2012 can teach us about employee engagement

What’s the best way to attract top talent from the Class of 2012? In order to successfully recruit, retain, and inspire these Millennials, you should focus your engagement strategy based on their motivations and desire for choice.

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Great results! 2 ways to optimize your employee recognition program

Hi A Advisor,

My company has just launched an employee recognition program that has had great initial success: my colleagues send recognitions for a job well done, it’s a dynamic platform for positive feedback and we’ve already seen an amazing transformation of our company culture. My priority now is to ensure that the company doesn’t slip back into its old culture and that we continue to see the benefits of our employee recognition program. We need to make sure that the recognitions help our organization reach its goals on an on-going basis. How can we continue to support our employee recognition program, avoid backsliding and advance our corporate goals? 

Thanks for your advice,

Get in Line

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How to write compelling job descriptions to recruit Millenials

Do you ever get tired of reading mundane job descriptions? The inspiration for today’s post comes from an article by Software Advice blogger Jennifer King titled Six Ways to Sell a Millennial With Your Job Description, and it reaffirms the importance for employers to effectively “market” themselves to Millennials. Millennials are an organization’s future revenue generators, and employers should take proactive measures to recruit them before the competition sweeps them up. However, Millennials are a unique generation, so employers need to tailor their recruiting strategies to what attracts and motivates them.

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Keeping your shining stars

“As the economy improves unhappy employees will be looking at other companies for better opportunities. Social media has brought a new challenge to HR managers, allowing competitors to easily identify, target and recruit your top performers. Create an environment in which top performers are consistently recognized in a meaningful, specific and timely way and you’ll see your employee engagement soar, improving retention dramatically.”

4 ways to benefit from open communication and improve employee engagement

Picture a familiar situation: You take advantage of a service, whether to sign up for a new mobile phone contract, or to order a new gadget from a website. There’s a problem with your purchase, but when you call customer service, you wait on hold only to reach an automated service and learn that the customer service office is closed. When you finally reach an agent to find a solution, they offer no assistance. What seemed like a simple fix has wasted valuable time, and the next time something goes wrong you may resort to a new provider.

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Effective ways to improve employee engagement by “cross training”

What do a graphic designer, an account executive, and a social media specialist have in common? The answer lies within the employee’s desire to heighten their development and acquire new skills, which may or may not relate to their job title.

In order to set up employees for success and foster an engaged workforce, consider offering opportunities to “cross-train,” or develop new skills in a specific field, to reaffirm that the organization supports professional and personal growth.

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2012 real time: 2 tips for successful offline recognition

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a Human Resources manager for a large-scale manufacturing company that employs both online, computer-based office staff, and offline factory and shipping staff (including some off-site). Although my company has a great recognition program in place for our online office staff, we do not have a similar program for our offline employees. I want to institute a recognition program for our offline staff but I’m hesitant: I’m not sure how employees would be able to effectively use a recognition platform when they don’t have access to a computer at work.

I want an effective platform that will engage employees in different roles across my organization. I need your suggestions!

Unplugged

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Honesty is the best policy: A leadership lesson from Warren Buffett

When we receive bad news, we tend to sweep it under the rug and pretend it isn’t happening. We either do this as a coping mechanism or to ensure that the news doesn’t get out. While it may be the easy thing to do, it is typically not the right thing to do. If our news affects others, we should be honest and transparent about it.

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Choices, choices, choices: How options can increase employee retention

“With three generations of employees in the workforce companies are managing their most diverse workforce ever. Uniform policies, benefits, and compensation won’t work for everyone anymore. We live in a society full of choices and that’s what employees, especially Gen X and Gen Y, respond well to.  Make sure you empower your employees to choose their own rewards for a job well done-rewards that  that are meaningful to them.“- HRMA  http://www.bchrma.org/pdf/news/2011/release-yearinreview-111219.pdf

Professional growth

3 ways to promote professional growth

You may have heard of Facebook’s philosophy “Move Fast and Break Things.” Essentially, the philosophy is about testing boundaries and the importance of continuous innovation in order to grow and reach your maximum potential. Have you ever thought about how you can utilize this concept in your company? Let’s emphasize how you should apply this concept to employee development, because professional and personal growth is crucial to employee engagement.

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How harmful gossip threatens culture: 3 ways to avoid a culture of doubt

“Hey, did you hear what happened in the lunch room yesterday? You are not going to believe this.”

We have all been subject to gossip at work. It happens in between meetings, through chat sessions and emails, and is almost impossible to avoid – until you realize how harmful gossip threatens corporate culture, and eventually transforms the workplace into a culture of doubt. A culture of doubt is characterized by ongoing miscommunications, decreased retention, and low employee morale at the workplace – and must be reconciled in order for employees to drive results necessary for the organization’s success.

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Calling all managers! Making recognition initiatives effective

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a Human Resources specialist and I’ve recently enabled a recognition program within my company. The program has been my project, but I’m looking for ways to ensure effective adoption in my company. Since I’m in the HR department I don’t get a lot of insight into how individual departments utilize the program; I’m afraid that it won’t be used to its full potential.

Thanks so much for your help!

Out of Touch

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3 ways to build a great company reputation

Reputation is EVERYTHING. Society beats this message into our heads every day. For instance, we’re told to protect our reputations on Facebook and not post inappropriate photos, or we’re told to build our reputations on LinkedIn as accomplished professionals. Your reputation speaks volumes about who you are as an employee, family member, partner or friend; therefore, your reputation should be protected and treated as a top priority.

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What does it take to make a superstar?

“Our society has become obsessed with superstars, failing to highlight seemingly ordinary accomplishments. Too many organizations are doing damage by giving excessive credit, stature, and dollars to people with the big ideas and giving insufficient kudos, prestige, and pay to people who put their heads down and make sure all the little things get done right. Ensure that all your employees are getting recognized on a regular basis because without them those leaders and superstars would never be able to shine.” – Bob Sutton “Work Matters” http://tinyurl.com/7mut464