Best of 2013: Popular Ways to Engage, Align, and Recognize Your Workforce

talent_managementIt was a big year for Employee Success™. In 2013, more employees went mobile than ever before (75 percent of North American workers are!) and became globally dispersed (30 percent of the workforce is remote, and counting) and the workforce moved closer to a Millennial-dominated demographic (coming in 2020). With these major workforce changes, the pressure is on for employers to engage, align, and recognize their A-players.

Throughout the year, we gathered and reported our readers with research on the growing need for Employee Success platforms, best practices for engaging all types of workforces, and a whole lot of insights into HR, technology, and the changing landscape of the workplace. Along the way, we learned a ton, and we hope you did too. Let’s take a look back at our most-read articles of 2013—so you can hit the ground running to recruit, retain, and inspire top talent in 2014.

1. 19 signs of disengagement (and what you can do to avoid them)

Disengaged employees are all around us. In fact, 70 percent of the workforce is either disengaged or actively disengaged (meaning they’re sabotaging everyone’s experience at work). But what do disengaged employees really look like? Our most popular post of 2013 offers an insightful Slideshare that gives employers a glimpse into the dreary world of disengagement, and provides a unique way to celebrate employees’ successes.

2. Maybe employees don’t leave managers, after all

The real reason employees leave companies is a constant source of debate. In 2013, sources from Glassdoor to Gallup to the Bureau of Labor Statistics hotly contested whether career growth, compensation, or bad managers were to blame. We presented the arguments, and a little research of our own, to parcel out why employees are really looking for greener pastures.

3. Why are men more engaged than women

In June, we presented the findings from our engagement survey with HCI, which found, among other things, that men are much more likely to describe themselves as “highly engaged” than women. We were surprised, but then we dove deeper to find out why. Read on to learn more—and let us know what you think!

4. The annual review is dead—long live continuous feedback

It’s time to say goodbye to the annual performance review. More in 2013 than ever, the perennial once-yearly recap of an employee’s performance is being found to be arbitrary, unhelpful, and really more of a nuisance than anything. These days, giving employees feedback early and often is paramount—think weekly meetings with direct reports to provide constructive criticism and coaching instead. Click the link to discover what managers can do to make the most of these meetings.

These popular posts represent a wide range of topics that all affect the success of your employees, and we hope you find them useful as you look forward to 2014. But we want to hear from you—take the survey below to let us know what you’ve enjoyed reading, and what else you want to hear from us next year!

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Catie Farrow works at Achievers, an award-winning employee success platform.


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