When your company is undergoing change, you already face plenty of challenges. One issue that might not make it to your short list of priorities is actually crucial: the need to maintain employee engagement. Organizational change efforts have a startling failure rate of 70 percent, and one major reason for this failure is that executives don’t do what it takes to get buy-in from their employees. An Aon Hewitt study found that the number of actively disengaged employees rose by more than 50 percent during situations where job duties were impacted by their company being acquired.→ Read More
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The title of “manager” makes it sound like your entire responsibility is simply keeping track of your employees and maximizing their performance. Of course you want to elicit high-level productivity from your team, but your fastest route to success is to offer something back to the people who work for you. The most successful managers enter into a mentoring, or “coaching,” relationship with their direct reports. Here’s a look at why mentoring is so important, together with some best practice tips for putting together a mentorship program that really works.→ Read More
Hi there, A Advisor,
I’ve been looking into some employee recognition programs for my company, and I notice that some of them resemble social media sites; they even have a newsfeed like Facebook or Twitter. If a recognition program operates like social media sites, I don’t see how my employees will take it seriously—won’t it just be a game? I want my employees to engage with our company’s values, and I don’t want them to recognize frivolously. What’s the benefit?
All Work, No Play→ Read More
Employee performance reviews are often awkward and uncomfortable. Feedback, whether positive or critical, can be difficult to deliver or accept. Yet providing feedback to employees is an important way for a company’s leadership to guide the organization. Employees also want feedback; employee engagement increases when employees get more feedback, more frequently; and, they’re less likely to quit.
Tips for Managers
- Review expectations. Take a look at the feedback employees received last year, along with their self-appraisals and development plans.
- Evaluate performance.
Not every reward is right for every employee. Make sure you’re offering employee rewards programs that your staff will truly appreciate.
If your workplace recognition program is going to be successful, you need to have manager buy-in. Learn how to get your team leaders on board.
Boomerang employees are employees who leave an organization but later come back. There are some benefits, as well as some pitfalls, to rehiring these people.
If you want your recognition program to make a real impact, be sure your teams are using these employee recognition best practices.
We’re thrilled to announce Joan Lunden, Mel Robbins, and Spencer West as the keynote speakers for Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2016.
Staff turnover can be costly for your business and hurt employee engagement. Use these techniques to determine the causes of attrition.
Recruiters are great at bringing high-quality talent into your organization, but how can you recruit high-quality recruiters in the first place?
There’s a lot of research identifying the characteristics of a good manager, but what traits are inherent and what traits can you learn?
Improve employee wellbeing and your business’ bottom line with employee incentive programs for health and fitness.
Layoffs and firings can cause a huge hit to team morale, so it’s important for HR and team leaders to help employees stay engaged.
Everyone knows it’s essential to have a good company culture, but where is culture created? Is it at the executive level, or does it have to be grassroots?
As more companies realize the value of employee recognition, workers need to get comfortable accepting professional praise.
May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM), so it’s a great opportunity for you to inject some new energy into your employee wellness programs
Managing remote teams can be even more challenging than traditional management, but it’s feasible if you integrate these leadership techniques.
Bad bosses can lead to employee disengagement and lost productivity. Learn how to repair the problems they leave in their wake.
It’s time for the HR team to start marketing. Employer branding is an essential part of attracting high-quality job candidates.
Learn how to implement performance improvement plans in a way that will motivate employees, not lead to anger or resentment.
Your tuition reimbursement policy may seem like an expensive investment to make in an employee, but many companies see it as a mutually beneficial perk.
Employee wellness extends beyond the office. Use these business travel tips to keep your employees engaged when they’re on the road.
Disengaged employees can do real damage to your business, but it’s possible to turn them around.
Real-time recognition platforms can give you the data you need to create and sustain a magnetic company culture.
Benefits administrators and total rewards managers have a tough job, and they deserve to be celebrated.
Losing employees can cause problems with morale, engagement, and productivity. Learn why employees quit and what signs you should look for.
Holding regular one-on-one meetings with your employees is a major component of employee coaching and good management.
If you’re wondering how to recruit employees, consider the right times to use in-house recruiters versus headhunting firms.
Company mission statements are an important factor for aligning your employees. Here are several of the best for your inspiration.
Millennial employees might be known for job hopping, but there’s still a lot you can do to retain them.
Many Americans don’t take all of the vacation time they’re allotted, so managers and HR need to take a more proactive role in promoting time away.
When employees leave your organization, you have an important opportunity to gain insight about what’s working and what’s not. Make sure you ask the right exit interview questions.
Selecting the right social employee recognition system starts with picking a partner, then vetting their platform.
In honor of Employee Appreciation Week, we wanted to highlight a handful of our A-mazing employees. While we didn’t have the space to feature everyone, all members of the Achievers family deserve recognition. We hope you’ll be recognizing your employees this week as well!
Need ideas for how to do it? Get 30 fun, fresh ideas for celebrating Employee Appreciation Day!
Happy Employee Appreciation Week! At Achievers, this is one of our favorite times of year. While we believe strongly in appreciating our employees all year long, there is something special about a week when companies across North America realize that it’s time to do something extra special.
For those of you who aren’t using the Achievers platform, we wanted to give you an easy way to send recognition cards to your hard-working colleagues. That’s why we’ve created an Employee Appreciation Week tool where you can pick from a variety of different digital cards and email them to anyone who deserves to be appreciated.→ Read More
Millennial employees are more likely than other generations to leave jobs after a short tenure. Make sure your team is prepared to withstand turnover.
The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards™ recognize top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workforce. Apply today!
Employee Appreciation Day is a great opportunity to reward and recognize your hard-working employees. These ideas are sure to please them.
HR should use market-based methods to determine compensation for new roles rather than asking for candidates’ salary history.
Job growth is an essential element of employee engagement. Use these promotion criteria to determine if your employee is ready for the next level.
The business landscape is evolving rapidly, and HR skills that were once highly prized are becoming obsolete. HR professionals no longer spend their time keeping records, and new technology has transformed how employees engage with their work. The best HR leaders have traded in paper pushing and business-as-usual management methods and have instead become strategic business partners, actively contributing to company growth. In order to keep their seat at the table, HR professionals have had to take advantage of the rich employee data that’s at their disposal.→ Read More
Employers today are more focused than ever on hiring for “fit.” They’re trying to find and vet employees that will jive with the culture, pace, and expectations that are unique to their workplace. With this evolution in priorities, there has also been an evolution in interviewing approaches. There are a wide variety of interview styles and question techniques out there, and Topgrading is one approach that claims to help you find better-quality candidates and reduce your number of mis-hires. In fact, it’s the approach that the recruiting team here at Achievers uses to make A-Player hires.→ Read More
The cost of losing an employee at any level is significant. Losing an entry-level employee can cost you up to half their salary, but losing a senior level executive can cost more than 400 percent of their salary.
Those are just the direct turnover costs. When you lose executives, there are other costs to the company, including loss of momentum and sometimes damage to the company’s reputation. That’s why companies invest so much time in the executive search process. Despite all that effort, 40 percent of executives who take a new position fail during their first 18 months in the job.→ Read More
As a manager, you’re aware that it’s important to give employees everyday recognition, praise, and feedback. You’ll do a better job of effectively delivering this recognition, however, if you understand the reasons behind it. Here are three primary effects you’ll experience from building employee recognition into your daily workplace culture:
- Better morale: Acknowledging the hard work and dedication that employees invest in your company is a good way to give them “a sense of ownership and belonging,” according to HR Council.
Tech employees are a hot commodity in today’s job market. Your company has to compete with a lot of other popular employers if you want to hire the best web designers, IT professionals, software developers, and app builders. In many cases, the hiring managers tasked with technical recruiting have no background in tech themselves, and so they may find it difficult to identify, interview, and assess tech candidates. If this predicament sounds familiar to you, then you’ll benefit from using a few straightforward techniques to find the best person for your team.→ Read More
Employee engagement is “the top human resource challenge organizations anticipate facing in the next three to five years,” according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. If you want to stay ahead of this challenge, you need to keep your employee engagement strategy fresh, relevant, and exciting for all of your employees. Here are a few employee engagement ideas we think you should implement in 2016:
by Kevin Sheridan
This time of year, it’s natural to become reflective; to reflect on the last year and on resolutions you have for the New Year.
One of my central messages in my keynote presentations is to encourage more reflection on job engagement. Roughly 60% of the worldwide workforce is not Engaged or Disengaged in their job, otherwise known as the middle category of Ambivalence. A large reason so many people are stuck in this “blah” middle category is that they have not reflected on whether they are in the right job in the first place, or as Jim Collins said in his best-seller Good to Great, “the right seat on the bus.”
The great news is that we, as managers and employees, are already empowered to do something about it and re-cast ourselves into the right job or seat on the bus. → Read More
The workforce is changing rapidly, and many companies are struggling to update their talent management process to keep pace with new workplace cultures. Companies that can’t keep up with the expectations of today’s employees will see a decline in engagement — and a corresponding decrease in their bottom line.
A 2015 report by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) gives a look into current levels of staff engagement. According to the report, only 39 percent of respondents are “very satisfied” with their job, indicating that there is a lot of work ahead for managers in the upcoming year.→ Read More
We’re big advocates of everyday recognition, but we agree that there are some employee milestones that deserve extra-special recognition. Whether it’s anniversaries, retirements, or other major accomplishments, observing milestones is a great way to show an employee that you care about their contributions. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate milestones with a bigger bang:
- Collaborate on a personalized reward
HR can collaborate with team leaders to figure out what type of employee rewards or celebration would be most meaningful to the employee, whether it’s a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a cake in their favorite flavor and color.→ Read More