The latest report from Gallup states that just 1 in 10 UK and EU workers are actively engaged and with UK productivity seeing further falls during 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics – it is no surprise that the UK Government recognizes that the country has an employee productivity problem. The UK’s newly announced Industrial Strategy is based on “Five Foundations of Productivity”, one of these Foundations being ‘People’. As an organization that lives and breathes employee engagement and sees the business benefits first-hand of the power of putting people at the heart of the strategy, this is welcome news.→ Read More
Are you struggling to increase employee engagement? You’re not alone. According to Gallup, only 15% of workers worldwide are engaged. Achievers, a leading employee recognition and engagement solution, aims to help companies effectively engage employees and increase their percentage scores. Achievers EMEA team was thrilled to have so many customers, prospects, and partners at their first-ever Achievers home-grown EMEA event in London. The objective for the inaugural Achievers Knowledge Exchange event was to facilitate the conversation surrounding employee engagement by bringing together HR industry experts and Achievers’ customers to share their success stories behind using employee recognition to drive engagement and business results.→ Read More
There really is no place quite like it…
New Orleans was treated to an eclectic mix of HR professionals as customers from across the globe flocked to the Big Easy for ACE 2017.
The 8th annual Achievers Customer Experience conference was an unparalleled success, as clients and prospective customers exchanged ideas with independent HR thought leaders and decision makers representing some of the world’s most recognizable brands.
The 7th annual Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces took place on Monday, September 11th at the historic Saenger Theater in New Orleans. Amidst the finely dressed titans of the HR space, exquisite cuisine, and glamorous ambiance was the highlight of the show, celebrating the companies that go above and beyond in the employee engagement space as determined by a panel of employee engagement experts.→ Read More
The effect of employee engagement on key business objectives is staggering. According to Gallup, highly engaged business units see:
- a 17 percent increase in productivity
- 24 percent less employee turnover
- a 41 percent reduction in absenteeism
With such dramatic increases in crucial aspects of business sustainability, the importance of employee engagement cannot be ignored. While there are numerous techniques used to address specific business objectives, cultivating a culture of engagement can result in improvements across a large swath of these seemingly disconnected categories.→ Read More
According to Gallup, companies with a highly engaged workforce outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. Yet, even with more evidence stressing its importance, the state of engagement in the UK remains low, with only around a third of workers being highly engaged. As a consequence, productivity continues to lag nearly 20% behind that of other G7 countries. It’s no surprise then that engaging employees and promoting positive workplace culture are both high priorities for business leaders throughout the UK.→ Read More
Have you ever wondered how much employee engagement can impact your business, and taken even one step further, the world? Imagine if every single employee felt valued, motivated, and recognized for their achievements? What a difference we would see in the workplace and society. Employees would actually enjoy going to work and as a result, would strive to reach their best potential. This would then be reflected in how they would treat their customers and fellow-employees, a virtuous cycle that would serve to lift everyone’s moods.→ Read More
Employees are a core determinant of company success, but with a staggering 68% rate of employee disengagement, it’s clear that effectively leveraging their full potential can be a precarious task. Factors that drive employee engagement vary across employees, but a crucial factor is how connected they feel to their company’s culture and values. In fact, 82% of employees believe culture is a competitive advantage, yet only 28% believe that they understand their culture well. Creating a great company culture is not an easy ‘drag and drop’ nor can it be quickly implemented to garner immediate results; it requires a thought-out strategy and the right tools to help execute.→ Read More
Social Media and Blog Manager, Achievers
About Kellie Wong
Kellie Wong is the Social Media and Blog Manager for Achievers. She manages Achievers’ social media presence and The Engage Blog, including the editorial calendars for both. In addition to writing blog content for The Engage Blog, she also manages and maintains relationships with 20+ guest blog contributors and edits every piece of content that gets published.→ Read More
Last night in Toronto, Achievers announced the winners of the Elite 8 at the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards Gala. In a setting that was a perfect mix of glitz and industrial chic, the award recipients and representatives from almost every one of the 50 companies included on this year’s list enjoyed dinner, drinks and good times at the Steam Whistle Brewery in the heart of downtown Toronto. The event also provided attendees ample opportunity to network with peers from some of the most easily recognizable and highly successful companies in the world, and for entertainment, the world famous Second City comedy troupe.→ Read More
By: Jeff Waldman
Head of Talent, Security Compass
It is no secret that there is a positive correlation between highly engaged workforces and strong employee productivity and business performance. Depending on who you talk to the numbers may vary, but all the data points to the fact that engagement drives performance. With all of this recent attention on employee engagement and its impact, it’s not surprising that boosting engagement is becoming a number one priority of C-level executives around the globe, a claim supported by Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey.→ Read More
By: Karin Volo
Chief Joy Bringer, Evoloshen Academy
“I love my job!”
“I can’t wait for Monday again!”
“I’m doing what I was born to do!”
“I am living my life’s purpose!”
“I don’t consider this work—it feels like play!”
“Where did the day go? I got so much done!”
“This is the best company to work for!”
How often do you hear these types of statements? Or perhaps we should ask have you EVER heard anyone saying these things?
Within highly engaged organizations, statements like these are actually pretty common.→ Read More
By: Bobi Seredich
Co-founder, Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence
Picture this: Your phone rings and you see the caller I.D. pop up on the screen. The little voice in your head questions, “Should I answer the call or send it straight to voicemail?” It’s understandable that we don’t always want to pick up our calls. But have you ever put yourself in the other person’s shoes and wondered how many times someone has chosen to not answer your calls?
As leaders, it’s important to get every call answered.→ Read More
Come to ACE 2016, Achievers biggest event of the year, in Toronto from September 13-14, 2016.
We’re thrilled to announce Joan Lunden, Mel Robbins, and Spencer West as the keynote speakers for Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2016.
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!
The third of the seismic shifts that will affect human capital, human resources, and the human experience at work is the move from theoretical models to real-world behaviors, according to best-selling author and management expert Marcus Buckingham.
As he explained at Achievers Customer Experience 2015, the seismic shifts will force organizations to zoom in from current broad, depersonalized views to localized, team-based approaches to talent management. Buckingham, who also is the founder and chairman of TMBC, shared that today’s HR development tools are based on models, not people.→ Read More
Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author and founder of TMBC, outlined the three seismic shifts in talent management that will take an organization’s focus down to the local level, upset the traditional performance review process, and up-end traditional competency models. During his keynote at Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2015, Buckingham explained that organizations will need to move from big data to real-time, reliable data.
According to him, performance ratings data is typically “garbage” because it is generated only once or twice per year, and it’s based on the fallacy that human beings can be reliable of raters of other human beings.→ Read More
The three seismic shifts that will affect human beings, human capital, and human resources, according to Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author and chair and founder of TMBC, will change organizations’ focus down to the local level, upset the traditional performance review process, and up-end traditional competency models.
At Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2015, he elaborated on the first of three: the shift from serving the organization to serving the team leader. As he noted, in any given company, with policies, procedures, culture, and environment being equal, the success of teams can still vary wildly.→ Read More
There are three seismic shifts underfoot that will affect human capital, human resources, and the human experience at work.
These shifts will force organizations to zoom in from their broad, depersonalized view and instead take a localized, team-based approach to talent management. According to best-selling author and management expert Marcus Buckingham, organizations need to overhaul the traditional performance review process and upend existing competency models.
Today’s HR professionals should think of themselves as business leaders who happen to work in human resources. When they behave that way, they will be perceived that way by the C-suite, according to Jennifer McClure, president of Unbridled Talent LLC.
McClure spoke at Achievers Customer Experience 2015 about “Getting the C-Suite’s Attention: 7 Strategies for Transforming from HR Leader to Business Leader.” For the past three years, CEOs have listed Human Capital as their number-one challenge, and they look to human resources to help them overcome that challenge.→ Read More
Imagine having a panic attack: a sudden feeling of terror that can strike without warning, even during sleep, and that can make you feel like you are having a heart attack or going crazy. Now imagine having one on live television with 5+ million people watching. That’s just what happened to Dan Harris, ABC news correspondent, co-anchor and author of 10% Happier: How I tamed the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress without losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works.→ Read More
In today’s competitive economy, if two organizations are both doing a great job engaging their workforces, what makes one of them better than the other? Aon Hewitt recently surveyed 2,539 employees at companies of 1,000 or more across several industries, and Raymond Baumruk, partner and leader in the firm’s Next Practices/Employee Research & Insights group, shared top findings with attendees of Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2015.
Baumruk said they were somewhat surprised to find that the things many companies see as “differentiators,” employees actually view as “table stakes,” or basic expectations of potential employers.→ Read More
The threshold competencies for a successful leader are IQ, technical skills, and emotional intelligence (EI). While most of us would think that IQ and technical skills are most important, in reality EI is twice as important as a predictor of leadership success.
In her Achievers Customer Experience 2015 (ACE) session, Bobi Seredich, co-founder of Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence, explains how EI is not only important for leaders, but also organizations as a whole. According to Seredich, EI and the ability to connect with your colleagues becomes even more important as one moves into senior leadership positions.→ Read More
by Rebecca Wetherbee
If you haven’t been to Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) before, you’re probably wondering why you should come. What’s in it for you?
ACE is more than just a user conference; it’s an incredible opportunity to learn from top-notch speakers, earn HRCI recertification credits, and socialize with like-minded people, all against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities on Earth: San Francisco.
We’ve come up with six distinct reasons why you should come join us at ACE this November 2nd & 3rd:
- Compelling Content
We’ve carefully crafted sessions that will appeal to all of our attendees, whether you’re a customer of ours or not.→ Read More
More than 100,000 HR professionals across the globe hold certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier HR credentialing organization dedicated to setting the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe. These dedicated professionals understand how important engagement is in creating a positive, innovative, and successful workforce. A big factor in the value of working with HRCI certified professionals is knowing that they are committed to their field and make continuing professional development a high priority.
We want to make it easier for any HR professional holding an HRCI PHR, SPHR, GPHR, or California credential to earn recertification credits while they learn at the Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) 2015!→ Read More
Today, we’re excited to announce the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for 2015. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.
Our panel of judges evaluated each applicant based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The panel of judges was comprised of academic and thought leaders on employee engagement from organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Human Capital Institute and Human Resource Executive.→ Read More
Let’s take a trip back in time to the medieval days. The date was December 16, 2011. Yes, that was the medieval period in HR. Fear not, a lot has happened since then and here is the story.
I had some experiences, which turned into several observations, which evolved into ideas, which morphed into a concept, and then emerged into a launched initiative. That initiative (drum roll please) was called SocialHRCamp. During this period of time between “experience” and “launched initiative” I identified a handful of specific reasons why this initiative was an investment in the future of how we do business in HR. → Read More
The Achievers team welcomed nearly 500 smiling faces to our fourth annual event, making ACE 2013 the largest conference focused on employee engagement in North America. The opening keynote from Achievers Founder Razor Suleman, CEO Pat Quirk, Chairman Craig Conway, and incredible guests Nora Costa of CVS, Hollie Delaney from Zappos.com, Vicky Stewart of Samsung, and Amy Grant from 3M set the tone with stories of passion in action, innovation, and the next generation of the Achievers platform.→ Read More
Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the highly successful Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington is an expert at thriving in the face of adversity, and ultimately leading both people and businesses through the toughest of times. Don’t miss her ACE 2013 keynote address Friday, October 4, 2013 and learn to redefine success with fearless leadership.
Headed to SHRM 2013 in Chicago next week? Stop by booth #2455 to learn more about Achievers and Employee Success™. And grab a margarita while you’re at it.
We've been hitting the road a lot lately, speaking at conferences and spreading the word about recognition. If you are planning on being at any of this month’s upcoming events, stop by and say hi! We’d love to hear from you.
We did it! The Achievers Customer Experience event (ACE 2012) is now behind us, and we couldn’t have made it happen without our guests.
We’d like to recognize our customers, prospects, industry thought leaders and business community for connecting with us at ACE 2012. Whether you were a first-timer or returning attendee, we’d like to say “thank you”, and we hope to see you next year.→ Read More
Our number one priority at the Achievers Customer Experience (ACE 2012) event is to educate, engage, and entertain our guests. With day one behind us, we can’t wait to carry the excitement through day two.
We had a record number of registered guests with a packed opening keynote, interactive breakout sessions, and lively Iron Chef ACE 2012 evening event. Our audience was engaged, provided real-time feedback through social media, and took advantage of networking opportunities.→ Read More
It’s official: the Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) pre-conference is in full swing. Only one more day until ACE 2012 begins!
Today our Recognition and Engagement Professional (REP) accreditation program begins: a full day comprised of speakers and courses that will take participants through the process of creating a culture of recognition within their organizations. We’d like to recognize all that registered for the program today and can’t wait to celebrate your accreditation with you.→ Read More
We’re so excited it’s finally September! It’s that engaging time of year for Achievers and its customers, industry thought leaders and the business community.
The Achievers Customer Experience event (ACE 2012) is only three days away, and we can’t wait to educate, engage and entertain our guests on all the ways recognition connects your workplace.→ Read More
While it’s essential to celebrate employee success, it’s equally as important to celebrate your customers.
One great way for an organization and its customers to connect around varied successes is to coordinate an annual event, which highlights achievements, familiarizes customers with new insights and additional value, and offers networking opportunities centered around having fun. Every education moment needs it’s entertainment too, right?→ Read More