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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.06.12 – 2017.06.16

I’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

 

How to Proactively Build a Strong, Engaging Culture

Bonusly: “Problems will inevitably come up, and they will already have become pain points by the time you can address them with a reactive approach. It’s worth prioritizing and analyzing culture now, before employees ask. It’s important to proactively anticipate employee needs, and design an organizational culture that fosters mutual growth, trust, and esteem among all its members.”

 


 

 

9 Unique Ways To Improve Employee Engagement

Office Vibe: “[W]e thought you might like to learn some more unique and creative ways to engage and inspire your teams because outside of the box is where will engagement will reach new heights. Here are 9 less traditional but just as effective ways of engaging your team.”

 

 

Fire Your Chief Happiness Officer

Fast Company: “Over the past two decades or so, conversations about talent have steadily shifted from productivity and career success to personal well-being and happiness. The underlying premise is that employees need to prioritize their own happiness over other career goals: “Don’t like your job?” the logic goes, “Quit it.” The simplicity of this formula is appealing. But it often leads organizations to make poor hiring and managerial choices, and employees to make bad career moves.”

 

 

Three reflections from Bersin IMPACT 2017

Culture Amp: “Culture Amp was proud to sponsor IMPACT 2017 at the end of May. The annual conference from Bersin by Deloitte explores how HR, learning and talent leaders — or people geeks, as we call them — should respond to new technologies, new definitions of work, and changes in worker expectations. After fascinating conversations with People leaders at the Culture Amp booth and a bunch of thought-provoking conference sessions, three thoughts lingered in my mind.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: June 16, 2017

Maritz Motivations Solutions: “The utter explosion of digital content presents countless opportunities for learning. Start here to narrow down your search each week in the often overwhelming landscape of employee engagement thought leadership!”

 

 

Engagement Weekly: What To Do And Not To Do

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at the best methods to improve engagement as well as some of the best practices to avoid hurting it.”

 

 

Top 6 Megatrends Changing the Face of HR and Business

Globoforce: “A new white paper – 6 Megatrends Changing the Face of HR and Business – gives you that glimpse. Based on insights gathered from Globoforce’s WorkHuman Executive Forums, these megatrends illustrate a shift to more human-centric approaches to work. In the WorkHuman Radio podcast embedded at the top of this post, Derek Irvine, VP of strategy and consulting at Globoforce, discusses five of the six megatrends. If you prefer to read about the megatrends, I’ve provided a high-level overview below with links to resources where you can learn more.”

 

 

Here’s the Secret to Improving Employee Engagement That Every Company Can Afford

Entrepreneur: “So, what’s the cost-effective secret to improving employee engagement? Building and maintaining a values-based culture.”

 

 

[Infographic] How Negative Feedback Can Have Positive Effects

GetHppy: “Negative feedback is most fruitful when there is already a culture of negative criticism in the office – which is not to say that everybody is always criticizing each other, but rather that everyone understands the language and purpose of negative feedback when it becomes necessary. To start developing that culture in your place of work, check out this new guide to negative feedback from Headway Capital. You’ll be surprised at the positive effect it can have!”

 

 

When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Harvard Business Review: “Over and over again, organizations are unable to appoint the right leaders. According to academic estimates, the baseline for effective corporate leadership is merely 30%, while in politics, approval ratings oscillate between 25% and 40%. In America, 75% of employees report that their direct line manager is the worst part of their job, and 65% would happily take a pay cut if they could replace their boss with someone better. A recent McKinsey report suggests that fewer than 30% of organizations are able to find the right C-suite leaders, and that newly appointed executives take too long to adapt.” “In our view, there are three critical errors organizations must fix in order to upgrade their selection efforts.”

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

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Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

Other recent Agent in Engagement data/reports by Agent Gregory F Simpson:

 

 

 

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15 Go-To Sources of Employee Experience/ Employee Engagement Articles

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me about my go-to sources for employee experience / employee engagement articles.  That caused me to review the last three and a half years of articles I’ve shared on the Agent In Engagement Blog.  Below are the top 15 sources (in alphabetical order):

 

Allen Communication blog

At the beginning of each week, they publish Engagement Weekly, a recap of the “latest in employee engagement within various industries.”1

 

Bonusly blog

Bonusly focuses on “building the future of employee recognition, rewards, and reviews.” 2

 

Culture Amp blog

“The world’s top-ranked employee feedback and analytics platform3, Culture Amp makes it easy to collect, understand and act on employee feedback4

 

Fast Company Magazine

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.”5

 

Forbes

Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.”6

 

Gallup blog and reports

“Analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems.”7

 

Globoforce blogs

Globoforce is “the leading social recognition provider.”8 I consult the Globoforce Blog and the Recognize This! Blog.

 

Greenhouse Blog

“Greenhouse is an applicant tracking system and recruiting software designed to optimize your entire recruiting process. Find better candidates, conduct more focused interviews, and make data-driven hiring decisions.”9

 

Halogen Software Blog (Talent Space blog)

“The Halogen TalentSpace Blog is the place to go for the latest thinking on how to develop, engage and retain your talent.”10

 

Harvard Business Review

“Find new ideas and classic advice on strategy, innovation and leadership, for global leaders from the world’s best business and management experts.”11

 

Hppy

“We deliver insights, research and information to business and HR leaders to create better employee engagement initiatives.”12

 

Inc

“Everything you need to know to start and grow your business now.”13

 

Maritz Motivation Solutions blog

“Long considered a leader in sales incentives, channel loyalty, customer loyalty and employee engagement, Maritz Motivation Solutions designs simple-to-use, next generation solutions based on the science of human behavior and the art of program design.”14 They publish the Engagement Roundup to “narrow down your search each week in the often overwhelming landscape of employee engagement thought leadership!”15

 

Office Vibe blog

“The Best Employee Engagement And Company Culture Content.”16

 

TinyPulse Employee Engagement & Company Culture Blog

“TINYpulse makes employee engagement solutions. They offer leaders a way to take the pulse of their workforce by helping them collect unvarnished feedback from employees. They also help leaders facilitate 1:1 meetings to improve employee performance and achieve company goals.”17

 

 

 

What your thoughts on these 15 go-to sources?  What are your go-to sources?

 

 

1 http://www.allencomm.com/blog/
2 https://bonus.ly/about
3 https://www.cultureamp.com/about/
4 https://www.cultureamp.com/
5 https://www.fastcompany.com/about-us
6 https://www.forbes.com/
7 http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx
8 http://www.globoforce.com/about-us/
9 http://www.greenhouse.io/
10 http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/about
11 https://hbr.org/
12 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hppy#/entity
13 https://twitter.com/Inc
14 http://www.maritzmotivation.com/About
15 http://www.maritzmotivation.com/blog/employee_engagement/this-week-in-employee-engagement-june-10-2017/
16 https://www.officevibe.com/blog
17 https://www.tinypulse.com/about

 

 

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.06.05 – 2017.06.09

Restricted Declassified stamp - pixgood.com Employee EngagementI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

Now More Than Ever, Employees Want To Know: Is There A Second Marshmallow?

Forbes: “The psychological reality is that people will continue to invest themselves most heavily in organizations where there is a future return – where there is a second marshmallow.”

 


 

 

3 Lessons From Google’s HR Policies

Impraise: “Google is deliberate in its actions and does not do things by chance. As a data driven company, Google makes calculated decisions for everything it does; including its HR policies.”

 

 

6 Lessons Learned at WorkHuman 2017

Globoforce: “Last week we held our third annual WorkHuman conference” – Work Human 2017. “Below are the top six takeaways from our lineup of keynote speakers.”

 

 

Winners of the 2017 North American Employee Engagement Awards

EE_Awards: “Caesars Entertainment, Chilli’s Grill and Bar, Cisco, Colorado Department of Transportation and Visa are among the winners of the 2017 North American Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards) in association with CultureNext by Maritz Motivation Solutions. The full list of the winners and those who were highly commended can be found below.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: June 10, 2017

Maritz Motivation Solutions: “The utter explosion of digital content presents countless opportunities for learning. Start here to narrow down your search each week in the often overwhelming landscape of employee engagement thought leadership!”

 

 

Engagement Weekly: Case Studies And Foreign Engagement

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at what’s going throughout the world regarding employee engagement as well as specific case studies.”

 

 

Employee Experience and Employee Engagement – the long and the short of it

LinkedIn: “Jacob Morgan is a true advocate for a focus on employee experience. He has just published his latest book, The Employee Experience Advantage, and already it’s generating quite a buzz. It led to me thinking about the difference between employee experience and employee engagement. So, what is the difference and why is a focus on both so important to the future of internal communication?”

 

 

Is Your City One of the Top Ten for Most Engaged Employees?

Causecast: “Employee engagement firm Quantum Workplace recently issued its annual report on employee engagement, and the results are interesting for anyone curious about how their city stacks up as a building ground for employee engagement.”

 

 

3 Trends That Will Disrupt Your Workplace Forever

Gallup: “Gallup has been studying the American workplace for decades. Our recent research has uncovered three disruptive workplace trends that demand leaders’ focus and innovative strategies sooner rather than later.”

 

 

If you love them, set them free

Deloitte University Press: “Why building the workforce you need for tomorrow means giving them wings to fly today.”

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.05.29 – 2017.06.02

Declassified folder - Wikimedia CommonsI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

5 Questions to Ask About Corporate Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather

Harvard Business Review: “[S]o much of our thinking about organizational culture has become so bland, so unobjectionable, that it is on the verge of becoming meaningless. What follows, then, is an attempt at culture shock — five hard questions about the “soft” side of business that leaders must be able to answer if they hope to build a workplace that works.”

 

 


 

 

6 Unexpected Reasons Why Employee Engagement Is Important

Office Vibe: “This post will look at 6 unexpected reasons why it’s important for companies to focus on employee engagement, and offer simple tips for managers to start engaging their teams today.”

 

 

4 Ways to Use a ‘Social Mindset’ and Boost Employee Engagement

Entrepreneur: “Social mindset means everyone can see and feel his or her individual value, making for more engagement.”

 

 

Stop the Employee Engagement Survey Madness

ERE Media: “To identify the real solutions to improving engagement — actions that will actually make a difference — requires recognizing the paradigm flaws that keep most organizations from addressing engagement effectively.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: June 2, 2017

Maritz Motivation Solutions: “The utter explosion of digital content presents countless opportunities for learning. Start here to narrow down your search each week in the often overwhelming landscape of employee engagement thought leadership!”

 

 

Engagement Weekly: How To Improve Your Surveys

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at employee engagement surveys. They analyze best practices as well as well as things to avoid in engagement surveys. There are also some articles that touch on other good practices related to general engagement as well.”

 

 

We Asked 169,000 Workers About What Makes Their Workplace Great. Here’s Their Take

Inc: “You might think you have a great workplace. Here’s what employees really want.”

 

 

40+ Valuable Tools and Resources for HR Professionals

Bamboo HR: “The HR field can be particularly demanding, which is why having the right tools and resources is priceless. Whether you are in the process of hiring new talent, looking for new ways to increase employee engagement, or just want to explore new areas of HR, you can find answers to your questions in this post.”

 

 

Four Conversations That Boost Employee Engagement

Forbes: “Here are four conversations that every leader should be having on a routine basis. Have these talks, and you’ll certainly have better action.”

 

 

10 Simple Ways to Keep Remote Workers Engaged and Motivated

Bonusly: “Keeping remote workers engaged and motivated doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of the motivational methods you currently use to inspire in-house employees can be applied to employees working from home as well. Here are 10 simple, yet often overlooked methods that can be used for motivating and getting your remote employees engaged.”

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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Employee Engagement-Related Spotlight Articles of May 2017

In May, our Employee Engagement Briefings highlighted 50 employee engagement-related articles. Here is a recap of the Spotlight Articles of May 2017.

 

 


 

8 Secrets For Building Trust As A Leader

OfficeVibe: “Trust and leadership go hand in hand, however, it doesn’t come with your title. It needs to be earned.” Learn about the importance of trust in the workplace and 8 ways you can build trust as a leader.”

 

 


 

The Real Value Behind People Analytics

OfficeVibe: “HR departments are sitting on a treasure chest of data about their employees that they should start utilizing. Analytics can easily become overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to it, we’re here to help. In this post, you’ll see examples from companies using analytics to optimize their people processes, and simple tips for beginners to get started.”

 

 


 

A Strategist’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence

strategy+business: “As the conceptual side of computer science becomes practical and relevant to business, companies must decide what type of AI role they should play.”

 

 


 

Introducing the Forecasted Employee Growth model

CultureAmp: “People analytics is a powerful tool that brings quantitative methods, research, and discipline to a field that is far behind in analytical capability. As the industry starts to mature, the metrics we define today determine the focus and trajectory of the future. If you want to truly drive ELTV, you have to break free of the model itself and understand what actually drives it rather than just measuring it. I encourage HR leaders to consider modeling ELTV alongside another metric to measure how much an employee experiences growth, which I call Forecasted Employee Growth (FEG).”

 

 


What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Harvard Business Review: “Financial capital is abundant but carefully managed; human capital is scarce but not carefully managed. Why? In part, it’s because we value and reward good management of financial capital. And we measure it. Great CEOs are held in high regard for their clever management and allocation of financial capital. But today’s great CEOs need to be equally great at managing human capital. How can we manage human capital better?”

 

 


 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this month’s must-read intelligence? What must-reads would you suggest?

 

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

Other recent Agent in Engagement data/reports by Agent Gregory F Simpson:

 

 

 

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.05.22 – 2017.05.26

DECLASSIFIED - Wikimedia CommonsI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement.  Below is the latest intelligence briefing on employee engagement. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest updates.

 

 

“These assets have been declassified and should be distributed to fellow “Agents” for review.”

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Harvard Business Review: “Financial capital is abundant but carefully managed; human capital is scarce but not carefully managed. Why? In part, it’s because we value and reward good management of financial capital. And we measure it. Great CEOs are held in high regard for their clever management and allocation of financial capital. But today’s great CEOs need to be equally great at managing human capital. How can we manage human capital better?”

 

 


 

 

3 Things You Need To Determine Merit Pay Without Ratings

TalentSpace Blog: “Your organization wants to do away with ratings. But if you do that, how are you planning to determine pay increases? I’ve got a model that’s just what the doctor (or finance department, or CHRO, or whoever) ordered. Before you walk away from ratings, you need to establish an approach to understand, differentiate, and measure employee performance.”

 

 

Why employee complaints are the best gifts to management

The Manila Times: “[T]here’s a hidden fortune underneath every worker’s ideas or complaints. Ignore them and you’ll soon find a demoralized person influencing other workers, multiplying themselves to do invisible botched jobs that could turn customers away. If not, these same workers can go to other employers who are more than willing to respect their contributions and views.”

 

 

5 I/O psych research findings I think every leader needs to know

LinkedIn: “At Culture Amp, we’re lucky to have a lot of people with academic backgrounds in I/O psychology, and we share and debate the latest findings endlessly. Here’s some of the research and findings that I think every leader needs to know.”

 

 

The Week in Employee Engagement: May 27, 2017

Maritz Motivation Solutions: “The utter explosion of digital content presents countless opportunities for learning. Start here to narrow down your search each week in the often overwhelming landscape of employee engagement thought leadership!”

 

 

Engagement Weekly: Prepare Yourself

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at some things all should keep in mind about employee engagement including the good and the bad.”

 

 

IBM’s Remote Work Reversal Is A Losing Battle Against The New Normal

Fast Company: “One CEO explains why IBM’s latest directive is retrograde and likely to backfire.”

 

 

Quit measuring employee engagement

Signal v Noise: “It’s time to break our addiction to metrics — starting with employee engagement.”

 

 

Re-engineering work processes for improved productivity

People Matters: “As complex organizations and complex work processes run the risk of weighing down or slowing down the company’s growth, it becomes imperative for those at the helm to restructure or re-engineer accordingly. Sometimes radical redesigning and reorganizing an enterprise becomes necessary to lower costs, increase productivity and improve the quality of service.”

 

 

How Managers Can Excel by Really Coaching Their Employees

Gallup: “The problem is, recent Gallup research finds that only about one in four employees “strongly agree” that their manager provides meaningful feedback to them — or that the feedback they receive helps them do better work. Even more alarming is that a mere 21% of employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work.”

 

 

 

 

Fellow Agents, what are your thoughts on this intelligence? What do you have to add?  What other sources should be consulted? Make entries in the comments log below.

 

Let’s Engage! 

I’m Agent in Engagement Simpson…Gregory F Simpson.

Employee engagement is a critical mission. I hope I can count on your help! Subscribe to the RSS Feed to receive the latest intelligence/insights and/or register to make entries in the comments log.

Photo of Gregory F SimpsonYou can follow me @agtinengagement.
Email me at g…@a…t.com.
Connect via LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/GregoryFSimpson.
Learn more about me at gregoryfsimpson.com.

 

P.S.  First contact? Welcome to the Agent In Engagement community. Explore and join fellow employee engagement operatives in targeting a known thief – alias: Disengagement. Together we can bring this thief to justice and make the world a better place for all companies and their employees.

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