Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.07.24 – 2017.07.28

declassified - 1415 - top secret crossed outI’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.



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Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

Harvard Business Review: “The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other relationships in our lives; they require a careful balancing act. You need to care personally, without getting creepily personal or trying to be a “popular leader.” You need to challenge people directly and tell them when their work isn’t good enough, without being a jerk or creating a vicious cycle of discouragement and failure. That’s a hard thing to do.”




Employee Engagement: Seeing The Bigger Picture

OfficeVibe: “In this comprehensive guide on employee engagement, you’ll learn everything you need to know about what engagement is, why it matters, and how you can get started on measuring and improving it.”



How A Leader’s Personality Impacts the Ability to Win

Skip Richard: “Personality is one of the least understood elements of entrepreneurial and business success. Why is that still the case after decades of study and research?”



Why We Shouldn’t Overdesign Employee Experiences (Podcast 01:14:27)

The Future Organization: “Georgia Collins is the Senior Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Workplace Strategy Practice at CBRE. Collins’ advice for corporations is threefold. First, consider how to strip out the friction in work. Second, think about how to elevate the work experience. And third, intentionally don’t ‘plan’ everything.”



This Week in Employee Engagement: July 28, 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: Different Means To Similar Ends

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at different strategies to improve employee engagement. Different strategies will work for different people after all.”



How The Best Companies Engage Employees [INFOGRAPHIC]

Digitalist Magazine: “Employees who are engaged are more passionate, motivated, and productive. Quantum Workplace created an infographic to help HR professionals develop a strategy to tackle employee engagement head-on.”



Sunday Night Blues: Do 76% of Our Workers Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation?

Fistful of Talent: “If you’ve been in the workplace for a few years and worked at a few places, you may have experienced the Sunday Night Blues. Don’t know what I’m talking about? It’s the looming sense of dread you feel on Sunday if you have a job you really hate and know that you have to go back to it on Monday.”



What’s The Deal With All The LEGO®?

LinkedIn Pulse: “In 2015, our [D2L] Product Development team was looking for a way to recognize contributions in their department, specifically when a new feature or product was shipped to a customer. In the past, we had done some smaller events to promote these achievements, but there was no lasting memory of it afterwards. Much of what you create in a software role is virtual, so having a physical recognition method would add a nice touch. A few of our employees wanted to model the way some of their previous, much larger, companies had done this kind of “ship it” type awards. But it had to be different. It had to be D2L-ified. Enter LEGO®.”



6 Transformative Benefits of Respect in the Workplace

Bonusly: “In the workplace, over half of employees claim that they don’t regularly get respect from their leaders. This is especially notable since employees also report that being treated with respect by leaders is more important than any other leader behavior. Respectful behaviors aren’t limited to upper management and therein lies their potential. Anyone at any level in the organization can, and should, show respect for others.”




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