Employee Engagement-Related Spotlight Articles of July 2017

In July, our Employee Engagement Briefings highlighted 40 employee engagement-related articles. Here is a recap of the Spotlight Articles of July 2017.

 

 


 

How and Why You Need to Recognize Your Executives

Bonusly: “For leaders with greater influence, continuous personal improvement and targeted motivation can have a significant impact on an organization. Senior leaders make excellent champions and role models for receiving recognition as well as giving it.”

 

 


 

Want Your Employees to Trust You? Show You Trust Them

Harvard Business Review: “In short, trust begets trust. When people are trusted, they tend to trust in return. But people must feel trusted to reciprocate trust. Managers have to do more than trust employees; they need to show it. Based on our research work and time spent in companies studying trust, we’ve identified some of the most important ways managers erode trust and how they can signal it more clearly to their teams.”

 

 


 

8 Employee Engagement Ideas for Employers Who Care

Capterra: “Instead of making you suffer through another zillion-item list, I’m going to do something different. I’ve scoured HR and talent management blogs, websites, and e-books so that you don’t have to, and I’ve condensed all the best advice into eight rock-solid umbrella tips, presented for your reading pleasure in no particular order. They’re left unranked because it’s so hard to say which tips will work best due to the variety of company cultures out there. I’ve also offered three suggestions for ways to put each tip to work, because not every small business HR manager has the same level of control or influence over their company’s budget, planner, and employees.”

 

 


 

Stop Using the Excuse ‘Organizational Change Is Hard’

Harvard Business Review: “During nearly every discussion about organizational change, someone makes the obvious assertion that “change is hard.” On the surface, this is true: change requires effort. But the problem with this attitude, which permeates all levels of our organizations, is that it equates “hard” with “failure,” and, by doing so, it hobbles our change initiatives, which have higher success rates than we lead ourselves to believe.”

 

 


 

 

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.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.07.17 – 2017.07.21

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.

 

 

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SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE

Stop Using the Excuse ‘Organizational Change Is Hard’

Harvard Business Review: “During nearly every discussion about organizational change, someone makes the obvious assertion that “change is hard.” On the surface, this is true: change requires effort. But the problem with this attitude, which permeates all levels of our organizations, is that it equates “hard” with “failure,” and, by doing so, it hobbles our change initiatives, which have higher success rates than we lead ourselves to believe.”

 


 

 

 

We Talk Leadership And Vulnerability With A Powerhouse

OfficeVibe: “We met with Caroline Losson, the current VP Marketing for Keurig – previously the VP Marketing for Natrel, Marketing Director for Molson Coors, and Coca Cola. The seasoned executive sheds some light on the right time for micromanagement, the truth about work-life balance, and what it’s like being a female executive in today’s workforce. Most of all – why companies today need to put their people first.”

 

 

Answers to Your Top 5 Recognition Questions

Globoforce: “As a follow-up to WorkHuman 2017, we hosted a webinar a few weeks ago around 5 Tips for Launching a Social Recognition Program. Derek Irvine, vice president, client strategy and consulting, and Lynette Silva, senior recognition strategist, led the discussion, which generated a ton of great questions from listeners. Lynette graciously offered to answer five of those questions below on budgeting for recognition, the science of turnover, “non-wired” workers, and setting up your program for long-term success. We hope these answers are helpful as you think about how recognition could be positioned more strategically in your organization.”

 

 

Building A Blueprint For Effective Employee Engagement

Forbes: “How can an organization increase engagement at the workplace? Well, it’s really simple: Know your audience. But before organizations can learn their audience, they need to find, hire and equip managers to effectively engage staff to add to organizational success.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: July 21, 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: Everything Is Connected

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at different factors that affect employee engagement and are affected by employee engagement.”

 

 

How Uber’s Hard-Charging Corporate Culture Left Employees Drained

BuzzFeed: After a highly publicized corporate meltdown this spring, Uber is working to repair a culture employees and observers say is aggressive, cutthroat, and demanding. But years of putting out fires 24/7, partying hard and working harder, and contending with volatile managers have taken a toll on the mental health of the white-collar workers who were instrumental to building the Uber empire.”

 

 

The critical gap when it comes to building empathy

CultureAmp: ““How do you build empathy? Be empathetic!” Unfortunately, that’s not particularly helpful, and misses out on critical elements of how to truly build empathy. Through my training as a marriage and family therapist I learned techniques that have practical application. We’ll explore interchangeable responses and confirming understanding, explaining how and why they’re important to building empathy.”

 

 

10 Hiring Mistakes You Must Stop Making Right Now

LinkedIn Talent Blog: “Most recruiters I know are guilty of at least one of the hiring mistakes below. It’s not their fault, either: these bad habits have become the norm in today’s recruiting world. Nobody’s perfect. Fortunately, the fixes are easier than you think. A few simple tweaks here and there can make a huge difference in the quality of your hires. Read on to see if you’re guilty of any of these common mistakes and learn how to fix them quickly and effectively.”

 

 

How HR Can Become Agile with Retrospectives

Greenhouse: “A Retrospective is a weekly meeting where the team discusses current pain points and decides on action items to resolve them. The format is wonderful because it’s not specific to one kind of problem or domain; it’s applicable in any environment with a repeating pattern of work such as building software, managing a team or recruiting amazing employees. The only other requirement is an appetite for improvement.”

 

 

 

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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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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Veteran Operative Employee Engagement Insights: 2017.07.17 – 2017.07.21

Set of 4 quotation marks in red and blueI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement. Below is a compilation of last week’s employee engagement related wisdom from noted experts. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest veteran operative employee engagement insights.

 

 

 

That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up. –Walt Disney
That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.
–Walt Disney

 

 

A criticism is just a really bad way of making a request...so just make the request. –Diane Sawyer
A criticism is just a really bad way of making a request…so just make the request.
–Diane Sawyer

 

 

There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that's important. –Jim Rohn
There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that’s important.
–Jim Rohn

 

 

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel. –Augustus Hare
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
–Augustus Hare

 

 

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
We become what we think about.
–Earl Nightingale

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on these employee engagement insights? What insights can you share with other Agents? 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.
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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.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.07.10 – 2017.07.14

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

8 Employee Engagement Ideas for Employers Who Care

Capterra: “Instead of making you suffer through another zillion-item list, I’m going to do something different. I’ve scoured HR and talent management blogs, websites, and e-books so that you don’t have to, and I’ve condensed all the best advice into eight rock-solid umbrella tips, presented for your reading pleasure in no particular order. They’re left unranked because it’s so hard to say which tips will work best due to the variety of company cultures out there. I’ve also offered three suggestions for ways to put each tip to work, because not every small business HR manager has the same level of control or influence over their company’s budget, planner, and employees.”

 


 

 

The Definitive Guide to Employee Engagement Surveys

Tiny Pulse: “My goal is for you to understand the fundamental reason the very best managers reach the top and leave everyone else in the dark. I want you to understand how they are able to maximize the talent potential of their teams, regardless of what company they join. By itself, understanding how the best do it won’t make you and your organization awesome. It’s a mere thought, after all. If you want to be like the top managers, you need to dedicate many hours of careful collaboration and experimentation with your team, all guided by the idea of employee engagement.

 

 

Interview Training 101

Greenhouse: “A common question I’m asked by colleagues in Recruiting, Human Resources, and People Operations is: How do you actually do interview training? First, the fact that you’re planning interviewing training is great! Training your interviewers is a super important—and far too often overlooked—piece of a great hiring system. Well-trained interviewers protect your company from unintentional discrimination, ensure a consistently positive process and result in better hires.”

 

 

How to be extremely productive without getting extremely exhausted 

New York Magazine: “A new book — Peak Performance — claims to offer the recipe for success. Authors Steve Magness, a coach of top runners, and Brad Stulberg, who writes about the science of human performance (for Science of Us and elsewhere), lay out a number of principles they say are applicable across endeavors, whether you’re trying to run a four-minute mile or get a promotion at work.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: July 14, 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: Creating Great Employee Experiences

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at some examples of balancing employee wellness with engagement as well as evidence-based methods to improve engagement.”

 

 

 

Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work—5 Ways to Actually Make a Difference

LinkedIn Talent Blog: “On the whole, people like unconscious bias training: it validates their experiences, opens their eyes to new insights, and shows that their company cares about diversity and inclusion. That’s all great. Unfortunately, unconscious bias training just isn’t that effective. Research shows that educating, training, and providing feedback to managers are the least effective ways to create a more diverse workforce. This poses a very real challenge when it comes to hiring for diversity. Raising awareness is a good first step, but it’s not enough—you need real action.”

 

 

10 Ideas for Hiring Great Employees (Video 17:29)

HR Sherpas: “We had such a good response to my post on 10 HR Ideas that I decided to shoot a quick video sharing 10 ideas for hiring great employees. What would you add to the list? Which idea will you try?”

 

 

How to Foster Adoption for Your New Tech Tools

Bonusly: “Introducing new technology in your organization isn’t always easy. There are many considerations, from finding the right tool for your needs (be they communication, marketing, engagement, or any other), to gaining leadership buy-in, and launching it. To make sure you get the most from the time and energy you invest in rolling a new technology out, we put together a list of tried and tested tips that are sure to make a positive impact.”

 

 

Top 10 trends influencing the workplace (Slideshow)

Employee Benefit News: “There is a new wave making its way through HR departments and changing the way benefits managers are looking at everything from recruiting to employee engagement strategies. Speaking recently at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual show in New Orleans, Dan Schawbel, a partner and research director at Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm, shared these 10 trends employers can expect in the near future.”

 

 

 

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.
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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.

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Veteran Operative Employee Engagement Insights: 2017.07.10 – 2017.07.14

Quote marks grayI’m Simpson…Gregory F Simpson, Agent In Engagement. Below is a compilation of last week’s employee engagement related wisdom from noted experts. Follow @agtinengagement to stay current with the latest veteran operative employee engagement insights.

 

 

 

Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved. –Walt Disney
Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
–Walt Disney

 

 

Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver. –Thomas Peters
Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver.
–Thomas Peters

 

 

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. –Woodrow Wilson
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
–Woodrow Wilson

 

 

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. –Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
–Confucius

 

 

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. –Andy Warhol
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
–Andy Warhol

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on these employee engagement insights? What insights can you share with other Agents? 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.

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Employee Engagement Intelligence Briefing: 2017.07.03 – 2017.07.07

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.”

 

 

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Want Your Employees to Trust You? Show You Trust Them

Harvard Business Review: “In short, trust begets trust. When people are trusted, they tend to trust in return. But people must feel trusted to reciprocate trust. Managers have to do more than trust employees; they need to show it. Based on our research work and time spent in companies studying trust, we’ve identified some of the most important ways managers erode trust and how they can signal it more clearly to their teams.”

 


 

 

Employee Engagement Starts Earlier than You Think

Glassdoor: “Engagement should begin in the earliest stages of the recruitment process. The recruitment experience influences engagement one way or another, so a strategic approach will make sure that experience sets the stage for a long and rewarding relationship between employer and employee.”

 

 

How To Properly Measure Employee Engagement

OfficeVibe: “Officevibe’s research found that there are 10 metrics that work together to define employee engagement.”

 

 

5 Stats About Women In the Workforce That You Need to Know

LinkedIn Talent Blog: “To gain a deeper understanding of the aspirations of women in the workforce as well as the roadblocks they face, Egon Zehnder teamed up with LinkedIn to conduct the Leaders & Daughters Global Survey. The study gauged the leadership aspirations of over 7,000 working women across seven countries. The findings reveal global trends in attitudes towards female leadership that every company should be aware of. Here are five of the most significant insights we took away.”

 

 

This Week in Employee Engagement: July 7, 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: Creating Great Employee Experiences

Allen Communication: “Learn about the latest in employee engagement within various industries. This week’s influential authors look at the many ways workplace culture affects engagement and how it can strengthen a corporate workforce.”

 

 

You have the Power (and responsibility) for Building a Diverse Workforce

Greenhouse: “Recruiting and HR Managers have (probably) the best conditions to impact their company’s chances of achieving diversity, and they must do something with it.”

 

 

CultureNext Employee Engagement and Recognition Benchmark Study

Maritz Motivation Solutions: “CultureNext surveyed more than 100 organizations that employ more than 1,000 individuals and invest in employee recognition and engagement programs. The survey was an opportunity for leaders of large organizations to speak up on what they think makes their programs successful or why they aren’t finding the success they expected from their investments.”

 

 

Why MailChimp Doesn’t Let New Hires Work For Their First Week On The Job

Fast Company: “[H]here at MailChimp, we don’t let new hires touch any actual work for a full week after starting. That may sound inefficient, but since I joined the company five years ago, we’ve welcomed over 600 new employees and invested heavily in our onboarding program. It’s paid off in boosting success across the company—it’s earned high marks from employees who’ve been through it, and our turnover rate is only 4%. Here’s how it works.”

 

 

Motivation Doesn’t Work: Here’s What Does

Forbes: “Susan Fowler is a professor at the University of San Diego and a senior consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies. She’s a bestselling author, and her newest book is Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging. I recently interviewed Susan on the LEADx Podcast to discuss the real deal with motivation, and how we can make it better.”

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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