Posts tagged with 'engagement'
Pay Is Only Part of Attracting and Retaining Accounting TalentRead the rest of this entry »
While the rest of us may be having sugarplum dreams, accountants are seeing stacks of spreadsheets and tax forms and year end reports in their future.
For accounting professionals at firms across the country the end of the year brings the beginning of their busiest months. The long hours, routine, if important, tasks and the lack of flexibility that marks these next three months puts traditional firms at a disadvantage, …
Engagement Surveys Can Make a Difference If You Take ActionRead the rest of this entry »
Engagement surveys are one of those HR activities that prompt more than a little eye-rolling, and not just by the rank and file. Yet they serve an important function, gauging what employees are thinking about the company, their manager and the work they do.
Years of research convincingly shows that organizations with high engagement levels outperform their less engaged competitors on nearly every important business metric, including growth, productivity and …
The Case Against A Happy WorkforceRead the rest of this entry »
"Happy workers are more productive workers."That's been said so often it has become an article of faith among human resource professionals and the occupational psychologists who study such things.And there's certainly no shortage of studies purporting to show the relationship between happiness and bottom line yields. One of the newest was published last month in IZA — Journal of European Labor. It confirmed a correlation between worker wellbeing …
The Most Powerful Question A Manager Can AskIn fewer than 10 words, you can be a better manager. What are they?Read the rest of this entry »
"How can I help you do your job better?"
John Baldoni says it is one of the most potent questions a manager, especially a senior manager, can ask a worker. "Offering such assistance is recognition by the executive that his job is to help others do their jobs better," he explains.
Baldoni is one of the …
You Can't Trust Those Anonymous Employee SurveysIf you've ever suspected something's not quite right with the results of your company employee survey, chances are that it's because not everyone is being honest.Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Coates, a management consultant and Managing Director of the U.K.'s Protostar Leadership Development, presented findings at a business conference suggesting that perhaps 50% of British and American workers don't always tell the truth on those anonymous company surveys.
The reason? They don't believe …
A Beer Fridge Is Not Just About BeerEvery fan of Mad Men knows about the martini lunch and the bottles in the office credenza. Today's counterpart is the office beer fridge.Read the rest of this entry »
Where companies have them, they're a popular gathering place on a late Friday afternoon. A place to socialize? Certainly. A place to unwind after completing a big project? Of course. But the beer fridge is also a symbol of a different type of management style.
Happy Workers Are 12% More ProductiveHappy employees are productive employees.Read the rest of this entry »
We've been hearing that for years, as survey after survey tells us the most successful companies have employees engagement rates that are higher -- often far higher -- than the national average, which is a mere 30%.
There's now scientific evidence that happy workers are indeed more productive; 10-12% more productive. Economists at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom conducted experiments on …
'Sustainable Engagement': Better for the Worker and the CompanyHigh employee engagement, as measured by the traditional yardstick of worker willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of the job, is no longer enough to ensure a company is operating at peak performance.Read the rest of this entry »
Instead, with workers putting in long hours and staying connected 24/7, that sort of engagement is a recipe for burnout, not enduring high performance.
Writing in The New York Times Tony Schwartz says, "The elephant …
Stress, Work Overload Causing More TurnoverRead the rest of this entry »
After years of asking workers to do more with less, companies in 2015 will focus on employee burnout.
"Developing policies and procedures that relieve employees’ sense of being overwhelmed at work and promote sustainable work habits will be one of the top organizational change management initiatives of 2015," says ClearRock, a leadership development, executive coaching, and outplacement firm.
Amazon Now Has a Pay to Quit ProgramRead the rest of this entry »
Zappos started this whole thing years ago when it offered to pay new workers who wanted out $100, then $500, and now a full month's salary. When the wily, if wacky, shoe and apparel company was bought by Amazon for …