Increase Employee Engagement by Listening

Posted by James on July 9, 2019 at 11:39 AM

No company can force its employees to be engaged. Employees have to want to participate fully in the life and culture of a workplace. The good news, according to a recent Gallup survey, is that employee engagement is on the rise, with 34% of U.S. workers reporting feeling engaged at work. That percentage ties the highest in Gallup's history of taking this poll. Even better, the 13% of actively disengaged (i.e. miserable) employees is the lowest level ever reported. So whatever strategies employers are using to engage with their employees is taking the trend in the right direction.

The less-than-stellar news is that the remaining 53% of workers (i.e. the majority) are considered not engaged. Gallup defines this category as workers who "are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace; they will usually show up to work and do the minimum required but will quickly leave their company for a slightly better offer." If your company's employees are amongst the 66% of casually or actively disengaged workers, what can your organization do to change that? This is an important question, since employee engagement indicates your employees’ commitment to their work and the success of your organization. If your employees aren't engaged, the goals of your business will suffer.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Company Culture

What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 3, 2019 at 9:25 AM
Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Company Culture

July HR Topic: Strategies for Better Employee Engagement

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 26, 2019 at 9:12 AM

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.

Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Company Culture

Things that Make a Great Workplace Culture: An Employee's Perspective

Posted by Elisa on June 18, 2019 at 11:44 AM

We can’t be excited to go to work every day, and sometimes we may even drag our feet getting there. That's just normal. But when you feel stuck in a bad or toxic workplace culture, you start to dread the beginning of each workday, and that can take a serious toll on your outlook and work ethic.

It’s not often a single thing that makes or breaks an organization’s culture. A combination of leadership, traditions, values, attitudes, beliefs, interactions, and behaviors together set the overall tone of the work environment. From an employee's perspective, rarely does a bad workplace culture start out that way. Little by little, things that seem insignificant in the moment can start to add up until one reaches the proverbial last straw. By the time employees feel overworked, under-appreciated, and burnt out, it’s probably too late to go back and reset the culture of the office. Instead, it’s important to proactively build the culture and make appropriate changes and tweaks as needs arise.

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Management, Company Culture

Our free eBook can help you shape your company's culture.

Posted by James on June 13, 2019 at 8:14 AM

Workplace culture is one of the most elusive yet important aspects of any organization. It depends, in large part, on the people who work for you, so you'll never have complete control over it. It responds collectively at times and individually at others and so remains difficult to influence. Free and expensive actions alike can impact it, meaning that its monetary costs are unclear.

And yet culture is often the key factor determining why talented and hard-working people remain with organizations that may be otherwise challenging places. It is frequently synonymous with employee job satisfaction and can have strikingly positive reverberations when it comes to customer retention and a company's bottom line. By the same token, a unsatisfying culture can end up costing an organization alarming amounts in lost productivity, negative reputation, and poor recruiting ability.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Company Culture

A Great Workplace Culture Requires Great Communication

Posted by James on June 11, 2019 at 8:42 AM

All this month, we're focusing on the need to foster great workplace cultures. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to register for our free webinar on this topic. We also have a great Company Culture HR Toolkit that you can download to learn strategies and tactics for improving - or getting started on - the culture in your workplace.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Company Culture

Tools for Building a Great Workplace Culture

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 4, 2019 at 2:46 PM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employees, on average, are staying with their current employer for an average of 4.2 years. Age has an impact on this statistic as older workers tend to remain with organizations longer than the average (55 to 64 year olds average 10.1 years), while younger workers make moves more frequently (25 to 34 year olds average 2.8 years).

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Company Culture

A New Tool for Your HR Toolbox

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 3, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Our knowledge is your knowledge! That is the common expectation in the HR world, right? It's all about sharing resources, training, updates, and knowledge with employees, clients, and even other human resource professionals in our network. We do it because everyone in this role knows what a constant challenge it can be to keep up with changing legislation, benefit offerings, trends, policies, and compliance requirements. You can never have too many tools in your toolbox of HR information.

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, Leadership, HR Policies, Company Culture, Benefits, Recruiting

June HR Topic: How to Build a Great Workplace Culture

Posted by Christy Putnam on May 30, 2019 at 2:59 PM

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.”
-Simon Sinek

What companies do you think of as having the best corporate culture?

How many of the following five were on your list: Costco, Google, T-Mobile, Hubspot, AFLAC? These were the top five companies with over 500 employees on the Forbes 2018 list of companies with outstanding workplace culture. Was the organization you work for on your list? If not, our June HR topic, How to Build a Great Workplace Culture may offer some exciting new ideas and resources for you.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Company Culture

Some Basic Information as Cannabis Becomes More Prevalent

Posted by Christy Putnam on May 20, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Do you agree with the majority of your generation when it comes to legalization of Cannabis?

As states continue to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, public support grows. According to Pew Research Center, in 2018, 62% of Americans believed Cannabis should be legalized. This is double what it was in 2000 (31%). The study also shows there are differences in generational views on legalization:

    • 74% of Millennials
    • 36% of Gen X
    • 54% of Baby Boomers
    • 39% of Silent Generation
Read More

Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies