“Two of the youngest generations now occupy 57% of the workforce. This new demographic’s demands trump old workplace traditions. In order to recruit and retain top talent, evolve your engagement strategy by offering career progression opportunities and creating a recognition rhythm where feedback is instantaneous.”
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Last week’s blog contest winner is: Anthony A Eaton! Please email email@example.com to claim your prize!
“Location, location, location!” This coined phrase may seem overused, but when it comes to business, your office coordinates are always significant. Studies show that where your company is located has a large impact on a number of items that could affect your success. Particularly, when it comes to first impressions, not only are prospective and current customers influenced by your business’ location, but your prospective and current employees may also be partial to your company based on what they find on Google Maps.→ Read More
A, I need your help –
Our workforce isn’t producing the results we need, and I think it’s because they don’t know what they are expected to accomplish. What spark gets individual employees to go from vague, general goals to ones with targets? Our team of managers has much difficulty getting to results /outcomes with their respective teams.
Seymour Results→ Read More
There’s a new kid in town, and what they have to offer is very Pinterest-ing.
With TechCrunch reporting that Pinterest now has 10.4M registered users, the reality is that businesses should WANT to get on (a pin) board and take advantage of the traffic that this new phenomenon of a social site attracts.→ Read More
“Create a culture of recognition, where recognition becomes part of a rhythm to exercise consistency. This can be created through weekly 1-on-1s, recognition education with leadership teams, recognizing your managers when they recognize their teams, company luncheons, President’s Club incentives, or on-the-spot recognition.”
It’s not that you don’t know who to recognize. It’s not that you don’t want to recognize them. It’s that you don’t know how to recognize your colleague for a job well done. Understand how to effectively recognize your peers by avoiding these five common misrecognitions:→ Read More
Introducing, the first-ever: Achievers Blog Contest!
As a rewards and recognition solution provider, we know how important it is to REWARD and RECOGNIZE you!
That’s why we’re creating a blog contest for all of our followers.
How does it work?
Hi there A,
I work in a call center and we do not have any kind of reward or recognition program in place. I think the team would be motivated to get more results if we were rewarded for hard work. Unfortunately we have strict rules about offering travel as a reward for employees – it’s prohibited. How can you recognize and motivate employees in call centers where opportunities like travel is not an option?
Anita Answer→ Read More
It’s like a bad high school movie — where one clique picks on another less popular clique. But in this movie, it’s not the popular kids who taunt the geeky ones. No, in this movie the still popular kids are traditional Annual Performance Reviews and the geeky aberrations are the pundits pushing to change the system. But like the perennial popular kids of lore, these not-so-bright knuckleheads have a C average.→ Read More
“Today’s younger employees are not concerned with their length of tenure, but of their immediate impact on the business’s success. To retain Next Generation employees, and encourage them to drive results, companies must adopt a total recognition package that frequently provides employees with positive, immediate, and certain feedback.”
If you’re not tweeting, posting, blogging, and liking – you’re sinking.
In the past year, Twitter has had a 250% increase in tweets per day (95 million/day). LinkedIn has had 100% growth in users to over 100 million. Facebook has had a rise in user logins to 250 million each day. Just like everyone else in the world, HR is being influenced by a social shift. Now, HR professionals can use social media and social networking to learn, grow, and improve. → Read More
Meetings. This business term evokes many mixed feelings. But at Achievers, we believe that meetings are the best way to instil a culture of transparency and ensure that everyone is aligned to be successful. We host unique and upbeat meetings on a frequent basis to bring the company together to share information, successes, and goals.
Here’s what it’s like to attend meetings at Achievers:→ Read More
The company I work for is all virtual with employees located across the country. We’ve noticed a decline in motivation but we don’t know how to drive employees without face to face time? How do we get them engaged when we can’t even see them?
Miss Placed→ Read More
When you’re happy, you smile.
When you’re sad, you cry.
When you’re stressed, your blood pressure rises.
Emotions: everyone has them all of the time – meaning that you’re bound to feel emotions while you’re at work. But for some reason, emotions at work have become the elephant in the room.→ Read More
“Although the workforce has evolved and is now consumed by over 50% of Millennial employees, companies’ recognition practices have remained the same. Retaining talent and driving results have become two obstacles that employers constantly struggle to overcome. To boost engagement, drive performance, and get results, employers must move beyond Traditional Years of Service awards and implement a culture of everyday feedback.”
Fact: job dissatisfaction is directly related to life dissatisfaction. “We”, by Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse, observes that employees who are stressed, micromanaged, and disengaged at work suffer negative repercussions in their external relationships, health, and general life happiness. Not to mention, employees are increasingly being diagnosed with work-induced anxiety and stress disorders. Employers need to abandon the work-life separation mentality and recognize that work is a part of life. You can’t retain disengaged employees because people won’t settle for a disengaged life. → Read More
Social media is at the forefront of communication, whether you like it or not. A 2011 study from Ipsos Reid found that over 17 million people nationwide are regular users of social media. So, how does this affect your employee engagement strategy?→ Read More
We’re working with our managers to get them to recognize their teams more, but management don’t seem to see the value. They feel like everything is fine as is. How can I explain to others exactly what the term “engagement” means?
Miss Engagement→ Read More
Guest post written by: Sarah White
Each year millions of people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves. These resolutions are traditionally based on what is valued in someone’s society and community at that time. For sociologists, they can take a look at economic and social trends to make predictions for expectations that will be most popular each new year. With high unemployment & debt levels, a renewed appreciation of family & friends and emphasis on health issues in North America, it wasn’t surprising the top resolutions for 2012 are weight loss, getting more sleep, reading more books, making better money decision and journaling “awesome moments in life.”→ Read More
“Effective management is critical to driving motivation. Historically, successful management was defined as the ability to obtain compliance from employees. Today the science of motivation overrules this notion by illustrating a significant gap between compliance and engagement. The key to successfully building employee engagement is by instilling autonomy in employees.”
Guest post written by: Lance Haun
Those darned kids with their laptops and their iWhatevers and their telephones that play that mean bird game. When will they learn to grow up?
For folks who harken to the day when you had to go to a dedicated computer terminal to get HR information (or, dig through stacks of files and archive boxes), 2012 looks to be another brutal year of technological advancement in the HR software space.→ Read More
How can you target different generations with recognition? We’re finding in our workplace, with rewards and recognition, that what motivates a baby boomer may not motivate a Gen X’er or Millennial and so forth. Thoughts?
Ageless Concern→ Read More
Can’t keep it up?
You’re not alone. Employers worldwide can’t keep it up either. If you’re experiencing snowball effects such as:
- Increased turnover rates
- Decreased employee empowerment
- Unsatisfying performance results
- Poor team culture
…then it’s time you admit that your employee engagement strategy needs a makeover.
Aon Hewitt recently released their disturbing analysis on employee engagement levels in 2011 in workplaces across the world. They reported shockingly low levels of engagement, levels that have failed to increase since 2008.
“At the end of the third quarter, Aon Hewitt analyzed its employee engagement database of more than 5,700 employers, representing five million employees worldwide.
Guest post written by: China Gorman
I’m not big on predictions. I’m big on surveying the environment, looking at the data, and then figuring out what needs to be done and doing it.
But it’s that time of year. Predictions are everywhere. Want to know what venture capitalists think is looming large in 2012? Read this. How about the top 10 issues for small businesses? Read this. Or how about 5 big tech predictions for 2012? Read this.→ Read More
We all know what defines a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) goal. We apply this methodology to business goals, but for some reason when we hear ‘personal goals’, logic goes out the window. If any of your personal goals or New Year’s Resolutions included…
- Win the lottery
- Get married and have two children this year
- Start a goat farm
- Have an office of unlimited ice sculptures (one melts, another one in)
…you may need to re-evaluate.→ Read More
We just conducted an engagement survey and our results were more than disappointing. I know that we need to implement an engagement solution but our C-Suite isn’t buying in to the idea. What is the easiest way to submit this idea to my executive management team?
C-Not-So-Sweet→ Read More
Guest post written by: Laurie Ruettimann
Twenty years ago, I graduated from high school. This makes me old enough to remember when 1992 was labeled “the year of the woman” in America. In what seemed like an amazing push for equal rights, there were five female senators in our upper house of Congress.
Unfortunately, there are 100 seats in the Senate.→ Read More
Managers are fundamental to strategy, but more significantly, critical to building a team that can execute on company vision. It is the job of the manager to inspire their teams to flawlessly execute and to be held accountable for the work that is produced under their watch. Great managers understand that inspiration trumps meddling and maximize their recognition tactics as a means of motivating and driving performance.
We’re Achievers and we love employee engagement. Waking up and not wanting to go to work is a thing of the past (talk about SO yesterday)! We’ve discovered the go-getter secrets to employee engagement and want to share it with everyone to help Change the Way the World Works.
Each day of the week, the blog has a different theme to help you rethink your workplace’s engagement arrangements. We’ll feature your favorite HR bloggers as well as industry movers-and-shakers to help you keep your engagement strategy fresh.→ Read More
As we embark on a new year, it poses the perfect opportunity to revaluate our lives, goals and direction – and this extends to the workplace. This year, when it comes to rewarding your employees and fostering an engaging workforce, consider these New Year’s Resolutions to create a culture of recognition where employees drive results.→ Read More
Despite the current economy, when it comes to the technology industry, the job market not only has recovered — it’s booming. Now, with the biggest competition for technology companies headquartered in Silicon Valley, employers are finding themselves contending for the industry’s top talent. Hiring and retaining employees in a competitive market significantly depends on understanding the needs of the Next Generation – Millennials – who now occupy more than the majority of the workforce.→ Read More
The equation is simple: engaged employees produce greater business results. But as job happiness rates hit an all-time low, employers and HR professionals are constantly evaluating how to motivate and drive performance among the workforce. Now, more than ever, Board of Directors and the C-Suite measure engagement scores to determine the health of an organization, with recognition being one of the most significant contributors to a happy and engaged workforce. Today, it’s not just enough to implement a recognition strategy; companies must stay on top of recognition trends to continue to positively impact the workforce and remain competitive.→ Read More