By Blair Williams
Recent research shows that employees who consistently work from home are less engaged than their in-office counterparts.
Employees typically love the freedom and flexibility of working from home. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of working in your pajamas and knowing the longest commute of the day is from your desk to the coffee pot.
According to a study shared in the Harvard Business Review, about one-third of employees worldwide (registration required) work from home always or very often. There’s one growing problem with this trend, however — poor employee engagement.
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By Liz Kislik
Despite all the research showing that employee engagement leads to improved business results, only 16% of employees experience the necessary conditions for engagement, such as “a clear sense of purpose, a commonly held notion of what’s valuable or important, feelings of psychological safety, and confidence about the future,” according to Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall in Harvard Business Review. Of course, better business results aren’t the only reason companies should focus on employee engagement. As Kevin Kruse points out in his book Employee Engagement 2.0, engagement makes people’s lives better, not just their work, creating transformative results.
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By Alexandra Nekrasova
If you run a business or work in a management role, you have probably heard of employee engagement and its role in a company’s long-term success. But what is it exactly, and why is it so important?
To answer that question, we must first understand the distinction between employee engagement and job satisfaction.
Despite popular belief, the two aren’t the same thing at all. It’s entirely possible to be satisfied with your employment situation while not being engaged. If an employee is engaged however, odds are they are more than happy with their job.
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By Chiradeep BasuMallick
Companies who place an emphasis on employee experience encounter more than four times the average profit and more than two times the average revenue…Using technology to identify how you can elevate the employee experience can help you develop great strategies that aid retention and improve business outcomes.
In a complex and competitive labor market, an effective employee experience strategy can give you a definitive edge. It is key to improving retention, ensuring loyalty, and garnering referrals – cementing your organization as an employer of choice. This is why it is important to look beyond only employee engagement and reinforce the quality of the overall employee experience aided by technology.
Modern HR practitioners are always looking to find new ways to elevate the employee experience, but studies suggest that this is not so easy. The emerging workforce, comprising a sizeable segment of millennial workers, wants a sense of purpose and meaning to their jobs. Only offering the basic perks and benefits is not enough to ensure a positive holistic experience.
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By Nick Jordan, Smashing Boxes CEO
The concept of a peer advisory group (a.k.a. mastermind) emerged from Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think and Grow Rich,” published in 1937. According to Hill, “No mind is complete by itself. It needs contact and association with other minds to grow and expand.” On our own, we can only draw from a limited amount of experience, education, and training. Within a mastermind group, we can tap into the experience, training, skills, knowledge, and resources of like-minded peers and mentors.
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By Atman Rathod, Director and Co-Founder, CMARIX TechnoLabs
Apart from boosting efficiency, productivity and making the workplace a better place with enhanced flexibility, enterprise mobile apps also help employees with increased scope of interactive learning. A mobile app can also be a great learning tool for employees. From inducting a new employee in a process of offering timely training to, an HR-focused mobile app can continue to play a major role in improving skills and making workplaces better with continuous inputs.
Employee engagement remains to be a mission-critical part of an organisation’s success and this is why the HR strategies if most companies revolve around this principal consideration. When an employee is engaged he takes bigger responsibilities and gives his fullest for achieving the organisational goal. Through consistent employee engagement, the Human Resource department also ensures boosting performance and efficiency of the workforce.
These days, across organisations mobile apps are playing a greater role in boosting employee engagement and thus benefiting the companies in an unprecedented way. Various surveys and statistics clearly indicate to the literally paradigm-shifting impact of mobile apps on boosting employee engagement and Human Resource management across organisations. Undoubtedly, for evaluating enterprise app performance, the outcome in terms of engagement and efficiency has become a crucial parameter.
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By Tim Johnson, CEO of Mondo
Employee mentoring programs can enable you to get more from your most valuable resource, your employees. Further developing the talent you already have through mentoring could lead to a variety of business benefits, including company growth, increased innovation and higher profits. On the flip side, it also proves to employees that their employer values them and wants to invest in their potential future with the business. In fact, millennials planning to stay with their employer for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor than not, according to The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey.
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By Craig Dowden, Ph.D., Certified Positive Psychology Coach and author of “Do Good to Lead Well”
Schwartz says business leaders should look beyond financial incentives to what really drives employee engagement and job satisfaction, such as giving workers autonomy, allowing people to meet new challenges and gain mastery, providing a positive social environment, and, perhaps most importantly, ensuring employees find meaning and purpose in their work.
Employee engagement is not only critical to successful business outcomes, feeling gratified by our work is an essential part of leading a fulfilling life and is something everyone deserves. However, even with a recent focus on boosting engagement in organizations, it remains a widespread problem, with more than half of U.S. employees reportedly feeling disengaged in the workplace.
“It’s a criminal waste of, in some sense, the most valuable resource we have, which is other human beings,” says Barry Schwartz, emeritus professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, and visiting professor at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
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By Julie Johnson
By fostering a listening environment and embrace diverse viewpoints, your company will benefit from diversity of thought that will drive better and more innovative solutions for your clients.
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By Jenny Darmody
It’s about how the business communicates with and to you. Do you work in a place where it’s OK to ask the tough questions and, importantly, expect honest answers? Do you trust senior management to make the right call – even under pressure and when it’s a tough decision? Can you speak up? Are there values you personally can believe in? Do they align to what and who you want to be, not just now but in an ambitious future?
Are you familiar with the internal communication within your company? Do you know how important it is for staff retention?
By now, most companies are well aware of the importance of good company culture and giving employees a positive experience.
These values help attract top talent, maintain high staff retention levels, and keep staff happy and motivated.
However, when companies are ensuring they’re giving a positive employee experience, how many take their internal communication into account?
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