The Peer-to-Peer Choice

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By Teena Hein

VIA research shows members of management groups for a number of years have a 43 per cent higher operating profit, 2.2 per cent higher return on assets and a higher net worth.

Farmers are hearing more and more about peer farming groups. Maybe you even know someone personally who’s a member. That wouldn’t be surprising as these farm business management groups are growing in number across the country.

They come in many shapes and sizes, but have some traits in common as well, and all share the main goal: better business decision-making.

Do they deliver?

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How Technology is Changing Engagement at Work

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By Chiradeep BasuMallick, Freelance Contributor, HR Technologist

At its very core, engagement should give your workers a sense of freedom – freedom from being chained to a desk, greater flexibility, and the ability to unflinchingly share the most disruptive ideas and maximize their potential.

Organizations today understand the true importance of employee engagement. Increasingly, this is becoming a vital cog in any employee satisfaction and retention strategy. We discuss five ways in which technology can help in improving employee engagement.

Why Engagement Matters

There’s no denying the fact: employee engagement is a serious game-changer for businesses, regardless of size or scale. In a highly complex market, fraught with rising attrition rates, retaining employees is critical. Add to that a young, vibrant millennial workforce who are hungry for various facilities, benefits, and means of engagement, above and beyond only compensation. This is why improving employee engagement is integral to a company’s culture, as well as its long-term profitability.

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How Employee Resource Groups Help Your Diversity and Inclusion Mission

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By Martiza Gamboa, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Carbon Black

Carbon Black is committed to investing in diversity and inclusion and views this as a critical source to our long-term success. To help us improve, drive change, and foster our people’s professional development, we found Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can play a significant role in creating a better workplace. If you’re an organization considering ways to enhance your company culture, consider ERGs.

What is an Employee Resource Group?
ERGs are employee-led, self-directed volunteer groups that investigate and share opportunities to network, foster mentoring and career development, and attract diverse talent.

Why are ERGs Important?
ERGs not only create inclusive communities where employees can feel supported, but they also enrich your overall company culture. Here are some things they can do:

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Zarrow Pointe Launches Peer Mentoring Program For Nursing Professionals

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By Zarrow Point

Zarrow Pointe, Tulsa’s leading retirement community for seniors, has launched a peer-mentoring program for the development and advancement of its team of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in partnership with the National Association of Healthcare Assistants (NAHCA).

The program aims to reinforce teamwork, learning, and problem solving by nominating CNA mentors who will be trained to increase employee productivity and reduce turnover by fostering a culture of leadership and peer support.

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How to Transition to Mastermind Group Meetings

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By Clare Speak

Mastermind groups give you people to hold yourself accountable to when times get tough. However, they’re also a source of regular feedback, networking, and support. The people in your group can give you access to additional resources that improve your growth, and they can also work with you to help you accomplish new things.

Are the people in your life today helping you to achieve your personal and professional goals? If they’re not, then you might benefit from starting a mastermind group. Many people rely on one-to-one mentoring to help them accomplish their targets in the professional and personal world. While mentoring can undoubtedly be a good idea for some, it’s not the right way forward to every one. If you prefer being part of a group scenario, then mastermind meetings could be the ideal solution.

Mastermind groups are designed to bring people together from different backgrounds to support each other on the path to similar goals. If you’ve been looking for help accelerating your growth as an entrepreneur, or you just want to accomplish more in your day to day life, here’s what you should know about mastermind groups.

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Responding To Seven Workplace Trends Emerging This Year

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By Joe Farris

This year is calling for the emergence of more in-depth, continuous employee listening strategies that open doors for proactive collaboration between a company and its employees to solve the most important issues.

As the workplace evolves, the work of HR leaders becomes more nuanced and challenging. We want to continue to build the best culture, attract the best experts in the field and reward the employees for the fantastic work they do — all while being cost-effective and hitting growth targets. In the meantime, competition for great talent is stronger than ever, retention is harder and the pressure on HR to solve the burning business problems is rising fast.

To guide you through the year and help you focus on what’s important, these are the trends I believe will shape the work of HR leaders in 2019…

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Creating Engaged Employees Positively Affects Profitability

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By Shelley Smith

Committed and motivated employees translate to committed and motivated customers, which equals profit, retention and efficiencies. The effect is cumulative.

It was a dark day at the corporate headquarters. I walked into my client’s office and sensed despair.

“The employee survey results are in,” he said glumly. “Engagement is really low – we’re below the benchmark on almost every key measure. Now what do we do? It’s my job to fix this!”

Does this sound familiar? Have you been through less-than-desirable survey results and felt defeated and beat up?

Employee engagement/commitment is critical. There are countless studies linking employee engagement with beneficial outcomes, such as productivity and retention. When employees are not finding meaning in their work and/or don’t understand how what they do contributes to the organization’s goals, they consider leaving the company, and that means something needs to change.

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Rethinking The Rules Of Employee Engagement: Why Courage, Candor And Change Are Better

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By Jared Narlock

Creating a work environment that’s centered on trust, accountability, transparency in communication and empowerment takes time. In order for it to be real, we often have to recognize the counterfeits in our workplace and strive to practice and build consistency about how we step into courage, have candid conversations and own the change we want to see happen.

What does your ideal workplace look like? In my experience as a coach, numerous leaders and employees have told me that their ideal workplace is one centered on trust, accountability, transparency in communication and empowerment brought forward by leaders. There’s something missing, though, between the environment that employees say they want, the culture that companies say they strive for and the partnership and willingness to take needed actions to make these hopes a reality.

This rampant problem has found its way into organizations in the form of counterfeits — through things like employee engagement surveys, which claim to bring value to organizations but, in reality, can hinder them from having the type of work culture they desire. While these surveys allow employees to provide feedback to their organizations, they often allow for it to be given in a highly unaccountable way. The intent of the surveys is positive, but they can allow for counterfeiting to occur: Employees ask for transparency in communication from their leader and organization but are often allowed to provide anonymous feedback about concerns in these surveys.

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The Top Employee Mentoring Trends For 2019

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By Kate Harrison

“We’re witnessing the distinct evolution of mentoring as a business tool. It has evolved from its organic roots where employees naturally built networks and developed interpersonal professional relationships, to more formally-structured mentoring programs,” the Georges explain. “In the coming year, a new multi-program approach — leveraging technology — will make mentoring a full-time component of the workplace environment and a vital part of contemporary job culture.”

Last October, I reviewed a study that had just come out from Endeavor highlighting the importance of quality mentoring for a startup’s success. The study found that founders who received mentoring from top performing entrepreneurs were three times as likely to become top performers themselves compared with peers. The study’s conclusion: quality mentoring matters.

To learn more about what the new year will bring, I reached out to Phil George and Andy George, Founders of MentorcliQ, to find out their take on the best mentoring trends of 2019.

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Three Ways Technology Is Transforming Company Culture And Employee Engagement

Via Forbes
By Brent Gleeson 
February 26, 2019

Once companies have embraced transparency, when all employees are engaged in operations, then accountability must be activated. In an all-transparent landscape, no one can hide. If problems arise, they can be addressed quickly. In this process, workers are more engaged in their work because their teammates can view their work. Then the culture becomes one of rapid learning and application – a continuous feedback loop.

More than that, companies must create vibrant cultures that make employees proud. Pride is earned when workers are given access to information, challenged with the responsibility to make decisions, and held accountable to their fellow employees.

A company culture is built when every single employee’s job is essential to the whole. In the end, it’s about giving employees a worthy story to take home, to discuss with a spouse or friend. Winning companies are the companies that make each worker a hero each and every day.

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