31

Oct

2017

Is Your Workplace Toxic?

Author: Heather Nezich

Leaders must continually be taking the pulse of the organization they work for.  A once happy workplace can turn toxic quickly if you are not paying attention.  But when caught early, it can be turned around.

17

Oct

2017

What You Should Know About Succession Planning and Why

Author: Heather Nezich

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. It increases the likelihood of having internal, experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they are vacated. Succession planning is crucial in order to avoid an organizational crisis when someone in a key role leaves.

10

Oct

2017

Give Your Employees a Break

Author: Heather Nezich

Would you like to increase morale and productivity?  There is a simple solution…give employees a break!   More than 85% of employees believe taking regular breaks during the day would make them more productive, according to a study from Staples.  However, many employees do not take regular breaks throughout their work day.

3

Oct

2017

Can You Tell When an Employee is Planning to Quit?

Author: Heather Nezich

There are the obvious signs we all see when someone is job hunting…they show up in a suit when it’s a casual dress code, they suddenly have numerous appointments, they call in sick more often, etc.  But a recent study shows that for months prior, there are many more subtle signs to beware of.

12

Sep

2017

Retaining and Engaging Employees with Jobs, Not Careers

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder revealed that 55% of workers feel they have just a job, not a career, and 38% of these workers are likely to change jobs in 2017. The survey also uncovered that 28% of survey respondents actually hate their job and only stick around in order to pay the bills.  Is this the type of employee that you want working for you?  Of course not.  But all organizations have these lower level jobs.  So how can employers engage these employees?

5

Sep

2017

What Does Employee Engagement Really Look Like?

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee engagement is an ongoing buzzword, but there are many different perceptions of what exactly an engaged employee is.  Employee engagement goes beyond happiness at work.

22

Aug

2017

Why Millennials Quit Jobs They Actually Like

Author: Heather Nezich

Just to be sure you caught what the title states – millennials are quitting jobs they LIKE.    A new study by Qualtrics and Accel found that 74% of millennials who like their jobs plan to leave within the next three years.  Why would anyone quit a job they actually enjoy and are happy at?

1

Aug

2017

What do Employees Want from the HR Team?

Author: Heather Nezich

A new survey from EmployeeChannel, Inc. entitled “What Every Employee Wants from Their HR Team” was released in early July.  The study looked at the communication preferences of more than 1,200 remote, non-desktop, and office workers.  Interestingly, the results were similar across all three employee types.

25

Jul

2017

Innovative Ways to Engage Hourly Workers

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the Department of Labor nearly 60% of U.S. workers are hourly.  While there may be advantages to hourly positions for organizations, they experience an extremely high turnover rate.  Hourly positions tend to have lower pay, less job security, stricter schedules, no or reduced benefits, lack of bonus structures, and fewer opportunities for promotion.  So how do we keep hourly employees motivated and engaged?

13

Jun

2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Author: Heather Nezich

What is the one thing all employees want?  Respect.  It rates very high in almost any survey you can find.  Harvard Business Review recently published a study that revealed that when over 20,000 employees from around the world, not just the U.S., were surveyed, every single one of them rated respect as number one in importance.  In fact, companies that show respect for their employees score higher across several other categories as well.

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives.  In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years.  Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.

16

May

2017

Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen on the Playground

Author: Heather Nezich

School bullying is now a household term recognized widely, but what about workplace bullying?  Workplace bullying has affected 27% of workers according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute.  The majority of workplace bullies are bosses, and 72% of employers deny, discount, defend, or rationalize the bullying.  61% of victims wind up losing their jobs as a result.

2

May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

25

Apr

2017

Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Appreciation

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee appreciation is a key element to achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention.  Employees that feel appreciated have increased productivity and tend to feel better about their work.  But if approached the wrong way, it could backfire.

25

Apr

2017

Employee Engagement Starts with Onboarding

Author: Keisha Ward

The term onboarding means different things to different companies.  Some describe onboarding as the time it takes to complete paperwork and conduct a background screening after a new hire accepts an offer. Others consider onboarding to be the first-day orientation, consisting of one day (or one hour in some cases) packed with paperwork and everything you need to know about the organization.  But in actuality, orientation is merely the first step in the onboarding process....
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