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11

Dec

2018

Remote Workers are Happier and More Productive

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 4.3 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 43% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated or happier and more engaged? 

27

Nov

2018

Do Holiday Gifts Motivate Employees?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the midst of the 2018 holiday season.  One question that frequently comes up this time of year is whether employers should consider giving their employees a holiday gift.  Hawk Incentives recently conducted a survey on employee attitudes and preferences toward specific workplace reward programs and how they keep employees engaged at work.   One of the key findings is that the majority of respondents indicated that holiday...

13

Nov

2018

Recruit and Retain Employees with These Top Non-Insurance Related Benefits & Perks

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s that time of year when many employers are deep in the middle of their benefits open enrollment period.  With unemployment at record lows, employee retention and engagement remain the two most pressing issues in HR today.  In order to differentiate themselves from their competitors, many employers are finding it imperative to utilize their benefit packages and employee perks as another tool in their arsenal to help promote loyalty and retention.  Recent data indicates...

29

Oct

2018

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party Become a House of Horrors

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Celebrating Halloween in America has become a huge holiday.  In 2018 Halloween retail spending will be $9 billion which is only slightly less than 2017’s all-time record high of $9.1 billion.  Approximately 175 million will celebrate Halloween spending on average $86.79 per person.  As Halloween has become the 2nd biggest commercial holiday in America, Halloween parties at work are also on the rise.  Recent studies have shown that celebrating Halloween is a great...

23

Oct

2018

Key Takeaways from Some of the Best Talent Strategies in the U.S.

Author: Heather Nezich

Retaining talent is number one on the list for many, if not most, organizations.  Today’s employees can change jobs with much more ease than even five years ago.  You can google “employee retention” and find hundreds of how to’s, but why not learn from those who are already winning the war for talent.

16

Oct

2018

Why So Many Managers Have Poor Listener Syndrome

Author: Heather Nezich

The same qualities that describe a good listener, describe a good leader: respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity.  However, one of the lowest rated behaviors in 360-feedback surveys for managers is listening.

2

Oct

2018

Employee Wellbeing as a Retention and Engagement Strategy

Author: Heather Nezich

The number of job openings continues to exceed the number of job seekers in the U.S., forcing employers to reexamine their strategies for hiring and retaining top employees. Employee wellbeing is a key aspect that employers need to pay attention to when looking at retention strategies.

2

Oct

2018

Tips for Managing Workplace Gossip

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a study from the University of Amsterdam published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 90% of office conversations qualify as gossip. That means we all have probably been guilty at one point or another of either participating in or being an enabler of workplace gossip.  When we think of workplace gossip, most of us imagine hallway or watercooler type conversations, but surprisingly research at the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that gossip even makes up...

18

Sep

2018

Can Managers be Problem Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although cross functioning teams are the rage, and at times rightly so, it appears that too many bosses are like the adage too many cooks.  According to a Gartner survey, more than two-thirds of employees around the world say they have to consult with more than one boss to get their jobs done.  What does that mean?  It means that these employees waste significant amounts of time waiting for guidance from senior leaders.

18

Sep

2018

Compassion Goes a Long Way in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study published by Binghamton University, State University at New York revealed that showing compassion to employees improves workers’ performance.  On the other hand, authoritarianism leadership has the exact opposite effect – negatively affecting work performance.

4

Sep

2018

Three Steps to Increasing Employee Engagement Through Internal Communications

Author: Heather Nezich

Organizations with high levels of employee engagement experience higher revenue, less employee stress and absences, higher customer satisfaction, and higher quality and safety.  It affects every aspect of the company.  According to research from Willis Towers Watson, effective internal communications can have a significant impact on employee engagement.

28

Aug

2018

Toxic Employees – Know How to Handle Them So You Don’t Lose Your Best Employees

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic employees continue to wreak havoc on the workplace. However, instead of confronting them, other employees tend to do little to address them directly, according to a 2017 survey by Fierce, Inc., leadership development and conversation experts.

7

Aug

2018

Work Environment Matters

Author: Sara Sosnowski

First it was replacing desk chairs with exercise balls, then it was open workspaces, now it is the standing desk.  Have all of these just been trends? Should employers let them come and go and not stray from the tried and true desk or cubicle? A new survey by Capital One suggests that employers need to pay attention to all of these trends because employees are becoming more concerned with the design of their workspace and citing it as a factor in their productivity and innovation.

31

Jul

2018

Engaged Employees, Even Millennials, Are Less Likely to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

Employees today are more likely to job hop than ever before.  Millennials in particular have earned, whether legitimate or not, a reputation for job hopping.  But the latest research shows that if employees, even Millennials, are engaged and have learning opportunities in the workplace, they are less likely to leave.

24

Jul

2018

Working Parents are Feeling More Balanced

Author: Heather Nezich

Being a working parent can be especially challenging in the summer.  But according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the majority of working parents feel that it is possible to have it all. Of workers who have a child living at home, 78% say it's possible to be equally successful in your career and as a parent.

17

Jul

2018

Take a Break – It’s Good for You

Author: Jason Rowe

The 4th of July holiday has come and gone, and summer is officially in full swing. Now is often an ideal time to take a step back from the office and take advantage of one of the most important benefits in the workplace: vacation time. Although disconnecting from the daily grind is beneficial, many employees today never get the chance.

10

Jul

2018

What One Company Learned from Testing Mandated Vacation Time

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from Project: Time Off, jumping up nearly a half-day (.4 days) from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since bottoming out at 16 days in 2014.  But there is still more room for improvement as many Americans (52%) left vacation time unused in 2017 (down from 54% in 2016). Further, nearly a quarter (24%) of...

10

Jul

2018

Employers Can’t Afford Burnout - Learn How to Prevent It

Author: Keisha Ward

Voluntary resignations are at a 17-year high. The Wall Street Journal states that in the third quarter of 2009, 2.1% of workers changed jobs, according to Census Bureau data. That climbed to roughly 4% by the first quarter of 2017, matching the highest rate since 2001.

26

Jun

2018

Good Management Equals Even Better Retention

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s hard enough to find good employees, so when you find them make sure your managers are not making any of the common mistakes that drive employees to look elsewhere.  It holds true that employees don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

26

Jun

2018

Is Boredom Killing Your Employees?

Author: Susan Chance

Jobs that are repetitive are necessary, but can become boring, and even unhealthy for your employees. It may be a basic data entry position where a person sits and keys in information all day, every day. It could be a line job, where the person must repeat the same motions over and over again. Perhaps it’s an administrative job, where the employee formats documents all day. Whatever those tasks may be, it’s up to the employer to keep the employees engaged, and it is to the...

19

Jun

2018

What Lunch Breaks Say about Employee Engagement

Author: Kevin Marrs

Are you a cube warrior?  Eating lunch at your desk, or worse yet…skipping lunch all together?  If you answered yes, your job satisfaction and engagement may be suffering. 

5

Jun

2018

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May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

15

May

2018

Unexpected Ways to Increase Workplace Collaboration and Productivity

Author: Heather Nezich

When you think of wayss to increase collaboration at work you might consider bringing remote employees in-house and creating open work spaces.  But surprisingly, these methods could backfire.

1

May

2018

Is Routine Killing Your Creativity?

Author: Heather Nezich

While routines are generally good, being a little too rigid with your work routine can reduce your creativity.  Making small changes to your daily routine can spark creativity and reduce the day to day drag.

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