The little things you say and do

“If you want one thing too much, it’s likely to be a disappointment,” declares Augustus McRae in Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. “The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds, and buttermilk…a sip of whisky of an evening…”

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Topics: Culture, Recognition, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Retain Employees, Engage Employees

Is worker confidence on the rise?

Worker confidence increased a bit in the last quarter of 2017, according to a recent annual study by HRO Today magazine and Yoh Recruitment Process Outsourcing. The Worker Confidence Index (WCI) measures U.S. employment security from the perspective of the employees themselves, based on approximately 3,000 online interviews per quarter. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Research, Retain Employees, Attract Employees, Engage Employees

The Employee Experience Defined: Shifting Away From Employee Engagement

Many people in what we’ll call the employee industry believe that we’re shifting from the days of employee engagement to employee experience. We believe that ourselves, and what’s more, fully endorse it as a positive development. It’s a pertinent topic, but we can discuss the hows and whys another day.

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Topics: Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Strategy, Engage Employees

How to Foster a Culture of Gratitude Year-Round

Gratitude, particularly if practiced regularly, can keep you healthier and happier.”

— Alex Korb, Ph.D.

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, Rewards, Seasonal, Engage Employees

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Diagnose

Posted by Mollie Lombardi

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the first in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. Next, check out part 2, Your Culuture Under A Microscope: Align

The word “culture” when it comes to workplace communities can have many different expectations and definitions.  But while it’s a concept that’s hard to define, it’s very easy to feel. Whether or not we have the words to describe it, every society, group or workplace has a culture that deeply influences the behaviors and outcomes of everything that each entity tries to accomplish. So, what do we do to harness the power of culture, while we simultaneously struggle to define it?

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Retain Employees, Evaluation, Engage Employees

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Align

Posted by Mollie Lombardi

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the second part in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. Make sure to check out part 1 and part 3

In my previous blog post we talked about what a culture is and how to diagnose it. But the way culture comes to life for most people is through the employee experience. Organizations today are realizing that everything they do contributes to employee experience, from the physical work environment, to the processes, to the tools and technology. Today it’s more important than ever to ensure that your talent management and workforce management tools bring your culture to life. To achieve real value, technology must support the culture and enhance the employee experience. 

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Technology, Engage Employees

Your Culture Under a Microscope: Lead

Posted by Mollie Lombardi

Editor's Note: Today we welcome our guest, Mollie Lombardi. This is the third and final part in a 3 part series about workplace culture under a microscope. But first, make sure you check out part 1 and part 2.

Whether you realize it or not, leaders set the tone for the corporate culture from the top. While they alone cannot shift or create culture, leaders are one of the most important resources when it comes to: (1) amplifying or starving your organizational culture; and (2) reinforcing organizational norms and expectations. The key to encouraging both of these foundational principles is the often-under-appreciated skill of giving feedback. Aptitude Research has found that when managers are trained in this critical role of giving feedback, there’s much greater alignment around performance expectations as well as organizational culture. 

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Topics: Culture, Employee Experience, Employee Engagement, Retain Employees, Engage Employees