Orientation or Onboarding: Does It Matter?
July 18, 2017
“Onboarding” and “orientation” are buzzwords you’ll see thrown around a lot in discussions on human capital management (HCM), and with good reason: It’s a costly investment to hire the right person for a valuable position, and it’s important to ensure that your new hires feel valued and engaged so that they can remain a contributing […]
Disturbance in Your Workforce? May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 2017
A short time ago in an employee suggestion box not far, far away, this note from a disengaged employee was discovered. Dear Management, Being a real trooper, I’ve faithfully served this empire for many parsecs. But lately, morale here is in the trash compactor. I’m close to “storming” out of here! Here’s why: We don’t […]
Workplace Communication Across Different Generations
March 29, 2017
Workplace Communication Across Different Generations Managers face many difficult challenges in the workplace, but one obstacle that often is overlooked is the need to communicate with up to four different generations in a single office setting. From the 18-year-old intern to the 72-year-old seasoned professional, human resources professionals need to find a balance between them […]
LMS 101: Mobile Learning Technology
March 10, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “Mobile Learning Technology” is the fifth post of the series. LMS 101: Mobile Learning Technology Mobile learning, (m-Learning) offers a new education channel in which […]
LMS 101: 4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement with a Learning Management System
March 3, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement with a Learning Management System” is the fourth post of the series. LMS 101: 4 Ways to Boost […]
7 Deadly Sins of Employee Engagement
February 28, 2017
Even with the best of intentions, some of the methods chosen to improve employee engagement can backfire. Engaged employees can improve retention, strengthen a company culture and increase productivity, but all that is quickly ruined when any of these seven deadly sins are committed.
4 Benefits You Gain When You Explain the ‘Why’
February 3, 2017
People are innately curious. Think back to when you were a child and constantly asking “why,” like “why is the sky blue?” or “Why is the grass green?”
True Confessions: The Biggest Mistake Organizations Make in Employee Surveys
November 1, 2016
Your company issued an engagement survey. Employees were enthusiastic about participating, and did. The results are in. Now what do you do?
3 Ways to Safeguard Your Company’s Culture
July 13, 2016
Founders and early employees are the ones who develop the company’s cultural blueprint. If not intentionally managed, the culture can dissipate.
3 Steps to Fostering a Culture Your Employees Will Boast About
April 29, 2016
I’m here to let you in on a little secret: If you want an environment in which employees serve and love your customers, you have to serve and love your employees first.
How to Shape the Culture You Want Using HR Software
February 10, 2016
Culture is inevitable. It happens whether you determine its shape or not. It makes sense then to take control over your company’s culture in order to make it the best that it can be.
4 Tips for Empowering Employees in the Modern Age
December 17, 2015
As I walk down the hallway to get to my office, I read the Tom Peters quote painted in big, bold letters on the wall: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
How To Save Trees, Time and Reduce the Risk of Compliance with Self-Service Software
July 7, 2017
In a recent survey, conducted by HR.com and Paycom, over 700 HR professionals from companies large and small weighed in on how they use employee self-service software, where they see the benefits it offers and the room for improvement. To understand how self-service software can help improve internal efficiency and save time within your HR […]
5 Ways to Pre-Board Hires and Improve Employee Experience
March 31, 2017
In today’s world of instant gratification, today’s workforce expects a good experience fast and are willing to walk if their expectations aren’t met. According to the Harvard Business Review, almost 33 percent of new hires start searching for a different job within the first six months of employment. Tackling that ambivalence early is crucial. One […]
Employee Productivity: Here’s What Really Matters
March 27, 2017
Employee Productivity: Here’s What Really Matters Today’s business leaders are dealing with a lot. Along with the technology-shaped elephant in the room, the increase in internal business collaboration (50 percent in the past two decades), the change in performance management and the influx of millennials have left many companies scrambling. Despite these changes, the goals […]
Employee Engagement vs. Employee Motivation
March 9, 2017
Are Employee Engagement and Employee Motivation the Same Thing? Frank Sinatra said it best in his classic Love and Marriage, “you can’t have one without the other.” Both are crucial to driving your employees to do big things for your business. Before we dive in, it’s important to explore the idea of motivation itself. Intrinsic […]
LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding
March 2, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding” is the third post of the series. LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding A staggering […]
How to Find Your (HR Tech) Soul Mate
February 9, 2017
How to Find Your (HR Tech) Soul Mate Shopping for the right HR software for your business is not unlike dating. But with no apps or online match sites for human capital management (HCM), how do you compare and sort through all those vendors vying to win your company’s heart? How do you sort through […]
Why Your Company Should Celebrate Have Fun at Work Day
January 25, 2017
Why Your Company Should Celebrate International Have Fun at Work Day International Have Fun at Work Day is Friday, Jan. 27, and while it might be an unofficial holiday, that shouldn’t stop you from bringing a little levity to the workplace. Laughter is Good for Productivity Humor can be strong medicine that lowers tension and […]
4 Ways to Make Your Employees Want to Come to Work
October 28, 2016
How to Make Your Employees Want to Come to Work Disengaged employees don’t feel motivated to work. A 2015 survey by Gallup revealed that 50.8 percent of American workers were not engaged in their jobs. Consequently, disengaged employees may arrive to work late, miss deadlines, submit poor-quality work, alienate themselves from co-workers or seek employment elsewhere. […]
Get Lost! Using Self-Service Technology to Strengthen PTO Processes
July 5, 2016
Despite the seductive lure of paid time off, studies show that 55 percent of Americans did not use their earned vacation days in 2015.
This Easter, Put ALL Your Eggs in ONE Basket
March 23, 2016
Go ahead, do it: Put all your eggs in one basket.
4 Ways to Build Employee Confidence and Increase Engagement
January 26, 2016
Employee engagement is a highly-talked-about topic. Everyone has their own ideas about what works. But whatever you think about employee engagement, you should know that confidence is...
5 Reasons Employee Training Is Worth It
November 20, 2015
Poor performance results from people who do not know what they’re supposed to do, how they should do it and why they are doing it.
How to Promote Engagement and Efficiency with Employee Self-Service Software
June 27, 2017
Employee self-service software often is adopted as a way to improve efficiency within an organization, especially as it pertains to the responsibilities of your HR department. While that’s a common and effective use, organizations also can use robust self-service software as a way to improve employee engagement and productivity. A recent white paper by Paycom […]
Employees Stay for Meaningful Work
March 30, 2017
Employees Stay for Meaningful Work Finding meaningful work is one of life’s greatest challenges. Some people spend their whole life trying to identify their purpose, yet never figure it out. Millennials, who will continue to make up a growing percentage of our workforce, are especially driven by their pursuit of personal development and purpose. Most […]
What Do Millennials and Today’s CEOs Have In Common?
March 23, 2017
What Do Millennials and Today’s CEOs Have In Common? HR industry experts have devoted a lot of time and research into demystifying millennial employees, only to discover that this younger generation has more in common with mature, seasoned employees than once thought. This is especially true when it comes to the desire for day-one productivity. […]
5 Steps to Growing Future Leaders
March 8, 2017
5 Steps to Growing Future Leaders As baby boomers retire and thriving companies encounter rapid growth, one issue facing organizations today is the ability to identify new leaders. Leadership is a skill that’s not quickly or easily taught. It requires experience, coaching and formal training. Unfortunately, the time and financial investment required to build up an […]
Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017?
February 28, 2017
Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017? If you manage a team of five or more people, chances are at least one of your direct reports are considering a change of employers in the next ten months. According to the latest CareerBuilder survey, more than one in five American workers, or 22 percent, are […]
An Open Letter to HR
February 8, 2017
Dear HR, We know you are juggling the challenges of managing benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding. The struggle is real, right? We understand these tasks are crucial to the success of the organization, but we need information. When do we need it? Typically, at 4:50 p.m. on a Friday, when all you want to do is […]
5 Tips for Your HR Budget
January 23, 2017
5 Tips for Your HR Budget Today’s HR budget is multifaceted, largely due to HR’s shift from a traditional operational role to strategic business partner. No longer viewed as simply “personnel,” HR now consists of many aspects, all of which must be considered when planning the department budget. While there is no fixed rule concerning […]
5 Worth-It Tools for Advanced HR Management
August 10, 2016
Remember when the human resource function within most companies was largely administrative? Josh Bersin paints the picture perfectly when he describes traditional HR as being “focused on service delivery, staying efficient and reducing cost and headcount.”[i] But, times are changing. HR’s realm of responsibility – and the impact it has on the business at large […]
6 Tips for Using ‘Stay’ Surveys to Retain Your Best Teachers
June 15, 2016
Teacher attrition is a complicated phenomenon that impacts every school differently.
3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement: Equip, Educate, Empower
February 22, 2016
For some employers, having happy employees would be nice, but it isn’t a priority.
HR Resolution: Win the War on Engagement
December 31, 2015
Stop. Take a breath. When is the last time you just took a moment? There is a lot of demand for our time and unfortunately it’s only getting worse.
5 Things Managers Should Say More Often
November 4, 2015
Do you know what your employees really want? One survey reveals discrepancies in what managers think employees want and what workers actually do.