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Why Every CEO in America Needs an LMS

Why Every CEO in America Needs an LMS

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As a CEO, you make it a priority to keep up with changing trends in today’s workplace. You’ve seen headlines and read articles telling you that Millennials are changing the way work happens—but what does that really mean for you?

In 2015, Millennials surpassed Generation X as the largest percentage of the labor force, according to the Pew Research Center. This is a generation that has grown up with easy access to technology and they expect no less when it comes to their careers.

CEOs will need to be able to keep up or get left behind. Fortunately, a tool you may already have at your fingertips can help you efficiently reach all your employees, including tech-savvy Millennials, ensuring that your vision gets in front of your employees and helping you secure buy-in.

Why Your Messaging Isn’t Turning Into Results

Think about how often you have heard the following from your employees, even your organization’s leaders:

  • “Nobody told me about that.”
  • “I didn’t know we were changing this.”
  • “No one trained us on it.”

When was the last time you held a meeting where you clearly articulated your priorities, explained why they mattered and what you wanted to see happen, but nothing changed? Last month? Last week?

If you’re like many CEOs, that can be traced back to a breakdown in communication at some point down the line. Breakdowns in communication mean that time and money are wasted, and can even contribute to potential compliance issues. Far from being tried-and-true, traditional methods of communication are contributing to poor outcomes for too many businesses.

Emails can go unopened or buried in an inbox. Paper memos are outdated and easily lost. The information learned in a conference call can be quickly forgotten. One-on-one meetings can be exceptionally useful, but they’re not designed to help you get information and messaging out quickly to your staff. And massive group meetings can leave lots of unresolved questions.

Reach Your Employees Directly, Efficiently and Effectively

When you want to communicate your vision, quality standards, company news or other leadership priorities, you don’t have to rely on traditional methods of communication. A learning management system (LMS) can fill the gap left by traditional communication.

Once known as a tool for trainers, today’s LMS positions CEOs to navigate the communication expectations of the millennial workforce hungry for purpose, vision and feedback. Your role is unique, and in an environment where CEO ratings are increasingly becoming a part of the discerning job seeker’s decision-making process, having a direct line of communication to your employees can go a long way.

How might you use an LMS to communicate your priorities to your staff? A simple video recorded from your phone and uploaded into the LMS opens up a range of possibilities.

  1. Communicate your strategy. Let employees know when you are implementing a new strategy or reaching milestones, and help them see the impact their work has on the company as a whole.
  2. Gain a greater influence in employee development. Particularly in the development of management, LMS provides you the opportunity to share your goals and visions in your own words with the people who will help you implement them. A robust LMS also allows you to determine who has viewed your videos and who may need a reminder.
  3. Promote the value of compliance. The way that leadership approaches compliance (especially when it comes to changing regulations) can cause either suspicion or security among your employees. An LMS can also provide data on employee completion of compliance-related material, so that potential weak spots can be addressed before a compliance issue actually arises.
  4. Secure employee buy-in and feedback. Your company’s vision and mission statements were created to be implemented, not forgotten. Helping your employees understand why these are important can help improve buy-in and even engagement among your employees. If you want feedback from your employees, a brief video explaining why their opinions matter on the subject followed by a survey can help you increase employee engagement in these instances.

Too many CEOs realize the importance of having a learning culture—both for developing employees and attracting the right kind of employees—but fail to see the crucial role they play in developing that culture.

A tech-dependent work force means that today’s CEOS need to find more sophisticated and efficient means of communicating their priorities to employees. Having a robust LMS can help you share your vision and your priorities with all of your employees without going through an inefficient chain of communication.

CEOs will either adapt or get left behind as the workforce evolves. Using an LMS to communicate with your employees ensures that you maintain a direct influence on the implementation of your business strategy, even as the expectations of your workforce changes. Will you be on the cutting edge of innovation—or stuck trying to catch up?


Jessica Melo

by Jessica Melo


Author Bio: As executive director of sales training for Paycom, Melo oversees new hire and intern development, leadership training and continuous education. A graduate of Rutgers University, she holds a managerial economics professional certificate from Dartmouth College and a business strategy professional certificate from Cornell University. Outside of work, Melo is a supporter of wildlife and anti-animal cruelty organizations.

Transform Company Leaders Into Engagement Ambassadors

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High employee engagement is linked to higher profits, greater productivity, lower turnover rates and a slew of other positive business outcomes. For years, HR leaders have worked to establish positive protocols and cultivate constructive environments to meet the shifting needs of a changing workforce. However, new research suggests engagement responsibilities should expand from the HR department to include the C-suite.

Why diversify?

Company leaders have a huge impact on employee engagement levels. According to the 2018 Global Leadership Forecast by Development Dimensions International (DDI), “leaders continue to wield the greatest single impact on workplace engagement.” When companies work from the top down to ignite innovation and excitement in employees, everybody wins.

A 2017 Harvard Business Review article praises managers who are able to deliver profits while creating a positive work culture: “Having the ability to simultaneously drive for results and practice excellent people skills is a powerful combination that has a dramatic impact on a leader’s effectiveness.”

Below are a few high-level priorities HR can focus on to invest in their leaders so employee engagement levels may rise companywide.

Anatomy of a leader

It turns out that a good chunk of company leaders understands the importance of engagement and purpose. DDI’s study found 71% of leaders viewed their role as “a custodian of the organization’s purpose.” Also, nearly 75% of those surveyed said they supported critical activities that aligned with the company’s goals.

Although many individuals hold upper-management titles, HR leaders need to identify dynamic leaders who are not only results-driven, but also value employee engagement. A few qualities to look for include:

  • positive communicators who compel vision and set clear, strategic directions with their written and verbal communications
  • achievement-oriented individuals who create a healthy sense of urgency, trust their teams, hold people accountable and set high standards
  • relationship-minded people who build relationships slowly and systematically while keeping old relationships healthy
  • coachable individuals who can both deliver and receive critical feedback with grace

Tools for success

Once HR identifies dynamic leaders whom they can utilize as ambassadors of engagement, they can equip them with the right tools to succeed. A few tangible ways to do this include:

  • making certain leaders are exposed to realistic challenges in order to prepare them for future ups and downs
  • clearly communicating business goals, as well as the case for employee engagement in internal communications
  • having periodic, positive callouts when leaders succeed in inspiring their teams
  • setting up mentoring programs where budding leaders have built-in accountability partners and can learn coaching techniques from the best
  • selecting senior-level managers as engagement catalysts to help build a positive culture, since change starts at the top

Employee engagement isn’t just for HR. Workers who consistently see upper management communicating strategically, supporting their teams and valuing each employee’s contribution, have a successful blueprint worth following. When HR and company leaders team up with both the bottom line and an engaged workforce in mind, victory is theirs for the taking.

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Jennifer Kraszewski

by Jennifer Kraszewski


Author Bio: Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom’s Director of Human Resources, has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience, driving transformative, business-focused human capital strategies in high-growth industries to achieve efficiencies, compliance and employee engagement. Kraszewski holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA from Oklahoma City University, and is SPHR- and SHRM-SCP-certified.

HR Manager SHRM18

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of SHRM18, From One HR Manager to Another

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From Sunday, June 17, to Wednesday, June 20, the largest gathering of HR professionals in the world will unite in Chicago for the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference & Exposition, aka SHRM18. From one HR manager to another, here are my key tips to getting the most from this year’s conference … and having a little fun as well!

1. Download the conference app.

Repeat: Download the conference app. This is the absolute best source of information because it helps you plan your sessions. In addition to keeping you organized, the app includes PowerPoints and notes from each session, even the ones you missed!

2. Do not miss the general session speakers.

There is a great lineup – did someone say Sheryl Sandberg and Jeb Bush? – and these sessions are always amazing. Personally, I can’t wait to hear Adam Grant’s session. If you aren’t up to speed on Grant, an organizational psychologist, check him out on YouTube and I’ll just plan on seeing you Tuesday at his session, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.”

3. Do not miss these sessions, either.

As an HR manager, I am a steward of my organization’s culture, which is why I cannot miss Steve Browne’s Tuesday session on “Cultures That ROCK! Five Proven Ways to Develop and Sustain a Phenomenal Workplace.” I always enjoy the legislative updates and Sunday afternoon’s “Tsunami or Wave: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy,” from SHRM’s own Michael P. Aitken, is going to add so much value to my conference experience and compliance knowledge base.

4. Enjoy Chicago.

Deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs and hot beef sandwiches are just the start of your Chicago experience, as architecture tours, Willis Tower, Hancock Tower, Navy Pier Park and Millennium Park await. In addition to growing your career at the conference, you’ve got to take a few moments and enjoy, in my opinion, one of America’s historical treasures, and the home of the Cubs and Michael Jordan.

5. Schedule your sessions, but be ready to improvise.

You are going to run into someone you know and miss the session you had scheduled. You’re going to get caught up in the expo hall and lose track of time. That’s OK, because you have to balance overscheduling with going with the flow.

6. Last, but not least, have fun!

We take over the city. More than 20,000 HR professionals come together for this conference and although it’s the exact opposite of how our profession can, at times, be portrayed in the movies, we know how to have a good time. Enjoy the after-hours events. Make it to the Pentatonix concert! Network with people you’ve never met. Collect swag from the expo hall and don’t forget to come by the Paycom booth (No. 250!) and visit me, as well as enter to win $5,000 toward a vacation anywhere in the U.S.!

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Chanse Moucka

by Chanse Moucka


Author Bio: Chanse joined Paycom in early 2016 focusing on Paycom’s internal HR compliance function. In addition to Paycom’s internal compliance function, Chanse also leads Paycom’s HR Business Partner team. Chanse has been in the Human Resources field for 13 years and is experienced in many aspects of HR, extensively in employee relations and compliance. Chanse holds a degree in Business Administration from Saint Gregory’s University and also holds his PHR from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a designation as a Society for Human Resource Management certified professional.

Mentorship Program

Why Your Business Needs a Mentorship Program

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It’s no secret that great leaders consistently place a high value on mentoring others. Mentors help budding leaders gain important insights, give them much-needed honest feedback and serve as a blueprint for success to their mentees. Sometimes these mutually beneficial relationships between more experienced, upper-management individuals and younger employees happen organically; other times, they may spring up by chance, through existing networks or even between supervisors and employees who just click together.

I can personally attest to the value of mentorship – in my career, spanning over 20 years, I’ve had many informal mentors. I was lucky to have great leaders who took a special interest in me and my development. Even though these relationships were not part of a formal mentorship program, they were transformative for me.

And if informal mentorship is beneficial, you can bet that formal mentorship adds value to the individuals and organizations participating. After all, formal mentoring programs can help avoid the risk of unconscious bias, and provide the structure needed to maintain the mentoring relationship even when both parties are busy. Here are a few reasons why I think they’re well worth considering.

Fruitful feedback

 You don’t have to take my word for it – compelling research from Development Dimensions International illustrates some of the key benefits of a formal mentorship program. Its 2018 Global Leadership Forecast represents the responses of more than 25,000 business leaders and 2,500 HR professionals in a range of industries. According to this study, businesses that implemented a formal mentorship program saw:

  • a 20% lower turnover rate
  • a more holistic understanding of the business from all employees
  • deeper connections and higher-quality networking opportunities
  • 46% higher quality leaders
  • an increased likelihood of wisdom remaining in-house
  • 23% more critical roles could be filled immediately
  • a silo breakdown between functional groups

A robust mentorship program is one way businesses can ensure that top talent stays, develops and thrives in-house while providing meaningful opportunities for senior execs to witness their tangible impact.

Millennials and mentorship

 The Pew Research Center recently noted that millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. They’re not just the largest chunk of the workforce; your high-performing millennials also will be either the future leaders of your organization – or someone else’s. And one theme keeps cropping up in conversations about what millennials value: mentorship.

In fact, a 2016 Deloitte study found that millennials who planned to stay with employers for more than five years were more than twice as likely to have a mentor (68%) than not (32%). And 20-somethings aren’t the only ones who value credible feedback and wisdom – workers of all ages understand the benefits. When well-executed, mentorship programs engage your millennial employees and elevate the entire workforce.

Success stories

 Some of the world’s most financially successful organizations have a formal mentorship program, including such Fortune 500 companies as GE, Intel and AT&T.

In GE’s “leader in residence” program, top executives rotate responsibilities. During their residence time, they spend a week mentoring, teaching and coaching managers and employees. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Raghu Krishnamoorthy, GE’s vice president of executive development and chief learning officer, said, “By giving leaders access to deeper levels across the organization, and, in turn, providing participants access to senior leadership, we have created greater cohesiveness throughout the company.”

AT&T leaders mentor their workforce in topic-based groups called “leadership circles.” Within these circles, members communicate both online and face-to-face. The program allows for a single mentor to take on a few mentees at a time, but in a group setting, two or more leaders can collaborate and mentor several mentees together. The groups are self-organized, free-flowing and champion tenets such as teamwork and trust. This program suits the telecom giant’s workforce needs, and AT&T saw an increase in the quality of peer-to-peer mentoring as a result.

No matter the size or scope of your business, formal mentorship programs offer valuable insight and opportunities for both the mentor and mentee. If a rising tide lifts all boats, mentorship initiatives that make space for honest feedback and meaningful connections can ensure everyone floats a little higher.

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Author Bio: Oden-Hall is an award-winning public relations, communications and marketing professional with over 20 years experience driving corporate strategy for Fortune 500 companies. Her Oklahoma roots and passion coupled with her global experience and creative flair have helped her drive numerous successful strategic initiatives. She joined the Paycom team as Chief Marketing Officer in April of 2012.

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