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 […]
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.
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...
Saying ‘Thank You’: Taking It Back to the Basics
November 24, 2015
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has heard, “Now, what do you say,” after receiving a gift or kind gesture. We were schooled to be respectful from the time we were toddlers.
7 Deadly Sins of Employee Engagement
October 14, 2015
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.
3 Untold Secrets to Employee Engagement
April 2, 2015
For many years, employers’ main focus was largely customer satisfaction; however, the day has arrived where employee satisfaction is now equally important. By increasing visibility and transparency, social media has turned company cultures inside-out. Corporate decisions, once kept in the dark, are being disclosed and heretofore—unknown issues, like disengagement, have found the light.
True Confessions: The Biggest Mistake Organizations Make in Employee Surveys
February 6, 2015
Your company issued an engagement survey. Employees were enthusiastic about participating, and did. The results are in. Now what do you do?
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
August 19, 2014
It’s five o’clock somewhere; can you access your payroll information? For instance, can you easily pull past pay stubs, enroll in benefits, request time off or submit your time sheet right from your phone or laptop? If not, you’ll be delighted to know this is all possible with the proper technology.
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 […]
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.
Is There a Disturbance in Your Workforce? May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 2016
A short time ago in an employee suggestion box not far, far away, this note from a disengaged staffer was found.
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 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.
One for All: Tomorrow’s HR Tech Empowers Everyone
September 22, 2015
The future of HR technology lies in software that is an intrinsic part of your culture, workforce processes and employee training and development. Its permeation throughout your organization will help distribute the administrative responsibilities that often burden HR departments, as well as align the goals of your people with the organization. This foundation will reduce compliance risk, deliver more comprehensive analytics and foster a strategic environment where HR is a proactive business partner.
Redefine Employee Engagement Today for a Prosperous Tomorrow
March 18, 2015
Whether it’s improving employee engagement, increasing growth opportunities, achieving greater efficiencies or expanding skill sets, organizations across the country have similar goals. That means they also face many of the same challenges. With the correct learning management system (LMS), organizations can better meet these demands, while also creating a more nimble and productive workforce.
Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell: 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Employees
February 5, 2015
Some employers believe they know everything about the company, but we believe your employees would disagree. And it’s not entirely your fault. As businesses scale from small start-ups to large enterprises, the lines of communication between management and the rest of the workforce begin to blur, making it all the more challenging to remain in tune with all parts of your organization.
How to Defeat the Summer Blues in the Workplace
July 22, 2014
Are your employees struggling to stay motivated? Are they longing to be outside, on the beach? Are they lacking in engagement and productivity because the only thing on their mind is the warm summer breeze? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, chances are your employees are experiencing the Summer Time Blues.
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?”
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.
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.”
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.
An Open Letter to HR
July 15, 2015
Juggling benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding is quite the act to pull off. These are laborious tasks that need to be tended to, but there are also other items and forums where HR must assist. Take, for instance, any time employees want to know how their sick time accrues or need their last two pay stubs for income verification.
Company Wellness Programs: Bank or Bust?
February 26, 2015
When it comes to company wellness programs, 88 percent of employees feel their employer has no significant impact on their overall well-being. “But wait,” an employer might say, “we have a company gym to promote wellness, right?” Unfortunately, the Field of Dreams line of “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t apply here. Well-being includes elements other than the physical kind.
5 Ways Businesses Can Engage Employees … and Keep Them!
September 16, 2014
Every successful company knows the key to employee retention is engagement, yet according to a study by Dale Carnegie & Associates, 71 percent of all employees are not fully engaged. That means nearly three-quarters of the workforce are not performing to their best ability, which negatively affects revenue and morale.
Job Fulfillment – Not Work-life Balance
June 25, 2014
Bottom line: We need to redefine how we think about work. Work-life balance presumes that work is a burden, when it doesn’t have to be. The problem is not what we are trying to accomplish with “work-life balance,” but in how we address it. Instead of work-life balance, why not focus on job fulfillment? Doesn’t that already sound better?