10 Ways to Combat Workplace Burnout

By: Alicia CrokeThu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Millennial women are burning out fast in the corporate world, and it is not just due to childcare. According to Fast Company, "As only 11% of women choose to leave the workplace permanently to have children, the other reason for this gap can be traced to high expectations that companies place on their employees in always-connected work environments."

As a millennial woman who works with other millennial women, I have seen this play out across industries and lifestyles. And it's not just millennial women that are burning out. "And while it's true that women tend to be more stressed than men, burnout is something that affects millennial overall—the most stressed out generation ever, according to the American Psychological Association," according to Fortune. 

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Topics: Execution, Employee Engagement

5 Employee Engagement Blunders to Avoid

By: Alicia CrokeTue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In the past year, employee engagement has been a hot topic: how to encourage employees, how to measure it, and why it's important. Not so much has been mentioned about what not to do. How do you avoid decreasing employee engagement? I did some research on common employee engagement blunders and pulled them together for you.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

How to Keep Employees Engaged

By: Alan GehringerWed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Financial rewards are just the beginning of what keeps employees active in their job role. Another, more overlooked factor, is job satisfaction. Just like you want to be a part of the company and commit to the success of it, so too do the workers. But, you are also the main character in the story who can either band these individuals together or break them apart through engagement or lack thereof.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

The Shadow Side of Employee Engagement

By: Jessica WishartSun, Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Most companies these days are actively striving to engage more employees… and most think of engagement as a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected of them and perform at higher levels of productivity. This sounds great, until you look around and realize that your employees aren’t engaged - they’re burnt out. All those late nights and crucial projects eventually lead to making mistakes, missing work, losing enjoyment for the job and life in general, physical issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, and stomach issues... Increased productivity and high performance are great, but only if they are sustainable over time. Burnout can be even more costly than low levels of employee engagement, so when you design your culture for high performance, be sure to set expectations that are realistic for your team and to take steps to specifically prevent burn out.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Don't Count Out Baby Boomers Just Yet (Infographic)

By: Alicia CrokeFri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

There is a shift in the workforce, and it's not from the much-maligned millennials.

According to a recent New York Times article, "Nearly 30 percent of women 65 to 69 are working, up from 15 percent in the late 1980s, one of the analyses, by the Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, found. Eighteen percent of women 70 to 74 work, up from 8 percent." The study also found, "If people work when they’re younger, economists say, they’re more likely to work when they’re older."

The workplace might be changing, but its demographic isn't shifting as fast as everyone thought it would.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

10 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Your Manufacturing Company

By: Alan GehringerTue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I grew up in a manufacturing family. My grandmother had her own manufacturing company, and my father was a partner in a local manufacturing company. I still have very fond memories working in and running the business. It was like one big happy family - most of the time, that is. We had employees that stayed with us pretty much from the beginning and that would be close to forty years in some cases. How do you get employees to stay with you for the long term and contribute to the best of their ability? One of the answers is to ensure they are treated with respect, appreciated, and given the opportunity to be fully engaged. Being fully engaged means different things to different people, but here are some key approaches to consider. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Employee Engagement

8 Steps to Engage Employees with an Incentive Compensation Plan

By: Guest BloggerThu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our guest blogger today is Howard Cox, CPA, CMA, CIA. Launching his career with a Big Four firm in 1983, Howard established his own practice just four years later—and, in late 2001, merged his independent CPA firm into Somerset CPAs and Advisors' operations. Currently, Howard focuses on general Business Advisory, Mergers and Acquisitions and PPACA Compliance engagements, and also conducts informative presentations for clients, as well as outside events.

Position Scorecards help maximize the return on investment from your players by creating a culture of discipline and accountability. You can further increase engagement by ensuring that your compensation system aligns your players’ best interests with overall team goals. This is accomplished through integrating Position Scorecard results into an overall performance based incentive compensation system.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

By: Liz McBrideSun, Mar 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

What do you hear at work? Talking? Laughter? What do you see? Is your team bouncing from desk to desk, chatting in the hallway, smiling at their peers? Do you see your team leaning into deep discussions around a conference table?

In some company cultures, hearing laughter and seeing employees huddled in a discussion could leave one feeling as though the team is slacking off. When World Emblem, a manufacturer of apparel decorations, transformed the Miami office to an open working area, it created a new vibe. Hearing talking and belly laughter was music to the CEO, Randy Carr’s ears. There were no walls to separate teams from one another and the buzz of employee engagement was brewing.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

It's Better to be Unemployed than In a Job You Hate

By: Alicia CrokeThu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Your job is important - it's where you spend most of your waking hours. So when the Australian National University recently released a study about how your employment affects your mental health, I was interested.

According to the study, it is better to have no job at all than to have a bad job. "Those who moved into optimal jobs showed significant improvement in mental health compared to those who remained unemployed. Those respondents who moved into poor-quality jobs showed a significant worsening in their mental health compared to those who remained unemployed."

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Topics: KPI, Employee Engagement

7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

By: Liz McBrideSun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the carb-loaded goodies brought in, yet, hopeful about what lies ahead. The plan is incredibly clear in your minds, and you are all on the same page with Winning Moves to test, the theme, targets, and plan. So, how do you get your next level of leadership engaged? Especially, if you anticipate some pushback?

Your next level of leadership wasn’t privy to the data shared, the discussions weighed or the tray of chocolate chunk cookies. If your plan to gain alignment with your next level is limited to an hour long presentation, the only thing that will stick from your planning session is your puffier exterior from the above-mentioned cookies.

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Topics: Execution Planning, Employee Engagement