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Posted by Insightlink on 12/03/14

Committed Employees: An Asset to Nurture and Protect

It seems that many organizations don’t recognize that employees are not “hard-wired” to be either committed or not committed to their jobs. Rather, organizations have to earn the loyalty and commitment of their workforce every day and demonstrate to employees that they should continue to invest their dedication, creativity and enthusiasm in that enterprise.

Here are few tips on how earn that trust and commitment:

  1. Foster management talent – seek out employees who demonstrate natural leadership qualities and take action to develop those inherent abilities.
  2. Expect ongoing contributions and acknowledge them – clearly show your employees why and how their efforts help your organization meet its overall goals.
  3. Build trust, teamwork and camaraderie – be transparent about your expectations of your employees and rigorously fair in how you assess their performance without “playing favorites.”
  4. Help manage change effectively – your employees may be naturally wary of the unknown so recognize that how they perceive changes within your organization (whether positively or negatively) has a lot to do with how those changes are communicate. This includes explaining the reasons behind what changes are being made and articulating the benefits expected from those changes.

How committed are your employees to your organization? Find out by conducting our 4Cs study. Call 866-802-8095 ext. 705 for more information about our services.

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Posted by Insightlink on 12/03/14

The Rewards of Performance-Based Compensation

The Motivating Impact of Reward and Recognition

Our work with employee surveys has clearly shown that employee satisfaction with the level of reward and recognition at their organization often makes a critical contribution to their overall job satisfaction.

However, few organizations in the U.S. seem to realize this, as employee satisfaction with reward and recognition is not very high – in fact, based on our most recent norms study, the proportion of those who are satisfied (36%) is not much higher than those who are dissatisfied (33%)! Although reward and recognition encompasses more than compensation alone, there seems to be a general lack of knowledge within many organizations about this important issue and its critical role in attracting and retaining a talented workforce.


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Posted by Insightlink on 12/02/14

How to Achieve Mindfulness at Work

Having the Right Attitude Makes Happiness Happen

Lately there has been a lot of research and discussion around the subject of employee stress and the need for employers to initiate strategies to meet the needs of their employees. To succeed, however, it can’t be all one-sided as, like any relationship, it takes effort from both sides to make any relationship work.

In this way, it is important for employees to consider their own behavior and attitudes towards their work environments to ensure they aren’t sabotaging themselves. If employers and managers are making the effort, employees need to be mindful of their own feelings and how they are influencing their own opinions to ensure they are giving their work and their managers the best opportunity to be good employers. Experts agree there is a business case for being fully present and mindful of what’s going on around you. To be mindful is to be aware and intentional, in other words, “aware of what’s going on around you, aware of what’s going on inside you as a response to what’s going on around you, and being intentional about what you’re going to do next”.

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Posted by Insightlink on 11/25/14

How Google Sets Goals

This is a quite long but very informative presentation by Google on the concept and implementation of an organizational system known as OKR (Objectives and Key Results) It's useful for just about any company or person who wants to create a simple, easy-to-follow system for getting stuff done. And since getting stuff done is vital to the success of any organization, this should be required viewing for all managers.

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Posted by Insightlink on 11/24/14

The Value Of An Inspiring Manager: A Real Life Example

Feeling At Home At Work

Our articles often stress the need for immediate supervisors and managers to be well trained not only in the technical aspects of their jobs but in the "people" aspects as well. We know from our annual norms study that fewer than six-in-ten employees in the U.S. are happy with their supervisors and that only half agree that their supervisor is effective at building a strong team environment, at treating them with respect and dignity and at understanding that employees need to balance their work lives with their personal responsibilites. Sustained improvement in any of these areas would likely increase satisfaction with supervisors everywhere! 

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Posted by Insightlink on 11/24/14

Good Leaders Focus on the Positive

Acknowledging Contribution is the 6th 'C' of Employee Engagement

As our most recent employee norms study showed, only about half of all employees are actively engaged in and committed to their jobs. Most employees have ‘checked out’. The reality is that organizations that do a better job of engaging their employees are more productive and therefore more successful and one of the simplest and most effective ways to engage people is to demonstrate and acknowledge how others are contributing to their organizations success. When employees see that their effort matters, they are more likely to be inspired to do a good job.


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