Mar 14 2017

Generating a Workmates Culture: Events & Polls

Streamlining Communication Between You and Your Workmates

Clear and concise communication is imperative for any roll in a business, and the quality of a company’s internal communication sets the stage for the its future. Communication is something we do reflexively; however, doing it effectively can take a bit of finesse. If you’re able to communicate well, you can eliminate misunderstandings and help create a healthy work environment. As much as we may strive to clearly convey our ideas to our workmates, long email threads or word-of-mouth conversations can muddle the original meaning. An effective way to communicate—even the most minute piece of information—is through Workmates.

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Mar 07 2017

Showcasing a Workmates Culture: Work Anniversaries & Birthday's

Celebrating Your Workmates

Back in the day, in an unconnected offline environment, a milestone such as retirement was often celebrated in the workplace with a symbolic token, like the classic gold watch..

 The 30-year, or even 10-year, work anniversary is now a rare experience. Length of job tenure has dropped dramatically over the past couple decades, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that among employees born between 1980 and 1996, 60% are open to a new job.

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Feb 23 2017

Creating a Workmates Culture: Kudos

Cultivating an Environment of Recognition

We all crave positive feedback in the workplace. Whether it’s managers or peers recognizing the extra effort we put in, a simple “job well done!” gives us a boost of confidence and reassurance that we love and need.

But sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the everyday work grind and possible to unconsciously miss opportunities to recognize our peers on going above and beyond. These hardworking, overlooked individuals tend to become less engaged over time, inevitably affecting their performance or satisfaction.

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Feb 14 2017

Encouraging a Workmates Culture: New Hire & Company Announcements

Sparking a Sense of Community, One Post at a Time

At some point, we’ve all been pulled into a quick company pow-wow to meet the new hire. And while welcoming a new team member aboard as a group adds a sense of community to the company, schedules often conflict, leaving key members out of the loop.  Communicating effectively and efficiently in larger groups tends to be tricky, making it easy for new hire announcements, and even simple day-to-day messages to fall through the cracks.

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Feb 07 2017

Building Up a Workmates Culture: Leave Status

Keeping Your Workmates In The Loop

How many times have you seen a picture of a colleague on popular social media channel showing her snowboarding or basking in the sun on a beautiful beach before you even knew she’d be out of the office? You may find yourself asking, “Where’s Bob?” or “Will Susan be reachable while she’s out of the office?”

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Feb 01 2017

Nurturing a Workmates Culture: Company Directory

The single biggest factor that makes a company thrive is its people. A solid workforce strengthens its teams, develops new ideas, keeps its leaders accountable and takes ownership of the organization’s trajectory. Keeping people informed and teams communicating effectively and swiftly is at the core of a strong organization. As Entrepreneur Magazine notes, company culture has proven to be a “must-have” rather than a “nice-to-have.”

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Jan 10 2017

HR Cloud Social Is Now Workmates

HR Cloud Social is Now ‘Workmates’

Workmates is the new team engagement app that fosters culture and recognition developed by HR Cloud.

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Jun 01 2016

The SHRM Engagement Sessions You Can’t Miss

There are more than 30 sessions at SHRM featuring employee engagement. You think that’s a lot? There are over 150 exhibitors at SHRM focused on employee engagement. Employee engagement is more than a buzzword. Here’s what you can expect to learn about the subject at SHRM.

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May 18 2016

HR Trends: The Consumerization of HR

According to a Gallup poll, only 32% of workers identify themselves as engaged employees, while 51% identify themselves as not engaged and 17% identify themselves as actively disengaged. HR managers tasked with the job of effecting change in this environment must turn to new methodologies to engage employees more fully. To this end, a growing trend in HR is consumerization.

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Mar 16 2016

A Surefire Way to Engage a Multi-Generational HR Team

Corporate mentoring is on the rise and in fact, 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. 

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Feb 16 2016

2016 HR Technology Trends Wrap Up

With fifteen years of the 21st century now in the past, HR is poised to benefit from emerging technologies more than ever before. Innovations in the field of HR technology are likely to spawn a steady uptake in adoption rates in 2016 and beyond. Here are some tech trends making splashes this year.

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Jan 26 2016

Engaged Employees are Healthier, Study Shows

Employers have known for some time that employee engagement is essential to the overall financial health of a business. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 70% of employees are either "not engaged" or "actively disengaged," costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.

However, it is not just businesses that become "healthy" with increased employee engagement. A 2015 Gallup poll reveals a strong correlation between engagement and employee health as well.

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Dec 15 2015

How HR Can Make Engagement Relevant to Managers

Everyone wants engaged employees. But let’s face it, when HR shows leadership an engagement score, what do they get? —Maybe a blank stare, questions about the numbers, changing the subject... What’s up with that? Well, the main reason engagement takes managers out of their comfort zone is they don’t get how to change engagement. Let’s fix that. 

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Nov 17 2015

Is it Time for Your Company to do a Cultural Assessment?

Those of us who work in human resources talk about company culture a lot. A heck of a lot. But let’s face it, for all the talk, company culture is tricky to define.

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Nov 04 2015

5 Most Important HR Stats of 2015

We’re now nearly through 2015, so let’s look at some of the most important statistics about HR reported in the media so far. 

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Oct 27 2015

HR Cloud Launches New Engagement Platform at HR Tech

HR Cloud drew the attention of HR Tech attendees with the release of its new Engagement Platform. Hundreds of demos were conducted at the HR Cloud booth, and HR pros flocked to the Demo Hall to see HR Cloud’s presentation.

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Sep 08 2015

Onboarding: 3 Reasons You Should Treat Employees like Customers

When we're selling to customers, we try to determine everything they'll want. After all, if we make the sale, they’ll keep coming back for more. Customer loyalty is huge in a competitive market. Tying down any loose ends and connecting on every level helps your organization achieve success. Looking for the same results with your employees? Striving for a higher level of engagement? Deeper level of loyalty? Off the charts creativity?

Serve your employees the way you serve your customers.

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Jul 29 2015

3 Huge Benefits of Building Virtual “Water Coolers”

One of the aims of any well-planned onboarding program is ensuring that new hires forge connections with existing employees. This paves the way for effective working relationships. It also, in a very human way, reinforces the company culture, as current employees will demonstrate the values, beliefs, and behaviors embedded within the organization. Here’s how you can make sure employees develop lasting connections when they start their new job.

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May 13 2015

4 Ways HR Can Impact Culture and Engagement Now

For the first time this year, culture and engagement was rated the most important issue overall in Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report. Surprising?

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Apr 28 2015

4 Workspace Elements Sure To Engage The Millennial Worker

The envelope of today's workspaces are being pushed further and further. Facebook recently moved into their new 430,000 square foot “garden-roofed fantasyland” office. Apple has plans for a new Cupertino campus that resembles a giant alien spacecraft. And a new Mountain View headquarters at Google will have miles of super-transparent glass and an interior workspace that can be reshaped by cranes and robots according to the company’s needs.

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Mar 31 2015

How to Increase Engagement by Increasing Business Literacy

We’ve all heard of the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey. The 12 indicators are an easy way to get a pulse on employee engagement. But are these indicators sufficient? Maybe there’s more to it…

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Feb 17 2015

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Start Here

In the past, employee engagement was viewed as a “reactive” measure. Engagement was seen as a way to help solve employment issues such as turnover, low morale, and labor relations claims. But, as US businesses lose about $11 billion annually due to employee turnover HR can’t sit by and wait for the next issue to solve. We need to be proactive. This means understanding what employee engagement is and implementing the right program to keep organizations ahead of the engagement curve.

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Nov 11 2014

Want to Boost Productivity? Try Focusing on Employee Engagement

Increasing employee engagement is not a strategy although many HR professionals and organizational leaders will announce they have an “engagement strategy.” Rather, engagement is the outcome after following a series of steps (the strategy) often designed to create a better work environment, promote trust, build collaboration, and sustain the organizational culture.

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Sep 09 2014

What Should You Do With Employee Engagement Data?

In the first post of this series, we discussed the SHRM Workplace Vision Study, the importance of employee engagement and the factors that influence engagement.

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Sep 02 2014

The State of Employee Engagement. How Engaged Are Your Employees?

For many employers, frustration still exists when it comes to determining what employee engagement really looks like. It’s not so much about unlocking the secrets of successful engagement but really understanding how to institute change that impacts culture and behavior.

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Feb 25 2014

Encouraging Employees to Volunteer? 4 Points to Keep in Mind

Corporate social responsibility is an opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. Many organizations have volunteer programs that encourage employees to participate in activities that give back to those around them. This type of program not only helps to enhance the community but also builds employee engagement.

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Feb 11 2014

Is Mandatory Training Really Mandatory?

Finding the right balance between mandatory training and everyday work requirements can be tough. Employees have demanding schedules with filled calendars. But add in mandatory training? Prepare yourself for all kinds of reasons why your employees can’t make it. After all, you hired them to work.

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Feb 06 2014

Shift Workers: Balancing Performance & Flexible Work Environments

Addressing the needs of working parents is one way to make sure you’re engaging your workforce. Depending on your industry, you may find that most of your employee base works non-traditional shifts, placing them outside of the home during the hours that are most beneficial to their families. One way to increase employee engagement is to help limit outside influences that cause stress during the work day and impacts their performance.

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Jan 09 2014

3 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

Employee engagement appears to be on the decline the past few years. According to a 2013 Gallup Poll, 63% of employees are “not engaged” by their current work. Ouch. This statistic makes me cringe with the thought of lost productivity and innovation to the US economy, estimated to be at $450 billion a year.

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Nov 13 2013

Create Relationships. Create Employee Engagement.

It’s been said that employees don’t leave jobs, they leave their managers. And when employees don’t have a relationship, it’s much easier for them to walk out the door. There’s really no reason to stay. So how can HR professionals encourage meaningful relationships in the workplace?

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