May 20, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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Innovative Employee Wellness Engagement Activity

It’s WOW Wednesday! HR leaders, execs, and managers: How do you WOW the people who go above and beyond for you in your business? Or, how have you been WOWed?

Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Scarlett.
She says: “We do a wellness engagement activity that involves wellness pen pals. Where we set up employees with a wellness pen pal. We supply them with funds to buy healthy snacks and employees create a profile of items they like or may be allergic too. They then send and package to their pen pal bi-monthly.”

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May 6, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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National Nurses Week – Appreciation Ideas to Get Started

 

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week 2015 starts today, May 6th, 2015 and goes through to May 12th. 2015. It’s a great time to recognize the compassionate and skilled nurses that make such an important difference in healing and care. How will you be showing your appreciation for nurses’ hard work, compassion and knowledge?

Here’s a couple ideas for showing your appreciation this week:

Health care organizations with a culture of employee recognition for their nurses and staff have better patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. In a Gallup study of 200 hospitals, they found that the number one variable correlating to mortality was the engagement level of nurses. The level of nurse engagement; their satisfaction and happiness at work can actually lead to saving lives. Further, in another study, it shows a strong correlation between employee engagement and reducing staff turnover and absenteeism.

Is National Nurses Week the right time to take the next steps with your health care organization’s employee recognition program? Get started today.

April 29, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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Above and Beyond Notification

It’s WOW Wednesday! HR leaders, execs, and managers: How do you WOW the people who go above and beyond for you in your business? Or, how have you been WOWed?

Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Samantha.
She says: “We have an “above and beyond” email that employees can email to recognize others. The recognized employee receives an email letting them know someone noticed their great work. Their name & what they were recognized for is then posted in the employee lounge for all to see.”

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April 22, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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New Hire Luncheon

It’s WOW Wednesday! HR leaders, execs, and managers: How do you WOW the people who go above and beyond for you in your business? Or, how have you been WOWed?

Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Carrie.
She says: “We started a ‘New Hire 6-Month Luncheon‘ where we bring new hires back in and they get meet and have lunch with senior management. They complete a questionnaire and they get to ask questions. We also provide two recognition items (a tote bag and a water bottle) with our agency logo to say thanks!”

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April 9, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Take an “Engagement Selfie”

Employee engagement is top of mind for everyone in HR and leadership roles these days.  ’What can we do organizationally to improve the percentage of our employees who are fully engaged at work,’ we ask ourselves.   Compensation packages, advancement opportunities, training, and – topping the list - employee recognition, all factor into an organization’s level of success in creating a culture of employee engagement.  In this Guest Post from Best-Selling Author Kevin Sheridan, we are reminded that it’s important for each of us to take a self-assessment of our own personal level of engagement as well.  What are we doing to optimize our own individual level of  zeal for our work. 

KevinSheridan Selfieby Kevin Sheridan

While watching the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, I took this “selfie” and it prompted me to think that every worker needs to regularly take an “engagement selfie.” If you’re not familiar with what this is, let me explain and empower you and your organization.

The Problem with Old Fashioned “Engagement Groupies”

Like Ellen’s famous Oscar selfie — or “groupie” as some called it — earlier this year, employers have been taking “engagement groupies” for years by conducting employee engagement surveys, which group individual responses to protect respondents’ confidentiality. In this process, responsibility for and ownership of engagement rests on the shoulders of employer, creating a paternalistic model where employees have no ownership of and responsibility for their own engagement.

Any relationship should be a two-way street. Whether it’s family, friend, club, church, temple, or community connections, the people involved must give and take to maintain healthy relationships. If one person is always taking and never giving back, others will likely feel the relationship is unbalanced and unfair.

In a work setting, a large part of employees’ engagement stems from their personal choices. I believe each of us wakes up in the morning empowered with the choice of approaching the day and our job with either optimism and engagement, negativity and disengagement, or the apathy that lies in the middle of this engagement continuum.

Are You Making Your Own Luck?

As an entrepreneur, I have a very special appreciation for the importance of self engagement. Anyone who has started a company from scratch could spend hours reciting all the challenges and barriers that threatened the ultimate success of their venture. Almost every successful entrepreneur I’ve known will credit their success to determination and perseverance during the times when all indicators suggested the venture was doomed to fail. Choosing optimism and passionate engagement is what carried them through.

“Luck is the point at which Opportunity meets Preparation,” is a quote attributed to many people, including first-century Roman philosopher Seneca and famed American media mogul Oprah. Whoever said it first had it right, though.

Think about it. Do you make an effort to make your own luck or are you waiting for it to appear from out of nowhere?

Why Every Employee Should Take an “Engagement Selfie”

New situations pose new challenges, and accepting a new challenge begins with choosing an attitude to deal with it. Instead of choosing the road to victimhood and disengagement, we can empower ourselves and choose positivity and engagement.

Try it. Take this free engagement selfie, which will confidentially reveal how engaged you are as an employee, as well as give you useful tips on what you can do on your own to become more engaged at work.

Taking engagement groupies is now passé and antiquated. Still, most organizations aren’t rebalancing ownership of employee engagement to be shared between employer and employees.

Gone are the days when all responsibility was placed on “the company man.”  It’s now time we rebalance the ownership of employee engagement by empowering employees to see how engaged they really are and get useful advice on how they themselves can have a powerful effect on their own engagement.

Kevin Sheridan has spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant and Keynote Speaker.  He has helped some of the world’s largest corporations break down detrimental processes and rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors in the process. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, is consistently recognized as a long overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement, and his most recent book, “Building a Magnetic Culture,” made the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-seller lists.

 

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Web page: www.kevinsheridanllc.com

Twitter: @ kevinsheridan12

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinsheridan1

Email:  kevin@kevinsheridanllc.com