January 12, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Congratulations on Your Employee Engagement! 5 Lessons Engaged Couples Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement

rings2A friend of mine recently popped the big question to his lovely girlfriend, and she is now sporting an enormous engagement ring.   When I heard the news, obviously I was delighted for them.  Embarrassingly, the words “Congratulations on your employee engagement!” came out of my mouth.

This clearly is a sign that I spend too much time immersed in the HR industry.  That oh so popular buzzword  ”employee engagement” is everywhere in HR articles, news and conversations.  It is the new Holy Grail of management and leadership.   I would never do anything so cheesy as compare my dear friend’s engagement to be wed to employee engagement in the workplace….

Or would I?

I can’t help it.

Here are 5 lessons happily engaged couples can teach us about  healthy employee engagement in the workplace.

They Share Common Goals

In a healthy relationship that is heading toward marriage, two people begin to realize that their hopes and dreams for life are aligned.  They begin to work toward the same goals.  Maybe those goals include raising a family together, or serving in the community, or building a home together.  In healthy workplace relationships, employees and leadership share a common vision.  It is on leadership’s shoulders to make sure that everyone in the organization has an opportunity to understand the mission of the group — what are we trying to accomplish when we come into work every day?  And in healthy workplaces, employees don’t sit back and let leadership own the goals.  Engaged employees dig in and  own their role in helping the vision come to fruition.

They Have Fun Together

Isn’t it sweet how engaged couples are always smiling?  They love being around each other.  They have fun together.  So it is in a healthy workplace.  One of the leading drivers of employee engagement is a positive relationship with managers and co-workers.  It’s just common sense;  if you like the people you work with, you’re much more likely to actually want to work together.   Companies that foster employee engagement actively look for ways to build teamwork and encourage positive communication that leads to good working relationships.

Both Sides Put In the Effort

The relationship odds are not in favor for a couple where one party is putting in all the effort.  If she never returns phone calls, or pays him a compliment…or answers the door,  it’s probably not going to work out.   It’s no surprise that if leadership doesn’t put in a little effort with their staff to appreciate them; communicate with them; let them know they matter, well, chances are employees aren’t going to feel like putting in a ton of discretionary effort in return.

They Accept that Not Every Day is a Bed of Roses

I’m no marriage counselor, but I contend that you don’t have a healthy relationship until you have learned how to have a fight.  I don’t mean domestic violence.  I mean learning how to express a difference of opinion and figure out how to work it out.  Two different people are never going to agree all the time.  In workplace relationships and personal relationships, it’s important to have open, transparent communication where both parties can understand each other’s differing point of view, respect each other, and come to an agreement on how to work together to move forward.

They Celebrate Together 

Not every day is filled with roses, but some days should be.  In a healthy relationship, couples set aside time to celebrate their milestones and their successes along the way.  There’s a time for rolling up your sleeves and working out the daily grind.  But every once in a while, happy couples — and happy workplaces — take time out to to celebrate and appreciate each other.

 

 

 

January 8, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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360 Recognition Platform – Video

In this video, get a peek at how Terryberry’s revolutionary 360 Recognition platform works.  It’s one hub for every one of your employee recognition platforms.  360 Recognition makes employee recognition simpler to manage, interactive and personal for your employees, and more effective for your business.

The 360 Recognition platform revolutionizes the way employee recognition works in the workplace.  It houses all of the recognition programs under one roof – service awards, peer recognition, sales awards, and more.  360 Recognition also makes it easy to expand recognition programs over time and add new recognition programs as businesses grow. It increases the efficiency, consistency, and impact of recognition programs overall.

One Hub = Better Performance

360 Recognition Platform Features:

  • A single hub to house all of your recognition initiatives from one easy-to-manage platform
  • Recognition Programs that work together - unlike stand-alone programs, the 360 Recognition platform allows your recognition programs to interact for better performance.  Service awards, peer recognition, “spot” appreciation, and performance awards share visibility for optimal recognition
  • Support Your Culture of formal, informal, and day-to-day recognition
  • Powerful Metrics and Measurements help you easily spot rising stars and assess engagement within individuals, departments, and your organization as a whole.
  • Plug and Play as Needed- easily add in recognition programs as you go.

January 6, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers
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NEW 2015 Employee Recognition Calendar

Don’t miss an opportunity to recognize, reward, and inspire this year!

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Make it your New Year’s resolution to increase employee appreciation in your organization.

 

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Learn about other free tools and recognition ideas from Terryberry to help you make the most of your employee recognition initiatives.

January 6, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Still Looking for a New Years’ Resolution? Take the Challenge – “100 Thank You Notes”

Feeling left out without a New Years’ resolution to call your own?  Try the 100 Note Challenge.  Write 100 thank you notes in a month and see how your relationships with coworkers, friends, family members, customers, or vendors change for the better.  Everyone loves to be appreciated.  A thank you note doesn’t have to be a novel.  Just a couple of quick, sincere words will mean more than you know. In the video above, Mike Byam, managing partner of Terryberry, shares about his experience with the 100 Note Challenge.

How will 100 THANK YOU NOTES change your attitude, your relationships and your success?

  • Get a better understanding of your employees’ daily successes and challenges
  • Open the door for important feedback
  • Build enthusiasm and positivity
  • Give employees a better understanding of your goals and the business’ objectives

Here are some starters for thank you notes to coworkers or employees:

Thanks for putting in the extra hours.

Welcome to the team!  I’m pleased about the skills you bring to the group.

Congratulations on the certification you received. Thanks for continuing to grow in your skills.

Great feedback from your customers. Thanks for providing excellent service.

Congrats on 100 days of perfect attendance!

Thanks for taking on new responsibilities, you are really growing your career

I appreciate how you take pride in your work. It shows.

January 5, 2015
by Jenny Watkins
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Part Two – High Altitude Employee Engagement: How Great Leaders Guide Teams to the Summit

by Kevin Sheridan, Bestselling Author of “Building a Magnetic Culture”

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Whether it’s summiting a mountain or climbing the corporate ladder, success can often be attributed to great leadership. Through my experience mountaineering and consulting with top organizations, I noticed that the best leaders focus on the same things.

Resources
Sometimes companies have to tighten their belt, but doing more with less isn’t usualy the best option. Not providing the right resources with which to work is easily as detrimental as not having the right resources on a high altitude climb. I have seen climbers relying on the wrong crampons or ice axe, which made a difficult climb even more arduous. I witnessed situations where people who had the wrong UV level of protection in their sunglasses became “snow blind” and the whole expedition had to go back down the mountain to get them off to safety and medical help.

In my 30 years of listening to employees in the workplace, I have heard some of the most unengaged complain, quite rightly, that they were made responsible for doing a great job, yet were given antiquated, worn down, or incorrect tools and equipment. As such, most of these people were extremely frustrated, and some even reported serious safety violations or accidents as a result.

Action Item: As a leader, one of the best things you can do is to make sure you are providing the right resources your employees need to flourish and achieve great workplace outcomes. Rather than assuming you’re doing this already, make sure you ask employees for their feedback. You might be surprised by what they say.

Fun
Studies have shown that laughter relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure, and speeds the flow of oxygen through the body, which ultimately reduce stress levels. In addition, both smiling and laughing release endorphins into the brain. Encouraging laughter in the workplace is a great way to make a positive impact on both company culture and employees’ wellness. Nearly all of my Best-in-Class Employee Engagement clients had proactive efforts to build laughter and levity into their workplace and culture.

We spend far too much time working not to be laughing more often. Five-year-olds laugh an average of 113 times per day. As we get older, this number continues to decrease until it bottoms out in adulthood— from age 44 to retirement with only 11 times per day. 1 To me, these statistics are rather sad.

Some of my most memorable moments on mountaineering expeditions incorporated fun into the climb or experience. Take a look at this video of blistering weather and our expedition leader’s wise crack about 80-mile an hour wind “keeping the mosquitoes down.”

Action Item: What fun can you incorporate into work next week? If you have a team meeting, find a funny story or video to help you make a point on the agenda. If you’re doing a presentation, try adding a slide with a photo that will make your colleagues chuckle. The extra effort will be well worth it!

Having the right resources and having fun may seem like simple advice for the workplace, but it’s often an opportunity for improvement. Make sure you capitalize on these quick wins for employee engagement.

 

Did you miss Part 1?  Read it here.

webinarJoin us as Terryberry hosts Kevin Sheridan for a Free Webinar on Jan 28, “Bridging the Gap: Engaging Virtual Employees”  Click to Register.

 

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Kevin Sheridan has spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant. 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.

 

Links:

Web page: www.kevinsheridanllc.com

Twitter: @ kevinsheridan12

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

Email:  kevin@kevinsheridanllc.com