8 Powerful Onboarding Strategies to Engage New Employees
Don’t let new hires go into their first day blind.
How many employees worldwide do you think are truly engaged and enthusiastic about their work? 30%? Maybe 50%? Plot twist: it’s just 15% according to Gallup, which is a huge financial drain for businesses considering that offices with engaged employees are as much as 43% more productive.
With all of this in mind (and our own Onboarding Summit almost upon us), we thought it was the perfect opportunity to go back-to-basics with our list of 8 Powerful Onboarding Strategies to Engage New Employees:
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 10
Six Tips for Achieving Work-Life Integration
Let’s be honest, there is no separation between work and life.
Work-life balance is one of those things everyone talks about, but no one seems to achieve. It’s like an imaginary destination no one ever really reaches. Find out why work-life integration is a much better goal for many reasons, not the least of which is that we can actually hope to achieve it.
Let’s be honest, there is no separation between work and life. And no such thing as work-life balance. No matter how hard we try to reach equilibrium, somehow, we always fall short. Employees everywhere are familiar with the intense struggle between the daily stress of deadlines and assignments at work and finding personal time for outside interests. Time at work often interferes with home life, causing us to stay late or work all hours of the day or night. In the long run, this lack of personal time leads to higher stress levels and a lack of concentration. When these things happen, productivity plunges.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 9
Improving Emotional Intelligence at Work
It’s the secret to happier, more engaged employees who work better together.
Emotional intelligence is crucial in the modern workplace. It’s the secret to happier, more engaged employees who work better together. Which means it’s the secret to higher performing teams that drive fast n’ furious business growth.
Improving emotional intelligence in the workplace isn’t some fluffy, sounds-nice people goal. It’s a business-critical strategy that helps unlock maximum value from your biggest competitive asset – your people.
But emotional intelligence comes more naturally to some folks than others and improving your workforce’s EQ is easier said than done.
The following eight ways to improve emotional intelligence in the workplace will put you on the path to get the most from your people.
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Considerations for Rehiring Employees
Rehiring employees can be beneficial to your organization.
Whether it’s a response to the tight employment market or seasonal employment rehiring, former employees are becoming more common. Rehiring employees can be beneficial to your organization, especially if they were strong contributors. You could save time and money since they are familiar with your business, and you do not need to provide them with the in-depth training required for onboarding new employees. A former employee also might have worked elsewhere since leaving your organization, which can be an opportunity to bring new skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas to your workplace.
There are also legal implications and potential liabilities to consider.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 7
Engagement is Really Just Connection
The modern workplace suffers from a false sense of connectivity.
The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and wellbeing in the workplace worldwide than ever before.
Not only does this disconnection lower each individual’s happiness, it can also lower innovation, teamwork, collaboration, passion, enthusiasm and ultimately bottom-line business results. So, what’s the answer?
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 6
5 Alternatives to Pay Raises to Engage Employees
Often, it takes more than a bigger paycheck to keep employee engagement up.
While making more money is a good motivator, it should not be the end-all when it comes to encouraging your employees to be more engaged. If you think that a bigger paycheck is the only way to achieve higher engagement levels, consider these five alternatives.
1. Focus on Overall Wellbeing
Given that only half of employees think wellbeing is a strong part of their organization’s culture, there is definitely room for improvement. In addition to the more obvious perks like PTO, employees need a more holistic vision to corporate wellbeing initiatives, including a focus on physical, emotional, social, and financial needs. Put practices into place now that both acknowledges these needs and considers each of them equally.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 5
Using Mindfulness to Infinitely Increase Your Capacity at Work
Perhaps you’ve heard of the term, mindfulness, but don’t know exactly how to be more mindful
What can you do to take control of your nervous system when your schedule feels jam-packed, you work in an open office, and there are dings and whistles from your phones and emails all day? Perhaps you’ve heard of the term, mindfulness, but don’t know exactly how to be more mindful. Aren’t you using your mind all the time?
The answer? Meditate my friend.
Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to this moment without judgment, and is cultivated from a daily meditation practice. A few deep belly breaths and we bring more oxygen to our brain, our heart rate calms down, we let go of thoughts of the past or future, and we bring our full self to the moment and our work.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 4
Tips for When a Key Employee Moves to a Competitor
As with most things in life, you should hope for the best but plan for the worst
In the event that a valued employee leaves to join a competitor. This article contains some helpful tips to keep in mind following such a move by a key employee.
I. Stay On Good Terms With The Former Employee Whenever Possible
Once your employee announces that he or she is making the jump to a competitor, ending the relationship on amicable terms can benefit you down the road. It may very well turn out that the employee’s experience and knowledge of past or ongoing projects become critical to the resolution of a future problem or dispute. For that reason, among many others, it is better to remain civil despite the negative feelings that frequently percolate in these kinds of situations.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 3
8 Tips on Making the Job Description Stand Out
A few short and simple tweaks can have a powerful impact.
Nowadays, the majority of job descriptions look the same. They have the same structure and use the same phrases as if HR professionals had read the same manual, “How to write a job description.” Therefore, it’s not surprising if they get the same, unsatisfying results.
Fortunately, there are some ways you can enrich and enhance your job description to make it stand out.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 2
4 Predictions for HR and Talent Acquisition In 2019
The recruiting industry was in a constant state of change throughout 2018.
In the last 12 months, we faced an historically tight labor market, the initial impacts of Google’s entry into the talent acquisition space, and the gearing up for and the introduction of GDPR.
Additionally, new technology disrupted the industry daily with mobile, social, and AI leading the charge.
With the New Year fast approaching, let’s take a look back at some of the top recruitment news of 2018 and how key trends might transition into 2019.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 1