6 Key Points You Need to Know About Employee Engagement

Posted by Scott Moss

 When it comes to employee engagement, I'm sure you've heard enough about the "annual engagement survey" and benchmarking tools for one lifetime.

While these may be good things to do, this process is no longer keeping up with the times or providing actionable insight.

According to Gallup, the world is a broken workplace with only 15% of the world's one billion full-time workers being engaged at work.

Bottom line?  If you want to generate greater passion and loyalty with your employees, employee engagement is a must.

It's no secret that engagement is the most important element in making  your workplace successful and productive which creates happy, motivated employees that don't want to leave.

And in this guide (which is quite different from what you might expect) I'm going to show you everything you need to create an irresistible organization with engaged employees.

Let's figure out your next course of action...

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Work Perks - Here's 5 You Can Evaluate Today

Posted by Samantha Worgull

It’s almost become commonplace for a company to offer cushy work perks, especially as that company grows from a startup to an established business. Deciding which perks to offer your employees depends a lot on what type of culture you want to implement at your company.

There are a couple reasons why perks outside of your basic benefits (health insurance, retirement accounts, etc.) are crucial to the success of your business. First, they help keep your employees happy and engaged. And as you know, retention is the number one pain point for employers today.

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15 Employee Appreciation Ideas You Can Use Today

Posted by Samantha Worgull

It’s no secret that appreciation is one of the best ways to motivate your employees to work harder—and be more committed to your company.

When it comes to showing employees you appreciate their hard work, budgets are typically a concern for employers. However, great employee appreciation ideas don’t have to break the bank.

This list identifies 15 ways that even large companies can effectively appreciate their employees—some of which costs little to nothing and can be implemented today.

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Employer Brand: Your Company’s New First Impression

Posted by Samantha Worgull

I used to identify strongly with the “first impressions matter” logic, especially when it came to my career.

Don’t worry, I still hold myself to high standards when it comes to making a good first impression during an interview. However, I recently realized it’s becoming harder for companies to leverage a good first impression with a prospective hire due to the amount of information available with a simple Google search.

And if you work in the human resources space, you know the ball is in our court—us being the employees, the “talent” if you will. So how can a company stand out above the rest?

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9 Signs Your Company Needs An Employer Brand

Posted by Samantha Worgull

The concept of a strong employer brand goes far beyond large paychecks and plentiful benefits. And if you want to attract and retain top-tier talent, you must have an outstanding employer brand.

For those of you who are new to the employer-brand concept, here’s a quick refresher:  An employer brand symbolizes an organization’s mission, culture and spirit. It also represents how it rewards, values and engages its workforce.

Keeping these tenets in mind, we wanted to create a comprehensive guide on the importance of employer branding and how to make them choose you. In the eBook, we go over in detail the nine signs that your company needs an employer brand. (If you’d like to skip ahead and get your copy of the eBook for later, click on the button below and scroll to page 7 when you’re ready.) Otherwise, read on to learn the nine signs.

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5 Easy Steps For Delivering A Stellar Employee Experience

Posted by Samantha Worgull

The task of creating positive employee experiences can be daunting, especially for smaller companies who have tight budgets. However, delivering an excellent employee experience doesn’t have to translate to pumping lots of money into employee appreciation programs.

If your company has an exceptional hiring and onboarding process, your chances of creating a stellar experience are far greater than those who are rather laissez faire about the entire process. That was the general consensus presented by SHRM, BambooHR and Qualtrics on a recent webinar titled, “5 Stages For Delivering An Excellent Employee Experience.”

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Getting To Know Gen Z And How They Like To Work

Posted by Samantha Worgull

The Internet comes equipped with countless articles sharing advice on how to manage the millennial workforce. Lately, I’ve become more interested in learning how the next generation—Generation Z—likes to work. That’s why I wanted to attend a specific concurrent session at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition: “Engaging the Workforce of the Future: The Emergence of Generation Z”

First and foremost, I’ve found through my research that Generation Z is more easily defined than the Millennial generation—which seems to have a thousand different definitions and descriptions. Members of Generation Z were born between 1994 and 2010 and entered the workforce for the first time in 2016. Members of Gen Z are also typically thought of as being extremely comfortable with technology, and they spend a lot of their time interacting on social media websites.

By 2020, this generation is expected to make up roughly one-fourth of the United States’ workforce, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you’re an employer who is gearing up to hire fresh faces from the Generation Z talent pool, you may want to keep reading.

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The Future Of Work: 5 Takeaways From SHRM 2017

Posted by Samantha Worgull

Of all the shows I attended in my past life as an Associate Editor for a hotel trade publication, nothing could have prepared me for the crowd I encountered at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans. And I say that with the utmost positivity, because it was wonderful to see more than 15,000 attendees who care about the future of work as much as I do.

During the two days I spent attending panels, there seemed to be a lot of themes going on regarding how the workforce is changing and how the relationship between employer and employee has shifted forever. Here are my five biggest takeaways from panels I attended during the conference:

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How To Create Learning Paths That Align With Company Goals

Posted by Samantha Worgull

A learning path is a sequence of activities that allows a person to build knowledge or skill. For instance, an employee who wants to become more proficient in project management might have a learning path that includes: proposal writing, budgeting, scheduling, critical evaluation and project management. The idea being that each topic builds upon the previous and makes the employee better at project management. 

Learning paths are different from talent pools, in my opinion. A talent pool is often used as an alternative to succession planning. Organizations that aren’t ready to make the definitive statement “We’re grooming Leonard to be our next chief financial officer.” can instead identify future talent needs and provide career development opportunities.

So how do companies create learning paths? Consider the following six steps discussed in this article.

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The viperks Team Shares Business Lessons From Dad

Posted by Samantha Worgull

Every year when Father’s Day rolls around, I always find myself reflecting on the many life lessons my dad taught me growing up. My favorite “fatherly” advice? Always be yourself, and don’t apologize for it.

Surprisingly enough, this life motto has carried over into my work life—I say surprisingly because sometimes, being yourself in your career can backfire. However, it’s given me the opportunities that I want most. And if you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know that culture is of the utmost importance to us pesky millennials (aka the new workforce).

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought it would be fun to ask the viperks’ team about important life lessons they learned from dad—business and otherwise. Here’s what they had to say about how the advice helped them in their careers:

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