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Unlocking the Secrets of Employee Engagement

More studies from sources like Gallup and Forbes have been finding that employee engagement is an almost sure-fire way to improve a business’ bottom line. However, it’s easy to say it’s great that engagement can improve profitability, loyalty and productivity while decreasing turnover. The hard part is figuring out how to engage employees. According to the study done by Gallup, only 13% of employees said they actuall
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Creating Events That Are Both Professionally and Personally Meaningful: Spark Camp

In order to break away from traditional event structures, Amanda Michel, Andy Pergam, Matt Thompson and Amy Webb decided to create an event of their own: Spark Camp. After putting together 5 sessions, the Spark Camp founders put together a list of 10 values they put into each of their events: 1) People are the key ingredients: Spark Camp goes for quality over quantity in their attendees and look to invite 70 people w
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Fostering a Mindful Workplace

In times where new information and technologies are constantly being created, it’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed in both the workplace and on a personal level. Policies, procedures and routines can quickly become out-dated and inefficient. In order to keep pace with an ever-changing environment, researchers like Ellen Langer have helped to develop the simple technique of mindfulness in order to reduce these
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Coffee Break Customer Engagement

The Hyatt Regency in Atlanta is well known for being a popular, high-end business travel hotel. With so many business clients coming in and out every day, the hotel’s restaurant often experienced long line-ups for coffee every morning before executives headed out for their daily meetings. While these clients were used to the wait, Jin Pyen, the hotel’s Travel Sales Manager saw this as an opportunity for a creative wa
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Making the Connection Between Employee Recognition and Engagement

Having an engaged company won’t only lead to a happier workplace, it is also more likely that an engaged culture will foster innovation, creativity, and productivity and eventually lead to happier clients. Engagement doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly thing to attain either. According to a study by Aberdeen Group, employee recognition was found to be the biggest determinate for engagement in top companies acros
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Clayton Christensen: Thinkers50 Top Mind in Business

While we’ve already taken inspiration from Thinkers50 as an organization that shares the best management ideas in the world, we also know that there are quite a few inspirational individuals behind the group itself. To celebrate their great minds, Thinkers50 held an award gala last November and Clayton Christensen came out on top. Known as an innovative thinker in management, Christensen’s breakthrough novel, The Inn
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TAKING THE COMPLEXITY OUT OF GIVING AND GETTING FEEDBACK

15Five’s online software creates five-question weekly reports that “take 15 minutes to write and five minutes to read,” hence the name. It takes the complex challenge of gathering and organizing feedback and transforms into something that doesn’t take much effort or time. As a result feedback actually happens frequently and becomes a continuos flow of actionable information. Read more about it on Wired here
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Creating a Human Organization

Innovation can be a key attribute for helping a company stand out from the competition, especially in the fast-moving world of software development. At Menlo Innovations, CEO Richard Sheridan and his team don’t only create innovative programs, but their entire company culture is also based around the innovative concept of workplace joy. While a word like “joy” may seem unproductive and unprofitable to many businesses
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Travel IQ Survey Shows Incentive Travel is in

Incentive travel is a great way to foster employee engagement in the workplace, but the benefits don’t stop there. The Incentive Travel IQ survey identified the top company benefits incentive travel can bring, and in 2012 and 2013, the top 5 contenders were: 1)    Recognize Performance 2)    Increase Sales 3)    Build Morale 4)    Improve Employee Loyalty 5)    Foster Teamwork While these types of programs can produc
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How to Lead Differently

With workplaces becoming increasingly diverse and dispersed, traditional top-down leadership is becoming a thing of the past. The organizational pyramid is getting flattened and more leaders are working to collaborate with their employees on the same level to co-create and co-design through service leadership. This type of leadership has proven to be highly effective as employees get to showcase more of their compete
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