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To drive engagement, focus on career development

By Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

Employee engagement is a cornerstone of successful organizations. Numerous studies have shown that companies with higher levels of engagement benefit from higher retention rates and productivity. However, according to Dale Carnegie, only 29 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged and almost just as many are actively disengaged.

It is a lot easier to understand and, therefore, improve employee engagement when you break it down into specific components. Some of the top drivers of engagement include work-life balance, strong communication from management, performance feedback, and career development and training. In fact, a 2014 Towers Watson Global Workforce study found that the two biggest factors that influence engagement are base pay and career advancement. Read more

Employees’ Unused Vacation Days: The Problems and Solutions

vacationBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

A strong work ethic is certainly an admirable quality to have. But we live in a society that seems to glorify being busy – paying little mind to the reality that busy doesn’t necessarily mean productive. And while most people acknowledge that taking time to relax and rejuvenate is essential, it is also becoming increasingly difficult to do. Read more

5 sessions I’m excited to attend at #SHRM16

SHRM imageBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

The Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference and exposition is coming this June, and there are more reasons to be excited than I can count. #SHRM16 is the largest human resource event in the world, and there is so much this year’s conference is set to cover. Brand new business strategies, federal and even global compliance and talent management are a few of the things I’m looking forward to learning about this year. Read more

Why employees aren’t taking vacation time, and what employers can do

vacationBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

One topic that’s talked about frequently in human capital management circles is the challenge of maximizing employee retention and productivity. Obviously, the more productive your staff can be, the more your business can achieve, but this doesn’t mean that forcing employees’ noses to the proverbial grindstone 24/7 is the best strategy. Sometimes, less time at the office is more. Read more

4 ways leaders can better manage employee conflicts

employee communicationBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

The complicated process of human capital management becomes relatively simple at times when everything in your office is going well. If everyone is living happily and harmoniously, it’s pretty easy to manage a staff.

But what about during times of chaos? What happens when there are heated moments among employees, and tensions run rampant? Suddenly engagement, productivity and retention go out the window. How can you get them back? Read more

3 ways to strengthen human capital management with a performance management tool

performance managementBy Deb LaMere, Vice President of Employee Engagement at Ceridian.

As companies seek to improve their human capital management strategies, one thing they need to do is constantly take the pulse of their employees’ performance. In order to make optimal decisions about how to handle your staff, you have to have all the specifics on how well people are doing and what improvements the group has made.

It’s important to set goals and consistently gauge employees’ progress toward meeting those goals. Often, companies use official performance reviews for this purpose, meeting with each member of the staff on a regular basis (say, annually) and evaluating their work. This approach isn’t likely going away anytime soon, but it can be bolstered by incorporating it into a broader, yearlong performance management strategy. Read more

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