By Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Experience, Ceridian
We’re now halfway through winter. And though spring is in less than 60 days away, the dreary weather of winter is just starting to hit its peak. For many people, snow storms, extreme cold, and other inclement weather conditions can be the source of a wide range of frustrating disruptions – from commuting delays to school cancellations. Add in a spike in workers getting sick and it’s easy to see why winter can often hamper the motivation of employees. Read more
Building an effective workforce is harder than you might think. It requires a complete, well-rounded approach to human capital management, and that means more than just taking care of payroll and benefits. Beyond that, it requires effective leadership. If your staff is going to achieve at the highest possible level, it needs leaders who are willing to push people to give their best work.
Ceridian’s research shows that this is more difficult now than it’s been in the past. In a previous era – say, the 1950s – people were more engaged with their jobs and passionate about the work they did. That’s not so much the case anymore, as millions of Americans are struggling to motivate themselves to get through a day of work. Read more
The ultimate goal for most managers is to lead a workforce that’s engaged, highly motivated and contributes positively to the organization’s bottom line. This can be difficult, though. It doesn’t take much for employees to become disillusioned and cease to be as productive as they once were.
Often, the problem is the relationship between employees and their direct managers. Whenever a worker doesn’t get along with their boss for any reason, that’s a surefire recipe for declining engagement and productivity. Read more
The positive effect that employee engagement has on employee productivity is generally understood and agreed upon. But often, HR leaders are divided about what exactly they should do to elevate engagement. For example – if you offer your staff members free lunch one day, that will certainly raise their spirits, but is that the same thing as increasing engagement? If there’s a difference, what should you be doing better? Read more
As leaders in an organization try to get a better handle on their operations and figure out what works & what doesn’t, many choose to go to employees directly. One scenario where this constructive feedback is encouraged, is during exit interviews – when a staff member quits, you can sit them down on their last day and ask them questions about their job experience.
Why are you leaving? What problems did you have with your employment? If you could do it over again, what would you change? Read more