The Best of 2012’s Social Media White Paper Goodness

Are you addicted to white papers, just as I am? Well, my friends at Awareness, Inc. have put together an epic list of the top 10 social media whitepapers of 2012. Enjoy the white paper goodness. And try to tweet every once in a while so we know you’re still there, K?

Source: Awareness Inc.

To help you understand important shifts in the social media landscape and how they affect marketing, Awareness Inc combed through the juiciest research findings from 2012, pulling out 10 studies and 30 essential takeaways for any successful marketer and created a guide to help you with them . The ten white papers included are:

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Survey Says… Job Feedback Ends Family Feud

More than 19 million employed Americans plan to leave their jobs in the next year. With the average cost to recruit and train one employee estimated at 2.5 times an employee’s salary, the feud between employer and employee job satisfaction could potentially cost U.S. employers $2.1 trillion. Many employers today face the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent with the right skills to move their business forward.

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Work Engaged, Work Inspired – The Benefits of Employee Engagement [#infographic]

Here’s another great infographic on employee engagement…

Engaged workers are happier, more productive, and more enthusiastic about their work. However, the majority of workers are simply spinning their wheels, costing themselves and their companies in terms of both well-being and dollars. In fact, disengaged workers are costing upwards of 370 BILLION in lost productivity annually. That’s billion, folks.

Work inspired, and help keep your team in high gear, by utilizing everyone’s strengths, recognizing others’ contributions, and building a healthy culture. The benefits speak for themselves.

Ways to engage and inspire:

  • Offer recognition – 82% of employees say recognition inspires them

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The Game of Employee Engagement Includes Enablement

Source: 3 cost-effective ways to boost employee engagement, from the March 2012 issue of CeridianVoice.
Game of EE Engagement Infographic

With 71 percent of employees “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at the end of 2011, according to Gallup, most companies can only dream of a workforce that is 100% engaged. And with 6 percent of net profits at stake for disengaged companies, according to Towers Watson, employee engagement has become a major business issue.

According to Charles Daye, senior vice president of HR for Ceridian U.S., exploring cost-effective, easy-to-implement HR technology solutions is a great place to start improving employee engagement in today’s economy.

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How Your Lover Could be Killing Your Productivity

Very few people have followed this blog from its beginnings. If you are one of those people, you might remember that my very first blog post was called, “My Crackberry is my Blankie,” and it was all about my addiction to my Blackberry and how I go to sleep with it every night. Fast forward 4 years, replace the Crackberry with my new HTC DNA, and you pretty much have the same situation. I’m so attached to my phone that I call him, Stan. And yes, I sleep with him every night. He’s my lover and he’s more than likely killing my productivity.

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Does HR Really Get It?

Original post: HR Perception vs Reality, Kenexa Blog

As HR professionals, how tuned in are we to what our employees think and feel about our organization? This year, Kenexa set out to answer this question by asking the same questions of both HR professionals and employees around attitudes and engagement. The results were disconcerting. Gaps exist between employees and employer perceptions across a variety of topics from benefits to retention.

For more information, check out the free Kenexa white paper “Employee Attitudes and Engagement” and discover how HR’s perception of engagement, pride and retention compares to the reality for employees today.

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