10 Ways to Inspire Employee Loyalty and Commitment

How to Build Successful Employee EngagementImproving Employee Engagement is not the product of one initiative. Organizations need a framework to achieve significant improvement in engagement. Sequencing and content of the initiative are critical, as is communication.

There have been many traditional approaches to improving Employee Engagement, including Leadership Training, Company-wide ‘Programs,’ Learning & Development and other such initiatives.

Given the experiences of the traditional approaches outlined above, most organizations struggle to shift Employee Engagement more than a couple of percentage points. In discussing this with CEOs, as well as Human Resources and Organizational Development Executives, it became clear that new approaches were required to create a significant shift in Employee Engagement.

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Five Recognition Myths that Hinder Employee Engagement | #infographic

Employee Recognition | Image courtesy of @mcfrecognitionThe value of a measurable recognition strategy is far reaching for employers and by conquering common misconceptions, organizations can help elevate employee engagement and promote a more positive and productive workplace.

In order to dispell common myths about workplace motivations, Michael C. Fina, a leading provider of global employee recognition and incentive programs,  recently released a Top 5 Myths of Employee Engagement infographic.

“Employee engagement goes far beyond salary raises and bonuses—employers should take a close look at what motivates their unique employee base,” said Ashley Fina, president of Michael C. Fina. “Companies that make the commitment to recognize and show appreciation for employees are more likely to have a happy and inspired workforce.”

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The Dollars and Sense of Employee Happiness

Yesterday, I wrote a post on how you are in charge of your own employee happiness, so this recent post and infographic by Good.co on the high cost of unhappy employees is timely and relevant. As Good.co writes, unhappy employees have a direct impact on the financial success of the business so it only makes sense that companies evaluate how best to create a balanced culture and workplace that recognizes, develops and connects employees.

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You Are in Charge of Your Own Employee Happiness

There is so much conversation lately around employee engagement and how to make employees happy and I fullheartedly embrace and participate in all of it. There’s also the sentiment that having an engaged workforce doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a happy workforce — which is absolutely true as well. Afterall, employee engagement and job satisfaction do not necessarily equate to employee happiness.

And why is that?

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The Traits of a Social Employee

As explained in the book, The Social Employee: How Great Companies Make Social Media Work, there can be no mistaking that brands’ relationships to both their customers and employees are changing. In the digital bazaar, the authentic voice of the social employee can be a brand’s most powerful asset in forging long-term, dynamic relationships with customers and other important members of online communities.

So, how do you find your social employees? Employee engagement, their inclusion of their profession in social media, their commitment to the company, their ability to collaborate, their listening skills, their customer skills and their ability to influence change in the organization are all traits of a fantastic social employee. Here are seven distinct traits of a social employee:

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The Art of Corporate Storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good story? I know I do. Especially one that inspires me to think differently or incites me to do something.

I also like to find stories elsewhere… especially ones that have personal meaning to the people who tell it. Every company has a story and the best way tell it is through the people who LIVE it.

In a recent post, O.C. Tanner says “every team has a narrative, and every company could do better at incorporating storytelling into recognizing their employees. Whether your company has an epic story, a storied history, or has a vision of the future, the way you recognize your employees’ efforts and contributions should be tied to the stories you tell.

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