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Building A Social Business – It’s Not Just About Technology

The 8 Step Guide to Building a Social Workplace While social business has become a hot buzzword over the last few years, the evidence of success has been hard to capture and measure. Successes are much more clearly identified and defined when it comes to technology and collaboration platform adoption, but much the lines become more blurry when it comes to emotional, cultural impacts and business successes as a result of becoming a social workplace.

It’s no wonder that the industry has entered what Gartner refers to as the trough of disillusionment.

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Top Employee Engagement and HR Goodness for 2013

social-workplace-best-in-award_300Our addiction to reading every whitepaper we can get our grubby little hands onto means that we are able to share our favorite ones with you. So far this year, we’ve seen many insightful studies on talent management, employee engagement, and social business from  big companies such as Blessing White, Gallup, and Towers Watson. We’ve loved all of them. But you might be surprised to learn that some of our favorite whitepapers are also from some lesser known companies, and we’re glad to highlight them here as well. Enjoy.

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Commit. Engage. Excel. Keeping and Engaging Your Talent.

Commit, Engage, Execute.TalentKeepers just released its 2013 Talent Engagement and Retention Trends Survey Report which is now the largest and longest running study of its kind.  This year’s research signals another shift in nearly every aspect of how organizations manage human resources is underway, and finally this time the shift is signaling a brighter outlook. This optimism shows up in a wide range of measures as organizations gain confidence and take a longer view in planning their talent strategies.

In all, it’s a great, comprehensive report and a valuable read for any human resources and employee engagement leader and practitioner.

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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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Sustainable Engagement isn’t an Event, It’s an Experience

Image courtesy of SummerHill Group http://www.summerhillgroup.ca/employee-engagement.phpJust when you’re thinking you are wrapping your arms around engagement, there is a new ( or not so new, depending on your point of view) and robust approach to engagement. There is no doubt that there is a clear relationship between high levels of employee engagement and improved financial and operational results.

The question — and challenge — for organizations, then, is how to continuously draw out that coveted discretionary effort from employees so that it becomes an ingrained workplace practice or behavior. And so what we’re seeing is that engagement is not just an event… it’s an experience that shapes employee behavior and performance in positive ways. And it  presents a new definition of engagement — sustainable engagement — designed for the  21st-century workplace.

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