Survey: Employees have favorite days, times to function. If you have an especially important task for workers, a new survey suggests you should give it to them on a Monday morning and almost never late in the day. Respondents also say that even when they want to be focused and productive, they are distracted by chatty coworkers (32%), office noise (22%), unnecessary or unproductive conference calls and meetings (20%), cell phone calls/texts (15%), and unnecessary emails (11%). Read on for more data from this survey, then find out what changes in schedules or workplace environment might make your teams more productive. … [Read more...] about When Is Your Team at Peak Performance?
Retention & Engagement
Young employees have some specific expectations for jobs. Are you really prepared to walk the walk? Nearly half of Generation Z workers, those between the ages of 18 and 23, say they regret accepting a job offer, according to a recent survey; and only about half (51%) say they envision themselves having a long tenure at their organization. As regret can lead to turnover, low morale, and poor productivity, it’s important to know what Gen Zers want and how to hire candidates who are truly in sync with your organization’s culture. … [Read more...] about Gen Zers Often Regret Accepting Jobs, Make Quick Plans to Bolt
You can (and should) keep highly motivated but disengaged employees from walking out the door. Just because employees are disengaged doesn’t mean they aren’t motivated. That is the conclusion of a new report, which found that 26% of employees are motivated but unhappy. After studying over 30,000 employees, the study authors found that, while these workers are disengaged, they are highly motivated and give 100% at work. However, they don’t recommend their company as a great organization to work for, and you could lose them and their productivity if you don’t act now. … [Read more...] about Report: Unhappy Doesn’t Mean Unmotivated
Help family caregivers for loyal, productive, healthy teams. Look around your organization. With around 1 in 6 working Americans currently serving as an unpaid, primary caregiver to a family member, there is a good chance that some of these people work with you. If you think this none of your business, think again. Unpaid caregivers often come to work tired, stressed out, and emotionally exhausted, despite their best efforts to juggle work and personal life successfully. You need to be prepared to understand and support employees who are also caregivers to ensure a productive, engaged, innovative workforce. … [Read more...] about Survey: Unpaid Caregivers Need/Want Support to Balance Work, Family
A few simple, creative steps can boost employee morale, engagement, and productivity on holiday. In healthcare, there are no holidays. Like it or not, at least some of your employees will have to work when others are off celebrating with family and friends. However, there are efforts that HR and other leaders can take to make working on holidays more fun and less stressful for everyone. While free food is always welcome, there are other, creative, out-of-the-box ideas that will almost make workers happy to take the holiday shift. … [Read more...] about Take Working on Holidays from Drudgery to Dynamite
Survey details top issues that cause employees to feel engaged and those that make them seek greener professional pastures. According to a recent survey of 3,000 workers, overall employee engagement stands at 71%. However, diving deeper, it’s clear that they like some aspects of their employment more than others. For instance, respondents said they’re happiest with their jobs (70%) and the people at their company (69%). Just 64% cited their manager and 60% the organization itself as greatest sources of satisfaction. Read on to find out what specific benefits and opportunities people say drive employee engagement. … [Read more...] about Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Survey suggests that employees much prefer regular check-ins to traditional annual reviews. Increasingly, employees say that they would much rather have employers do regular check-ins than count on annual reviews to discuss performance and determine raises and bonuses. For instance, in one recent survey, 84% of respondents said that frequent check-ins are important to them. Among Generation Zers, 90% says these face-to-face interactions are important; and 40% of these younger workers say they are very important. While the annual review may still serve a purpose, it’s important to determine if more frequent check-ins might contribute to employee retention and engagement, especially among younger employees. … [Read more...] about Are Annual Performance Assessments Still Useful?
Offering popular benefits can draw talent to your organization like a magnet. Fully company-paid medical insurance is at the top of employees’ benefits wish list, according to a new survey. Only 23% of employees said they are lucky enough to enjoy this perk, while 59% said don’t have it but want it. Partially company-paid medical insurance doesn’t cut it, as 56% said they have it and only 5% who lack it said they want it. Schedule flexibility and the ability to work from home also made the list of perks employees yearn for. … [Read more...] about How Can You Make Employees’ Benefits Wishes Come True?
More Americans are working longer, and they’re not afraid to take on new challenges. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 40% of people age 55 and older are actively looking for work--because they don’t want to retire or can’t afford to stop working. This demographic, experienced individuals with an eagerness to work, can be a viable source of job candidates and a solution to your workforce shortage. HR should understand who these workers are and how they might be assets for your organization. … [Read more...] about Older Workers Represent Golden Opportunity to Solve Workforce Shortage
Gain a hiring edge: Learn today about the needs, wants of tomorrow’s workforce. Today’s teenagers and college students will be tomorrow’s job candidates and employees. In your efforts to appeal to this demographic and understand how they might fit in with your organization, take a look at the class of 2016. Their habits, attitudes, interests, and philosophies speak volumes about the newest generation of American workers. … [Read more...] about A Message from the Class of 2016