Industry News: January 2015

Video and Table Top: How Millennials Play the Game
Huffington Post
The way people get their games has changed; smart phones and tablets are the reason why. Manufacturers and marketers are working to get their products in front of this new generation. What worked before, doesn’t work any more….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

6 Things Wise Leaders do to Engage Their Employees
Forbes
An article in the New York Daily News reports that nearly 70% of U.S. employees are miserable at work.   According to the story, research conducted by the Gallup Poll suggests that the majority of American’s dislike or feel disengaged on the job. Needless to say, this is disturbing news. It’s also an indicator that leaders are having trouble finding ways to stimulate engagement with today’s employees – a workforce that is much more diverse and younger than ever before…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Assessment: What’s Your Personal Productivity Style?
Harvard Business Review
When it comes to personal productivity advice for knowledge workers, one size doesn’t fit all. In fact, an individual’s cognitive style—that is, the way he or she prefers to perceive and process information—can have a dramatic impact on the success or failure of time management techniques and performance enhancement strategies. …..Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Majority of U.S. Employees Not Engaged Despite Gains in 2014
Gallup
Less than one-third (31.5%) of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014. The average is up nearly two percentage points from 29.6% in 2013 and represents the highest reading since 2000, when Gallup first began tracking the engagement levels of the U.S. working population. However, a majority of employees, 51%, were still “not engaged” and 17.5% were “actively disengaged” in 2014…..Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Watch Story: National Have Fun at Work Day
THV 11
Wednesday is National Have Fun at Work Day, and it’s the perfect excuse to cut loose and enjoy yourself. Here are 5 ways to celebrate: Number one, make it fun….Link to complete video (opens in new window)

How Employee Engagement can Boost the Bottom Line
The Globe and Mail
If employees are an organization’s most valuable assets, then there’s nothing more valuable than a highly engaged work force. That’s because research has proven that job satisfaction can lead to higher sales, increased productivity, lower health care and attrition costs, and can even increase share value. A 2009 Kansas State University study demonstrated that engaged workers receive up to 25-per-cent higher job performance ratings, and employees who work in a less stressful environment tend to take fewer sick days….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Want to Emotionally Engage your Employees? Ask this Question During Interviews
B2C
Does your commitment to employee recognition fall in line with what you expected when you were an employee? In other words, do you care about employee recognition as much now, as a leader, compared to when you were a frontline employee yourself?….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Resolve to Maximize Recognition Efforts in the Workplace
CBC News
Are you getting the recognition you deserve? Are you a master recognizer? It is New Year’s resolution season and I suggest you consider maximizing your recognition efforts regardless of your role at work, in the community and at home….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

A Restaurant Just Banned Tips and Employees are Thrilled
MSN Money
A Pittsburgh restaurant just banished tips and in return, started paying employees a $35,000 salary with benefits.The restaurant, called Bar Marco, is also giving its workers health care, 500 shares in the company, and paid vacation…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

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