Industry News: September 2015

November 23, 2015 Perks Incentive Programs

Is your employee engagement strategy too employee focused?
Melcrum
Employee engagement strategies typically place a heavy emphasis on improving the work environment of employees: Do they feel listened to by their manager? Are they recognized for good work? Do they get regular feedback? Do they have the tools to get their jobs done? re their peer relationships strong? This kind of focus makes sense. Engagement with their immediate surroundings affects employees’ day-to-day sense of connection to the company…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Why The Buzz About Employee Engagement And Company Culture?
Business2Community
According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015, company culture and employee engagement is a driving issue for the top companies in the world. I hear these two words thrown around a lot, so I thought I’d take some time to explain how CultureIQ approaches these topics. What makes company culture? The environment, the setting, the social norms, the office rituals, and the language of those working in one workplace. Or more simply, it’s how things get done in an organization.What is employee engagement? Engagement is the manifestation of a strong company culture. In other words, the stronger a company’s culture, the better employees understand what is expected of them and what they are working toward…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Five ways employers can boost employee engagement
Personnel Today
Research from Deloitte published earlier this year found that employee retention and engagement has become the second highest priority for business leaders, only beaten by the challenge of building global leadership. Studies consistently show that a highly engaged workforce can deliver improved business performance in numerous ways including revenue and profit growth, customer satisfaction, higher productivity, staff retention and efficiency….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Recruiting Employees — and Their Friends — to Market Your Brand
Entrepreneur
In the digital economy, the task of building a company’s brand is more complicated than ever. Unlike the 20th century, where advertising and marketing events defined and differentiated brands in the consumer minds, 21st century companies must compete in real-time among a sea of voices constantly fighting for attention from their audience….Link to complete article (opens in new window)

3 Important Tips for Hiring the Best Employees
Entrepreneur
Choosing the right hires for your organization — whether it’s a startup or otherwise — is crucial to building a thriving business. And while the importance of hiring the right people can’t be downplayed for any business, there may be more challenges for startups, including tight resources, uncertainty, or the fact that candidates may never have heard of your company…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Millennials will reinvent charity
CNN
My niece Sarah is one of the do-gooders with an entrepreneurial bent who’s blurring nonprofit and for-profit activities. Through micro-lending, Individual Development Accounts, creative marketing and a novel kind of stock offering, these disruptors are re-imagining charitable giving and re-purposing investment tools.Now we need policies and financial instruments to catch up to the movement…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

5 Ways Giving Is Good for You
GreaterGood
Holiday shopping can be terrifying, yes. But research suggests it’s worth it: New studies attest to the benefits of giving—not just for the recipients but for the givers’ health and happiness, and for the strength of entire communities.Of course, you don’t have to shop to reap the benefits of giving. Research suggests the same benefits come from donating to charities or volunteering your time, like at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter…Link to complete article (opens in new window)

The science behind why people give money to charity
The Guardian
There are several questions that have fascinated behavioral scientists for decades: why do people ignore information that is right in front of us? Why do we seem to care so little about our long-term futures? And why do we give money to charity? Behavioral science can help us to unpack the question further… Link to complete article (opens in new window)

When it comes to employee education, businesses need to go back to school
FinancialPost
The traditional route to success has been that children go to school, take their learning further in university or college and (with any luck) graduate into the workforce where they apply their chosen trade. While it’s common to hear someone say they “learned more in their first couple months at a job than they ever did in school,” for the most part education has ended as soon as the students are handed their caps and gowns… Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Tuition Reimbursement: A Benefit for Some Employees and Employers
Forbes
Several years ago, the company I worked for offered — and most likely still offers — a benefit I find valuable: a free education. Included in the benefits package was reimbursement for certain tuition expenses. The company would pay ninety percent of all costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in any field as well as the same percentage of expenses for earning a master’s degree related to the employee’s field. Job-related certifications were also covered by the employer. There were some caveats for receiving the reimbursement, but there weren’t many hoops to jump through… Link to complete article (opens in new window)

Discover Employees Volunteer Time to Help Nonprofit
DailyHerald
Nearly 500 employees from Discover Financial Services descended on the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake on Thursday to volunteer their time to support nonprofit groups through Chicago Cares. Volunteers from the company’s business technology department filled the exhibition hall as they painted murals, built planters boxes and benches and worked on the sprucing up the fairgrounds… Link to complete article (opens in new window)

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