Four HR leaders share how their approaches to mentoring programs are solving talent challenges.
By Marta Chmielowicz
Today’s employees are happier, more productive, and more engaged when their jobs bring intrinsic rewards, or the feeling of doing meaningful work that propels their personal and professional growth. In this environment, career development is no longer a perk reserved for certain high-ranking positions—it is an expectation. In fact, according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, a whopping 93 percent of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their careers.
Four strategies that help organizations harness happiness in their workforce.
By Debra Hreczuck
Some leaders may think that caring about employee happiness somehow means sacrificing performance. Actually, the opposite is true. In order for organizations to succeed and for employees to believe in the business strategy enough to work toward improving the bottom line, leaders need to make sure they are happy, researchers say. A miserable workforce is an unmotivated workforce, and that is a recipe for stagnation or outright resistance. The truth is employee happiness is tied to performance in many areas, including recruitment, retention, collaboration, and agility. Happiness is the web of energy in an organization that keeps employees focused and efficient.
New research uncovers four key drivers to curating an impactful employee experience.
By Colon McLean and Ray Baumruk
With economic expansion and a competitive labor market, organizations are increasingly fighting to protect their bottom line while attracting and retaining top talent. This has placed more pressure than ever before on HR to focus on enhancing employee engagement and productivity. However, even as investments in pay, benefits, and other HR programs have increased over the past few years, research from Alight Solutions shows that employees and employers alike are struggling to improve employee engagement. According to the 2018 Workforce Mindset Study, an employee’s ability to get work done efficiently and collaborate and contribute on meaningful projects are factors that create an engaging workplace environment. These elements also shed light on a much larger driver of organizational success: the overall employee experience. The employee experience is the collective set of day-to-day work interactions that enable people to give their value fully and efficiently, express their authentic selves at work, and connect with other people while contributing to a meaningful corporate brand and purpose.
These best practices can ensure a successful and long-term return from disability leave.
By Kristin Tugman, Ph.D.
Understanding the psychological impact of short- and long-term disability on employees can go a long way toward successfully bringing those workers back on the job. Organizations play a pivotal role in that process. While significant effort has been made to overcome the physical barriers that prevent individuals from returning to work, what is often overlooked is that disability can be as much a psychological event as it is a physical one.
Worker confidence in the second quarter takes a hit in three of the four metrics.
By Larry Basinait
The Worker Confidence Index (WCI) for the second quarter of 2019 decreased by 5.8 points to 104.8, similar to the level in the second quarter of 2018 (104.3). An even sharper decline of 7.9 points occurred in the second quarter of 2017, suggesting seasonality as a possible cause of the drop.
Today’s multi-generational workforce has a lot potential, but will only reach it if organisations can manage its many complexities.
By Simon Kent
A long history in the paper and packaging industry means the workforce at Mondi is extremely diverse. The company has operations in over 33 countries and creates paper and packing for large, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Nestle, P&G, and Unilever. According to Group HR Director Michael Hakes, many of the company’s 26,000 employees started with Mondi straight out of school and still make up an important part of its workforce some 40 years later. Naturally, this has created an age-diverse workforce that presents both benefits and challenges.
Organizations need to provide a meaningful, human experience while fulfilling their purpose to succeed today.
By David Mallon
The “why” of work is shifting. People want meaning, and organizations may need to temper technology by focusing on the human element of work. Responding to a range of economic, social, and political pressures, organizations have been working to bring their inspirational corporate mission, vision, and values to life by operating as social enterprises as well as profit-making business enterprises. That means they are emphasizing corporate social responsibility, listening and responding to a wide range of stakeholders, stepping in to fill gaps where public programs and policies fall short, and generally playing an active role in society and operating with a higher purpose. But while serving this need is certainly part of what it means to be a social enterprise, it’s not enough on its own. To truly lead as a social enterprise, organizations must focus on the people within their four walls, as well as externally in society.
Fostering innovation and growth comes down to one thing: culture.
By Michael Switow
Guest lecturers in a Singapore classroom—it doesn’t matter if it’s a secondary school or tertiary institution, a large assembly or a small group—will find that hands are often slow to rise when it’s time to ask questions. The same is true in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.
We rank the top providers based on customer satisfaction surveys.
By The Editors
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