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What kind of story do employees tell about your company?

In Recognition and Engagementby Lori McKnight

What kind of story do employees tell about your company?

How do you think your employees’ narrate their work stories with family and friends? Do your employees’ experiences make pleasant dinner conversation or do the kids leave the table for the full uncensored version?

CSISTARS sole goal is to help companies create workplaces where employees want to work. We want every employee story to be a positive one. Our many programs make it easier for leaders and employees to “thank” each other, feel valued and listen so you get things right and can calibrate as time goes on.

We’ve been busy researching and writing about the many ways leaders can tweak what they’re doing to improve engagement throughout the employee lifecycle.

Here are a few articles and stats to support your efforts…

On Onboarding

How would you rate your onboarding program? Only 12% of employees feel their employers do a good job onboarding.

On Employee Recognition

Recognition 101 – 3 things to remember – 75% of recognition should be non-monetary day-to-day thanks.

Recognition vs. Praise – Where do you stand? 5 stats that should convince every manager to give recognition – and give it more often.

On Nomination Programs

Has your Nomination Program become too subjective? 69% of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.

On Safety

Organizations that put safety first, create employees who do too. According to Gallup, organizations with top quartile employee engagement have 70% fewer employee safety incidents and 58% fewer patient safety incidents.

On Social Engagement

Failure is not an option…or is it? Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Take the test.

10 ways to engage employees this year. Millennials want immediate and frequent recognition. This means post-ready recognition they can “link to” and have peers “like”.

On Retention

Worried about job hopping employees? 51% of employees say they are considering a new job. Also, consider that according to Bersin by Deloitte’s research, 14% of new employees leave within the first 12 months. Ouch.

On Pulse Surveys

There’s a reason we have 2 ears and only one mouth. Over 25% of employees report being burned out and 50% state they plan to leave because of it. Do you know how your team is feeling?

Successful recognition programs start when your new hire walks through the door on the first day of work. It continues throughout the employee life cycle on an endless loop with many iterations as changes happen within the company. It requires us, as HR professionals, to design and roll out programs so employees can be successful throughout every stage in the loop. It also means using quick online polls to ensure recognition remains a priority, stays linked to your core values, and results in the employee engagement we all want to see in the workplace.

Let’s do our part to make sure dinner-time conversations leave our kids feeling motivated to join the workforce!

Have a topic you’d like us to research and write about? Send an email to Lori (lori@csistars.com) or Laura (laura.barker@csistars.com).

Author: Lori McKnight

Lori McKnight
Lori is the VP of Recognition for CSI International Inc. She has a MBA with a minor in Human Resources, is a Certified Recognition Professional and member of the SHRM blog squad. Prior to joining CSI STARS, she worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Youthography, a youth market research agency. Connect with CSI STARS on LinkedIn to learn how we cultivate a workforce that loves coming to work.