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The 'New Normal' and Employee Engagement
While the federal pay freeze, sequestration and last year's shutdown have certainly taken their toll on federal employees' morale and engagement, there is still cause for optimism.
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'Hacking' Engagement
A new study finds millennials are the least-engaged demographic in the workforce, and part of the problem is that millennials tend to expect more from work and their supervisors than previous generations did. What can HR do to help meet or modify their expectations?
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A Closer Look at Creativity
New research suggests companies continue to struggle to translate creativity into business performance.
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Balancing Empathy and Burnout
New insights on manager interactions with employees highlight the delicate balance between managers who are aloof and those who care so much they burn out.
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Rethinking HR's Role in Employee Engagement
Rather than leading survey analyses and developing initiatives, HR staff should be helping company leaders at all levels become more accountable for improving engagement levels -- rather than trying to do it for them.
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Leadership and the 'I' Word
A new survey finds that, even though 85 percent of respondents believe their organization supports inclusive leadership, half also acknowledge their organization lacks leaders who can manage and motivate diverse teams. So how can HR bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion?
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A Wake-Up Call on Reviews
New research finds almost half of employees aren't getting formal feedback on their work. Experts say HR needs to train managers on efficient and effective ways to deliver feedback -- both good and bad.
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Passionless in HR
A survey finds little in the way of job-related passion among U.S. HR workers. Whose fault is it, and what can be done about it?
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The Merits of 'Rank and Yank'
While its usage has recently declined, some notable organizations still embrace stack -- or forced -- ranking when it comes to employee evaluations. Some say such a method can produce 'toxic' results, while others call it the 'kindest' form of management.
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Soft Skills in the C-Suite
Ernst & Young research finds high-performing companies putting more emphasis on the development of "softer" attributes in its potential C-level leaders. HR can play a part in helping high potentials develop and master these intangible skills, experts say.
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Engaging College-Educated Workers
A recent Gallup study suggests that workers with college credentials pose a particularly difficult challenge for employers on the engagement front.
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A Mass Exodus of Millennials?
New research finds millennials leaving jobs more frequently and in greater numbers than their older co-workers. Employers and HR must put special emphasis on flexible work environments, advancement opportunities, and coaching to improve retention rates among this growing employee population, experts say.
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The Trouble With Tenure
An academic study found that workplace longevity hinders performance. But to some HR experts, it's not so cut and dried.
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Charting Their Own Path
A recent study found employees setting their own performance targets performed nearly 40 percent better than employees who were assigned goals. Experts say the employee-directed goal management approach can be advantageous, but HR must work with managers and workers to identify objectives that are fair to the employee and organization alike.
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Transformation Through Segmentation
Many companies still take a "blunt-instrument approach" to talent management, thus making it difficult to answer questions about where, how much, when and how to invest for optimal return.
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Guess Who's Most Engaged
Leadership IQ CEO Mark Murphy discusses why employers should be troubled by a recent study that found low performers are more engaged in their jobs than their middle- and high-performing counterparts -- and suggests a few steps they could take to remedy that situation.
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What Employee-Engagement Surveys Really Tell Us
A recent journal article has harsh words for the way employee engagement surveys are commonly conducted, claiming they can do more harm than good when conducted improperly. Nevertheless, the author and others still see value in administering engagement surveys, so long as organizations and HR leaders are able to craft them in ways that elicit honest, useful feedback.
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Millennial Myth Busting
Listing complaints about the younger generation is not a new pastime. Aside from continued dependence on constant connection, the rising millennial workforce seems to be most focused on personal fulfillment in all aspects of their lives, especially at work.
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