employee engagement

Millennial Workers Mostly Disengaged

September 1, 2016   

In what is believed to be the most comprehensive study of millennial workers yet, Gallup researchers have concluded that most Millennials (71%) are either not engaged or disengaged at work. Since they will comprise up to 75% of the workforce by 2025, the finding is a major cause for alarm. The report, How Millennials Want to […]

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5 Fantastic Engagement Software Solutions for 2016

February 13, 2016   

The Advantages of Employee Engagement Employee engagement is something most, if not all, companies are now striving for. In traditional models of talent management it was enough to have employees who were merely showing up for work and seemingly getting the job done, but now businesses big and small are increasingly seeing this just isn’t […]

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Best and Worst Mentoring Practices

December 27, 2014   

In this third and final installment of what can be learned about mentoring programs from Sun Microsystems, it’s time to summarize nearly two decades of the company’s mentoring experience into a handy best-worst practices table. This was created by Katy Dickinson, who headed up Sun’s SEED (Sun Engineering Enrichment & Development) mentoring program for many […]

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Selection and Matching in Mentoring Programs

December 23, 2014   

This article continues an exploration of what can be learned from the Sun Microsystems extensive experience with robust mentoring programs that began with Masterful Mentoring at Sun Microsystems. While that article dealt with some key decisions around mentoring such as formal vs. informal, what metrics will be used to measure progress and success, and the […]

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Masterful Mentoring at Sun Microsystems

December 23, 2014   

In our series about the Secrets of Retention, article #2 was about mentoring, and we mentioned how Sun Microsystems evaluated 13 years worth of data on its mentoring programs from 1996-2009, concluding that the return on investment (ROI) exceeded 1,000%. Meanwhile, another study of its mentoring programs over a seven-year span found the following more […]

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Culture Assessments for Mergers and Acquisitions

December 18, 2014   

Assessing an organization’s culture is important for any company, but there are few times when it is more critical than when a merger or acquisition (M&A) is on the horizon. If your company is acquiring another organization, don’t short-change an assessment of the new acquisition. It’s absolutely essential to get this right, and worth paying […]

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Assessing Your Organization’s Culture

December 18, 2014   

You want to attract, retain and engage the best talent that your company needs to excel. Besides being a tall order in and of itself, one thing that can stymie the entire process is when your organizational has a less than stellar organizational culture. This can be a hard thing for candidates to assess without […]

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Retention Secret #5: Creating a Carrot Culture

October 15, 2014   

We know the depressingly low percentage of employees that are truly engaged in their work. We also know that this lack of engagement results in costly turnover. That turnover drains as much as $5 trillion out of the US economy each year, making it one of the biggest costs in the American business world. A […]

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Creating an Internship Program That Creates Value for Your Organization

October 15, 2014   

Interns. The first thing this term probably brings to mind is having someone to grab you a cup of coffee or file paperwork. You probably don’t think of internship programs as having a tremendous amount of value to add to your organization, but that fault may lie less on your interns and more on your […]

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Retention Secret #1: Better Onboarding

October 3, 2014   

Employee disengagement is a serious issue facing workplaces today, with 70% of employees feeling disengaged from their work (source). That lowers productivity, and businesses are losing as much as $550 billion a year because of it. That percentage of employees who are disengaged hasn’t budged much in recent years – in 2011 it was 71% […]

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