Category Archives: Employee Engagement

3 steps for making employee benefits a year-round conversation

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If you’re like most HR professionals, you breathed a sigh of relief when annual enrollment ended. No more meetings, no more reviewing communication materials for nine months. Not so fast! Effective communication (that engages employees and helps them see the … Continue reading →

7 steps for improving employee performance management programs

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If you’re questioning the effectiveness of your performance management program, you’re not alone. Our Global Talent Management and Rewards Study found that many employers believe their performance management practices fall short when it comes to driving high performance or encouraging … Continue reading →

Top 5 human resources priorities for 2018

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As we take stock and reflect on HR trends from 2017, we’re reminded of the exciting developments around automation, artificial intelligence, diversity, gender parity and contractual talent. We’ve also seen previously “radical” concepts such as flexibility, personalization and transparency become … Continue reading →

From rhetoric to commitment: Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Three women and two men of various ethnicities in an office working together around a table

In Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, she suggests, “In the future, there will be no female leaders, there will just be leaders.” As I walk through Grand Central Station in New York City, a place that naturally evokes ideas about … Continue reading →

Behavioral economics: A powerful way to influence employee health and wellbeing

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Gaining a deeper understanding of human behavior – and using that understanding effectively – will help us influence people to make better decisions about their health. Professor Richard Thaler, a recent recipient of the Nobel Prize, sought to prove this … Continue reading →

Is pay transparency more than just a trend?

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If you’re of a certain age, asking about someone’s salary would be considered taboo – or even offensive. With a different attitude toward privacy in general, millennials, though, are far more open to compensation discussions than previous generations. And, according … Continue reading →

Embracing change management: Building trust so others will follow you into the unknown – Part 5

Willis Towers Watson Associate Gaby Joyner

Final part in a five-part blog series Building trust and influencing others through your own behavior is the final building block of leading organizational change, and it underpins the other components we’ve discussed throughout this series. Although communication and knowledge … Continue reading →

How to use your HR portal to personalize the employee experience

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Have you ever received a personalized gift? One that has your monogram? This means someone put a lot of time and thought into giving you something you’d really like — and even went a step further by putting your name … Continue reading →

Embracing change management: Enabling sustainable change – Part 4

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Part 4 in a five-part blog series Ultimately, organizations don’t change — people do. So, when organizational transformation fails, it’s often because leaders haven’t acted as role models for change, or because people within the organization are comfortable with status … Continue reading →

Embracing change management: Engaging employees for sustainable change – Part 3

Phil Merrell Embracing Change Management

Part 3 in a five-part blog series One reason companies are so challenged by change management is because many of them operate differently than they did even a decade ago. The tall hierarchies through which leaders pushed directives are being … Continue reading →