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13
Jan

Stop Thinking of Engagement as a Metric, Focus on the Insights

Last November, The Financial Review published an article suggesting that companies should “swap employee engagement surveys for a more robust diagnostic that focuses on ‘something truly worth measuring.’”   And Gallup recently noted that overall engagement for US companies has not changed much since 2011 despite the money and effort put towards engagement surveys and initiatives. So does this mean your

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9
Jan

Does Employee Engagement even matter? #HQAsia

This article was first published online at http://hqasia.org/ With CEOs from across the world rating human capital challenges as a top business priority for several consecutive years now[i], perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the emergence of the Talent Economy[ii]? In the Talent Economy, an organisation’s ability to excel at human capital practices becomes a leading competitive advantage, which drives innovation and

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29
Nov

Difficult and Dirty Questions About Employee Engagement

A highly engaged team performs better, doesn’t it? For so many people the question mark at the end of that sentence seems inappropriate. So much energy has been spent building business cases and talking to leaders about this, that confronting it as a question rather than a statement seems risky. But as the HR profession has started to challenge its

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8
Oct

Safe Harbor is Not “Exactly” Dead

Many of us saw reports this week that the highest court of the European Union has just issued a decision declaring the “Safe Harbor” agreement invalid.  This is not exactly accurate.  But it’s close! So let me tell you what has actually happened. First of all, the case that everyone is now talking about in the Privacy world is technically

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1
Oct

Correcting the Grammar of Employee Engagement

When you talk about Employee Engagement, are you using the word “Engagement” as an adjective or a verb? Perhaps you’ll say that you use it as both at the same time? This might seem like a facetious question but it’s important. When we use the term interchangeably we underestimate the fundamental differences between the two definitions, which influences how we

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29
Sep

Response to “A Toxic Work World” Op Ed in The New York Times

In her op-ed piece (A Toxic Work World, September 18), Anne-Marie Slaughter paints a disturbing picture of today’s work environment, with employees putting in grueling 12 to 16 hour days that leave them anxious, exhausted, and forced to make tradeoffs between work and family. How prevalent are the conditions that Slaughter describes?  Is she depicting worst case scenarios experienced by

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23
Sep

Corporate Misdeeds

Letter to the Editor, Originally Published on September 21, 2015 in The New York Times By: David Sirota, Ph.D., Chairman and Emeritus Re “Justice Dept. Sets Its Sights on Executives” (front page, Sept. 10): I hope that the new rules on prosecuting individuals represent a step toward the recognition that corporate misdeeds are almost invariably the product of corporate culture,

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