Being grateful is a true key to success for business leaders. The intentional act of taking time to consider all the co-workers and experiences that impact your life is both healing and humbling.
“Hi, Dr. Sharkey! I keep hearing about all of the trending employee experience tricks like natural light in offices, unlimited vacation, and many other perks. But do all of these tactics really increase productivity? I’m wondering what you feel is most important when it comes to creating an employee experience that increases productivity.”
It’s impossible for the employee experience not to be impacted by social issues and awareness. When companies are able to embrace the concerns that affect their teams and prove they care about the same causes, it breeds loyalty and positivity, even when the issues at hand are hard to swallow.
Successful leaders are able to move through conflict and push their teams to greatness. But when pessimism rears its ugly head and infects your team, it can be hard to right the ship.
In the healthcare industry, employee engagement is of utmost importance as it drives the entire patient experience. In fact, according to Advisory Board, an increase in employee engagement has a direct correlation with increased patient safety grades. Additionally, they found that engaged employees are three times more likely than their disengaged counterparts to earn top performance marks.
Career development is a key component of every company’s success. How employees evolve in their roles determines their overall accomplishments. It’s so important, in fact, the whole month of November is National Career Development Month.
“We now have the youngest and brightest teaching the oldest,” Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, explained 20 years ago regarding the efficacy of reverse mentoring.
In his first project focused on reverse mentoring, Welch paired 500 junior and senior employees. He hoped it would result in the junior employees teaching senior employees about new technology and tools.
And it worked.
Workforce communication is a crucial tool in building a strong company culture. Unfortunately, internal outreach email open rates tend to be relatively low, especially when it comes to general company information like newsletters, company updates, and HR announcements. In fact, our own prospects here at EmployeeChannel report that more than 60 percent of internal communications go unread.
Employee communication is never an easy task. Add negative feedback to the mix and it is even more challenging. There’s a critical balance that leaders need to strike between communicating an issue and empowering their employees to correct the problem (as opposed to making them feel inadequate or incapable).