Low Unemployment – What It Means for Employee Engagement

“Companies are in a talent war. It’s a race to get the best candidates quickly since unemployment rates are lower than they’ve been in years.” “The days of employees being thankful just to have a job are over and likely will not return for a while. Instead, the onus is on employers to cultivate and 

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“I know you work here, but who are you?”

That’s the message some people in executive and management positions send their employees. I’ve heard this many times, and here’s how it plays out. New employees starting with a company are likely to receive a fair amount of attention through orientation and on-boarding. This attention wanes, however, the longer employees are on the job. From 

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You Can Forget the Customer Experience

Not that it doesn’t matter, because it does. But you can forget the customer experience IF you neglect to take care of the employee experience. Here are several favorite quotes that capture the essence of the employee-customer experience connection. “Paradoxically, to achieve an emotionally connecting customer experience, employees come first, ahead of the customer.”  Tom 

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3 Questions that Determine Whether Employees Choose to Engage

Workplace engagement is a both a responsibility and choice shared by employees and employers: Employees are responsible for their own engagement in that they choose to show up in their jobs ready, willing, and able to do their best work, and Employers are responsible for choosing to foster an engaging workplace where employees are enabled 

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3 Customer Questions That Belong in Every Marketer’s Toolkit

Working on new product/service development or re-positioning an existing offering? Then you can’t afford to ignore what your customers and prospects are thinking. “It’s very easy to think you are the expert on your own product. But in many ways, that’s a myth. The true experts are your customers.” Jamie Wong That’s why you need 

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How Careful are You with Your Brand?

Your brand is conveyed in everything you do to communicate and deliver your product/service offerings; i.e., what and how people think about your brand is based on the experiences they have with your business. This story illustrates how a business manager formed her impression of a company’s brand when seeking a new payroll processing firm. 

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After Onboarding, How to Prevent the Descent into Disengagement

New employees are easy to engage given the fair amount of attention they receive at the outset. They’re likely to be welcomed with open arms and treated to meetings with executives who explain the company’s mission, vision and goals; reinforce their value to the company; and introduce them to their respective departments to meet their managers 

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And Now for This Important Message

As we start the new year, I was struck by the following words of the late comedic actor, writer, and producer Harold Ramis. They’re from a speech he gave during a Thanksgiving service at Am Shalom back in 2006, and his message is still relevant today. (Special thanks to Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein for his permission to share it here.) “When 

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A Very Special Holiday Wish

Unlike his more whimsical writing, here’s a special Dr. Seuss poem. (It’s one of my favorites.) A Prayer for a Child by Dr. Seuss From here on earth, From my small place I ask of You Way out in space: Please tell all men In every land What You and I Both understand … Please tell 

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