While tangible benefits such as 401(k) plans and health insurance are popular among employees, more ideological offerings are at the top of their wish lists. A new survey looked at what benefits employees want and found that they often wish for things they don’t really expect to get. At the same time, there are benefits they expect (and almost always get) that don’t really add much to job satisfaction. The survey authors said their findings suggest that “although there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for employee satisfaction, leaders need to have these conversations regularly in order to know what’s working and what’s not in their organization.” … [Read more...] about What ‘Delighters’ Deliver Engaged Employees?
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Workers say that job titles impact how they feel about their work, their colleagues, and their company. How clear and consistent are the job titles at your organization? According to a new study, many workers feel that job titles at their organization don't necessarily reflect the work performed by people in those roles; and they sometimes feel that they do more work than colleagues who have the same title. Experts suggest that companies put more effort into developing job titles that accurately reflect each person’s responsibilities. … [Read more...] about Survey: Titles Matter to Employees
It’s all about empowerment and innovation. A new report examines ways to overcome the challenges of providing quality training for home care workers. Don’t underestimate the role of training and education in attracting and retaining a strong, capable caregiver workforce. According to a new report from PHI, “A strong training system is essential for workforce development, job quality, and care quality.” However, the report observes that “the current training system for home care workers is fragmented, inconsistent, and often inadequate.” While training often is uneven, the report stresses that there are “pockets of promise in the home care training landscape, ranging from localized pilot projects to state-level efforts and national demonstrations.” … [Read more...] about Looking Ahead: Home Care Companies Must Tackle Training Troubles
A new study suggests that while abusive supervisors are never a positive presence, there is hope for most of them to change for the better. Bad bosses make people miserable at work, but they often make themselves unhappy as well. According to a new study, abusive managers often suffer from their own negative, destructive behaviors. … [Read more...] about Bad Bosses Don’t Just Hurt Others; They Hurt Themselves
A new survey suggests that everyone’s talking about emotional wellness in the workplace, but few are doing anything about it. While it’s not realistic to expect your workplace to be like a TV sitcom, the truth is that happy people make better, more productive employees. In a recent survey, 90% of employees say they perform better when their company supports their emotional wellness. Managers agree, and 94% surveyed say the emotional wellness of their workers is just as important as their job performance. However, only 41% of managers say they make it a point to ask employees about emotional wellness in one-on-one conversations. At the same time, over half of employees say they’ve never brought up a personal matter with their manager; and only 43% say they’ve used their organization’s employee assistance program. … [Read more...] about When Employees and Managers Connect, Everyone Wins
You can be a superhero without sacrificing everything for the job. Know when to step back and attend to your own needs. Leaders spend so much time taking care of others that they often neglect their own needs until they get sick or experience burnout. Don’t underestimate the value of self-care or shrug it off as a “touchy-feely” trend. Instead, understand these simple rules to keep yourself emotionally and physically healthy in a stress-filled world. … [Read more...] about Want to Keep Running in a Non-Stop World? Take Time for Self-Care
Employees don’t feel confident about their skill levels, and they don’t think employers are doing enough to provide them with the competencies they need to be successful. According to a new report, the skills gap is still a problem for employers and workers alike. About half (53%) of 1,000 employees surveyed say that they aren’t sure if they have the skills to withstand a future layoff. At the same time, a similar number of people don’t believe that their current employer provides the right development opportunities to help them be successful. … [Read more...] about Report: Employers Still Aren’t Filling the Skills Gap
More than ever, employees care about financial wellness; and they are looking to their employers for guidance and support. There’s good news and bad news about financial wellness benefits. More companies offer financial wellness programs for employees, but awareness--especially of healthcare savings and caregiver support benefits--is still lacking. Read on to see how your workplace stacks up with the competition. … [Read more...] about How Do Your Employees Rate Their Financial Wellness?
More than ever, employees’ daily experiences determine if they stay or go. Make sure you have the right stuff to draw and retain the best workers. An annual Global Culture Report identified six core elements of workplace culture that determine a candidate’s decision to take a job. Employee sense of purpose, opportunity, success, appreciation, wellbeing, and leadership are powerful draws and growing in their influence. … [Read more...] about Do You Have These ‘Talent Magnets’ to Attract Good Employees?
Over three-quarters of employers aren’t getting good or useful results from their employee surveys. A few changes can make a big difference. If they’re done right, employee engagement surveys can provide a wealth of information. However, too often these efforts are poorly planned or executed. As a result, they elicit little real information; or, worse, they provide feedback that is misleading or unclear. In fact, some research suggests that up to 78% of companies aren’t getting good results from their surveys. Read on to find out how you can make your employee … [Read more...] about Useful or Useless: How Effective Are Your Employee Engagement Surveys?