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We all know how important it is to make a good first impression. Countless job interview tips cover this exact topic with advice as diverse as the right dress code to the correct tone of voice. Yet, companies don’t always focus the same care or concern on how they can make a good impression on an employee’s first day of work.

The rapid pace of transformation will affect every industry eventually, and many are already feeling the pinch. Success will come to businesses that disrupt themselves.

In a word, millennials are the first digital natives, as emphasized in the Goldman Sachs research. In this light, being connected might be the third most important thing for them, apart from making a positive change and having enough freedom.

Today, most video conference calls are full of pauses, delays, garbled audio and complex interfaces. Those conditions remain the norm, even though a Gallup Poll found that 70% of employees around the world work remotely at least once a week — and globalization means even more remote offices and bureaus.

The key goal for a manager is getting optimum team productivity for an extended period. Productivity is the ultimate measure of supervisors’ effectiveness, because it engenders better business outcomes. Highly productive employees stay at their jobs longer and have higher rates of job satisfaction.

The most neglected part of your video conferencing system is staring you right in the face. It’s that big flat black screen that hangs on your wall, sits on your desktop, or looms over your conference room table.

It’s never too early to start preparing for retirement. The planning process can get quite overwhelming and it requires discipline, time and effort. Taking care of your financial wellness today will ensure that your retirement goals are manageable while you get to maintain the lifestyle you hope to enjoy as you age.

When you work in a business setting, you’re forced to confront the challenge of working with people of varying opinions ranging from how the business plan should be run to what kind of creamer should be available for morning coffee.

Take a step back from the statistics for a moment and put yourself in the shoes of a new employee. If your first days on the job are characterized by disorganization, confusion and frustration, how much longer would you work for that company? Businesses lose value and spend far too many resources replacing disgruntled employees.

According to an article from Forbes, as many as 74 percent of millennial workers plan to quit their jobs sometime within the next three years. And that same article says that only 28 percent of workers plan to keep their current job for longer than five years. The days when employees would spend decades of their lives with one company prior to retirement are long gone.

Choosing the right employee-communication software for your organization is crucial in today’s human resources world, where you need technology to not only engage with employees, but also help them get the best benefits. A survey by SHRM last year revealed that 92% of employees say benefits are important to their overall job satisfaction, a statistic not at all surprising to HR experts.

Distributed workplaces are becoming more… well, distributed. We're including workers from locations all over the world in our work groups, enabling them to collaborate and communicate with each other in real time through better employee communication videos and HR videos technology.

Building a training and development program is one thing, but video communications can help training improve employee engagement long-term.

You may be in good physical health. But how’s your financial wellness? It's an increasingly important answer to know for baby boomers rocketing toward retirement (almost 10,000 hit age 65 every day). While many have planned and saved and are eager for their next chapters, others are headed for serious financial anxiety.

Disruptive technologies are forever changing the way employees work and organizations function. Automation is helping manufacturers reach record-high levels of production. Wearable devices are redefining doctor-patient relationships. And lawyers are using data analytics to predict case outcomes.

Employee engagement thrives when everyone shares and works together. If we re-learn what we knew as children, we can improve employee communications.

Effective relationships may be the most significant key to obtaining desired results in a diverse, complex and interconnected business world. Executive leadership often looks to human resources to lead in developing the organization's culture and ensuring that its values are enacted.

The cloud is no longer a new and risky proposition for enterprise video. Cloud services have matured to the point where they can provide the same reliable, high-quality video that traditional, on-premises video infrastructures provide.

The Apps and Tools You Need to Keep You Productive

For all of these apps, the notifications are turned off and so is the button that counts the number of actions or unread messages you have. Do yourselves a favour and do the same, so that you don’t get constantly interrupted.

New hire onboarding efforts fails because too many onboarding processes are flawed. Training, clear responsibilities, and useable technology are key.

Changing company culture seems to remain a Gordian knot that most organizations fail to solve. To some, organizational culture is an abstract concept that eludes governance; to others, a concrete resource that serves as a competitive advantage.

Employee engagement should be taken seriously by all levels of management. Investing in sophisticated video communications technology is no longer enough.

It is said that you can know a man by the company he keeps. But if we’re being honest we have to admit that a company is known by the customer support and service teams that they keep in their offices. Slightly poor joke aside, the efficiency of the customer support and service teams makes a world of difference to the success of your business.

Millennials often get criticized for having an ‘entitled’ attitude, and this appears to hold true in the workplace as well. Recent reports reflect that younger workers do appear to demand more than their older counterparts. Wilson says that employers would be wise not to give up hope when it comes to engaging and retaining younger workers.

As the connection between senior leadership and frontline staff, mid-level managers are a critical resource for change management. However, if you don’t engage them effectively, these team leads can become a sticking point instead, leading to inefficient roll-out and disinterested staff.

I have recently been doing more research on technology’s impact on improving organizational design, culture and employee engagement. It seems to impact all industries in a variety of ways. Technological advancements and digital transformation are providing leaders and managers opportunities to tackle some of the workplace's most challenging and important initiatives: culture and engagement being at the top of the list.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Business Case

Furthermore, Taylor said companies need to find new employees to, not only grow their business but most importantly, sustain them. He pointed to Walmart as an example. The company just announced they will pay semi tractor trailer drivers $90,000 per year as a way to bring in new talent.

“It appears as if I was not expected. There is talk of culture but several weeks in nothing about Corporate culture has been communicated to me. I must just play it by ear until the next orientation scheduled for the end of the quarter”.

When new employees join an organization, they usually have many different ideas and plans on how they can make qualitative changes within themselves as well the company that’s taken them on board. Unfortunately, there is a very big chance that prevailing organizational culture might not allow them to express themselves to the fullest. In the long run, it could lead to productivity ‘wastage’ and a disengaged workforce.

Millennials at work and many others all have an idea of what work burnout is but what are the tell-tale signs you or someone else is experiencing it?

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