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Holiday Spirit: Boost Employee Engagement by Giving Back

Maintaining employee engagement is as difficult through the winter holiday season as it is during the summer, and for many similar reasons. Some workers are taking time off to travel or spend time with their families leaving others to assist with responsibilities they may not be familiar with. But the holiday season carries with it a spirit that creates numerous opportunities to drive engagement back up—if your company embraces the essence of charity and appreciation in the season.

Why is branding and content important? If you think of your ‘brand’ as your reputation, your ‘brand’ as an employer should be positive. A positive brand means a positive reputation, and your employee communications tactics will work better, and you’ll get better job candidates.

Employee communications tools and apps can make a huge difference in office morale, internal communications, onboarding, recruiting, and many other issues Human Resources professionals work with every day. Here are a few tools and apps developments in particular that made waves in 2018.

Writing Advice From Iconic Authors

Bask in the timeless wisdom of Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Elmore Leonard and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Often, too often, corporate culture turns toxic and entrenches itself so deeply that the organization can no longer serve its purpose effectively. This usually initiates the most painful form of change management. You're the new kid on the block, new C-suite or director or someone else with some ability to make changes to policy and employee communications standards – maybe you were even hired specifically to do that. What do you do about it? Bear with me for a brief history lesson.

Generation Z doesn’t remember a time without cellphones or Google because they weren’t born yet.

You know what gets tech marketers really excited? Telling people in detail about the latest enhancement to their Whatever-as-a-Service platform that increases scalability and extensibility by 4 percent. Plus, the latest integration with Microsoft and the rollout of version 3.2 of their software. And bug fixes…don’t forget bug fixes.

Your staff might be half a world away, brainstorming at a local coffee emporium, or working directly with customers in a retail venue. You still have to reach them. Here’s valuable guidance.

According to the Nemertes 2018-19 Visual Communication and Collaboration Study, over one-third of organizations are planning to expand video employee communications and conferencing technology in large meeting rooms (10+ people). The study, which examined five hundred companies, found that 20% of large conference rooms have video communications capabilities and that number is expected to rise greatly.

I just finished six weeks of international travel so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about sleep, exercise, and diet. (Yes I’m taking good care of myself, but it does really take an effort.) What I want to talk about is the well-being market, which is something that has come up in every city I visited. I’ll be publishing a more detailed research report on this market later in the year, but right now I want to share some information which you may find useful.

Small employers historically have faced a big retirement challenge: Though most want to offer retirement benefits to their employees, they’re discouraged by the cost and complexity of running their own plans. But there may be relief on the horizon: The Department of Labor last month released a proposed regulation that would allow small businesses to band together to offer employees defined contribution plans.

Women in Ed Tech: Technically Proficient

There are more women in education technology when compared to the technology industry as a whole, but far fewer when compared to the L&D industry. Several factors can explain the disparity within these three related fields.

Get the answers to your questions on deploying video conferencing in huddle rooms -- from why the option is so attractive to what you'll need for a successful deployment.

Welcome back to Talk Nerdy To Me, 15Five’s academic blog series where we get nerdy, talk to the world’s best thinkers, and break down the latest academic research that you can apply to your workplace.

The projected 7.8 percent increase is lower than the 8.4 percent rise in 2018, thanks to employer cost containment measures, tighter procurement of medical goods and new health improvement initiatives.

Freshpet, a startup that seeks to reinvent the pet food industry with high-end dog food, is offering a fresh take on its benefit package: stock ownership.

New-hire onboarding processes are necessarily time consuming. Employees need time to acclimate to their new office and organization—and that’s before they have to make decisions about their health insurance and other benefits available to them.

Microsoft, Google and JPMorgan Chase were among 56 companies pushing back against attempts by the Trump administration to reduce protections for transgender people.

AI-driven solution streamlines recruitment processes by automatically screening applicant interviews and objectively identifying top candidates

Financial services organizations are facing industry pressure like never before. From disruption caused by technology to the emerging fintech industry, changes in customer expectations and increasing employee turnover, there is a need for financial institutions (FIs) to take learning beyond simple compliance training.

Evidence-based vendors should have results to share from one or more clinical trials conducted by medical and research professionals trained in human subjects research.

Candidates today have higher expectations for communication, logistics and new hire onboarding during their job search process, according to a survey released today by CareerBuilder and SilkRoad.

Leadership in the Digital Era

Leadership is changing. The digital and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world is turning old models on their heads. How can you keep up? There is no shortage of advice about how to lead a digital transformation project. But business strategist Amit Mukherjee goes further, exploring how the absorption of digital technologies is fuelling this transformation.

Cisco is getting a lot more family-friendly in 2019. The tech giant is rolling out egg storage reimbursement, surrogacy reimbursement and genetic testing benefits for its 38,000 U.S. employees — following the lead of other employers that are ramping up family-oriented perks to attract and retain talent.

My favorite urban myth involves NASA and a multi-million-dollar space pen. The myth contends that while the U.S. space program in the 1960s spent millions developing a pen that would work in zero gravity, their Russian counterparts simply used a pencil.

Employee personas, or fictional characters that represent your target audience, can help you create engaging communication. How does it work? Meet Becky, Lincoln and Amal and see how their needs help shape a communication strategy.

9 ACA Employer Mandate FAQs

Although the Affordable Care Act has been whittled down by the GOP and the Trump administration, the employer mandate is still around. Here are 9 employer mandate FAQs for HR benefits managers, employers, and their brokers. The answers are condensed from the more detailed answers found in 2018 Health Care Reform Facts (The National Underwriter Company/ALM). Please note that some of the figures we list were as of press time last fall.

Workplace social events and new office décor are not enough. You must meet four basic psychological needs to motivate your employees to excel.

Employee onboarding has many implications for the future of your company. When new employees join your team, they have certain expectations. Most people are anxious about joining a new team, but your onboarding system can help ease that stress while setting up all newcomers for success. These days, video communications are making employee communications more streamlined, including in the onboarding world.

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