Employee Engagement news, blogs, research and opinion: What’s appearing on the web this week? (22/07/13) 

Missed the latest employee engagement news? Click below to read some of the latest employee engagement content that’s being discussed and shared on the web this week. (w/c 22 Jul 2013)

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Brave new work: Making the 9-5 somewhere you want to beBBC News
Are you happy at work? If that seems like a loaded question – can you at least say you’re interested in what you’re doing, and feel motivated? If the answer is no, don’t worry. You’re not alone. In fact a massive 70% of US workers are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” at work. Workers elsewhere appear to agree. So what can we do about it? Dave Coplin has a few ideas.

What can HR learn from the world’s greatest chef? HR Magazine
I was lucky enough to attend an audience last week with Ferran Adria, the former head chef at the controversial and legendary Catalan restaurant El Bulli. The most famous restaurant in the world, with over 400 requests for every table sitting, El Bulli won top place in the Best Restaurant In The World rankings by Restaurant magazine five times between 2002 and 2009.

Tackling Whistleblowing Through Employee EngagementHuffington Post
Public exposure to whistleblowing has risen dramatically over the last few years. Far beyond the realms of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the international public have been drawn into a spate of corporate scandals. Issues have been widely ranging, covering such things as food safety, price fixing in the wholesale gas industry, phone hacking in the media, a gagging culture in the NHS, and ethical controversy within undercover policing. Hollywood is even in on the act, as the release of a Wiki-leaks movie comes out, and rumours abound of a screen adaptation on the Michael Woodford Olympus scandal.

How Do You Measure Love (Or Employee Engagement)? Forbes
How do you measure engagement? I’m asked that question often, from both employee engagement skeptics looking to frame the effort as voodoo, and from true believers who know engagement when they see it, but still want to know how to quantify it. It’s an important question. If you believe, as I do, that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, then you need to answer this technical question.

Lack of benefits communication costs UK £2.7bnEmployee Benefits
Failing to tell staff about the employee benefits on offer is costing UK employers £2.7 billion every year, according to research by Cass Business School. The Money talks: communicating employee benefits research, which was commissioned by insurer Unum, used data from the government’s 2011 Workplace employment relations survey, and questioned both employers and employees from 2,680 UK workplaces.

Leading by example in company cultureThe Daily Star
It was personal tragedy that spurred Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Allan Zeman to take an interest in business. “My father died when I was eight years old,” he says. “I don’t really remember him.” The loss forced him to become self-sufficient from an early age while he was growing up in Canada with his mother and older sister. “I think that, sure, you become a product of your existence,” he says. Zeman’s independent spirit has led him to believe strongly in the importance of leading by example in creating his company’s culture.

Startup culture stirring at MicrosoftThe Seattle Times
Guy Shahine works at a multibillion-dollar company that has dominated the software industry for decades and has nearly 98,000 employees worldwide. Yet, he insists, he also works at a startup. Shahine, in Microsoft’s Online Services Division, believes a just-launched project his Bing Advertising team is working on — linking customers’ credit cards to discount deals offered by restaurants and retailers — is essentially a startup.

How Whitehall can retain its talentThe Guardian
Cabinet minister Francis Maude said the civil service isn’t good enough at talent management. Too many senior civil servants are moving on from posts too quickly. He has let it be known that only the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) seems to get talent management right – attracting, developing and retaining its senior civil servants where other departments fail. So what is the secret of the FCO’s success and what should successful talent management look like in Whitehall?

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