Employee Engagement news, blogs, research and opinion: What’s appearing on the web this week? (29/07/13) 

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 29 Jul 2013)

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Surveys Alone Won’t Boost Your Employees’ EngagementGallup Business Journal
It’s a common and often persistent problem: Companies diligently measure employee engagement, relentlessly analyse the data, and go to great lengths to communicate their survey results. Yet engagement doesn’t improve. In our experience, those companies have something in common. They pay too much attention to measurement and not enough to creating real change. One Gallup client, a global hospitality chain, is such a company. Employees at all levels — from the company-owned properties to the corporate office — had taken Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement survey for several years and had seen positive growth in engagement from their action-planning efforts.

Connect, Then LeadHarvard Business Review
Is it better to be loved or feared? Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.” Now behavioural science is weighing in with research showing that Machiavelli had it partly right: When we judge others—especially our leaders—we look first at two characteristics: how lovable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence). Although there is some disagreement about the proper labels for the traits, researchers agree that they are the two primary dimensions of social judgement.

Working from Home: A Work in ProgressHarvard Business Review
It’s now been about six weeks since all Yahoo! employees had to start showing up at the Internet giant’s offices every day. The company-confidential but widely circulated memo that banned telecommuting stressed the importance of physical proximity for preserving the creative culture that new CEO Marissa Mayer had been trying to build. Many commentators criticized Mayer for limiting her employees’ autonomy and signaling that she didn’t trust them. Whatever the intention — and ultimate effects — of Mayer’s new rule, it sparked fiery debates about the merits and drawbacks of the upward trend in working from home. New data that we recently collected add fuel to the flames.

Figuring Out the Secret To Keeping Employees MotivatedCultureEffect
Those that know me will know that I have a ‘thing’ for luggage. I’ve travelled over two million miles in the last decade and learned the value of good packing & good luggage long ago. I also have a passion for learning about what makes companies resonate with others – and have collected a substantial list of behaviours and attributes that seem to work for most. Red Oxx is a company based out of Montana which fulfils all those criteria for me, and I recently discovered this news segment in which their CEO Jim Markel explains how employee engagement creates committed employees who get involved with company growth. (Click here to see the video).


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