Without Workforce Planning, Your Company Could Become Extinct

Growth MeetingHaving discussed employee engagement the last couple of weeks thought I would take one element and expand it to a brief discussion. Have you ever thought about workforce planning? In my opinion, it is a key, proactive, step for long-term survival in a market where workers are aging or leaving, younger leaders are coming in, and business environments are constantly changing.

At some point, you will need to replace older workers and workers who leave. You also need to adapt to new business environments by getting people with new technical, business or soft skills.

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Engagement to Innovate

Making surveys workLast week we discussed eight suggestions that could put vitality into your company through innovation. These ideas really focused on the triggers for empowering innovative thought and action so today I want to take this a bit deeper. To really leverage those ideas your people need to be engaged and we know what the data tells on this today. Therefore, this is a brief list of ideas that can be used to improve engagement.

We continue to talk about this vital topic called “Employee Engagement” however based on various surveys, only 22% of companies really have an effective plan in place and working. There seems to be a lot of planning but I fear we are dealing with analysis paralysis. We keep trying to find a silver bullet that we can buy and install to make the program go away but I hate to bust that bubble, there are no silver bullets, pills or other shortcuts to make people engaged.

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Sustaining Innovation is Critical

Work-Culture-in-US-Why-So-many-MeetingsIf you own a business today and you want it to be around for a long time, you need to spend at least 33% of your time (my number) innovating. In our hyper-connected, fast-moving world, where people expect things to get better, cheaper and more environmental friendly, sustaining innovation is your route to getting ahead of your competition.

Here are 8 suggestions that can put new vitality into your company through innovation.

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6 Building Blocks for Employee Engagement

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Attrib: D. Dominici FDP

A high level of employee engagement in an organization is linked to excellent business performance, including increased profitability, productivity, employee retention, customer satisfaction and safety levels. Senior leaders often discuss the need for all of the results but find it difficult to find the path to effective engagement.

I am sure that we all believe we must find a way in which all employees are engaged at work, right? But how can we actually get there? Here are 6 basic stepping stones to start your journey. While the may seem simplistic they are not that easy to execute because too often pride, selfishness or mis-information create stumbling blocks.

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Surveys, Still Valuable to Your Business?

Making surveys workAre surveys still valuable in your business? I have been asking myself this question for the last six months to a year. The sad problem is that I answer myself with the paradoxical “Yes” and “No”.

On the telephone, in the mail, on our computers, smartphones and iPads, American consumers and businesses are being solicited as never before to express their feelings about products and services ranging from meals in fast food restaurants to the latest consulting engagement you presented to a client.

I suspect in some circles there is a remnant of “survey rage”, similar to road rage, where people are contemplating the most absurd answers to the questions the next pollster or online survey they feel they are entrapped into taking.

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