How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

Surveying your employees is a great way to get honest feedback about what’s going well in your organization and what could use some improvement. Surveys help give employees a sense of ownership in what’s going on around them and can show human resources their top concerns so you have an opportunity to address them in a meaningful way before they grow into systemic problems. Here’s what you need to know about employee surveys and how to use them to help your organization. The Benefit of Surveys “Surveys function as a health assessment for an organization,” says Don MacPherson, president of Modern Survey, a human capital measurement solution. When employees are able to voice their concerns and see that leaders care and will act on their opinions, it’s quite empowering and engaging. Beyond just giving employees a voice, leadership gets to take a real look at how its staff works. Surveying employees “gives you insight into their engagement, which is …

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3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

Staying on top of HR tech trends can help your company manage HR tasks more effectively, whether you’re tracking applicants and candidates, managing employee engagement or administering benefits. Watch these 3 HR tech trends to ensure you’re staying current on the capabilities. Real- Time Analytics More powerful software means more capabilities, and real-time results are one of the most important advances for strategic HR departments. Being able to manipulate real-time data and gain actionable insights is a significant factor in making HR a strategic business function instead of a purely tactical one. Real-time analytics are especially useful in employee engagement and performance. The explosion of cutting-edge HR technology has placed tremendous responsibility in the hands of talent management professionals, according to a study from SilkRoad. The company has done research into tech usage among HR professionals and found that growth across a variety of channels will continue in the coming years. According to SilkRoad, 62% of HR managers want to use data more effectively …

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IT’s Role In Improving The Health Of Consumers

IT in Healthcare

Population Health Management programs in various forms have been around for years. Health Systems, and employers are using technology-based services to understand populations, identify individual health risks, engage with patients and deliver care where and when needed. The emergence of electronic health records (EHR) and the ability for these health records to electronically flow between healthcare entities marked the beginning of Population Health Management in the U.S. Allowing health entities to share information and collaborate for the good of the patient marked the start of managing knowledge in healthcare. Engaging with patients is an important aspect of managing a population’s health. Patients who are involved in their healthcare decisions tend to be healthier and have better outcomes. Patient Engagement in Healthcare Educating patients, connecting them to hospital services and helping them participate in their own healthcare is the primary goal of patient engagement. A good engagement strategy will help: 1. …

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How To Boost Employees’ Resilience

Boost Employee Resilience

There are many benefits to having a resilient workforce. “Resilient employees are more positive, risk-taking and can adapt much more quickly to organizational changes, avoiding costly delays,” says Kimberlee Williams, CEO of change-management consulting firm Ignite M. “This assures implementation proceeds as planned and increases the likelihood that the business benefits of major initiatives will be achieved.” “Resilient employees work harder during tough times,” says Dave Popple, president of team-building and leadership-development consultancy Corporate Insights. “Non resilient employees will become less productive during stressful times, which is exactly the opposite of what is needed. The difference is that there is a sweet spot for stress. If our anxiety is in the sweet spot, we become incredibly effective, but if stress goes beyond that sweet spot, productivity decreases. Resilient people have a wider sweet spot, so the stress that would debilitate one person will motivate the resilient person.” “Personal resilience means being able to effectively adapt to disruptive changes …

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A New Look at BMI

BMI

Carrying around excess pounds is a problem of epidemic proportions in the U.S. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 1/3 of U.S. adults (36.5%) are so overweight they are classified as obese. Because it raises the risk of many health problems – from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to sleep apnea and several cancers – being significantly overweight not only causes suffering on an individual basis but it also takes a significant economic toll, contributing to higher medical and insurance costs, more disability, lost work days and premature death. But defining who is truly overweight and who isn’t is coming under scrutiny thanks to a reassessment of BMI (body mass index), a mathematical tool long used by physicians to quickly and inexpensively determine whether a person’s weight ranks as normal. Unlike reading pounds on a scale, BMI is calculated by a formula that takes into account a person’s weight in relation to his or …

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