5 Ways to Engage and Retain Your Company’s Top Talent

Employers have an engagement problem. Earlier this year, Gallup released a survey that found while employee engagement was at its highest since 2000, the majority of employees are not engaged, including 17.5 percent who were actively disengaged from their work. Engaged employees tend to be more productive and it’s easier to retain them, while disengaged employees are checked out and may be looking for a new job. It’s a challenge for employers to keep their employees engaged. Drivers of engagement vary by industry, department and individual. No matter what they are at your organization, measuring the work you do on engagement is critical, says Tim Glowa, co-founder of Bug Insights. Simply boosting things you think will engage employees isn’t a strategic approach. Instead, survey your employees to find out what they find important, and then deploy your resources to make improvements. Repeat the survey often to see if you’re moving …

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10 Ways to Get Your Employees to Embrace New Technology

You have spent months, maybe even years, researching, determining and introducing a new technology or software into your business. New technology and tools can increase productivity, boost sales, and help you make better, faster decisions for your organisation. While you are probably aware of the many benefits bringing a new technology into the company, you may not be aware of the challenge that often lies ahead: getting your employees on board. It’s no secret that people like routine. It’s comfortable, gives people direction and requires minimal thought. This can make it challenging to get employees to embrace new technology, but it doesn’t have to be. As well, there is currently a huge focus on user experience and intuitive interfaces. While this may be common among everyday apps and simple software, enterprise software is often complex because of the detailed functions it is required to perform. It is not uncommon for …

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5 Ways to Retain High-Potential Millennials

5 Ways to Retain High-Potential Millennials

The millennial generation is generally seen as people born between 1980 and the late 1990s, with some gradation on either side. The older ones have been in the workforce for a few years, and more are graduating from high school and college every year. They are tech savvy and flexible, but sometimes get a bad reputation for not feeling loyalty to a company, or for job-hopping too much. As more companies hire millennials, it’s important for HR managers to be familiar with retaining them. Here are 5 ways to retain high-potential millennial employees. 1. Provide Work-Life Flexibility A 2012 PricewaterhouseCoopers study done with the University of Southern California and the London School of Business found that 71% of millennials at PwC think work demands interfere with their personal lives. “They do want flexible hours, but not so they can screw around,” says Lisa Orrell, a San Jose, Calif.-based leadership coach, author …

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How to Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance

How to Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance

Onboarding, also dubbed organizational socialization, helps new hires acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective and engaged employees. Research has shown that successful onboarding strategies raise the odds of positive outcomes for new employees – including higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater organizational commitment, a reduction in stress and less likelihood of quitting. However, human resource leaders and managers need to tweak onboarding techniques for the growing number of young employees who are members of the Millennial Generation (also known as “Generation Y”). The reason? This newest crop of young professionals tend to be highly educated and remarkably proficient in using technology, yet too often ill-prepared for the workplace with a tendency to feel entitled and sometimes even downright disrespectful. By incorporating an understanding of Millennials’ values and goals, an updated onboarding process can zero in on what it is that makes this generation “tick” and …

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You Asked. We Answered. Your Top 5 SmartOffice Questions

SmartOffice, Top 5 Questions, Training, Help, SmartOffice Pro, Mobile App

If you’re a SmartOffice user you are intimately familiar with the life changing benefits of this industry leading agency management system that include streamlined client management, increased sales revenue, higher client retention, a surge in productivity; we could go on, but we’d be preaching to the choir. In keeping with the spirit of SmartOffice, we are constantly striving to make your life easier.  So we collected your top 5 SmartOffice questions and sat down with our support team to get the answers you seek. What web browsers support SmartOffice? A: SmartOffice Pro, the newest version of SmartOffice which launched this month for all of our users, is browser independent, meaning you can use your favorite CRM on your favorite browser. Is SmartOffice supported on Windows 10? A: Yes, SmartOffice is supported on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (32 and 64 bit). Can SmartOffice sync with your Outlook contacts and calendar …

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