Employee Engagement: Top Priority for Executives in 2015

By Judy Bell, Judy Bell Consulting/HRO Partners   

February 25, 2105

Employee engagement… it’s that discretionary effort that employees put into their work…  especially when no one is looking!

Virgin Pulse and Workforce combined their efforts and teamed up to identify the top challenges organizations expect to face in 2015.  Surprisingly (or not surprisingly) there were 3 consistent themes around the focus areas for 2015.  

Executives polled listed these priorities for 2015, in order:

  1. Increase engagement                 90%
  2. Boost retention                           88%
  3. Improve employee well-being   83%

Managers polled listed their priorities as, in order:

  1. Talent recruiting and retention           85%
  2. Increase engagement                          84%
  3. Improve employee well-being             79%

Companies must find ways to measure employee engagement while at the same time increase engagement.   Health and well-being are integral parts of a balanced life.   Meaningful work is an integral part of a balanced life.   Full employee engagement leads to less turnover and increased retention in the right jobs and with the right employees.

Both executives and managers agree that the top 3 focus areas for the near future and beyond revolve around common areas and are all linked.   Let us help you measure and increase the engagement in your company!   

Call us to see how we can help.   901-737-0123


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Make Bottom Line Business Sense

In previous blogs, we have looked at EQ in many ways, especially as it relates to healthy and happy relationships- both at work and at home.
Researchers have confirmed what Human Resource professionals have known for quite some time. One’s level of emotional intelligence is a great predictor of success at work as well as a measurement of healthy and productive relationships and leadership abilities.

EQ is not touchy-feely or happy-go-lucky “stuff”. EQ is about healthy and productive relationships. And healthy and productive relationships mean better customer service, improved employee relations, and better company profits.

Higher EQ levels equate to…

  • Enhanced listening
  • Increase in positive and productive communication
  • Increased teamwork
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Better problem solving
  • Productivity gains
  • Higher employee achievement orientation

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  • Less costly mistakes in orders and production
  • Turnover decreases
  • Employee attendance improves
  • Workers’ Compensation claims are lower

“Because of the furious pace of change in business today, difficult to manage relationships sabotage more business than anything else…it is not a question of strategy that gets us in trouble; it is a question of emotions.” – John Kotter, Harvard Business School

Written by the lovely Judy Bell.

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3 Ways to Become a Service Oriented Leader

3 Ways to Become a service Oriented Leader

By Danny Gattas

Leadership is heralded as being one of the most vital and crucial elements in driving innovation and change within organizations. It can mean the difference between success and failure; so it should come as no surprise that thousands of books, articles, and seminars are disseminated for the public’s benefit. As saturated as leadership advice is there are numerous approaches that distract the masses from the most effective leadership strategy, the service oriented leader.

A service oriented leader is someone who thinks first of others rather for themselves, cares about the individual needs of all of their followers, and is fixated on fighting for what is best.

Albeit a simple definition, enacting this type of strategy  is an extremely difficult task but is accompanied with high rewards. That being the case there are three simple ways to become a service oriented leader.

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Any leader must be astute to the needs of their organization and followers because if you don’t adjust to meet these needs then failure is imminent. This requires leaders to constantly adjust, acclimate, and assert the best strategies to instill the required mechanisms are in place. Leaders ability to successfully accomplish this is paramount to their survival and development.

2. Value and Recognize Accomplishments 

A common misguided notion is that people will stay at an organization based on monetary compensation rather than recognition because at the end of the day people report being more satisfied and engaged when they receive regular recognition. It is also true that leaders who recognize their employees more frequently report higher levels of production and engagement. So recognizing your followers accomplishments is both vital to being a service oriented leader and also to increasing production.

3.Be Adaptive

Someone once said, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” and being a leader is very similar to that idea because quality leadership requires someone to constantly adapt to situations and employee trainingalways be prepared to put out arising fires. That requires individuals to consistently rely on their intuition and gut feelings to surmount the occasion.  This doesn’t mean that you should not attempt to formulate a plan but always be willing to arise to the occasion and adapt to any situation.

HRO Partners is always here to best meet your business consulting needs so please feel free to reach out to us at 901-737-0123 or by email at info@hro-partners.com.

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Is your pink slip showing?

Originally published at Judy Bell Consulting



TalentWarEven if you still have your job intact you probably have a close friend or relative who is diligently looking for work. It seems almost no one is immune to the stressors of worrying about job security.

Keeping yourself up-to-date in your field always makes good business and personal sense! But it makes extra special sense in the job market today. Human beings are set apart from the rest of the animal kingdom because we are goal-driven. It is in our human nature to enjoy growth of the mind. Learning keeps us active and engaged.

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt

In the current job market it is even more important to stay abreast in your field and your industry. It may seem that you have no control over your job. But if you don’t have control, who does? You may not have control over whether you continue to work at XYZ Company, but you can begin to control your chances of being employed. “Employability” should be your focus.

Questions to begin the process:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What are you doing when you lose all sense of time and space? In the zone…?
  • What are your natural talents?
  • Are you continually learning?
  • How is your energy level? (diet, exercise, sleep habits, spiritual life, and general health)
  • Are you active in your community, industry, associations, and your specific field?
  • Have you kept your certifications and professional designations up to date?
  • Are you reading the right books and periodicals?
  • Is your resume current?
  • Do you have personal and professional goals?
  • Do you have financial goals?
  • How strong are your communication skills, both written and verbal?
  • Are you up-to-date with technology?

These are the types of things that everyone needs to work on perfecting. A question worth repeating… “If you are not in charge of your career, who is?” – Judy W. Bell

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Servant Leader: Is that a Paradox?

This blog is originally written by Judy Bell of judybellconsulting.com 

When you stop and think about the term “Servant Leader”, it really does appear to be a paradox. From our conceptual understanding of language, we are led to think of a servant as one who is “serving” and a leader as the one who is in “power.” The two words together seem to cancel each other. They are a paradox… the appearance of perfect contradiction.

In reality, the term Servant Leader is a leadership style that emphasizes trust, integrity, communication, and the ethical use of power. This leadership style comes from both intrinsic traits as well as learned skills and is viewed as a life-long process of being, learning, and doing. And while at first glance servant leadership appears to be paradoxical, it is the true essence of leadership.

The Paradoxes of Being a “Servant-Leader”

Strong enough to be weak
Successful enough to faildownload (1)
Busy enough to make time
Wise enough to say, “I don’t know”
Serious enough to laugh
Rich enough to be poor
Right enough to say, “I’m wrong”
Compassionate enough to discipline
Mature enough to be childlike
Important enough to be last
Planned enough to be spontaneous
Controlled enough to be flexible
Free enough to endure captivity
Knowledgeable enough to ask questions
Loving enough to be angry
Great enough to be anonymous
Responsible enough to play
Assured enough to be rejected
Victorious enough to lose
Industrious enough to relax
Leading enough to serve

Poem by Brewer — as cited by Hansel, in Holy Sweat p 29, Dallas Texas, Word, 1987.