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Cues and Clues: Interpreting Employee Engagement through Body Language

Cues and Clues: Interpreting Employee Engagement through Body Language

| Kudos Superstars

 We’ve developed a new set of techniques for measuring employee engagement in the office

  1. Collect the drool off of sleeping employees’ desks. Measure it in a beaker. If the total volume is under 5mL, your employee is probably minimally engaged. If it measures over 5mL, your employee is probably actively disengaged, and/or should be tested for narcolepsy.
  2. Check your employees’ Facebook profile. Engagement can be calculated by dividing the number of cat videos posted per hour, by the rate of comment responses, then multiplying this by the number of status updates, per minute.
  3. Employee engagement as a whole in the company can be calculated by randomly sampling the number of employees hovering at the water cooler at a single time, correlated with each employee’s sips per minute (SPM). If this value proves that employees are using time at the water cooler for activities other than drinking water (examples include, but are not limited to: chatting, staring aimlessly out the window, sleeping, playing ultimate frisbee) it is safe to assume that your engagement levels are low.

...Don’t worry, I’m just kidding...

Did the Going Get Tough? Keep Employees Engaged!

Did the Going Get Tough? Keep Employees Engaged!

| Kudos Superstars

We’ve recently spoken with a few clients who, unfortunately due to economic difficulties, have had to lay off some of their workforce. Now, they feel as though the remaining staff is not confident about their future in the company, and as a result, have become disengaged. This turned into a great opportunity for us to discuss ways to engage employees during difficult times.

Engaging employees after a reduction in force (RIF) was a hot topic about three years ago, at the height of the economic recession. Unfortunately, many businesses are still suffering the effects of the recession. After doing a little research in a few blogs, websites, and discussion forums, I compiled some advice and steps that you, as leaders of your company, can take to ensure that employees feel secure and engaged. Here, I will outline how to use Kudos in conjunction with the three steps to dealing with a difficult time suggested by Leadership Beyond Limits, LLC: Healing, Hope, and Health.

Five Quick Tips for Building Team Communication - Don’t Play Telephone!

Five Quick Tips for Building Team Communication - Don’t Play Telephone!

| Tom Short

Do you remember playing ‘Telephone’ when you were little? A message was passed down the line, whispered from person to person, and by the time it reached the end, the message was so different from the original that it had everyone giggling hysterically.

In the corporate world, trying to communicate with an enormous team can be exactly like playing Telephone... Only most of the time, it’s a lot less funny, and a lot more damaging.

So, how do you streamline communication? How do you connect the disconnected?

Who is in Charge of Your Culture?

Who is in Charge of Your Culture?

| Tom Short

There is an amazing trend happening in businesses all over the world. Culture is once again a top priority for many organizations, large and small. The truth is, every company has a culture. But the question that must be asked is, “is it the right culture?”

In a recent article by Jennifer King, an HR Analyst at Software Advice, she highlighted what some companies are doing to build their Culture. Kudos to Jen on a great article, I recommend your check it out.

The challenge for all organizations is creating the culture they want and managing it  -- or more accurately protecting and nurturing it. As Jennifer pointed out, it starts at the top. As companies grow they also need someone who is responsible for protecting the culture. Having a culture chief is a good idea. If an organization is not focused on what they want to create, they will leave the most important aspect of their business to chance. And you may not like what you get in the end.

ReCOGnition: Now That’s Engaging!

ReCOGnition: Now That’s Engaging!

| Kudos Superstars

We’re always curious to know how our clients use Kudos to increase employee engagement in their organization. Kudos is a simple yet comprehensive recognition platform that allows users to create their own programs to engage and reward their colleagues. We encourage all our clients to get creative and Thank Different!

A great way to get employees excited about Kudos, is to start off the program with a bang! Organize a fun team activity to explain the purpose of the program, and any rewards associated with it. This will get the team excited and help them understand how sending kudos helps build a culture or appreciation. Kicking it off with the right foot is key to a successful recognition program! Columbia Orthopaedic Group did just that! They implemented the Kudos program in their organization with a fun activity that involved all their employees!

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