Blog: Engagement Matters

6 Reasons Why Social Platforms Foster Higher Employee Engagement

Posted by Jason Slaughter

April 22, 2014

Corporate technology has transformed the business world, fueling efficient processes and new opportunities. Employees are expected to adapt to technological innovations by learning to use the latest devices and programs. For many workers, these tools help them to do their jobs better, providing convenient, flexible options that can increase job satisfaction and foster collaborative teamwork.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Want a Recipe for Motivated Workers? Stir in a Little Gamification

Posted by David Bator

April 15, 2014

Think fun and games are just for kids? Think again. Gamification - or the application of game theory and methods to non-game situations - is proving to be a valuable technique for cultivating employee engagement and creating motivated workers. 

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Topics: gamification

RBC Engages Over 6,000 Employees in the "Your Someday" Campaign

Posted by Michael Bertrand

April 11, 2014

RBC has been a sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team since 1947. To celebrate the Sochi winter Olympics, RBC created the “Your Someday” campaign that makes a connection between aspiring Olympians and the dreams of everyday Canadians. Knowing that Olympians dream of someday standing on the podium to receive their gold medal, the RBC campaign invited Canadians to share their Someday dream - anything from travelling the world, owning a home, or retiring in good health. 

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Topics: RBC Royal Bank

Is Your Employee Engagement Strategy Failing to Reach Millennials?

Posted by Michael Bertrand

April 9, 2014

Studies have shown that employee engagement is a critical factor in optimizing productivity, performance and retention in the workplace. Many managers have strategies to motivate and inspire their team members, and company policies are often built with worker preferences in mind. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, millennials

Why Employee Rewards and Prizes Can Actually Hinder Performance

Posted by Jason Slaughter

April 7, 2014

If you're still relying on carrot-and-stick performance management strategies, it might be time to join the 21st century. Given the complexity of many business operations today and the innovative thinking these require, motivating employees with rewards and incentives usually just doesn't cut it. And what's more, taking this approach might actually be detrimental to performance.

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Topics: employee recognition

How to Motivate Employees When the Going Gets Tough

Posted by Steven Green

April 3, 2014

When the going gets tough, the tough get going - but hopefully not out of your organization. Most businesses hit a rough patch now and then, and these challenges can spiral into significant problems if employees are overcome with stress and dissatisfaction. Feeling overburdened and underappreciated, members of staff may choose to seek work elsewhere or become disengaged at the moment when their help is most critical. Therefore, it's important for managers to know how to motivate employees when the company is struggling and share bad news in ways that don't cause flight or anger.

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Topics: employee recognition

How Senior Leadership Can Improve Employee Communication

Posted by Michael Bertrand

April 1, 2014

Too often, corporate managers adopt an outdated approach to employee communications. Instead of conducting thoughtful conversations, senior leadership at many organizations simply rely on standard meetings, memos and presentations to engage with their teams. Although these channels are effective, they are hardly useful by themselves. Rather, companies need to make sure managers and executives listen just as much as they speak.

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Topics: internal communications

4 Ways to Foster a Workplace Culture of Innovation

Posted by David Bator

March 28, 2014

Managers are paid for their bright ideas and leadership skills, but if they aren't capitalizing on the wealth of brain power among their team members, they're making a huge mistake. 

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Topics: idea generation

Why Employee Engagement is a Team Sport

Posted by Jason Slaughter

March 26, 2014

Remember those middle school inspirational posters that reminded you there's no "I" in team? Well, the same is true of employee engagement: it's not a "one-man show," no matter how brilliant her ideas are.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Make Social Business Self-Supporting

Posted by Michael Bertrand

March 24, 2014

If you've ever had an aquarium you know just how quickly things can get out of balance and your tiny world collapses. Fortunately business ecosystems are more robust than fish tanks. Still, there are a lot of subsystems that you need to feed and nurture in your enterprise social network.

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Topics: social business

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