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ISO Engagement Standards - Part III: Implications for the Marketplace

Published: Feb 6, 2017

So what will happen should ISO go beyond the issuance of its Quality Management Principles and eventually approves formal standards for engagement? The opportunity could be significant, says Lee S. Webster, Secretary for ISO TAG 260, which has oversight over the engagement standards.... [ read more ]

"It's Always About the Boss"

Engagement doesn’t just happen, and in most organizations frontline management has a lot to do with the success - or failure - of an organization's engagement efforts. Recent research from the Gallup organization on employee disengagement ... [ read more ]

10 Trends in Motivational Merchandise

Published: Jan 14, 2015

A new study by the Incentive Research Foundation, 10 Trends for Merchandise and Gift Card Programs in 2015, notes that retaining top performers and preparing them to take over the reigns during the next decade is a top priority for most organizations. A crucial part of that process will involve Merchandise and Gift Card... [ read more ]

An M&A Expert's View of the Engagement Marketplace - Part 2: Valuation Issues

Published: May 24, 2017

In Part 1, of this series of articles, Michael Mazer of Mazer Telecom Advisors LLC discussed merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the overall engagement space. In Part 2, he talks more specifically about the landscape for buyers and sellers. Mazer has 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and is now heading up an M&A business affiliated with The Engagement Agency LLC. ... [ read more ]

Anatomy of a Successful Incentive Travel Program

This recently conducted analysis by The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF)of one company's long-standing use of travel awards as a motivational tool shows that such incentives have a clear, measurable and positive impact on corporate culture and employee performance, as well as a broader "ripple effect" on the economy of the region where an incentive travel program (ITP) is held.

Overall, the study concluded that the importance of these programs should not be undervalued; their impact and their value reach well beyond the typical event timeline. Earners of the incentive travel program are far from the only beneficiaries of the program. The sponsoring company, the destination and the suppliers all receive significant benefits as well.

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Baruch College Professor Sees Big Promise for Analytics in Enterprise Engagement

Published: Jun 21, 2016

Few people in academia better understand the convergence of analytics and Enterprise Engagement than Charles Scherbaum, Associate Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Scherbaum, an early contributor to the Enterprise Engagement Alliance curriculum on analytics... [ read more ]

Benchmark Your Organization's Enterprise Engagement Practices

Published: Jun 14, 2016

Organizations seeking to benchmark their enterprise engagement strategies can take advantage of a convenient, free tool created by the Enterprise Engagement Alliance. The Enterprise Engagement Benchmark Indicator (EEBI) allows companies to answer questions about their employee, customer and vendor engagement practices to ... [ read more ]

Deloitte: Talent Drought Threatens Supply Chains

Published: May 29, 2015

Deloitte’s newly released 2015 Supply Chain Survey has found that only 45% of supply chain and 40% of procurement executives at U.S.-based global companies are “extremely” or “very” confident that their supply chain organizations have the competencies they need today. ... [ read more ]

Diversity and Engagement

Published: May 31, 2017

The larger or more geographically spread out the organization, the greater the issues related to diversity. Beyond the regulatory and ethical obligations to recruit employees and market to customers... [ read more ]

Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths

A common error that frontline managers sometimes make is to focus their performance improvement efforts on employees’ weaknesses, rather than focus on their strengths. But Gallup research shows that the worst thing managers can do is to ignore their employees altogether. According to Gallup researchers Brian Brim and Jim Asplund, “If your manager focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged at work are only 1 in 100. If your manager ignores you, however, you are twice as likely to be actively disengaged than if your manager focuses on your weaknesses. Being overlooked, it seems, is more harmful to employees’ engagement than having to discuss their weaknesses with their manager.” This paper offers a summary of their research.... [ read more ]

Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses

Published: Jun 1, 2015

Gallup Business Journal recently reported that employees who work for a female manager in the U.S. are actually more engaged, on average, than those who work for a male manager. However, only one in three (33%) working Americans say they currently have a female boss. Female managers themselves tend to be more engaged than male managers. Gallup finds that ... [ read more ]

How to Make The Business Case for Investing in Employee Engagement

Published: Sep 16, 2016

Over the past decade or so, more and more organizations are talking about the importance of creating a culture of high engagement with their employees so they will create exceptional customer experiences. However, although employee engagement shows up as a top challenge for ... [ read more ]

Incentive Travel and Engagement

Published: Jun 24, 2015

A new study by the Incentive Research Foundation, Rebounding the Recession: The Future of Incentive Travel 2014, finds that incentive travel rewards are perfectly matched to the emerging needs of today’s multi-generational workforce and ... [ read more ]

Is your reward program really engaging people?

Published: Jul 16, 2015

Tom McMullen, writing recently on the Hay Group blog, notes that a recent study of World@Work members found only 11% of organizations conduct a formal ROI assessment of their reward programs. However, 48% of respondents said they planned to more rigorously assess... [ read more ]

New Book Offers Essential Insights into Customer and Sales Engagement

Published: Sep 14, 2015

A new book, The Challenger Customer: Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results, provides a perspective on the current B2B selling environment that’s essential reading to anyone interested in sales force and customer engagement. We put this book in the "wow" category for ... [ read more ]

New Videos Help Managers Understand How to Engage

Published: Oct 6, 2016

Divvy Engagement has released a series of free videos to help organizations train managers on how to engage and recognize employees. The new videos are designed to demonstrate how actors can be used to help managers and employees better visualize the types of practices and behaviors that work best to engage and/or succeed in their own work. ... [ read more ]

New: EEA Engagement Data Sheet

Published: Aug 7, 2015

Whatever your needs, you'll hopefully find a stat, study or survey here that will help you solidify your case and achieve your objectives. When you work in an industry that's called upon to justify its existence at every turn, data is ammunition. Experienced motivation professionals know that the right statistic... [ read more ]

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