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How to Deliver an Exceptional Employee Experience

Katie Banks van Nitro Dublin zet vol in op Employee Experience: We translate this into what we call the 3 F’s: ‘The Fundamentals’, ‘The Fringe’, and ‘The Fun’.

If you’ve visited the Nitro blog before, you’ve likely heard us mention our Employee Experience (EX) department, and the fact that we don’t have a traditional HR function. In the words of our COO, Gina O’Reilly, EX “is a global function whose sole responsibility is to help make Nitro the best possible place to work.”

The EX team, which I’m a part of, approaches this task with a laser focus on three critical elements as outlined in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: the ‘must-have,’ the ‘important-to-have,’ and the ‘nice-to-have.’

We translate this into what we call the 3 F’s: ‘The Fundamentals’, ‘The Fringe’, and ‘The Fun’, respectively.

3 f's of nitro employee experience


The Fundamentals
We consider things like competitive salaries, solid benefits offerings, and clearly articulated company vision and values to be fundamental to any job, anywhere.

The Fringe
The fringe encompasses aspects that are important to many employees, but aren’t necessarily offered by every employer—career development opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and gym subsidies, for example.

The Fun
The third ‘F’—fun, is not really something you can prescribe. Telling employees that it’s mandatory to attend the team outing to the Jameson distillery or summertime company picnic really defeats the purpose of trying to make something “fun” to begin with.

However, the EX team feels that providing the opportunity to have fun is critical when asking people to work hard. So while we’re not forcing fun on anyone, we’re certainly encouraging it!

By establishing the 3 F’s as the standard of Employee Experience at Nitro, we’ve articulated what the EX team is striving to provide for every Nitronaut. This has paid off by creating a culture of true engagement and commitment, which in turn yields excellent business results. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Waarom millennials hun werkgever blijven dumpen: een open brief aan management

Millennial Elizabeth Earle McLeod deelt haar inzichten over wat millennials willen en hoe managers hen kunnen laten bloeien. De millennials vertellen ons wat we diep in ons hart wel weten. Mensen werken voor geld, maar vooral om het verschil te maken. Succesvolle managers die inzetten op ‘purpose’ in plaats van winst maken, worden beloond met een succesvol team en stijgende cijfers.

Why Millennials Keep Dumping You: An Open Letter to Management

Attracting and keeping top millennial talent is a burning issue for leaders. Millennials are 35% of the workforce. By 2020 they’ll be 46% of the working population.

Some of our most successful clients — organizations like G Adventures, Google, and Hootsuite — are filled with millennials who are on fire for their jobs. Yet many organizations struggle to attract, and retain, top millennial talent.

One of us, Elizabeth, wrote this letter, to share insights about what top-performing millennials want and how leaders can ignite the “energy of a thousand suns.”

An Open Letter to Management:

You hired us thinking this one might be different; this one might be in it for the long haul. We’re six months in, giving everything we have, then suddenly, we drop a bomb on you. We’re quitting.

We know the stereotypes. Millennials never settle down. We’re drowning in debt for useless degrees. We refuse to put our phone away. We are addicted to lattes even at the expense of our water bill. Our bosses are not wrong about these perceptions. But, pointing to our sometimes irresponsible spending and fear of interpersonal commitment isn’t going to solve your problem. You still need us. We’re the ones who’ve mastered social media, who have the energy of a thousand suns, and who will knock back 5-dollar macchiatos until the job is done perfectly.

I’ve worked in corporate America, administrative offices, advertising agencies, and restaurants. I’ve had bosses ranging from 24 to 64. I’ve had bosses I loved, and bosses I didn’t. I’ve seen my peers quit, and I’ve quit a few times myself. Here’s what’s really behind your millennials’ resignation letter:

1. You tolerate low-performance

It’s downright debilitating to a high achiever. I’m working my heart out and every time I look up Donna-Do-Nothing is contemplating how long is too long to take for lunch. I start wondering why leadership tolerates this. Is that the standard here? No thanks. Fact: Poor performers have a chilling effect on everyone.

2. ROI is not enough for me.

I spent Sunday thinking about how I can make a difference to our customers. Now it’s Monday morning, what do I hear? Stock price. Billing. ROI. Suddenly, my Monday power playlist seems useless. I’m sitting in a conference room listening to you drag on about cash flow. I was making more money bartending in college than I am at this entry-level job. You say I’ll get a raise in a year if the company hits a certain number? So what? I need something to care about today. Talk to me about how we make a difference, not your ROI report. Fact: Organizations with a purpose bigger than money have a growth rate triple that of their competitors.

3. Culture is more than free Panera.

Don’t confuse culture with collateral. Yes, I am a cash-strapped millennial who really appreciates free lunch. But I don’t wake up at 6AM every day to play foosball in the break room. I’m not inspired to be more innovative over a Bacon Turkey Bravo. I need to be surrounded by people who are on fire for what we’re doing. I need a manager who is motivated to push boundaries and think differently. Working in a cool office is really awesome. So is free lunch. But a purposeful culture is more important. Fact: A culture of purpose drives exponential sales growth 

4. It’s ok to get personal

Treat me like a number? I’ll return the favor. This job will quickly become nothing more than my rent payment. I’ll start living for Friday and counting down the minutes until 5. After a few months of that, I’ll probably have a drunken epiphany and realize I want more out of my life than this. Then I’ll prove your assumptions right. 8 months in, I’ll quit and leave. Or worse, I’ll quit and stay, just like Donna-Do-Nothing. That’s not good for either of us. Here’s what you need to know:

I was raised to believe I could change the world. I’m desperate for you to show me that the work we do here matters, even just a little bit. I’ll make copies, I’ll fetch coffee, I’ll do the grunt work. But I’m not doing it to help you get a new Mercedes. I’ll give you everything I’ve got, but I need to know it makes a difference to something bigger than your bottom line.


A Millennial


The millennials are telling us what we already know in our hearts to be true. People want to make money, they also want to make a difference.   Successful leaders put purpose before profit, and they wind up with teams who drive revenue through the roof.

Elisabeth’s mother Lisa Earle McLeod is the creator of the popular business concept Noble Purpose and author of the bestseller Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do work That Makes You Proud

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Why the 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Work

Travis Bradberry op LinkedIn, mei 2017 . De 8-urige werkweek is niet meer van deze tijd en een ineffectieve manier om het werk te organiseren. Inzichten hoe je je werk beter kunt organiseren: een uur werken met focus, 20 minuten break.

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.

The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor. This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today.

Like our ancestors, we’re expected to put in 8-hour days, working in long, continuous blocks of time, with few or no breaks. Heck, most people even work right through their lunch hour!

This antiquated approach to work isn’t helping us; it’s holding us back.

The Best Way to Structure Your Day

A study recently conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application to track employees’ work habits. Specifically, the application measured how much time people spent on various tasks and compared this to their productivity levels.

In the process of measuring people’s activity, they stumbled upon a fascinating finding: the length of the workday didn’t matter much; what mattered was how people structured their day. In particular, people who were religious about taking short breaks were far more productive than those who worked longer hours.

The ideal work-to-break ratio was 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. People who maintained this schedule had a unique level of focus in their work. For roughly an hour at a time, they were 100% dedicated to the task they needed to accomplish. They didn’t check Facebook “real quick” or get distracted by e-mails. When they felt fatigue (again, after about an hour), they took short breaks, during which they completely separated themselves from their work. This helped them to dive back in refreshed for another productive hour of work.

Your Brain Wants an Hour On, 15 Minutes Off

People who have discovered this magic productivity ratio crush their competition because they tap into a fundamental need of the human mind: the brain naturally functions in spurts of high energy (roughly an hour) followed by spurts of low energy (15–20 minutes).

For most of us, this natural ebb and flow of energy leaves us wavering between focused periods of high energy followed by far less productive periods, when we tire and succumb to distractions.

The best way to beat exhaustion and frustrating distractions is to get intentional about your workday. Instead of working for an hour or more and then trying to battle through distractions and fatigue, when your productivity begins to dip, take this as a sign that it’s time for a break.

Real breaks are easier to take when you know they’re going to make your day more productive. We often let fatigue win because we continue working through it (long after we’ve lost energy and focus), and the breaks we take aren’t real breaks (checking your e-mail and watching YouTube doesn’t recharge you the same way as taking a walk does).

Take Charge of Your Workday

The 8-hour workday can work for you if you break your time into strategic intervals. Once you align your natural energy with your effort, things begin to run much more smoothly. Here are four tips that will get you into that perfect rhythm.

Break your day into hourly intervals. We naturally plan what we need to accomplish by the end of the day, the week, or the month, but we’re far more effective when we focus on what we can accomplish right now. Beyond getting you into the right rhythm, planning your day around hour-long intervals simplifies daunting tasks by breaking them into manageable pieces. If you want to be a literalist, you can plan your day around 52-minute intervals if you like, but an hour works just as well.

Respect your hour. The interval strategy only works because we use our peak energy levels to reach an extremely high level of focus for a relatively short amount of time. When you disrespect your hour by texting, checking e-mails, or doing a quick Facebook check, you defeat the entire purpose of the approach.

Take real rest. In the study at Draugiem, they found that employees who took more frequent rests than the hourly optimum were more productive than those who didn’t rest at all. Likewise, those who took deliberately relaxing breaks were better off than those who, when “resting,” had trouble separating themselves from their work. Getting away from your computer, your phone, and your to-do list is essential to boosting your productivity. Breaks such as walking, reading, and chatting are the most effective forms of recharging because they take you away from your work. On a busy day, it might be tempting to think of dealing with e-mails or making phone calls as breaks, but they aren’t, so don’t give in to this line of thought.

Don’t wait until your body tells you to take a break. If you wait until you feel tired to take a break, it’s too late—you’ve already missed the window of peak productivity. Keeping to your schedule ensures that you work when you’re the most productive and that you rest during times that would otherwise be unproductive. Remember, it’s far more productive to rest for short periods than it is to keep on working when you’re tired and distracted.

Bringing It All Together

Breaking your day down into chunks of work and rest that match your natural energy levels feels good, makes your workday go faster, and boosts your productivity.

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Met 40% korting naar de Masterclass The Future of HR/Employee Experience van Ben Whitter op 15 juni in Brussel

Ben Whitter,  Founder van het World Employee Experience Institute en schrijver van het veel gelezen artikel Bye Bye Human Resources, geeft op 15 juni een Masterclass in Brussel. Het HappinessBureau geeft 10 kaarten weg met 40% korting: 799 euro in plaats van 1350 euro!  Vul het contactformulier onderaan het bericht in als je hiervan gebruik wilt maken.


How the employee experience is shifting traditional hr & driving a new business agenda

Masterclass with Multi-Award-Winning “Mr Employee Experience’, Ben Whitter

The whole world is talking about employee experience right now and it is very much in the global spotlight; engaging staff, supporting them to perform, and improving Ben-Whitterproductivity all remain crucial things to focus on within organisational life. With more and more companies embracing employee experience approaches, the game is changing, significantly which means traditional HR is shifting.

This highly engaging one-day masterclass will be led by Ben Whitter, a leading figure within HR globally and a key voice on “Employee Experience” thinking worldwide. Ben’s popular HR and Employee Experience thought leadership has been endorsed by the World’s leading organisations and HR figures and is a regular feature, author and commentator within HR media.

Ben will bring his expertise and insights from his critically acclaimed ‘Employee Experience World Tour 2016-17’ to help HR functions and organisations being asked to reform by developing the workplace as an experience. This will take into account everything that affects people from technology to physical infrastructure to leadership.

The new norm for organisations and HR is the creation of employee experiences that matter, are meaningful, and have every part aligned and driving great strategic and operational results.

Key Learning Objectives:
  • What is the right employee experience approach for a particular context?
  • How do you build employee experiences that help deliver superior engagement and performance levels?
  • Where do we start with this from here and now?
  • What does this really mean for senior HR leaders?
Who will Benefit:
  • Senior HR leaders with strategic organisational influence
  • General managers of business units, responsible for implementing HR strategy
Masterclass Outline
  • The 3D Model; reforming the purpose of HR, structurally and psychologically
  • By accident or design? the in context employee experience
  • The digital and data-informed workplace and employee; leading in a Glassdoor World
  • Outside IN; connecting the customer and employee experience
  • The heart & soul of employee experience; transparency and trust

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Download: The Secrets of the Happiest Companies and Employees

Robert Half heeft een prachtig e-report : It’s time we all work happy. The secrets of the happiest Companies and Employees. Aanrader om aan te vragen!

Many employers have asked what the key is to employee engagement? What is the best way to motivate different types of employees to reach their full potential?

After evaluating more than 23,000 working professionals across eight countries– we have the answers that you’ve been looking for.

Through our collaboration with Happiness Works, our guide provides a simple and straightforward way to learn:

  • Six universal factors for employee happiness
  • The unique elements that drive engagement for each age group, experience level and industry
  • The link between happy employees and performance
  • Specific steps you can take to increase employee satisfaction

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Employee Recognition: 4 missers en hoe die te voorkomen

Randy Pennington op Hufftingtonpost.com, januari 2017. Uit je waardering voor medewerkers vaak én op een goede manier. Vier vaak gemaakte missers en hoe die te voorkomen.

Getting Recognition Wrong

Think back on your career. Have you ever received too much recognition for the good work you have done? Have you provided too much recognition for the good work of others? The answer to both questions is probably “NO.” Experience tells us that providing too much recognition isn’t an issue for most leaders.

The statistics support that conclusion. While 81 percent of companies reported having a formal recognition program, 82 percent of employees don’t think they’re recognized for their work as often as they deserve.Obviously, many leaders are getting it wrong. Here are four ways that might be happening.

Problem 1: Confusing a positive environment with recognition.

During a 360-degree feedback assessment, my administrative assistant indicated that I did not provide adequate recognition. I was shocked. Hadn’t she noticed the “Thank You” on every piece of work she produced? Didn’t she remember the encouragement on her personal growth and development plans? Didn’t she appreciate the flexibility she had with her time? Of course she did, and she was grateful to work in a positive environment. But that wasn’t recognition. Recognition would have been letting her know that she did a great job on a difficult project or even better, providing something of value to her in response to that performance.

Here is the news: Your employees want to work in a positive environment. That, however, isn’t the same as providing recognition. Your employees know it and want you to do the same.

Problem 2: Confusing fun and games at an off-site with recognition.

Off-site meetings can be very beneficial to your group’s success. And most – or at least some – of your team really enjoys playing those team building games. Who wouldn’t salivate over the opportunity to fire a paint ball gun at the person who consistently microwaves salmon and brings it to the desk to eat? From your staff’s point of view, off-site meetings can also be a pain. They involve arranging child care, pet care, or elder care. They cause stress from wondering how I’ll compete in the latest version of the corporate Olympics or get along with an assigned roommate who probably snores.

Here is the news:
Off-site meetings can be recognition if it is a reward that is earned and treated as such. The standard off-site working meeting is just that … work regardless of the games you play.

Problem 3: Confusing reward and recognition.

The old saying goes, “Behavior that is rewarded is repeated.” No wait. Its behavior that is recognized is repeated. Both are correct, and it contributes to the problem.We devalue the impact of recognition when we believe that tangible rewards are the only things that work. That might be true for some people. But, how many more coffee mugs, belt buckles, certificates, or coolers with the company logo on them do you need?

Here is the news: Recognition doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Rewards are nice, but sincere, specific, and individual recognition from a respected leader can be much more meaningful.

Problem 4: Failing to tie recognition to performance that delivers results.

This one can actually kill your company rather than merely hurt it.There is a persistent perception that the Millennial generation requires a continuous stream of recognition to keep them engaged. It’s true that there are those who have been told that they are great since birth. Characterizing an entire generation by the actions of the minority is a mistake, however. An even bigger blunder is assuming that you must provide recognition for the sake of recognition.

Here is the news: Your organization can’t compete if people are recognized for mediocre performance. Consider starting a “meaningless recognition withdrawal program” if you have adopted the philosophy that all recognition is good recognition.

Be actively involved in coaching and mentoring your team about the importance of producing real results. Recognize often, but be relentless about encouraging performance and behavior that contribute to your on-going success. It will take considerably more of your time. Get used to it and embrace it. It is a mistake you can’t afford to make.

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Impact of Bonuses on Employee Motivation

Andrea Stevens op chroniclegreatcolleges.com, augustus 2016. Organisaties spenderen elk jaar miljoenen aan bonussen. Maar is er bewijs dat een bonus de beste manier is om medewerkers te motiveren?

Impact of Bonuses on Employee Motivation

Conventional wisdom states that one of the best ways to motivate employees is by paying generous bonuses. The media constantly highlights the huge bonuses paid to CEOs and other top executives. Organizations spend millions of dollars every year on bonuses. But is there evidence that bonuses are actually the best way to motivate employees?

Bonuses and Motivation

While it might seem obvious that bonuses drive employees to work harder, the research on this point is far from clear. Recent findings suggest that people are more driven by engagement than by financial rewards. This is a paradigm shift for many business owners and managers. The perception is that it’s far simpler to pay someone a bonus than to analyze something like employee engagement.

Research has uncovered that, in certain situations, bonuses can actually be detrimental to performance. A large bonus may motivate people so much that it causes stress and less effective results. That’s because being overly motivated stimulates certain brain centers that cause people to make mistakes. In this type of situation, bonuses actually do succeed in motivating people but may decrease effectiveness.

Bonuses may also foster a competitive spirit in the workplace. This is a mixed blessing. While competition often helps motivate people to do their best, it can also create hostility and divisions. When people are competing for prizes such as bonuses, it’s natural to perceive others as competitors rather than fellow team members. While a certain amount of competition is healthy, when significant monetary rewards are at stake it may undermine other values such as team spirit and the good of the company as a whole. When people do their best because they feel engaged, there is more of a feeling of camaraderie among employees.

Why Engagement is Important

There are many reasons why businesses need to make engagement a priority. Engagement is difficult to quantify but easy to recognize in the workplace. While employees may say or even believe that they are mainly working to earn money, their performance shows otherwise. Studies show that companies with engaged employees have 51 percent higher productivity.

Both Engagement and Bonuses are Effective

Both bonuses and engagement are effective motivators, and the two are not mutually exclusive. The Havas agency network connected the two by tying executive bonuses to employee engagement levels. There are other innovative ways that bonuses and other financial incentives might be connected to employee engagement. For example, bonuses might be paid to the team rather than individuals, removing some of the unhealthy competition between employees.

True employee engagement is a complex web of small connections between an employee and an employer, including frequently discussed efforts like flexible work hours, entertaining company events or pet-friendly cultures.  These can all be important factors of engagement, but a true connection between an employee and his workplace comes down to communication: feeling heard and feeling empowered to speak up.

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14 Simple Expectations Great Employees Have of Their Boss

Bernard Marr op linkedIn.com, januari 2017. If you want to attract and retain great employees, it pays to be a great boss. Here are 14 simple expectations that the best employees have of their bosses.

14 Simple Expectations Great Employees Have of Their Boss

The goal of every manager is to have a team full of exceptional employees. Sometimes the problem is finding them, but more often I see that managers have trouble retaining the greatest employees.

But what if the problem isn’t them… it’s you?

Are you the sort of boss that great employees want to work for?

If you want to attract and retain great employees, it pays to be a great boss. Here are some simple expectations that the best employees have of their bosses:

1. Be consistent with meaningful communication.

Smart employees want clear expectations and communication when it comes to what’s expected of them. The No. 1 problem people cite with their bosses and managers is a lack of communication. If you can improve your communication skills and create a culture of open communication with your team, you will go a long way to creating an environment where the best employees will be happy.

2. Give recognition and praise.

Across the board, most people like to feel appreciated in their job. According to Entrepreneur, 65 percent of employees would be happier if they got more recognition at work, whereas only 35 percent say they would be happier if they got a raise. If you can build a routine of recognition and praise, you will encourage your best employees to be happy at work — and therefore stay. Don’t worry too much about awards or rewards; words go a long way.

3. Provide feedback, mentorship, and training.

The best employees want to improve and grow, and crave a development and mentorship role from their managers. Watch for opportunities to teach, to provide additional support, or to invite the right training for your employees. Making individual development a part of every job description is an excellent way to encourage and retain strong employees (and help them get even stronger).

4. Create a work culture by design.

Good bosses find ways to foster a sense of community at work. Great bosses build that culture intentionally. A big part of that is finding and attracting the right team members — and making sure that the wrong ones move on quickly. Nothing can hurt morale of your best employees more than feeling like they’re supporting a poor team member. Culture design is also about making sure those team members are in the right roles, the ones that make the best use of their particular talents and skills.

5. Create a safe space for failure.

Employees who trust that their failures will be met with constructive feedback and support are more likely to think creatively, work outside the box, and come up with innovative solutions to problems. It’s important to foster a sense that you succeed and fail together as a team, so that no one is thrown under the bus. If people are too busy worrying about losing their job to take chances, you’ll never get their best work out of them.

6. Provide strong leadership and a clear vision

The captain must steer the ship. If leadership doesn’t know where a project or company is headed, how can the employee know? This isn’t just about action steps or deliverables, either, but a clear vision of the department or company’s future that you can communicate to your employees. The best employees feel more confident when they feel that someone is steering the ship competently.

7. Hold yourself and others accountable

Many bosses hold their staff accountable, but the best hold themselves accountable as well. This means adhering to the same guidelines you set for your employees and taking responsibility for both team successes and failures. If your employees feel like you have their back, no matter what, they are much more comfortable and confident in their jobs, and will produce better work and stay longer.

8. Demonstrate good problem solving

Employees need their boss to be consummate problem solvers. You need to be able to not only spot a problem before it becomes a catastrophe, but brainstorm successful and innovative ways to fix it. When an employee comes to a manager with a problem, he or she needs to have confidence that they will get the help they need to fix it.

9. Avoid micromanaging

Learn to understand the art of delegation. One employee once told me that the best bosses have “fired themselves from their previous job” — meaning that they don’t interfere in the day-to-day and minute-to-minute workflow or processes. In essence, learning to delegate instead of micromanage is about trust, and the best employees want to feel trusted, and thrive in that environment.

10. Be an effective decision maker

Sometimes the worst position an employee can be in is when they are waiting for a decision from above. Effective bosses must be effective decision makers. You cannot vacillate over every tiny decision. Being able to make decisions quickly and decisively — and then take responsibility for the outcome (see number 7) — is an important business skill, especially when managing others. The more quickly and effectively you can make decisions, the better your employees can implement them, and that makes employees feel more efficient and effective.

11. Put people first

A great employee is going to want to find a job that fits his or her lifestyle and work/life balance needs. The best bosses understand that there must be a balance between the company or client’s needs and the needs of his or her employees. You must be willing to listen and talk about any issues an employee may be having and understand that a happy employee is a more productive employee.

12. Manage up, down, and sideways

Managers are expected to manage the people below them on the corporate hierarchy, but the best bosses also have ways of managing their superiors and coworkers on behalf of their team. This might mean effective communication, managing expectations, and requesting help in a timely manner. This sort of support is key from an employee’s perspective, who may not have any direct contact with those other partners.

13. Be honest

There’s nothing worse than a boss who says one thing and does another — and nothing will make a great employee start looking for a new position any faster than being lied to. Just as managers must trust their team, employees must trust their boss to have their best interests at heart. It’s always going to be in your best interest to be honest with your employees. (This is also a great way to ensure that they want to be honest with you.)

14. Be dedicated and balanced

The very best bosses I’ve seen are passionate about their work; they live and breathe their jobs and strive to do the best work possible. Yet at the same time, they have lives outside of work. They understand the need to balance family and work or play and work. And they set a good example of how to do that for their employees. Employees want to know that their outside lives are understood and valued because they can see that you value life outside the office as well.

Some of these expectations may seem obvious or commonplace, but I would challenge you to really look within and make sure that you’re demonstrating these qualities regularly with your team. If you are, you should have no trouble finding and retaining the best employees in your field.

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The 5 best speeches from our conferences on happiness at work

Alex Kjerulf, founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Woohoo inc and one, expert happiness at work, auteur en key note speaker deelt op positivesharing.com de beste 5 speeches van acht jaarlijkse internationale conferenties. Bij de conferentie op 18-19 mei 2017 in Kopenhagen geeft Gea Peper van het HappinessBureau een workshop Employee Experience.

For the last 8 years we have arranged an annual conference on happiness at work in Copenhagen. The next one is on May 18+19 2017 and for the first time ever we’re making the conference international, so the whole event will be in English.

We want to show you just how energetic, fun and valuable this conference is, so here are five of our favorite speeches from previous years.

David Marquet (2013): Happiness at work on a nuclear submarine

When David Marquet took command of the nuclear submarine the USS Santa Fe, he knew he needed to change a lot of things. It was the worst performing submarine, was never ready for its missions on time and was basically the laughing stock of the US navy. David came in with a plan to improve the results on the submarine and thereby make its crew happier. By accident, he found that he had to do it the other way around: Make the submarine a happy workplace and results would follow. The new plan worked, and the USS Santa Fe became the best performing submarine. In this speech from our 2013 conference, David Marquet explains how he did it and how you can create a happier workplace too.

Srikumar Rao (2009): The two traps that keep us from being happy

One of the highlights of our 2009 conference on happiness at work in Copenhagen was Dr. Srikumar S. Rao’s wonderfully inspiring and funny presentation. His presentation focused specifically on two traps you must avoid, that keep us from becoming happy. Dr. Rao is the man behind the pioneering course Creativity and Personal Mastery, the only business school course that has its own alumni association and it has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Business Week and dozens of other publications.

The Free Help Guy (2015): Happiness is… helping others.

The Free Help Guy has devoted a large part of his life to helping others – free and anonymously. He believes in doing what you can for others, that value doesn’t look like coins and notes and that for every problem there is at least one solution. He also believes in anonymity rather than self promotion and in living by your beliefs, which is why you can’t see his face in the video. In this inspiring speech, he shares his story. Read more at www.thefreehelpguy.com.

 Steve Shapiro (2011): Personality Poker

Does your organization help every single employee know their strong sides AND apply them more at work? Do people know and respect their coworkers’ personalities and preferences? Do you know what makes your coworkers happy or unhappy at work?

Steve Shapiro, the author of 24/7 Innovation and Best Practices Are Stupid takes participants at our 2011 conference through a game of Personality Poker, showing the 4 main personalities at work and what makes each of them happy or unhappy.

Henry Stewart (2016): 3 advanced tips for creating a happy workplace

Henry Stewart is the founder of Happy, a company in London that does computer and happiness trainings. They are also (naturally) a very happy workplace.In this speech, Henry shares 3 advanced tips for creating a happy workplace:

  • Let employees choose their boss
  • Give pre-approval on big projects
  • Let employees set their own goals

Bonus video: The world’s happiest DJ (2015)

This isn’t a speech as such but it is one of our favorite moments from the conferences.This is a German DJ who became famous on youtube a few years ago for being incredibly happy while playing. He used that as a springboard to quit the day job that he hated and become a full-time DJ. In this video from our 2015 conference he plays a very short set and then shares his story. Meet a man who had the courage to go his own way and became world famous for being happy at work.

Does all of that look interesting? Then join us in Copenhagen on May18+19 for our first ever INTERNATIONAL conference on happiness at work.

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Trends in employee recognition

Post van Julie Feece, VP North America Marketing for RPG Card Services op HR trendinstitute.com, december 2016. Het belang van employee recognition neemt toe als geintegreerd onderdeel van HR strategie en er zijn 6 trends te ontdekken.

Trends in employee recognition

Employee recognition programs, once considered a “nice” but non-essential component of human resources, have changed dramatically over the past five years. This shift parallels a growing understanding of the importance of retaining top-performing employees and re-engineering employee recognition as a core business function.

What’s behind this change? Numerous studies demonstrate “that when companies include employee recognition as a line-item, employee behavior increases across engagement, productivity, retention, customer service, and morale.”

What trends have emerged in the recent past and what do they tell us about how employee recognition programs will be defined in 2017 and beyond? Here’s a look at how thinking has changed and the implications it has for your business today:

1. Employee recognition is being integrated into human capital management strategies

There’s a new strategic value being placed on not just motivating the team, but discerning more precisely the types of behavior that translate into business success. Increasingly, recognition programs are seen as valuable coaching opportunities that reinforce desired employee behaviors — which can result into more effective sales, enhanced customer experiences and longer-lasting customer loyalty.

2. Employee recognition takes place on a continuous basis, not once a quarter or at the end of the year

In past years, many businesses hosted an annual employee recognition day, in which prizes were handed out for individual achievements. Over time, thinking has evolved into a prevailing sense that frequent employee recognition is a much more effective tool for reinforcing the behaviors businesses desire. Consistent praise has a more beneficial effect than intermittent recognition.

3. Peer-to-peer recognition is on the rise

Employees value praise from managers and others high up in the organization, but they greatly appreciate peer recognition as well. Social media can serve as a useful resource for employees to recognize one another’s efforts (status updates on LinkedIn and Facebook, for example, where people can leave comments and words of praise). Peer recognition also leads to a stronger sense of being part of a hard-working and high-achieving team.

4. New talent looks for cultures of recognition

In the red-hot competition for qualified new hires, it’s becoming clear that jobseekers respond favorably to businesses that actively promote a culture of recognition. Businesses with cultures that “clearly value innovation, people development and strategic thinking attract higher quality employees,” notes business author Rob Peters. “Intelligent organizations utilize recognition as a way to regularly advance the aspects that make up a high performing culture.”

5. Recognition is becoming more specific and personal

Handing out generic-sounding awards misses the mark when it comes to motivating employees to higher levels of excellence. If the reason behind recognition is vague or ambiguous, the objective of encouraging similar behavior among fellow employees gets lost. People want to know specifically the types of positive behavior their employers value. Rather than handing out a one-size-fits-all employee of the month award, “giving a more specific reward for providing legendary customer service makes more sense,” contends marketing expert Amy Blackburn. “Other employees, upon seeing such recognition, may want to rise to the occasion, too, and provide excellent customer service.”

6. Employee recognition programs play up the “fun” angle

Recognizing employees for individual or team achievements shouldn’t be a staid or solemn affair. The goal is advancing employee engagement, which is far more likely to come about as a result of informal and upbeat ways of recognizing outstanding on-the-job behaviors.

According to information from Officevibe, businesses with “effective recognition programs have a 31 percent lower voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs.” This, in itself, is a compelling reason to find out more about trends in employee recognition programs and see how you can incorporate those trends into your own efforts to salute hard-working and dedicated employees.

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