Emenex Weekly News

Each week we bring you news, opinions and research on Employee Engagement, Leadership and Motivation, along with some thoughts on practical workplace applications.

Recognizing Employees is the Simplest Way to Improve Morale

According to a recent survey, 82% of employees don’t feel that their supervisors recognize them enough for their contributions, while 40% of employees say they’d put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often.

The overwhelming majority of people aren’t simply motivated by a paycheck. They want to work hard and contribute and be noticed and respected for their efforts. If you truly appreciate them in your mind and heart, your attitude will come through naturally in what you say and do. The good news: it’s both simple and inexpensive for leaders to solve the recognition deficit in their organizations. Despite cultural differences around the world, these practices have universal appeal.

Go to HBR to read this article in full and capture some of the key strategies that have worked well for the contributor, David Novak. His vision is a world where every leader understands that recognition is too important to leave to the HR department.

Blog: The Single Biggest Problem in Communication

The recent images we are continuing see from the European refugee crisis each represent the very worst of human suffering and e500b24a-8d80-11e5_1013431cindignity; every person in every image has their own story of grief, pain, fear and loss. It’s harrowing. And amidst it all, there are people prepared to go the extra mile to help those who have lost everything and who suffer so much. Typically in fact, they are willing to go even further than the extra mile, often at great cost to themselves and their family.

Sometimes, the same is true in organisations, but not nearly so often. So what’s the difference?

Read more.

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The Coaching Conundrum Research Overview

Many organizations aspire to build a ‘coaching culture’ in which each manager shares experiences and insights with their direct reports. Especially in organizations overhauling performance management approaches, coaching is the preferred way to boost performance, effectiveness and personal satisfaction at work. Organizations that have achieved this lofty goal report increases in both contribution/productivity and satisfaction.

And yet, the ‘Coaching Conundrum’ is alive and well: While most managers say they love to coach and see the benefits of coaching others – and while direct reports value their manager’s coaching – coaching remains an underutilized approach.

Go here for BlessingWhite’s most recent research on coaching and – with special guest presenter, Professor Peter Hawkins – watch their 60-minute webinar where they discuss findings from the recent coaching global survey.

The Value of Being a Resilient Leader

The success of leaders is often is reflected in their resiliency, the ability to persevere—remaining focused and moving forward with their responsibilities and goals in spite of obstacles and challenges.

Leaders certainly are not expected to be robotic, without feelings, but it’s critical that their leadership development enables them to learn to control their emotions so as not to panic or confuse those who serve under them. Presenting a sense of calm is an important trait for all leaders to have, regardless of what external or internal stresses they may face.

Strong leaders must have three traits to allow their employees to know how they will respond in any situation:

  • Predictability
  • Consistency
  • Accountability

Leaders who can’t appropriately manage their emotions are simply “wild cards,” say trainingmag.  Yet, is being resilient an innate trait? It can be, but the good news is that it also can be learned. Read more about the core features of resiliency that ought to form part of an effective training programme.

The 100 Best Workplaces and Employers in the UK

What are the best companies to work for in the UK? According to new, independent research, more than hundred organisations in the country stand out from the crowd when it comes to good employership and having a great company culture. Among the 101 ‘Best Workplaces’ are thirty one firms active in the professional services industry, and twenty five players that specialise in information technology services.

See the full results here, by industry and company size: large, mid-size and small.

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