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Employees are a company’s greatest asset

Employees are a Company’s Greatest Asset

Posted on February 15, 2022 by kozmun

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox

Research shows that only 25% of employees are actively engaged, leaving 75 % of employees less than fully engaged. 

How does your business compare? 

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive Coach, for our free webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices. 

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT or  

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar 

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The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices Webinar

NEW WEBINAR – The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices

Posted on February 14, 2022 by kozmun

A significant and current problem businesses need to resolve is employee disengagement.

Prior to the pandemic, Research showed that only 25% of employees were actively engaged, leaving 75 % less than fully engaged.

And now, because of the pandemic, people have had lots of time to think and are taking the opportunity to reevaluate their life.

Some are acknowledging their discontent and acting on their disengagement, by leaving unfulfilling jobs, in great numbers. This has become known as The Great Resignation.

Employee disengagement is a very real factor in employee discontent and it impacts your bottom line!

Disengagement costs the North American business economy over $350 billion per year in lost productivity.

The Great Engagement urgently calls organizations to actively engage employees so they feel better connected and valued for their contributions to the overall business success and to counteract the associated cost factors that impact the bottom line.

If you want to improve your organization’s employee engagement join Kathleen Ozmun, Executive and Team Coach and Change Consultant, and Marielle Gauthier, Executive and Leadership Coach, for a free one-hour webinar called The Great Engagement: Three Powerful Practices.

In the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of employee engagement for the business/organization
  • Understand the impact of disengagement and how it might be impacting the bottom line
  • Identify the challenges of attracting and retaining the best employees
  • Learn three powerful practices to increase employee engagement

Register below for this free presentation when the next event is scheduled.

Meet the Program Leaders

Who this is for:

  • Business owner
  • C-suite or senior leader
  • Human Resource Professional
  • Manager
  • Board member
  • Executive Director
  • General Manager

DATES

Feb 24 at 3 pm CST/4 pm EDT for this FREE webinar OR

March 2 at 1:30 CST/2:30 EDT for this FREE webinar

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30-60-90 Day Employee Engagement Plan Blueprint

Free 30-60-90 Day Employee Engagement Plan Blueprint

Posted on December 20, 2021 by kozmun.

Use your free 30-60-90 Day Employee Engagement Plan Blueprint to design your own Great Engagement for 2022!

The Great Engagement is a call to action to expand your approach to more effectively engage your employees. Employee engagement impacts your bottom line!

How engaged are your employees now?

Research indicates that 60% of employees are not engaged, and 15% are actively disengaged at work.

The costs of this situation are staggering. Disengagement costs the North American business economy over $350 billion per year in lost productivity. 

What might employee disengagement be costing your organization? 

How do you currently engage your employees? 

How will you engage with your employees in 2022?

If you’re not currently focused on engagement then how will you engage your employees in 2022?

If you’re not sure how to start, get your free 30-60-90 Day Blueprint to actively design your own great employee engagement program. We have included a few simple ideas and a planning framework to set you up for success in 2022!

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

To develop more strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Potential Funding for Training

Your organization may be eligible for funding through:

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Sincere Words are Worth a Fortune

Sincere Words are Worth a Fortune

Posted December 16, 2021 by kozmun.

“Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” – Sam Walton

The Great Engagement is a call to action to praise more often.

Do you praise your employees easily, sincerely and often?

If not, you may be losing out on an opportunity to trigger a dopamine release which can then boost innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.

Tips to Take Action

  • Catch someone doing something well and praise them promptly.
  • Consider how each employee would like to be praised – publicly, privately, in person, by email, on social media, etc.

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

To develop more strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Potential Funding for Training

Your organization may be eligible for funding through:

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Reduce the Risk of Losing Employees

Reduce the Risk of Losing Employees

Posted December 14, 2021 by kozmun.

“By not understanding what their employees are running from, and what they might gravitate to, company leaders are putting their very businesses at risk.” McKinsey & Company

The Great Engagement is a call to action to reduce this risk of losing employees.

Do you know what your employees are running from? What might they gravitate towards? Is your business at risk of losing employees? 

As a leader you may think you know the answers but, according to McKinsey &
Company, managers and employees do not agree on what’s the most important factors for staying at an organization. 

The top three factors employees cited as reasons for quitting were that they didn’t feel:

  • Valued by their organizations (54 percent) or 
  • Valued by their managers (52 percent) or
  • A sense of belonging at work (51 percent). 

Tips to Take Action

As an organization, by understanding the reasons why employees are leaving or would even consider leaving, you can take effective actions to not only retain but also attract potential employees.  

  • How do you as a leader show you value your employees?
  • What does the organization do in terms of making people feel they belong and are valued?
  • Is your organization struggling with effectively engaging employees? 

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

To develop your strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.

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Rewards and Recognition Engage Employees

Rewards and Recognition – Low Cost and High Impact for Boosting Engagement

Posted on December 9, 2021 by kozmun.

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” – Zig Ziglar

The Great Engagement is a call to action to expand your approach to more effectively engage your employees. 

Research from Gallup suggests that rewards and recognition, with its low cost and high impact, might be one of the most underutilized tools that managers have for boosting engagement.

Do you regularly show appreciation to your staff members? 

If not, you could be losing an opportunity to provide encouragement and bolster engagement. 

Ideas for Action

A simple thank you can make them feel more valued in the workplace and also brighten up their day! 

Other simple ideas: 

  • Fancy teas or coffee in the coffee room 
  • Team lunch 
  • Bring in snacks to a meeting
  • Acknowledge people during staff meeting 
  • Ask people for a personal or professional highlight 
  • Give a  hand-written thank you note
  • Acknowledge their specific contribution to a  business success; 
  • Time off to volunteer for their favourite not-for-profit organization

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

Our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.

Please note: Due to high program demand, applications are being prioritized and processed approximately two weeks prior to the start date of training. Applications submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved.

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Strong Performance Recognition Engages Employees

Employees receiving Strong Performance Recognition are Much More Likely to be Highly Engaged

Posted on December 7, 2021 by kozmun

According to the Cicero Group, research shows that employees receiving strong performance recognition are much more likely to be highly engaged at their job. They are also more likely to perform at their maximum output and develop innovative ways to improve their company. 

The Great Engagement is a call to action for organizations to engage their employees and potentially increase output and innovation.

Regularly Recognize Your Employees

Do you make it a practice to regularly recognize your employees’ performance? 

Do you know that one of the reasons employees leave an organization is that employees don’t feel valued by their manager?

If you’re not regularly recognizing your employees, you may be missing out on your employees using their key strengths to contribute their best efforts. 

Tips to Take Action

Take the time to personally get to know your employees and find out how they prefer to be acknowledged.

Prepare key messages for each employee that you can customize and deliver to your employee as the opportunity emerges. You can also create the opportunity to share your message!

Be sure to personally share the message.

Create accountability for yourself by setting a ‘deliver by’ date.

Then acknowledge your employees often!

The Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program

To develop more strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.

Please note: Due to high program demand, applications are being prioritized and processed approximately two weeks prior to the start date of training. Applications submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved.

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Support Employees to Thrive in Zone of Genius

Support Your Employees to Thrive in their Zone of Genius

Posted on December 3, 2021 by kozmun

“It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of GE

Do you help your employees understand how important their work is to the business success? 

If not, you may be missing out on your employees’ best efforts. It is energizing to know when your natural abilities contribute to achieving a mission. This brings purpose to the work. Using natural abilities is the ‘zone of genius’ where employees excel!

Take Action – To help your employees thrive in their zone of genius, share how their talents and work contribute to the organization’s mission.  

Can you name the genius that each of your employees contributes to the workplace?

To develop more strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.

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How to Actively Engage with Your Employees

The Great Engagement Urgently Calls Organizations to Actively Engage their Employees.

Posted on November 26, 2021 by kozmun

Do you know how to actively engage with your employees to have the most positive impact?

Please note, saying “be thankful you have a job!” is not an effective way to engage your staff even though an “attitude of gratitude” is powerful. If this is your approach then don’t be surprised if you are hosting more good-bye parties than welcome parties. 

Employees want more than a paycheque.

Three Most Common Reasons

The three most common reasons Gallup found employees to be disengaged at work were:

  • Not seeing opportunities for development
  • Not feeling connected to the company’s purpose
  • Not having strong relationships at work

What will you do?

Which one of Gallup’s three reasons for disengaged employees applies to your organization?

Which one will you strengthen to increase engagement with your employees?

What actions are you going to take to actively engage your employees?

The Great Engagement is an urgent call to action for businesses to retain and  attract great employees. 

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Program

To develop your strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.

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Costs Due to Employee Disengagement

What are the costs of not actively engaging your employees?

Posted November 25, 2021 by kozmun

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There are concrete costs due to employee disengagement.

The Management Journal’s semi-annual Employee Engagement Index reports that 60% of employees are not engaged, and 15% are actively disengaged at work and only 25% are actively engaged.

According to Forbes, the costs of a disengaged employee is equivalent to 34% of their annual salary, or $3,400 for every $10,000 of income.

Example of Cost of Employee Disengagement

If we applied this to the average Canadian salary of $55,800 a year, the costs of a single disengaged employee to the business is going to be $18,972 annually.

Let’s apply this to an entire organization.

Let’s say you lead an organization of 100 people.

If we use the Employee Engagement Index which states only 25% of employees are actively engaged, then 75 employees are disengaged at your organization.

If we use the average salary of those employees as $55,800 then this employee disengagement is costing your organization annually:  $1,422,900 ($18,972 X 75 people.)

This example demonstrates that there are concrete costs due to employee disengagement.

Are you surprised by the magnitude of this cost? What is the actual cost to your organization? Are you OK with the return on this investment?

The Great Engagement is an Urgent Call to Action for Businesses

The Great Engagement is an urgent call to action for businesses to retain and  attract great employees. It’s your choice: you will either have the cost of disengagement or invest in engaging your employees.

While there is no quick fix, there are simple leadership practices that can produce immediate improvements in engagement.

Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Program

To develop your strategies our Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program focuses on simple but powerful behaviours that will have maximum impact on a leader’s ability to engage his or her employees.

Your organization may be eligible for funding through the Canada Job Grant program. Employers may be eligible to receive two-thirds of the training cost.