team bonding

9 Fun Ways to Promote Team Bonding this Summer

And just like that, we’ve traded our scarves for sunglasses, and switched our Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Unicorn Frappucinos. Summer is officially here… again! While summer creates unique opportunities for team bonding activities, happy hours and Nerf gun battles are not everyone’s cup of tea. What constitutes fun varies depending on the unique personalities in your group, but the benefits of disconnecting from work (and connecting with team members) shouldn’t be ignored. So step away from the daily routine, take advantage of the good weather and find something fun to keep the ties between your team members strong! Capitalize on the positive energy that spills over from the experience and find ways to keep the momentum going when you’re back in the office! Our friends at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) are filled with great ideas so we asked them to weigh in on their summer plans.
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social business design

How Social Business Design Theory Improves Retention and Innovation

CEOs and entrepreneurs across the country are asking the same question: How do we engage and retain our top talent? In a recent survey, Future Workplace partnered with Beyond and found 56 percent of HR workers look to enhance their employees’ experience by investing more in staff development and training. Other companies, such as IBM, are investing in people analytics, which provide an idea of when key employees may quit. Managers then use that data to nurture those team members and encourage them to stay. While these strategies may help retain employees (and are certainly more effective than reactionary strategies), I believe the best way to enhance the employee experience and boost retention is through social business design theory…. Read More»

appreciation

Should Employee Appreciation Be Entirely Performance-Based?

One of the most frequent questions asked when I’m consulting a business is: Should you show appreciation to someone who isn’t performing well? Tension exists in the world of recognition, employee engagement, and appreciation. There are differences of opinion on the relationship between an employee’s performance and when, or how, you recognize them. Should you recognize an employee if they aren’t doing well in all areas of performance?… Read More»

#SocialLeader Chat: “From Zero to Hero: How do Leaders Get Started on Social”

It’s our aim at #SocialLeader chat to get more leaders active on social media. How else can they lead in the social age without an active online presence? From Facebook and Twitter to Linkedin and Instagram, there are many platforms for leaders to use to be part of the conversation. … Read More»

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#SocialLeader Chat: Social Listening: Blowing up the Barriers Between You and the Conversation

Social networks, both internal and external, are centers for conversation for employees across the workplace and for people across the marketplace. Such conversations provide a source of tremendous insight and value about brands and companies, enabling social leaders to connect with the pulse of their workforce and their marketplace…. Read More»

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