LinkedIn on Thursday released the findings of its second annual Top Companies study with Alphabet once again taking top honors in the United States. Of the 50 stateside front-runners, 22% are currently using PoliteMail to create, send, manage, and measure internal email campaigns. Similarly, 28% of the companies that made the Australian list are also using PoliteMail, with 16% of the German list and 8% of the UK list following suit. Congratulations to our clients across the globe for being recognized as a top place to work!
The LinkedIn Insights Team analyzed billions of member interactions on the platform and focused on four key interest areas to create the list: jobs, brand, employees and employee retention. The analysis, conducted only on organizations with more than 500 employees, examined member engagement over a 12-month period that ended in February of this year. Both LinkedIn and its parent company, Microsoft, were excluded from the study.
The US companies highlighted in the report represent over 21 industries and employ over three million nationally. Unsurprisingly, high tech dominated the results, but financial and professional services firms also made strong showings.
To learn more about last year’s list, click here.
A new survey reveals that the majority of organizations do not have an official employee engagement policy in place. The report. published earlier this week entitled “The Evolution of Employee Engagement” looks at the changing staff engagement landscape. The report shows that just 27% of organizations take a formal approach to employee engagement. In addition it is also revealed that 76% of employees aged 30 and under would like to see their employer do more to boost employee engagement.
the issue of disengaged employees is one that is not new, criticized by many recently. The results of the survey aims to help determine the key factors influencing employee engagement, from collaboration and the role of management to corporate honesty and transparency.
One issue faced by many organizations is that many do not understand how to deal with the subject of employee engagement. Many do not realize how much technology can support and employee engagement strategy, or how internal ambassadors can help improve levels of engagement.
“Employee engagement and corporate culture have become top-level business priorities for senior management, as an engaged workforce is a higher performing one, but the disconnect between intent and execution is widespread” states Susan Hunt Stevens CEO of WeSpire.
The results of this survey go some way to emphasize the steps employers can take to better engage their workforce and create a more positive workplace through corporate social responsibility and sustainability, for example.
Finally, the survey goes on to confirm three key trends in the pursuit for employee engagement: a great management team; transparency at all levels of the business; and the amount of choice and collaboration opportunities open to staff members.
See the full results of the survey and read the full article here.
In today’s world we have the latest and greatest digital tools that allow easier access to information and communication methods than ever before. However, this does not mean everyone is making the best out of these opportunities. A recent article posted on Business2Community offered some ideas for streamlining communications, using a range of tools and techniques.
1. Company Newsletters
This is a great way to connect with your entire organization. Newsletters shouldn’t be sent more than once a month, but newsletter can be an ideal way to summarize company news and updates. Some examples are: company progress, new hires, press received, etc. Content should be clear and organized.
2. Keep Files in One Place
Keep files all together in a secure place. Some services available include Box or Dropbox. This ensures any shared files with clients and colleges stays safe. As well as being able to control what content is being shared, you can manage who is sharing content and where it gets stored. Employees will be able to retrieve essential information more easily, and the security and encryption features give employers added peace of mind.
3. Use One Tool for Company Chats
Real time chat allows workers to collaborate and encourages workers to share ideas with one another. Yammer, HipChat, and Slack are all examples of secure and user friendly tools available. With most of these you are able to chat one-on-one, in a group, or invite clients to join the conversation.
4. Use One Secure Number for Conference Calls
The best conference call tools will allow you to schedule meetings with clients or multiple offices, bring remote employees into conversations, and even record meetings. Tools such as UberConference and GoToMeeting are great options.
5. Manage Projects on a Single Dashboard
Project management tools are now an essential way to store any communications about a project in one easily accessible place. Dashboard tools can help you manage workflows more efficiently, and are easy to set up and use.
Regardless of the industry or size, organizations today are experiencing a digital transformation. With the addition of new technology these organizations are able to better serve their customers and increase revenue. However, the digital transformation isn’t always as smooth as one would think. Often we hear of organizations who have spent a pretty penny on various tools only to find out that their employees aren’t using the tool. Although implementing new technologies is something many organizations say they are focusing on for future success, many employees are finding the process to be too complex and slow. How can this be fixed?
Employee Adoption of Technology Matters
When considering implementing a new technology, consider this: employees perform and deliver value, and the use of technology helps them do it better. It’s crucial to consider if the tool is going to make the end user’s job easier. If the tool is difficult or confusing to use, they are not going to use it. Keep your employees involved in tech initiatives and get their opinions on what will or will not work; keeping them involved in this process will save you time and money.
Often employees turn to non-approved apps and tools that they are more comfortable and familiar with, knowing it will be easier than the company provided tools. As a result they may be unintentionally putting your organization’s privacy and security at risk. Work with your IT team to create a brief explanation of how the tool works and explain how using other tools may present risks to the organization.
Choosing the Right Technology
No matter what technology you are looking to implement, keep in mind the interests of those who will use it daily. Consider functionality and ease of use from the end user’s perspective. Tools that take a great deal of time to learn are almost always rejected by employees. Have the users complete multiple trials, get their feedback, and then determine if the technology fits their needs. This will help users across all levels of your organization make the most out of your software.
Show Off the New Technology
What better way to get people excited about using a new tool than to show them what it is capable of! Prove that the technology works, and how simple it can be. Show it off to a small team who can work with others to show them how the tool works, and help promote the tool among co-workers. Engaging employee along the tech adoption process is one of the best ways to ensure that the tool will be used at all levels of the organization.
Read the full article from Pivot Point here.