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35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture: Social Experiences

The following excerpt comes from C.A. Short Company’s FREE eBook, 35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture and Increase Your Bottom Line.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the importance of Social Experiences in the work place and offer up a suggested activity that will help create a Culture of Engagement at your company.   

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies

OSHA® Increases Maximum Fines by 78%

Employees are the lifeblood of every organization, and their health and well-being should be the top concern for any company. They work hard and put in long hours so that your business can thrive, and the least they deserve is to work in a safe environment.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have an excellent safety awareness program in place, costly accidents are bound to occur.  

When employees are injured on the job, it doesn’t just affect the employee and their family, it affects your company’s bottom line. Your organization will see a noticeable drop in productivity, morale and even profit. 

In fact, OSHA® recently announced a substantial increase in fines for companies found to be in violation of their rules and regulations. This 78% increase marks the first time that OSHA has updated their fine structure in the past 26 years.

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies

Employee Holiday Programs: Start Early & Make It Personal

The Perfect Employee Gift

We all know that employee recognition is not a once-a-year event. However, the holidays are a great time to show appreciation for your employee’s hard work and dedication. In order to have a successful program, you need to make it personal  and you have to start EARLY. 

But, what is the perfect employee gift during the holidays? Gift cards are popular for employers, but they come across as an impersonal and cold approach. Not to mention, gift cards cause an accounting nightmare.

How about getting the same gift for the entire workforce? Even if it’s a gender neutral gift, the chances of pleasing everyone are slim to none. Every employee has his or her own personality and charm. Defining the perfect gift for one person might be a joke to another.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday, Employee Engagement Strategies

Manager Feedback: Measure, Benchmark, Assess, Tweak and Repeat

 

Engaging your employees should be a top priority for any organization. While there are a number of ways to achieve this, one of the most important is to ensure that employees are kept in the loop.

Every manager should be trained to give both formal and informal feedback to their employees. Daily feedback is a driver of engagement. Alternately, lack of feedback is a driver of disengagement. In order to feel engaged, employees need to know what they’re doing matters and that it contributes to the overall mission of the organization.

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies

35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture: Mentor Programs for New Hires

C.A. Short Company is proud to announce our new complimentary eBook, 35 Ways to Influence Corporate Culture and Increase Your Bottom Line. This complimentary eBook is a powerful tool that aims to help organizations achieve and maintain a meaningful Culture of Engagement.

Today’s blog entry is an excerpt from this publication, and it focuses on the importance of mentors and how your organization can best decide who to select for this role. Happy Friday!

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies

The Impact of Appreciation: Showing Employees You Care

Have you ever worked for a company that seemed to maintain a staggering turnover rate? Well, you're not alone. This is a problem that many businesses face.

When employees first join an organization, they are motivated, engaged and ready to face any and all opportunities head-on. Sadly, it is often the case that these same eager employees end up watching the clock and lose interest in making a difference. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies

ICYMI: Watch C.A. Short Company on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Last year, we were invited to speak about the importance of employee engagement on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. During our time on the show, we discussed changing the way organizations look at employee engagement, as well as bringing solutions to the problems of employee disengagement. Since our appearance, we have heard from many of you requesting a link to the broadcast. Well, we've done one better -- you can view the video in its entirety below.

 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

How to Stop Employee Disengagement Before It Starts

We've spoken a great deal about how to engage employees within your organization. That's why this blog will focus on the other end of the spectrum -- identifying employee disengagement. When you hear the term "disengaged employee," it's easy to think of employees browsing Facebook or placing personal Amazon orders. However, disengaged employees are not always that easy to spot. Most of the time, they have not always been disengaged, but through a series of events, they find themselves caught in a cycle of negative thoughts or with an apathetic outlook on their responsibilities. Employees that were once proactive thinkers can become purely reactive and stop contributing in meetings. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

Can a Points-Based Safety Incentive Program Influence Safe Behavior?

Do you ever find yourself asking how you can help increase employee engagement and create a safe environment? One of the most effective means of accomplishing this is through a points-based safety incentive program designed with measurable rules to engage your employees and reward them with points they can redeem for desirable merchandise. When coupled with a comprehensive Safegagement strategy, this program helps create a culture of recognition and boosts morale in the workplace.

This type of employee recognition program has proven time and again how effective it can be to ensure proper actions among employees. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA said, “A positive incentive program encourages or rewards workers for reporting injuries, illnesses, near-misses, or hazards; and/or recognizes, rewards, and thereby encourages worker involvement in the safety and health management system. Such an incentive program can be a good thing and an acceptable part of a (VPP) quality safety and health system.”

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies, Construction

4 Tips to Engage Your Remote or Contract Workforce

It's undeniable that today's working environment has changed. An increasing number of employees spend their days working from home or at their local coffee shop, instead of working a traditional 9-5 job at a office. The benefits of working remotely are substantial for all parties involved -- employers save money on office overhead expenses, and employees are able to maintain a sense of freedom and fluid work hours. However, this scenario has brought about a number of challenges. Namely, corporations are struggling with how to best engage remote or contract workers.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies

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