Retention

October 20, 2016

BirdDogHR Collaboration icon

Retaining new and seasoned employees not only rids you of the cost of higher, but will increase productivity in the workplace. Collaboration technology will help you do just that. This technology promotes effective communication which is one of the most important skills a person can possess. Best practices and specific information is all stored in an easy-to-access centralized system. Employees and employers can find information or collaborate with a colleague from any location whether that be the office or on vacation.  Collaboration technology has been able to reduce email volume by 30% and increase team efficiency by 15-20% (Source).

Organizations that have implemented collaborations technology have seen employees empowered to communicate with peers in an open forum while also promoting online learning. The seasoned employees can become mentors for new hires. The new hires can learn from their mentors mistakes and successes. Organizations that haven’t implemented collaboration technology have found that their employees spend around 9 hours a week search through their email or the internet for information.

September 12, 2016

HR manager onboarding a new employee

Onboarding is critical to employee retention. Why? Well, the sooner your new employee is comfortable in their role the sooner they’ll be able to contribute. BirdDogHR’s Michelle Stedman recently wrote an article about the importance of onboarding for Business Woman Media.

Personalization isn’t just a trend; we’re seeing the benefits everywhere from the classroom to online shopping and well beyond. Personalization adds value to the individual and fosters faster growth so, naturally, it benefits onboarding.

In her article, Why You Should Customize Onboarding Induction for Employees, Stedman discusses several different ways that you can increase the value of your onboarding process and retain your new talent.

August 5, 2016

Young man wearing glasses smiling at coworker

The time for adaptability is now, adaptable to the changing workforces and those in it. Millennials are entering the workforce in great numbers which will only increase with time. In fact, the quest to name the next generation, the generation that is expected to succeed and surpass the Millennials, has already begun. You can either run from it or adapt.

In March of 2015, MTV surveyed 1,000 children born after December 2000 to find a name these children wanted to associate themselves with. With 544 different options, the unofficial next generation name was chosen. The Founders.

June 21, 2016

Three smiling office workers

Leadership styles of executives dictate the outcome of operational success. A positive leader engages employees and motivates them daily. A negative leader impacts turnover and leaves employees feeling defeated. What kind of leader are you?

A leader that acts as a mediator enables employees to produce their best work through collaborative relationships and consistent feedback. A mediator’s leadership style acts on behalf of a larger group. They make employee needs a priority and are able to create a productive environment. Positive leaders get organizations put on “Best Places to Work” lists, while employees compete to work under them. Good leadership can be felt throughout the entire organization. Open two-way communication decreases misunderstandings and boosts morale. Employees feel that their work is impacting the success of the company and want to develop their skills as a result.

June 8, 2016

Group of people standing together

Companies are no longer just striving to create a product or service that is better than the competitor. In this shifting people management environment they must create a work environment that is better and more fulfilling for the employee. Poor company culture makes employees feel undervalued and increases turnover, while positive company culture does just the opposite.

When a meaningless company culture is in place employees, new and old, feel unwelcome, undervalued and can’t see the impact of their contributions. Company values should be emphasized through continuous management feedback and reinforcement; if not, success is disconnected and employees can feel defeated. With countless jobs available, top talent doesn’t have to endure a negative or disjointed company culture. Applicants are now solely seeking out businesses that make the “Best Places to Work” lists.