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Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of April 16, 2018

April 20 2018 / by Mari Ryan

news 48268157_m_123rf.jpgEach week I read a number of workplace wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week's theme is employee engagement. Don't miss my blog about my visit to Zappos and an expert interview with Janet Swaysland, employee engagement expert.

Increase employee engagement by 300% with this daily practice  by Christine Comaford (Forbes)

This article makes the case for discarding the annual performance review in favor of daily feedback. Frequency performance feedback powers motivation to do outstanding work and to be engaged.

My comments: As a manager, I've always dreaded the annual performance review. And, my employees dreaded it as well. So we canned it. We had always had a practice of regular one on ones with team members to make sure their needs are being met and they have the support they need. While daily would be great, with distributed work teams, daily might be hard to achieve. Making this a habit is the key to making employees feel valued.

Enhancing engagement in the five-generation workforce by Kathryn Moody and Riia O'Donnell (HRDive)

Generational diversity is a major theme in HR circles these days. Generations differ in the way they approach work/life balance, loyalty, authority, and other issues that affect your organization. Recognizing the needs and interests of the generations is key to engaging them. This includes elements of communication, culture, incentives,  recognition and coaching. 

My comments: This article is a great read and reminder that generational diversity is an important aspect of the personality of your organization. Honoring and managing the needs of those various generations is key to engagement.

Communication is key to  positive employee experience by SHRM Bloggers (Workology)

This article is a case study of how US Cellular used communication strategies to engage their workforce. Senior leadership engaged in regular communications practices to help improve transparency.

maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

My comments: I've long held that communications are key to keeping employees connected to the purpose of the organization and to keep them engaged. Case studies such as this are great examples of the impact of strong communications.

Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP is a workplace wellbeing strategist, professional speaker and consultant. For more information visit www.advwellness.com. Visit our YouTube channel Follow on Twitter @advwellness_us

 

Topics: Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, improving employee productivity, worksite well-being, productivity, employee engagement, workplace stress, employee disengagement, workplace generations, multigenerational workforce

Mari Ryan

Written by Mari Ryan

Mari Ryan is the CEO/founder of AdvancingWellness and is a recognized expert in the field of workplace well-being strategy.