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Why Data Science is So Hot Right Now

Back in 2012, Thomas Davenport wrote in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) that Data Scientists have the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Jump ahead five years, and data science is just as hot — if not hotter. Whether it’s big data, microdata, customer data, employee data, Data from Star Trek … we’ve got a […]

HR and IT Need to Work Together to Improve Onboarding

The onboarding period is a critical time in an employee’s career, yet many organizations are failing at it. According to the Harvard Business Review, only 28 percent of companies say they have a highly successful onboarding program, and 22 percent of companies don’t have a program in place at all. Cultivating productivity in your workers […]

Invest in People, Not Perks

In this video series, thought leader and “futurist”, Jacob Morgan, explains that providing work perks like free snacks or yoga classes — while a nice bonus — are not equal to providing workers with an engaging culture. Through his research, Morgan has found that spending money on perks doesn’t solve employee engagement problems. Instead, transforming […]

Outdated Technology Hurts Employee Engagement

Whatever your field or industry, your people have jobs to do. (Even this guy, who tastes ice cream for a living.) So if your workers have to jump through hoops to access the tools they need to do those jobs, they will become frustrated — and eventually — disengaged. Workers who are disengaged from their […]

These 5 Companies are Doing Community Service Right

If you want to recruit (and keep) top talent in today’s competitive environment, offering a volunteer program to your workers is crucial. Donating corporate dollars or offering gift-matching just isn’t attractive enough to many workers. This is particularly true of millennials, who make up the largest generation in today’s workforce. In an interview with Monster.com, […]

The Importance of Employee-Led Communities

Empowering employees to self-organize can make a big impact on engagement. (And by self-organize, I mean the organization of employee groups and committees — not unions. That’s an entirely different conversation that I am very unqualified to comment on.) Employee-led communities can be professional, social, or job-specific, and should be created and managed by members. […]

How to Measure Employee Engagement with Surveys

Surveying your workers is an obvious way to find out if they’re engaged in their jobs. But walking around the office and talking to people, or emailing your employees and saying, “Are you engaged?” isn’t going to get very accurate results. Even in regular meetings with managers, employees are less likely to be honest about […]

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