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CoAdvantage’s Definitive Guide to Workplace Culture, Part 2: Six Signs Your Culture Needs a Boost

In Part 1 of this series, we took a close look at workplace culture to understand how it impacts both employees and business outcomes. A positive workplace culture can help employees to be more productive. By contrast, a poor culture doesn’t just reduce productivity, it can also harm employee well-being and raise costs. But how[…]

CoAdvantage’s Definitive Guide to Workplace Culture, Part 1: What is it, and How Does it Impact You?

Workplace culture can be an abstract concept, but it’s something that has very tangible impacts. As a result, it’s important for business leaders to have a good grasp on the culture of the workplace and, if necessary, take specific actions to improve it. In this three-part series, we will look at what workplace culture is,[…]

Is (Internal) Bureaucracy Slowing your Business Down?

The Harvard Business Review conducted a massive survey of 7,000 readers on bureaucracy in 2017, and their findings were sobering: “‘Bureaucratic drag’ slows work down, wastes time, stifles innovation, and causes employees to focus too much on internal matters rather than their customers. Not surprisingly, the problem is much worse in larger companies. And it seems to[…]

How to Help Employees De-Stress During the Holidays

The holidays, stretching from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, can be a fun and joyous period full of parties, presents, feasts, and festivities. At the same time, stress caused by the added responsibilities, obligations, and personal tasks can affect work performance. Distracted, stressed-out employees struggle more to maintain their productivity… to say nothing of keeping up[…]

4 Ways to Improve HR’s “Internal Customer” Experience

Customer service starts with HR. As advisory firm McKinsey and Co. writes, “To be good with customers requires the organization to be at its best internally in terms of services provided to employees.” In other words, while a department like HR doesn’t interact directly with an organization’s customers, it still delivers services and products to[…]

Rethinking Employee Engagement

In many ways, employee engagement is a mystery. We know it makes a difference. Measures of high engagement are closely correlated with greater profitability, productivity, sales, customer satisfaction, and employee retention. Organizations with highly engaged employees outperform others by 202%. By contrast, disengaged employees cost U.S. companies as much as $550 billion annually. Yet, employee[…]

Compensation Strategy Checklist

Too many organizations are too disorganized when it comes to compensation. They make compensation-related decisions in a haphazard manner that (1) discounts applicable laws and regulations, (2) obscures whether their approach to compensation generates appropriate ROI, and (3) makes compensation and payroll management unnecessarily difficult. This kind of ad hoc approach to compensation often results[…]

How Do You Create True Leaders out of Ordinary Bosses?

Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” Are the management staff in your organization leaders or bosses? The answer makes a difference to the bottom line. As with employees, some leaders are better than others; and much like top[…]

Telecommuting Has Had a Bumpy Ride: To Offer or Not To Offer?

A number of major companies have recently reduced or ended their telecommuting programs. These include IBM, Yahoo!, Bank of America, Honeywell, and other major enterprises. Is this one-time rising star of a benefit suddenly crashing back down to the earth? Maybe, but there’s more to this controversial benefit than meets the eye. Employers usually offer remote working options to[…]

Rethinking the Annual Pay Raise

Is the traditional annual raise worth it? According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the top 8% of workers saw an average of 4.8% base pay increase, versus only 0.9% (or less) for the lowest performing 9% of workers. But even a 5% raise isn’t necessarily much. The median household income[…]