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Fri, Dec 28, 2012

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5 for Friday: Employee Engagement Edition

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This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up five stories about the latest trends in employee engagement.

  • Social Tools Can Improve Employee Onboarding. HBR Blog Network: “Onboarding new employees is one of the most critical cross-functional processes in a company, involving a hiring manager, HR, IT, facilities, training, etc. The process is fraught with opportunities for failure.”
  • As Mobile Work Rises, 9-to-5 Jobs Decline. Information Week: “For knowledge workers, work means sitting at a desk, drinking coffee — and checking their mobile phone to see the latest status update on Facebook. It rarely involves physical labor. But that’s set to change. Due to mobile phones and broadband availability, the future of work may look less like sitting behind a desk, and more like my ride to work this morning,” writes Boonsri Dickinson.
  • Why Year-End Reviews Are A Big Fat Waste Of Time. FastCompany.com: “The standard-model performance review is an unhelpful barrage of built-up criticism. Instead, give feedback consistently so that your employees hear the good with the bad and make improvement a matter of routine.”
  • Is Culture Your Company’s Most Important Asset? SmartBlog on Leadership: “Most senior leaders put greater thought into their products and services than they do into their culture — yet culture drives everything that happens in an organization, for better or worse. Because of this fact, corporate culture may be your company’s most important asset. If you leave your corporate culture to chance, you may experience a culture that hurts or hinders employee performance and work passion,” writes S. Chris Edmonds.
  • 8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if You’re Not). Inc.com: “Creativity isn’t a switch most of us can turn on at will, so the key to being innovative is to view a problem from a different perspective. Necessity is the mother of innovation, so creating a little artificial necessity automatically stimulates creativity.”

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