Driving talent engagement through social

Talent is the biggest challenge organizations are facing in today’s environment where the millennials are taking charge. Employers all over the world are looking to find ways to keep employees engaged. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged, that they are likely to spread negativity to others. If people are not engaged, how can leaders attain those business objectives that are critical to improving organizational performance? And, at the same, we need our leaders to engage employees. An engaged employee becomes an … Continue reading Driving talent engagement through social

You can make your workplace ‘happy’

shutterstock_124097521My Sametime (IBM internal instant messaging tool) status says ‘Let’s interact’ as I feel the more we connect the more productive we become. I never liked the plain old vanilla ‘Available.’ I see the green button, I know you are available. I also like what Tim Collins, Director, HR Talent, Development & Resources, IBM and my manager has as his ST status, ‘How can I help you?’ In this era of virtual connectivity, the more genuine human emotions we express, the better it is for all of us. It goes a long way in bringing people closer in the world ‘w i d e’ web. Continue reading “You can make your workplace ‘happy’”

Three steps to make your organization open/social

BrandingAll the leaders in Human Resources and Management are trying to tap into social as a means to get people engage better within the organization.

There are already big plans in place for engagement, a lot many are being hatched in Board (bored) room by leaders which are not really open or social. Well, that’s a topic for another day, let’s not focus on that as of now. So what is wrong in that?  It makes perfect sense to have ESN (Enterprise Social Network) and then get all your employees on it and voila! You have social happening. Beautiful decks, showing how ‘much’ is achieved – innumerable blogs by leaders, comments, likes… We nailed it! Just 18% of companies have an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) platform. Tweet this.

Wow! Everyone is engaged. Oh sorry, where are the employees? Don’t worry, employees should follow leaders. That has always been the norm – why should it change on social? But hey, there is a hitch. The communication watchdog team will not allow employees to blog or say something ‘honest’. Like the  watch dog, they will read each post and howl if someone says anything non-conforming to their agenda. We are nailing the coffin now. Continue reading “Three steps to make your organization open/social”

Three tips to engage your employees

I was recently engaged in a conversation on how IBM keeps its employees engaged, although spread across so many countries and geographies and as always I thought I would share my opinions with the wider world. I would not dwell on the details, obviously.

According to a report from Gallup 70% of American workers are either not-engaged or actively disengaged, which means they’re disruptive and undermining workplace productivity. And here’s a related stat: “Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the US $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year.” So imagine 7 out of 10 employees do not care, literally, what you do to engage employees.

A lot of leaders and program managers turned to Social Media, thinking this would be the solution and voila! They failed again. Gartner research estimates that 80% of social business initiatives would deliver disappointing results over the next three years.

So where are you heading?

A recent article by Gerald C. Kane highlights three reasons why our social business initiatives are failing:

1. Managers go into social business with unclear goals.
2. Initiatives start as pilots, and then fizzle out due to modest participation.
3. Companies expect social initiatives, even pilots, to deliver a financial return on investment.

So the question boils down to – how do we engage our workforce? Let’s watch this video which highlights what could be the solution: Continue reading “Three tips to engage your employees”

Does Social Media help in Recruitment?

The time is here, now, when Social Media (SM) is transforming all the work processes, internally too, and Human Resources (HR) is in the middle of it, leading the transformation. While CHROs and other HR Leaders are getting to the grips of it, SM is beginning to not only amplifying the benefits; it also presents some challenging turfs. The key ingredient in applying SM to internal processes is people/employees who lead this transformation (supposedly). Lot of organizations are jumping on the band wagon and forgetting to address this inevitable and pivotal element – the employee workforce. Successful implementation of SM … Continue reading Does Social Media help in Recruitment?

Everyone around me is stupid!

Aah it’s Monday and the first day of the week – the most loved one by all office goers and people like me who work from home – thank you IBM (I miss going to office sometimes…not always but sometimes. Also read how working from home can work against you). Going to office is fun, especially when you have a good crowd around you (now this is subjective). The definition of good is debatable, so let’s not focus on that. We all whine that everyone around us is stupid and how impossible it is for us to work  productively. We … Continue reading Everyone around me is stupid!