How Does Socialization Affect Employee Engagement Levels Between Men and Women?

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

According to Modern Survey’s spring research, 15 percent of women reported being fully engaged, while only 12 percent of men did. Why is there such a difference, and how does socialization affect men’s and women’s engagement levels?

Socialization is the idea that cultural norms are taught, and it may explain some of the differences between men and women and their level of engagement and satisfaction in Modern Survey’s spring research. If women are feeling more engaged, it may be because they are getting the responses from the employer that they expect. Continue reading »

How to Self-Motivate and Own Your Level of Employee Engagement

Posted on May 29, 2014 by abdiwakYo.

At Modern Survey we believe employee engagement is not solely the responsibility of managers and senior leaders, but rather that each individual employee also plays a critical role in their level of employee engagement. People show up to work with different attitudes, expectations and distractions, but ultimately we all make a choice each day about how we are going to approach the challenges in front of us. On some days, we may need to give ourselves a bit of a push. Continue reading »

How Women from Different Generations Think about Work and Employee Engagement

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

Generation Y, that much maligned group of employees entering our organizations, is generally defined as those born from the mid-1980s to late-1990s. Employers and gray-haired managers are trying to figure out how to reach, recruit and retain this dynamic group of workers. Modern Survey’s recently published study, The State of Employee Engagement: Spring 2014, included some remarkable insights into this segment of the population, particularly Generation Y women.

According to the research, more women in Generation Y than in other generations (Baby Boomers and Generation X) said they participated in decisions that affect their work; that when they have good ideas, management puts those ideas to good use; and that they are recognized when they do good work. Continue reading »

How some companies are using predictive analytics right now

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Patrick Riley.

Many organizations aren’t aware of the vast amounts of data they have access to, and don’t know they can use that data to get information they wish they had through predictive analytics. But some see the potential and are using predictive analytics to make business decisions that pay off. Continue reading »

Do you and most of your employees feel overworked?

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Bruce Campbell.

Maybe Poor Onboarding is the Reason (Especially if You Work in Retail)

Over the last four years, more than one out of every four U.S. workers (28% to be exact) has reported that there are not enough people where they work to get the work done. This finding is based on Modern Survey’s twice-yearly U.S. Workforce Norms studies, and has been echoed time and again in our client work as well. For many of our employee engagement survey clients, the widely held belief that there are not enough people stands out as an important issue that they really need to address. But many are struggling to discover the root causes of the problem, and perplexed about how they can possibly solve it, since adding headcount is simply not an option for most organizations these days. Continue reading »

Why Delaying an Employee Engagement Survey Is Deadly

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

One of the often cited objections to doing an employee engagement survey is that there is no time to follow up on the survey results. Leadership in the organization doesn’t have time to create action plans and communicate the results to employees. Think about how ridiculous that is. The engagement survey is to the organization what a physical is to a person. Whether or not you are healthy, you and your organization should be getting one every year. Continue reading »

A State SHRM Conference First

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

Bud was leading the audience in a sing-along version of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” as the last of the 830 conference registrants filed into the ballroom. It was day three of the Maine HR Convention and the keynote speaker was about to take the stage. It was his big opportunity…his first major SHRM keynote speech. It is what he had wanted for three years and it was right in front of him. Continue reading »

How to Avoid the Crush of Technology

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

It is vacation for me in Panama this week so this entry is light, but enlightening at the same time. We are reminded constantly of how technology is transforming the way we live and work. This is difficult to argue. It is comforting to know that not every society or community feels the crush of technology.

Skeptical? Read this note about the closure of a lodge in Panama because of cultural reasons. Enjoy! Continue reading »

The Importance of the New Employee Onboarding Survey

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Don MacPherson.

The new hire survey is a lot like the TSA at the airport. Most people go through the survey process just like they go through the security line. They don’t put much thought into it. It’s something they do to move toward more important things. It is the one exception in 20 that makes both the new hire survey and the TSA agent relevant. Continue reading »

Healthcare’s Trust Crisis

Posted on April 15, 2014 by abdiwakYo.

The Healthcare industry makes for a fascinating case study on employee engagement. The nature of the business is such that healthcare employees require little to connect their work with something meaningful. They are, after all, working to keep people healthy, and literally saving lives. Additionally, compensation has always been good in healthcare. So it has its baked in advantages.  But it is also a heavily regulated industry, large sectors of the population are unionized, and the outlook for most businesses is far from certain as new provisions from the Affordable Care Act continue to roll out. All of these factors play into the context of the unique challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare industry. Continue reading »

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