A.I. Will Tell You What Your Employees Think, Employment Branding Done Right, The Gender Gap In Feedback And Self-Perception And Motivating Employees With Pizza And Compliments #FridayFinds

As Labor Day approaches and everyone gets back from vacation, productivity seems to be top-of-mind for both employees and managers alike. This edition of #FridayFinds will help you re-connect with the pulse of the industry and find the productivity that you need, in an engaging working environment.

Here are this week’s best, most talked about articles in HR and Employee Engagement:

This Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Tell What Your Employees Think

Knowing what employees are thinking could be an HR specialists’ bets or worse dream. As people analytics dive further into the needs and wants of employees and how technology can leverage this key information to help create engaging experiences, this particular startup aims to identify subtle changes in what employees think about compensation or product road maps, or how they feel about specific leaders can often be accurate predictors of future productivity or attribution.

Glint’s app works in tandem with a company’s existing human resources management systems, and it can be programmed to send requests for feedback when certain events occurs—such as a change in team management, the completion of a big project, or product launch. The startup is focused on companies with more than 1,000 employees and it has signed approximately 100 companies as customers, including United Airlines and FICO.

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How The Largest Company In The World Does Employment Branding

Walmart just created a video an employment branding video featuring their CEO. If you’ve been struggling with an employer branding strategy, take note at how the company decided to market itself to potential hires.

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The Gender Gap in Feedback and Self-Perception

We know that not everyone receives feedback in the same way. Some people can get extremely defensive when the feedback they’re getting differes entirely from what their self-perception.

Based on a study published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Margarita Mayo and her research team investigated how MBA students react to feedback they received about their leadership competences from their peers, noticing some differences in the way that women receive feedback, as opposed to men.

We found that women more quickly aligned their self-awareness with peer feedback, whereas men continued to rationalize and inflate their self-image over time. That is, in our survey, women were a lot more sensitive to peer feedback than men.

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How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza

Ending on a positive (and delicious) note, it seems that pizza was the answer to all of HR’s problems, we just didn’t know it until now.

In his upcoming book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, Dan Ariely recounts an experiment involving employees at a semiconductor factory at Intel in Israel. During this experiment, employees got one of three messages at the start of their workweek, each promising a different reward if they get everything done that day: One said they would get a cash bonus, another said their boss will give them a rare compliment and a third one said they would get a voucher for free pizza.

It seems that, after the first day, pizza proved to be the top motivator, increasing productivity by 6.7 percent over the control group, thereby just barely edging out the promise of a compliment (in the form of a text message from the boss that said “Well done!”).

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so we look forward to reading your comments below!

Happy weekend!

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