Welcome to yet another edition of #FridayFinds, the weekly wrap-up of our favorite reads. Here are this week’s best, most talked about articles in HR and Employee Engagement:
Want to Double Your Employee Loyalty? Science Says Provide These 3 Things
Back to neuroscience, Christine Comaford, author of the New York Times Bestseller Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together and neuroscience expert, tells us that 90 percent of our behaviors are driven by our emotional brain. Only 10 percent of our decision making is controlled by our intellect.
Christine has developed a Safety, Belonging, and Mattering Index that organizations can give to their employees in an effort to understand how safe employees feel at work.
The Dark Side of High Employee Engagement
As many employee engagement skeptics have claimed for a while now, high engagement does not always mean high performance. In a number of instances, employees that have been considered to be highly engaged, have not performed as well as others who were thought to be less satisfied with their job.
“A broad explanation is that while engagement is an important determinant of performance, performance is also affected by other factors – and sometimes those factors matter more than engagement. For example, a recent study by Google found that the critical drivers of effective team performance were an open and safe team culture, clear goals, and a strong sense of purpose.”
It seems that engagement alone is not the key to success. Instead, it relies on a number of HR processes and company culture elements to sustain a performing workforce.
The latest trend in keeping employees happy? Tech tools
Technology has been at the heart of the employee engagement revolution for the past few years, with apps and platforms delivering real-time insight into employees’ satisfaction, performance and workplace needs.
The article offers an inside view into the way that Ferrara Candy, headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, set out to foster a unified culture and sense of community after the 2012 merger of longtime Chicago confectioner Ferrara Pan with Round Lake, Minn.-based Farley’s & Sathers Candy, using an app called Bonfyre.
The Perfect Amount of Time to Work Each Day
Spoiler alert: it’s not 8 hours. In fact, a study recently conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application to track employees’ work habit and discovered that the length of the workday didn’t matter much. Instead, what mattered was how people structured their day.
The app measured how much time people spent on various tasks and compared this with their productivity levels and found that taking short breaks made employees far more productive than those who worked longer hours.
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!
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