5 Tips to Better Engage with Millennial Managers

Millennials have long been a challenge for leaders who have been seeking to improve engagement and productivity in the workplace. With a preference for transparency, direct dialogue, better work-life balance, the millennials have challenged established organizational practices like no generation before them. Now as the millennials take on managerial roles at the workplace, organizational leadership … Continue reading 5 Tips to Better Engage with Millennial Managers

9 Aspects of Effective Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition is essential. Everybody gets that part. What goes into making recognition effective, however, is mostly guesswork. And that is not all bad – because there is no template for doing recognition right. What works for a young e-commerce start-up with 20 somethings hacking away day and night might not make sense for an … Continue reading 9 Aspects of Effective Employee Recognition

Applying Design Thinking to Employee Engagement

Design thinking is now taking center stage in improving Employee Engagement and Experience at the workplace. Marketers have long obsessed about the Customer Experience (CX) journey.  HR teams at leading companies are now adopting the same principles to better manage and improve the “Employee Experience”.

Influencing emotions through employee recognition

Summary: Emotions and moods are an important part of our work life. We tend to associate both these with individuals, but they are influenced heavily by what the leaders and managers do! Melancholy mood Why must you blind me? Pity me and break the chains The chains that bind me Won't you release me, set … Continue reading Influencing emotions through employee recognition

Employee Recognition through Celebrating Failure.

Summary: Failures are bad. Learning from them is easy. Right? Well not quite. Organizations need better ways to go beyond superficial or self-serving learning and recognition might be just the right solution.   “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Alva Edison. As babies and toddlers we … Continue reading Employee Recognition through Celebrating Failure.

n:gage Leader Speak August 2017: Interview with Archana Kumar

For this month's n:gage interview I posed questions to Archana Kumar, CHRO at Ireo. A lot of leaders tend to have extensive experience in a particular industry - banking, IT, manufacturing. Archana has had a fascinating career spanning over two decades (almost three) across multiple industries. She was also in the thick of two massive … Continue reading n:gage Leader Speak August 2017: Interview with Archana Kumar

The difference between Employee Satisfaction and Employee Engagement

Employee satisfaction and engagement are deceptively similar sounding attitudes when seen superficially. Many people tend to use these terms interchangeably but there are clear differences between these two and it is important for business leaders to know the nuances. In fact in some organizations, shaking up satisfied employees might be the key to growth! It … Continue reading The difference between Employee Satisfaction and Employee Engagement

The ABC’s of Attitude, Cognitive Dissonance and Echo Chambers

Attitude, is a much used and equally abused word in daily life – both in the workplace and outside of it. It is often used to dismiss those who don’t ‘play along’ with broad stroke classifications of ‘having a wrong attitude’. But therein lies the rub. Very few dig in deeper to understand what causes … Continue reading The ABC’s of Attitude, Cognitive Dissonance and Echo Chambers

n:gage: Interview with Sonali Roychowdhury, HR Director – India/Middle-east/ Africa Distributor Operations, and Indian Sub-continent, Procter and Gamble.

In the July issue of n:Gage leader speak, Sonali RoyChowdhury, HR Director, P&G India, answers questions about everything from the brilliant CSR programs that are run in India to challenges of engaging and motivating a multicultural workforce.   Sonali shares... ....employees are more engaged and happier working for a company with strong value system and … Continue reading n:gage: Interview with Sonali Roychowdhury, HR Director – India/Middle-east/ Africa Distributor Operations, and Indian Sub-continent, Procter and Gamble.

n:gage: Interview with Indraneil Roy, Head Strategic Hiring, Wipro Technologies.

In the June issue of n:Gage leader speak, Indraneil Roy, Head Strategic Hiring at Wipro Technologies weighs in with his views on the challenges faced by organizations in attracting (and retaining) top talent. I posed a range of questions from the challenges he sees in the current environment of uncertainty faced by the IT industry … Continue reading n:gage: Interview with Indraneil Roy, Head Strategic Hiring, Wipro Technologies.

Kwench among top 50 fastest growing companies

Silicon India has listed Kwench as one of the entrants into their 50 Fastest Growing Companies - 2017 List and we are mighty pleased. I refer to the write-up to particularly explain the two important terms in that shortlist - Growing and Fastest. About Growth it says: The term 'Growth' has become a buzzword for present … Continue reading Kwench among top 50 fastest growing companies

n:gage Content: Download the 10Cs of Engagement Flash Cards

Ivey Business Journal published an awesome post titled 'What Engages Employees the Most OR, the Ten Cs of Employee Engagement' We liked it so much that we have used that post as a reference to make some quick Flashcards for you to use as reference on a daily basis as you go about your work … Continue reading n:gage Content: Download the 10Cs of Engagement Flash Cards

n:gage Leader Speak Series #2: Interview with Kavitha Balasubramanian, Director – Human Resources, GreenPoint Global

In the second issue of the Leader Speak series, we publish an interview with Kavitha Balasubramanian, Director – Human Resources, GreenPoint Global. Kavitha too responds to questions on the importance of recognition in engaging the modern workforce and the challenges she sees in implementing a successful engagement strategy.   An excerpt: Many companies set ad-hoc goals … Continue reading n:gage Leader Speak Series #2: Interview with Kavitha Balasubramanian, Director – Human Resources, GreenPoint Global

A Pareto Curveball on Employee Performance

I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me/Lost track of how far I've gone/ How far I've gone, how high I've climbed/On my back's a sixty pound stone/ On my shoulder a half mile of line (The Rising, Bruce Springsteen)     Curveball: a slow or moderately fast baseball pitch thrown with spin … Continue reading A Pareto Curveball on Employee Performance

Employee Alignment-Zone: “The Time Element”

The Architect – Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.  Neo – Choice. The problem is choice. (Matrix Reloaded, 2003) On this blog and in quite a few conversations, I have pointed out the risks of overtly relying on cohorts or grouping of employees to … Continue reading Employee Alignment-Zone: “The Time Element”

Impact of Role Relevance-Competence Fit on Engagement

Every hour and every day I'm learning more/The more I learn, the less I know about before/The less I know, the more I want to look around/Digging deep for clues on higher ground (Higher Ground, UB40) In my post yesterday I talked about the ABC Drivers of Intrinsic Motivation. (Achievement, Belief and Camaraderie). A sense … Continue reading Impact of Role Relevance-Competence Fit on Engagement

People to Algorithms: “Back Off. We want to make our decisions!”

“It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” from the Terminator (1984) Analytics is the hottest, absolutely-must-have corporate buzzword these days. Out with the fuzzy and in with hard data. Leaders and Managers have … Continue reading People to Algorithms: “Back Off. We want to make our decisions!”