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

When people Quit: Intelligent timely interventions can reduce employee attrition

A lot has been written about why employees quit; with people managers taking a brunt of the blame. But precious little has been discussed about the “when” and unsurprisingly managers can’t do much about most of those timings - or can they? “Yo I couldn't give a toss, about my shitty job Wrote a letter … Continue reading When people Quit: Intelligent timely interventions can reduce employee attrition

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.

3 tips to ‘power-up’ timely recognition at the workplace.

Employee recognition is an extremely effective way to empower your best workers. Whether you recognize an employee with a raise or just a quick email, it's important to let employees know when they're doing well. However, recognition alone isn't enough. If you wait too long to give an employee the credit they deserve, or you don't … Continue reading 3 tips to ‘power-up’ timely recognition at the workplace.

[Video] The Lying Org-Chart

We have a new video up on the kwenchEngage! YouTube channel called "The Lying Org-Chart".  Take a look. A quick introduction to the power of Social Networks within organizations and how it can be unleashed to achieve better collaboration and also increase employee engagement. References for content used in the video: "How Org Charts Lie", … Continue reading [Video] The Lying Org-Chart

Time, Love and Tenderness at the workplace.

So you say that you can't go on / Love Work left you cryin'/ And you say all your hope is gone/And what's the use in tryin'/What you need is to have some faith/Shake off those sad blues/Get yourself a new view (Time,Love and Tenderness; Michael Bolton) I took some liberties with Bolton’s lyrics and … Continue reading Time, Love and Tenderness at the workplace.

Rewards that go boink! (or the folly of cash as an incentive)

Mark Hanna:   The name of the game, move the money from your client’s pocket into your pocket. Jordan Belfort:   But if you can make your clients money at the same time it’s advantageous to everyone, correct? Mark Hanna:   No (Dialogue from the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, 2013) I have an article on how … Continue reading Rewards that go boink! (or the folly of cash as an incentive)

Join the VLZ Webinar on ‘Leveraging Social Media for Employee Engagement’

Sign up for the 1st Virtual Learning Zone (VLZ) in 2014 where we will explore the topic of Leveraging Social  Media for Employee Engagement. To register click hereThe Speaker:Anand PillaiSenior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer,Reliance Industries Limited. About the session:In-house social platforms can help build new approaches to collaboration, co-creation, and act as a crucial … Continue reading Join the VLZ Webinar on ‘Leveraging Social Media for Employee Engagement’

Building a high-energy work environment

Usually when people think of an office buzzing with energy with everyone in the ‘zone’ they think of start-ups. Small office, people sitting where they can, cheap furniture, lots of wires criss-crossing the floor from all the machines lying helter-skelter all around. For the record, the first “office” ‘kwench had was a living room and … Continue reading Building a high-energy work environment

Mission Impossible – ‘Presenteeism’ Protocol

The world of banking has a term it dreads – NPA (Non-Performing Assets). These typically refer to loans that are at high risk of default. Your employees are your most precious assets and their best performance is what you bank on to make the organization thrive. The Towers-Watson Global Workforce Study 2012 surveyed over 32,000 … Continue reading Mission Impossible – ‘Presenteeism’ Protocol

How to (not) create an engagement monster

You get an intern over for a few months. Ask her to google “employee engagement strategy” and make a report. She makes a laundry list of things that engaged companies seem to be doing. Borrow 10 techniques each from the top three most engaged companies on the global list that seem easy enough to do … Continue reading How to (not) create an engagement monster

Annual Appraisals: It’s time to move on!

To martyr yourself to caution/ is not going to help at all / because there'll be no safety in numbers / when the right one walks out of the door [Lost for Words, Pink Floyd] Every year, around March-April there is a flurry of mails from HR reminding people to complete their appraisal inputs. Team … Continue reading Annual Appraisals: It’s time to move on!

Happiness: the ‘new’ productivity driver

The latest topic of interest at B-schools interestingly has little to do with finance or advanced operations management and has more to do with the 'well-being' of the workforce in companies. 'Human Flourishing' or 'Subjective Well-being' as some of the Prof's put it, but 'Happiness' to most of us. Research is now showing that contrary … Continue reading Happiness: the ‘new’ productivity driver

Notes to the CEO: Transform your employee engagement strategy [Infographic]

You have tried everything - hiked salaries, given huge bonus payouts, taken the whole company on an all expenses paid trip, there's free food in the refrigerator and even a yoga teacher who comes in every Friday to help the team relax. And yet, you don't see it. There is simply no energy. Products aren't … Continue reading Notes to the CEO: Transform your employee engagement strategy [Infographic]

The benefits of Non-Monetary Peer-to-Peer Recognition

“The deepest human need, is to be appreciated” – Willam James, Psychologist In my previous post on what motivates people at the workplace, one of the major takeaways was how people have a need to feel appreciated by their peers. But does peer to peer recognition really have such a big impact? The short answer … Continue reading The benefits of Non-Monetary Peer-to-Peer Recognition

Boosting your employee engagement mindset

It is an open secret that engaged employees are the key to success in today's highly competitive market place. Engaged employees are far more productive, less likely to churn and tend be far more aware of market reality and deliver results. On the other hand research into human psychology has proven time and again that human beings are inherently … Continue reading Boosting your employee engagement mindset