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Employers, DON’T do these 10 things or you will harm employee engagement

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Apr 14, 2022 7:42:55 AM

In leadership improvement is not about doing more things right, but about doing fewer things wrong.

Don't just look for things to add.

Look for things to eliminate.

Here are 10 things you might want to stop doing to progress employee engagement among your team members:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Employee Experience



Reasons Why Using WhatsApp for Corporate Communications is Dangerous

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Mar 2, 2022 8:41:01 AM

Isn't the overall goal of Internal Communication to turn strategy into action?

Whenever I ask organizations how they communicate with and get their message across to their entire workforce - including their non-desk workforce that performs their work on-the-go - I often hear, “Oh, internal communication with our mobile workforce? We have it covered. Everyone is on WhatsApp.”

This makes me very concerned and uneasy. 

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "What could be so wrong with using a consumer tool for internal corporate communications?"

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Employee Experience, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency, Tool



The Future of Work for our frontliners

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Oct 27, 2021 4:48:17 PM

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get a bit tired of those endless discussions about “The Future of Work”.

Much of that debate centers around technology and WHERE we perform our work.

But the future of work is actually about people.

When we talk about it, we talk about humans — how we work, with whom we work, and yes - also where we work.

The Future Of Work is human and must be humane.

It is more about people than location!

Now is the time to take a fresh look at the employer/employee relationship and the fitting tool to strengthen that relationship.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Employee Experience, Operational Efficiency



“Job-Hopping on the rise” – How to make them stick with you longer

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Aug 24, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Life is work.

Work is life.

Life is all about relationships - and work is no exception.

In fact, the key to long-term happiness and fulfillment is “our relationships.”

This is what Harvard's legendary Grant and Glueck Study found out over the last 80 years:

"The quality of our work-life - emotionally, physically, and mentally - is directly proportional to the quality of our relationships."

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Experience, Best Practice



Harnessing Swarm Intelligence to Make the Sum Bigger than its Parts

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Jan 3, 2021 12:48:40 PM

What can we do differently to do better in engaging our employees?

Many bosses believe that valuable knowledge is concentrated in a very few heads. They assume that the key to making good decisions is finding that one right person who will have the answer.

The “genius” of the organization NEVER resides completely in management!

The best ideas will often come from far-flung corners of the community.

We are likely to incur an “ignorance tax” when we fail to consult the crowd before making important decisions.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency



Is stress good or bad for you?

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Nov 30, 2020 7:36:31 PM

The higher a nation’s stress index, the greater its GDP and life expectancy, the more satisfied people are with their lives, their work, their communities, their own health, the happier they are.

Basically, the more people you have who thought yesterday was very stressful, that’s better for public health, it’s better for the economy, it’s better any way you look at it.

It kind of blew the researchers minds.

It is not what they or we would be expecting.

When they dug in a little deeper, it made more sense.

Stress was a barometer for pushing people toward the things that ultimately made them productive & happy.

✔ A tough project at work brings stress, but also a sense of accomplishment when it’s finished.

✔ Raising kids is stressful, but being a parent brings meaning.

✔ Stress focuses your attention in ways good times can’t.

✔ It kills procrastination and indecision, taking what you need to get done and shoving it so close to your face that you have no choice but pursue it, right now and to the best of your ability.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Best Practice



Taking Care of the Disconnected

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Nov 12, 2020 3:28:52 PM

Not-so-fun fact: Employees who work remotely have higher attrition risk than those who work from the office.

In a time when most of us have struggled with feelings of isolation and disconnection, the engagement of meaningful and rewarding work is as vital as ever.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Experience, Best Practice



How To Best Demonstrate ROI for Your New Internal Communication Platform

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Nov 3, 2020 2:33:35 PM

Communication professionals are faced with the daunting task of successfully aligning workforces with the strategic mission and objectives of their organization. Suffice to say while managing costs. These priorities are often competing, yet they don't have to be.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency



Peer-to-Peer Recognition and How It Changes Employee Engagement

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Oct 15, 2020 4:39:00 PM

Does your work sometimes feel like this?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Video, Employee Experience, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency



Crunch Time - Make use of the downtime

Posted by Andy G. Schmidt on Sep 26, 2020 3:52:00 PM

While the end of the Covid-19 may not be in sight and the full extent of its impact remains unclear, leaders must embrace this time as one that will help them be better prepared for future hardships.


Are people really your "most important asset"?

Then would it be fair to say that you should focus on the physical safety of your people first, the mental health of your people second and then worry about collateral damage and the P&L next.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Internal Communications, Best Practice, Operational Efficiency, Safety



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