Tuesday, July 31, 2012

If Your Staff are Happy You Make More Money

A Forbes article today suggests that happy employees make a company more profitable.  The article quotes Dr Noelle Nelson who has released a book called "Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy".

Some of the insights from actions by organisations such as Alcoa and Apple show that more money isn't necessarily the answer to happy staff.

What is your organisation or are your clients doing to make staff happy?

Read the full article here

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Training... The Key to Staff Productivity

With increasing staff numbers and integration of new employees, Google recognises the importance of continuous learning to keep staff engaged and the bottom line growing.

Technology has changed so much in the last 20-30 years but many organisations' approach to learning and development hasn't.

Organisations can no longer afford to send staff out on traditional full day training programs.
It's not the $ cost, but rather the impact on the business.

The problem is getting information that not only increased knowledge and skills but that has a direct co-relation back to everyday activities.  The next problem is getting the information to  "stick" and for staff to retain it when they get back to work.

Old style IT classroom training programs with their 6-8 topics just don't cut it anymore.

Businesses need to focus on providing staff with tools they need to deliver exceptional service to customers.

To find out more, read the Wall Street Journal article here

Or download The HR Hero E-book to find out how you can help your organisation's staff be their best

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Perks...the key to staff retention???

It's not uncommon for organisations to offer staff "perks" such as on-site fitness facilities or memberships, dry cleaning and coffee, but one Colorado technology company is creating a interest by offering to pay for staff to take holidays!

I don't mean the standard holiday pay...rather holiday pay + pay for the holiday up to $7500!

But there's a catch.....you have to totally disconnect from the business to allow yourself to recharge.

What do you think?  Do Australian businesses need to start looking at different ways to get staff to disconnect and recharge to reduce stress, increase retention and influence staff loyalty??

Read the full article from US Magazine Inc here

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cyber crime via social media on the rise

US magazine, The Economist reports cyber crime utilizing social media is on the rise. With staff utilizing many social media tools via their business smartphones, tablets & computers, access points to individual and organizational data has shifted. The article suggests training staff and awareness is a good defence. Watch this space, I believe cyber crime in this form is the next wave of exposure. Read the article here

Friday, July 6, 2012

Olympic athlete to wear Twitter ad

Wow! A fresh angle on the use of social media to market. Check out today's BRW article. This is only the start of a new wave of advertising strategy with technology.