Engaged or not engaged – that is the issue

first_imgA leader early in my career told me “Your most valuable assets walk out the door every day, your most important job is to make sure they come back tomorrow.”Employees, teammates, associates, staff.  What every name they go by; your people are the most important assets of the organization.  More important than capital, more important than brand, and yes, even more important than members.  We know that organizations with engaged teams operate at a much higher effectiveness than firms without engaged teams.  Yet a Gallop study reports that, on average, only about 34%  of employees are engaged, and that 12% are actively disengaged.  66% of the most important asset of firm is either not engaged or actively disengaged – talk about a management challenge and a massive opportunity!  Changing those numbers should be a top priority, but how to start?  Setting goals, rewarding successes and recognizing engagement is an important part of an effective culture, and we have used Behavioral Economics to provide our clients with several insights into the way employees react to various engagement efforts.  Successful programs include several concepts:Praise is important, but it’s not enough.  An effective program includes public recognition and celebration and incorporates a reward.  Celebrate those moments as broadly as possible; include them in your social media and member communications.Cash is often not the best motivator in recognition programs.  In surveys people report that they want cash rewards, but studies have consistently shown a much higher lift in performance when non-cash rewards are used.  How much should you allocate to non-cash recognition programs? Top performing financial institutions budget around 8% of employee compensation for their recognition programs. Establish clear goals and provide an effective and easy way for the staff to track progress.  Employees need to know what is expected and have access to regular updates to show them the progress they have made toward the goals.  Don’t keep them in the dark.Team goals are often more effective than individual goals.  Putting teams to work on goals can create a powerful multiplier effect that is often lost when individuals feel they are pitted against others in the organization. Set shorter term goals. We are often focused on annual targets, but behavioral economics shows that the closer we are to a goal the more motivated we are to reach it.  Convert your old annual targets into quarterly, monthly, or even weekly or daily goals. Make sure you are recognizing and rewarding as close to real time as possible. Don’t let time evaporate the linkage between the desired behavior and the reward.Consider a reward option that allows a winner to contribute their award to a charitable organization.   You might do this by converting a non-cash award to a cash equivalent for donation, or by converting the award to paid time-off allowing the winner to volunteer at a charity.  Studies show that philanthropic activities are becoming increasingly important to your team. An effective culture is key to employee engagement and there are several areas that drive the creation and nurturing of culture.  The way you recognize and reward will tell your teams what you value; make sure your programs do that effectively. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Leander Rick Leander is Founder and Managing Partner of LFB Holdings, a behavioral insights consultancy that works with established and startup enterprises.At LFB Holdings we teach clients how to leverage … Web: www.lfbholdings.com Detailslast_img read more


Shohei Ohtani injury update: Angels ‘thinking’ AL ROY could return in May

first_img MLB hot stove: Manny Machado might not have gotten $250M White Sox offer, report says In games Ohtani was in the lineup in 2018, the Angels scored 4.71 runs per game. In outings when he was on the bench, they scored 3.98. The Angels went 52-52 when he was in the lineup and 28-30 in all others.Ohtani is not expected to pitch again until the 2020 season. He went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched. Brad Ausmus, on Ohtani’s return: “I’m not going to put a date on it, but we’re thinking sometime in May.” #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) February 12, 2019Ohtani stole lots of headlines last season because his fastball can run up to 102 mph, but he more than held his own at the plate posting a .285/.361/.564 slash line with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs in 326 at-bats. Related News “I’m not going to put a date on it, but we’re thinking sometime in May,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday, via the Orange County Register. The Angels are staying optimistic about Shohei Ohtani’s return date.While the American League Rookie of the Year will not pitch in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, Los Angeles is hoping he could return to the batting lineup a couple of months into the season.last_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL’S most talented classical musicians will be getting their moment in the spotlight when they play the National Concert Hall in Dublin in a fortnight’s time.The Donegal Youth Orchestra is one of just eight orchestras selected to perform at the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras.The show takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday, 8th February. Invited to perform this year, the 60 piece County Donegal Youth Orchestra is the largest of Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups and prides itself on musical diversity and community involvement. Drawing its musicians from the vast geographical spread of the county, the orchestra was initially led and inspired by Jim Rafferty and is conducted in more recent years by Vincent Kennedy.Every year it performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to folk, pop and film inspired favourites to hundreds of people all over Donegal.It is particularly happy to have commissioned new works from such composers as Vincent Kennedy and Neil Martin as well as special collaborations ranging from the art-science collaborators Softday to traditional music luminaries, Altan.The orchestra has grown and developed over the years, reflected in its IAYO’s ‘Achievement Award’ at the 2013 Festival of Youth Orchestras for its performances of The Happy Prince, a musical adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story with words by Little John Nee and music by Vincent Kennedy. The Festival of Youth Orchestras will see more than 400 young people perform original works and arrangements from the classical repertoire, shows, films and pop music, including pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Bartok, Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’, Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and arrangements of Elbow, Cole Porter and more.The afternoon performance features: Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestra; St Agnes/Scoil Colm & St Ultan’s Primary School Orchestras; Music Matters Orchestra and County Wexford Youth Orchestra. The evening performance also features the East Meets West Orchestra; Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra.The IAYO was founded in the mid 1990s to foster and encourage the development of Youth Orchestras and now represents more than 8,000 young players, playing in 108 orchestras, countrywide. Visit www.iayo.ie for more information.Tickets – which are going fast – for the Festival on Saturday, February 8th, are on sale from the National Concert Hall Box Office – 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie, Prices: €15 (Concessions: €10); Children under 14: €7.50; Family Ticket (Family of 4 max. 2 adults): €40. 40% discount for groups of 10 or more also from the NCH Box Office.The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is grant-aided by The Arts Council and supported by Cork City Council and presents the Festival of Youth Orchestras in association with RTÉ lyric fm. NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DATE FOR DONEGAL’S TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal youth orchestradublinNational Concert Halllast_img read more