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3 Ways To Enhance Job Satisfaction Beyond Giving Your Employees A Raise

This year, a majority of private U.S. companies have or plan to give out raises averaging 4.3 percent to their best and brightest employees, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. But not all companies are in a position to reward employees with monetary incentives this year, which, of course, could have an impact on employee retention. 

However, there are some job perks that will make some consider working for less. In fact, more than 4 in 5 workers say they're willing to work for less if their employers offer some other form of compelling non-financial incentives, including long-term job security, flexible office hours and a management structure that emphasizes mentorship and a better career trajectory. 

Here are three ways to boost employee job satisfaction beyond giving out raises.


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3 Midwest Team-Building Outings for Your Company

When you say the words “team building” to your employees, you’re most likely met with a chorus of groans. That’s because they are picturing a typical team building outing, complete with trust falls and ice breakers. Research shows that team building exercises can have real, positive effects on employee performance.

Of course, that effect is dependent on what kind of activities you’re asking your employees to do. The key is to find a fun or rewarding activity or destination that incorporates team-building aspects, rather than individual or passive endeavors (think white water rafting rather than go-carting). How do you get the benefits of a team building outing without drawing the ire of your team? Here are three outing ideas for Midwest team building.

1. Tick Tock Escape Games


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How Your Office Environment Impacts Productivity and Performance

When we focus on methods by which to improve employee engagement levels, and how to boost productivity, we tend to think about performance management processes such as regular performance discussions and clear personal development objectives. We might also consider benefits such as flexibility and casual dress codes.

All of these elements are critical considerations, but what you might not know is that the physical office environment is just as important when it comes to improving employee performance.

Below are just a few ways in which the space around you — from lighting to temperature — can seriously influence the way you work.

Good lighting can make all the difference

A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of employees complain about the lighting in their offices. This is something we should be paying far more attention to, considering our sensitivity towards light and the impact it can have on our moods and behaviors.


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5 Tools For Successful Remote Workers

Until 2016, evidence supporting the benefits of telecommuting was mostly anecdotal. But a recent MIT study has provided real data to prove what many of us already know: telecommuting improves our relationships with managers, allows more time with our family and friends, decreases burnout, and increases job satisfaction. And thanks to the proliferation of software and technology, telecommuting is not only easier, it's also more productive.

 We get it. Working from home has its stigma, because it's just hard to believe that anything could be more effective than face-to-face collaboration. But that stigma is now proven false, and if your business doesn't offer more flexible employee work options, another company will. Luckily, all it takes is a few software options to make it all possible and easy. Here are five helpful tools to help you provide a beneficial and productive telecommuting workplace policy.






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How To Bust Boredom and Be The Change In Your Organization

 Do you or your employees feel bored at work?

Unfotunately many of us would answer yes.

Current reports reveal that boredom is running rampant not just in assembly lines but for white collar workers who ‘waste away, unchallenged and uninspired’ at their desks’. 

Sandi Mann from the University of Lancashire studies boredom and found that ‘ boredom is a condition that can be more stressful and damaging than overwork’. To help us understand boredom she explains that being bored at work does not happen because you have nothing to do. It happens because nothing you are doing appeals to you. 

What a terrible reality to think employees are coming in every day but checking out mentally because they feel no connection or derive any personal satisfaction from the work they do. And, what a terrible thing for employers as they watch morale decline and profits weaken.

Understanding what causes boredom is key to any positive change. We believe part of the process should include an employee engagement action plan to really get to the heart of the disconnection and understand what is causing employees to feel bored in the first place. Boredom is one of the key drivers of poor work performance, accidents, absenteeism, sleepiness, and stress-related health problems so it deserves attention in most organizations, including and especially offices. Read full post

5 Ways to Boost Productivity in the Workplace

Happiness makes people about 12 percent more productive in the workplace, the University of Warwick reports. That's no big surprise, but how do you make your employees happier so they’ll focus on their jobs and stay more productive? The answer isn’t really about offering tons of perks and praise, but a few simple tools and strategies to help them do their jobs well day in and day out. From social tools to empowerment, here are five tips to help you and your employees stay focused throughout the workday. 

Use the Right Tools

According to Microsoft, nearly half of employees report that social tools for business help increase productivity. Meanwhile, 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and restrict their use. Think back to when email was on the rise. What would your company be like if you didn’t embrace the communication tool? Open the door for more collaboration and communication with tools like Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer; not only will employees be able to collaborate quickly, the business can quickly scale as demands change.


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What Drives Employees To Perform? Part 2

In a 10-part series Robert Gray, President of Insightlink Communications identifies the top 10 drivers of employee engagement according to Survey of the American Workforce, a recently completed national survey conducted annually by Insightlink.

Enjoying what you do was found to be the number one driver and the single most important motivator of job satisfaction in the US today. The second most important driver is reciprocity.


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5 Ways to Increase Accountability for Remote Employees

multitasking at work

When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer changed the company policy, banning work-from-home employment, it was met with ire from employees and consternation from business leaders. She cited accountability as a driving factor for the policy change. Notably, other large companies have taken the exact opposite stance, seeking remote workers in order to bolster their hiring pool.

The spectrum of opinions from the world of business shows that there are significant benefits to utilizing remote workers, as long as they have accountability practices integrated in the job function.

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Five Tips on Bringing The Office Outdoors and the Outdoors into the Office

The dot-com culture has changed the traditional brick-and-mortar workplace culture. There is something creative and energetic in the free flowing, open workspace atmosphere. Part of the dot-com appeal is the indoor/outdoor blend that harkens back to the days of a garage-based office with the door wide open. Getting your staff to enjoy some nature time can bring up productivity, creativity and job satisfaction.

Send Them Out

Much like parents with their kids, employers need to tell employees to go outside. According to a report from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) through the University College London, the number one incentive to get employees to work outside is for the employer to repeat the instruction. Tell your staff directly that you want them to spend some time outdoors. Join them when you can. Offer technology like a ThinkPad so that productivity can continue even under a tree.

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Boost Your Career Through Travel Abroad

It is hard to know what sacrifices are worth making to get ahead in your career. Many people dream of traveling abroad, but fear that taking time off from their current job or from the job hunt will have a negative impact. On the contrary, time spent traveling has proven to pay dividends in both job growth and resume building.

Not all travel is created equal when it comes to your career, though. A week spent lounging on the beach of an all-inclusive resort in Mexico may reduce stress and make you a more productive worker but will probably not impact your career trajectory or impress future employers. Instead, consider travel that will broaden your understanding of other cultures and customs while challenging you to get outside your comfort zone. 

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Insightlink Communications are experts in employee survey design, data collection and analysis. Since 2001 we've helped companies of all sizes measure and improve their employee satisfaction and engagement.

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