April is National Card and Letter Writing Month which makes our second lead article appropriate. And, today is Take Your Child to Work Day. One company has a Take Your Coworker to Work program instead. Children visit regularly in this company anyway, so it seemed like a great idea to educate coworkers in their workplace. It's an employee-oriented program that other companies might well emulate. I've been attending a series of strategic plan roll out meetings in a client company. This week, we took every employee to a four hour offsite to discuss the company's new strategic plan, guiding principles, thematic goal, and simplified mission. The air was filled with excitement as the employees sensed that something different is happening with the way that the plan will be implemented in the company going forward. The offsite time sent a powerful message and small groups are making plans for some quick wins and company progress. Sometimes a gesture such as this is needed to send a powerful message of change. Have a great Friday.
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You can implement employee ideas to assure employee engagement. Here's a good example. Take Your Child to Work Day has become a tradition on the fourth Thursday in April in some workplaces. But, at the TechSmith Corporation in Okemos MI, the concept has morphed into an opportunity for internal on-the-job training, and a new form of job shadowing.
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Probably not. But, it should. Employee engagement is a powerful factor for business success. Engaged employees are more productive, customer-focused, and profit-generating. Employers are more likely to retain engaged employees. According to the Gallup organization, employee engagement is a necessary strategy for companies that want to succeed in the marketplace.
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