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Peter’s Links of the Week (Dec. 27 – Jan. 2)

Links of the Week feature the most liked and re-tweeted articles from my Twitter feed this week. Did you know that in 10 years 75% of the workforce in the US will be millennials? If you’re looking at the future, start thinking about how you can begin to invest in your new hires as they might be your organization’s leaders in the future. Check out article #5 for three tips on how you can start preparing your training programs now.

#1

Employee performance management software to loom in 2016 (TechTarget)

2016 looks like it’s going to be a big year for employee engagement and talent management software. More companies – including Accenture, Deloitte, and GE – are moving away from annual performance reviews and more frequent (dare I say more “human”?) feedback methods.

#2

Leadership Mistake: Promoting Based on Tenure (Gallup)

It’s hard to find the right manager talent. According to Gallup, only 1 out of 10 people have the natural talent to be a great leader. That said, managers can still 1. help employees set work priorities and goals 2. be open and approachable 3. focus on employees’ strengths to create better engagement within their team.

#3

Don’t Let Frustration Make You Say the Wrong Thing (Harvard Business Review)

Before you respond with the wrong thing, question the tensions that may be pushing you over the ledge. It’s often not “the crime” that causes you to lash out but the bystanders (real or not real) that make you feel like you deserve to lash out.

#4

3 startups that want to get millennials saving money (The Seattle Times)

I’m really passionate about millennials getting ahead with saving money. Acorns, Digit, and Stash (mentioned in the article) are good examples of low cost index/ETFs that can help you start doing just that.

#5

3 Ways to Make Millennials Manager Material (Digiday)

Mobile-first training, micro-learning content, and instant feedback are what Millennials will look for as they step into leadership roles in the next 10 years. Great article highlighting the trends happening in the learning and development world.

 

As always, thank you to those that liked, re-tweeted, or commented on the posts. See you on next week’s round up!

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#Millennials #EmployeeEngagement Links of the Week (Dec. 13-19)

This week we’re back to our bread and butter of articles about millennials and employee engagement. I’m particularly interested in financial management for millennials so article #1 from the WSJ was right at the top. Whether you’re a millennial or not, there’s some interesting insights in how financial insights are being shared today. Enjoy!

#1

Where Millennials Go for Financial Advice (Wall Street Journal)

Some of the millennials Ms. Carr helps are saving money, she says, but tend to have goals that are somewhat immediate and lifestyle-oriented, such as finding the money to travel. “It’s not all about your accumulation of wealth,” she adds.

Generally – this isn’t just millennials – we’re very bad at prioritizing future well-being over current well-being. Companies mentioned in this article are trying to change that – in the financial world – for millennials.

#2

Re-engaging With William Kahn 25 Years After He Coined Term Employee Engagement (Workforce)

Although a popular talking point now, the term “employee engagement” is relatively new. Professor William Kahn of Boston University coined “engagement” in terms of the workforce setting 25 years ago in his 1990 paper, “Psychological Conditions of Personal Engagement and Disengagement at Work.”

Not much has changed in terms of the challenges that companies face with employee engagement: How much freedom do you give to your employees to manage and own their careers while trying to meet goals/targets set by managers and organizations?

#3

‘Tis The Season to Use Your Vacation Days (Globoforce)

“Americans are taking less vacation than at any point in the last forty years–just 16 vacation days today, down from an average of over 20 days taken 15 years ago.This ‘lost week’ of vacation “is wiping out vacation traditions and taking a heavy toll, particularly on children.”

Taking vacation time is so important – especially if you have children. Make sure you’re taking some time off this holiday season as it may actually be beneficial for your work and the business.

#4

Our Star Wars Review: “The Force Awakens” Embraces Millennials Without Pandering (Fast Company)

When Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) grabbed a laser gun in the original Star Warsmovie (Episode IV), it told the audience in 1977 that, yes, women could also be strong and take initiative. The Force Awakens doesn’t have to establish that lead hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) is capable.

A fun review of how the Star Wars of today has adapted to the millennial generation. The author does a great job comparing the flat organizational structure of the Resistance with the Dark Side’s hierarchical structure.

#5

Telltale Signs Employees Are Not Engaged (Forbes)

According to Mechlinski, “When employees lack engagement, deadlines start getting missed. Meetings start or end late. People start throwing out ‘The T Word,’ trust.” You might hear an employee say they don’t trust that their colleague will deliver as promised.

If you treat your employees like your clients and your clients like your employees as the article suggests, you begin to create an ecosystem of collaboration, trust, and ownership that becomes a virtuous cycle. Good read with more links to resources.

As always, thank you to those that liked, re-tweeted, or commented on the posts. Catch you on next week’s round up!