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The Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

WFITopPosts2016And just like that, 2016 is [almost] behind us.

A lot has happened in 2016, in and out of the workplace. But when it comes to topics we covered on this blog, you all had some specific areas of interest. Some of the topics you found most interesting this year included the FLSA overtime changes; employee engagement tips and best practices; part two of our survey regarding how managers, employees, and HR differ when it comes to who owns company culture; and how the SuperBowl affects the workforce the day after the big game, to name a few.

As you enjoy your well-deserved holiday downtime, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through the top 10 most popular posts we published here at The Workforce Institute in 2016.  And if you have topics you’d like us to write about in 2017 – or even better, if you’re interested in contributing to this blog yourself – please let us know by commenting on this post.

Thank you to all of our guest authors in 2016, and Happy New Year!

‘Tis the Season to Give Back – and Engage Employees

GiveInspiredHolidays2016The holiday season always brings out the generosity in people. This time of year just seems more magical, more heartwarming – and it inspires many of us to pause and think about how we can give to those who need it the most.

As a Kronite, I’m fortunate that the company I work for is generous throughout the year. But for this holiday season, we’ve gone a step further and implemented a program called #SixWeeksofGiving, where each week, leading up to the holidays, we work together to give back to a worthy cause. Last week, for instance, we held our annual Holiday Fair.  The proceeds from that event will benefit Community Teamwork in Lowell, Massachusetts. Community Teamwork works to strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services to create housing, education, and economic opportunities.

“The Kronos Six Weeks of Giving program is a fun and engaging way for us to bring employees together this holiday season to support the communities where our employees live and work,” says Vince Devlin, Chief Procurement Officer and head of Kronos’ GiveInspired corporate giving program. “It’s truly a win-win for both Kronos and our community partners.”

While the Six Weeks of Giving Program is a fantastic way to give back to our own neighborhoods, it also provides an unique – and heartfelt – way to boost employee engagement. It’s giving our employees the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community, while also working together for great causes. In fact, UnitedHealth Group’s 2013 Health and Volunteering Study found that 64% of employees who participate in volunteer activities at their job said that volunteering with co-workers strengthened their relationships with their colleagues.

A corporate giving program (no matter the time of year) can also help to attract and retain employees. For instance, Cone Research found that 79% of people prefer to work for a socially responsible company, and 79% of employees think it’s important that their companies match their charitable giving.

Would you agree that a corporate giving program inspires employee engagement (and retention)? Why or why not?

A Different Kind of Exchange Program

flying“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin

When you hear the phrase “exchange program,” what comes to mind? You may immediately think of student exchange programs – opportunities for those still in school to experience a new country while pursuing their degree. But learning in a new-to-you country doesn’t have to end once you have your diploma  – traveling abroad for work is also a huge learning experience, no matter what level you may be on the corporate totem pole.

Last year, Kronos launched a Marketing Exchange Program, giving qualified Kronos marketing employees all over the world the opportunity to spend two weeks in another Kronos location. Interested Kronites nominate themselves, and one employee per quarter is chosen by their manager based on several criteria. Travel, accommodations, and meals during their two weeks away are all provided by Kronos.

In addition to being able to explore a new country, Kronites also choose three learning objectives ahead of time that they’d like to explore in their new location. They’re also assigned an on-the-ground mentor to facilitate their stay – and that same “buddy” will be who the Kronite works with on a specific project related to their career. Upon their return to their “home base,” the employee presents his or her key learnings to management.

This program has already proven to be a major win for all parties involved: the Kronite traveling abroad gets to explore another country while advancing their career; the Kronos office they visit can benefit from the additional assistance and perspective; and Kronos as a whole grows thanks to the employees’ growth and expanded knowledge, further contributing to our overall business objectives.

Does your company offer a similar program? Or are you thinking of implementing one? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.