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New EEA eBook on ISO Engagement Standards and Implications

There's no reason to wait for engagement standards from ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, to profit from engagement. While ISO recently approved the creation of formal standards for engagement, the organization has already created Quality Management Principles and standards for engaging employees in quality management practices... [ read more ]

'Good Company' Pioneer Laurie Bassi Sees Progress

Will companies finally begin to wake up to the financial benefits of having engaged customers, employees and communities? Laurie Bassi, Principal of McBassi & Co., a leading analytics firm, sees progress on multiple fronts. Bassi is author of ... [ read more ]

Enterprise Engagement: The Roadmap, 3rd Edition

Enterprise Engagement: The Roadmap, 3rd Edition has been completely updated with new information, illustrations and new chapters. Authored and edited by dozens of experts in general management, marketing, sales, data management, business and academia, the Textbook’s methodology has been endorsed by leading companies as a means of achieving both strategic and tactical organizational goals related to sales, marketing, human resources, vendor management, and community relations.... [ read more ]

Are Your Engagement Initiatives Bearing Fruit?

Every organization should implement some sort of assessment program to make sure their efforts are tracking and paying off. By Andrew Mazer. We all know that Enterprise Engagement isn’t a short-term project, it’s a continuous process of ... [ read more ]

Engagement University Set for 2014 in Nashville

EEA home page news item Engagement University Set for 2014 in Nashville The Enterprise Engagement Alliance has announced the launch of the Engagement University, the first formal curriculum and certification program on Engagement throughout the organization. It will be held in conjunction with the Rewards & Recognition Expo and Engagement Pavilion, featuring leading exhibitors of reward, recognition and engagement products and services. Based on the Enterprise Engagement Curriculum and Certification program, Engagement University is designed to provide corporate practitioners and solution providers with formal education on the economics, definitions, framework and best implementation practices related to: • Improving customer loyalty and referrals • Enhancing distribution partner engagement • Increasing sales and customer service performance • Improving employee productivity, quality and wellness • Building better vendor relationships The Engagement University education programs do not overlap with exhibit hours, giving attendees the opportunity to meet with suppliers and see demonstrations of the various types of products and services covered in the education sessions. Led by a faculty of corporate practitioners, solution providers, research experts and professors in business and organizational/consumer psychology, the program brings to life a formal Enterprise Engagement curriculum and certification program with sessions on: • Engagement program design and implementation • Enterprise Branding • Communications • Learning and Gamification • Rewards & Recognition • Measurement • …and more Engagement University Directors and Faculty include: • Melanie Lewis, EEA Co-Curriculum Chair and former Director of Commercial Engagement, Astra-Zeneca • Gary Rhoads, Professor of Marketing, Marriot Graduate School of Business, Brigham Young University. • Allan Schweyer, EEA Curriculum Chair and Director, Center for Human Capital Innovation • Rodger Stotz, Research Director, the Incentive Research Foundation and Principal, Delta Qi Consulting • To be named shortly: Leading corporate end-users and solution providers presenting case studies and two professors in marketing and psychology to address the business and scientific basis of engagement. Registration will open Dec. 2, 2013. ... [ read more ]

Best Practices in Assessing Employee Engagement

Once an organization believes that a more engaged workforce is better for customer loyalty, revenues and profits, the next logical step is in measuring current engagement to set a benchmark, and then regularly (at least annually) re-measuring engagement to chart progress. The challenge lies in getting the measurement right. Organizations must bear in mind that the tools they choose to assess engagement in year one will be the foundation upon which future data is set. If the data collected is not right or is missing important elements, it will have to be revised or even discarded. Doing so is potentially time consuming and expensive. The EEA and Avatar HR Solutions examine the key drivers of engagement and the benefits of surveys, tools, data collection and analysis. For the full report, click here... [ read more ]

Human Capital Diagnostics: Measuring the Intangibles

Measuring Intangibles Boosts Performance A new EEA white paper, Human Capital Diagnostics: Measuring the Intangibles, offers compelling proof that companies perform better when they make a concerted effort to measure things like employee performance, engagement, innovation and change. If human capital represents a company’s largest cost and most critical asset, it follows that decisions about talent are among the most important any organization will make. It also means that accurate human capital diagnostic (HCD) and assessment tools are vital to organizations in order to prevent expensive mistakes in hiring, training, deploying and managing the performance of talent. ... [ read more ]

Inspiring 'Brand Loyalty' for Your Incentive Program

Without question, incentive programs need to generate loyalty – not only from senior management, but also from the customers they’re trying to entice. An effective program will excel for both management and customers when it is built with a foundation that provides a clear vision for success. Many established programs have been assembled using five critical building blocks that inspire brand loyalty among customers. Smart and successful companies know that all five components must be at the core of every loyalty program.To read the full report, click here... [ read more ]

Human Capital Rating System Available at No Cost

A process for rating the organizational maturity of organizations developed in the United Kingdom is now available at no cost to help organizations "develop a greater understanding and the professional practice of organization maturity and human governance," according to statement by Maturity Institute (MI) and Organizational Maturity Services (OMS) LLP. Organizations can ... [ read more ]

New MaritzCX CEO: Great Data Available - Now What?

To Mike Sinoway, a research and analytics veteran, the next big challenge for business is not the collection of data but the ability to translate it into strategies and tactics to effectively engage customers and employees. Sinoway is the new CEO at MaritzCX, formerly Allegiance ... [ read more ]

New Evaluation Process Aims to Score Any Organization’s "HR Maturity"

A new evaluation process developed by the Maturity Institute in Great Britain enables any organization to score its level of human capital maturity and identify the steps needed to maximize human capital return-on-investment. The goal is to provide organizations and their consultants a formal process for evaluating the effectiveness of human capital management practices and to identify corrective actions and/or institute a more strategic approach to the management of all people and stakeholders related to the organization.... [ read more ]

ISO Releases the First Standards on Human Resources Practices

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 260 has issued its first four standards in human resources management. According to the ISO, "A new series of ISO standards aims to help not only improve the recruitment process, but improve businesses through better human resource processes."... [ read more ]

Baudville Brands, C.A. Short and Divvy Engagement Become Engagement Agency Partners

Baudville Brands, a leading recognition firm in Grand Rapids, MI, C.A. Short Company, an innovator in employee engagement based on Shelby, NC, and Divvy Engagement Solutions, the new name for a 25-year-old, full-service incentive company based in Pleasant Valley, NY, have become partners in the growing Engagement Agency network of engagement solution providers. ... [ read more ]

EEA Accepted to Serve ISO Effort on Human Capital Standards

The Enterprise Engagement Alliance was formally accepted to serve on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) which represents the interests of the United States on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee that is developing standards on human capital management, known as ISO/TC 260... [ read more ]

German Effort Aims to Put Monetary Value on Human Capital

What if business executives and investors could put a dollar value on an organization’s human capital in a way that could be compared between companies, industries, even categories of employees? That’s the goal of a group of professors at the University of Saarland in Saarbruecken, Germany. They have not only developed this formula, but have tested it on at least three companies, are working with other academics in Europe to... [ read more ]

Vestrics Analytics Platform Aims to Help Clients Make Better Decisions

The ethereal concept of "big data" is coming down to earth to help organizations address key business challenges and make better decisions. That's the vision of Vestrics, a 12-year-old consulting firm that has transformed itself into a software company offering a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for helping companies make better decisions related to their human capital. ... [ read more ]

Aon Hewitt Acquires Modern Survey

Aon Hewitt has announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based engagement analytics firm Modern Survey. Financial terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed. This transaction strengthens Aon Hewitt's suite of workforce analytics solutions, including business and human capital analytics... [ read more ]

Arby's Engages Employees in Brand Growth

There’s a spirit of energy at Arby's, where new CEO Paul Brown and his team are bringing innovation to products and services, as well as employee and franchisee relations. Coming off 18 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth, Arby's is considered a star in the industry, rivaling (and even outpacing) the success of Chipotle. ... [ read more ]

Engagement World Set for April 25-28 2016 in Orlando, FL

A Conference and Expo dedicated to the many strategies and tactics of Enterprise Engagement and their impact on business is being launched by the Exhibit and Event Marketers Association (E2MA) and Enterprise Engagement Alliance. The event, Engagement World 2016, is designed to ... [ read more ]

Survey: Gamification Improves Work Experience for 91% of Employees

Gamification form Badgeville has released the results of an independent survey of over 500 business workers, ranging from entry-level employees to C-level executives, looking at the success of gamification across U.S. organizations. The results: 78% of workers are utilizing games-based motivation at work and nearly all (91%) say these systems improve... [ read more ]

Ogilvy-Hundredx Deal Signals Focus on Customer Engagement

One of the fundamental tools of customer engagement is content marketing, the use of specific types of information, games, incentives, events, etc. to build closer relationships with customers. Ogilvy & Mather's new partnership with analytics company Hundredx, producer of the Goodsnitch app recently featured in ESM and now rebranded Expresit... [ read more ]

U.S. and China Lead the World in New Buckingham Employee Engagement Index

The U.S. and China lead the world in employee engagement, according to a new standardized international employee engagement index created by the Marcus Buckingham Company. Called the StandOut Global Engagement Index (GEI), the report compares employee engagement in 13 countries. Spain and Argentina ranked lowest in employee engagement. The company claims that this is the first survey of its kind. “These findings point to two key themes in the state of engagement today... [ read more ]

ECSI: Proof That Engagement Pays Big Dividends

Even top corporate executives who are aware of engagement practices aren’t always aware of the financial return they can deliver. The Engaged Company Stock Index shows that companies with high levels of employee, customer and community engagement financially outperform ... [ read more ]

Five Tips for Using Customer Data

Customers have learned that in order to have a more customized experience they need to provide the data to drive those high-value communications and experiences. However, the burden is on marketers to become better in delivering on that expectation ... [ read more ]

Does Engagement Scale Well?

Paul Hebert, VP, Solutions Design at Symbolist, notes in the current issue of Engagement Strategies Magazine that scale is the holy grail of today’s business world. Scale is all about getting more and spending less to get it. Even the engagement space isn’t immune to the ... [ read more ]

Dunbar’s Number and the Jetson Fallacy

Some of you may be familiar with Dunbar’s Number. It was defined originally by Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist who, based on extrapolations from primates to humans, suggested that humans tend to only comfortably manage relationships with about 150 people. ... [ read more ]

Who Are America’s Most ‘People-Centric’ Companies?

These 25 firms surpass all others when it comes to strategically engaging their employees, customers and communities The Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) has announced the Top 25 Most People-Centric publicly held companies in the U.S., based on a detailed analysis of independent research by McBassi & Company, a leading human capital analytics firm. ... [ read more ]

Unlocking Big Data for Smarter Conversations

In this excerpt from his new book, ‘Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior,’ PossibleNOW VP Eric Holtzclaw explains how techniques such as laddering, lensing and latticing can radically and permanently change the way you view your products, services, customers and marketing message ... [ read more ]

Get Your Copy of Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook

Authored and edited by dozens of experts in general management, marketing, sales, data management, business and academia, Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook’s methodology has been endorsed by Ernst & Young and other top companies as a means of achieving both strategic and tactical organizational goals related to sales, marketing, human resources, vendor management and community relations. The newly-released textbook is available from the EEA Store at www.enterpriseengagementbook.com for $36, or you can purchase it online through Amazon.com. The first edition is 268 pages. Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook also provides formal preparation for the Enterprise Engagement Certification program. Preparation and general learning is also available at Engagement University Online. The textbook is updated regularly based on input generated through the online university. ... [ read more ]

Certified Engagement Practitioner (CEP) Designation Now Available

The Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) has launched its formal online test and certification program on Enterprise Engagement. The EEA Curriculum and Certification program focuses on the principals, framework and tactics related to engaging customers, channel partners, employees, vendors and communities to help achieve organizational goals. The exam is available free online at www.enterpriseengagement.org. Those who pass the test can obtain a five-year Certified Engagement Practitioner (CEP) designation for $500, as well as qualify for the Advanced Engagement Practitioner and Master Engagement Practitioner designations. The test is designed to help business professionals demonstrate their knowledge of the leadership skills and tactics required to engage people in the 21st century. By participating in the Curriculum and Certification program, managers can advance the interests of their organizations and their careers by better understanding the unique strategies and tactics of this emerging field. The test is divided into five sections that people can take separately as many times as they wish over a one-month period. Each section includes 20 to 30 multiple-choice and true-false questions that will change each time the test is taken. The sections include: Principals, Economics and Framework of Enterprise Engagement; Customer Engagement; Sales and Distribution Partner Engagement; Employee Engagement; and Tactics: Strategic Implementation, Assessment, Recognition, Measurement, etc. The curriculum is designed to provide organizations with a practical, measurable implementation plan that can help improve short- and long-term performance in all areas of business. By establishing a clear framework and agreed-upon nomenclature for engagement, organizations can accelerate the process of translating theory into action. For more information on the EEA Curriculum and Certification program, go to www.enterpriseengagement.org/training/ ... [ read more ]

New Book Explores the Engagement Equation

One sign that engagement has emerged as a formal field is the proliferation of books published on the subject over the last few years. The latest, The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Workforce, by BlessingWhite consultants Chrisopher Rice, Fraser Marlow and Mary Ann Masarech, and published by Wiley, focuses specifically on how to infuse engagement throughout your managerial and organizational culture. A fundamental premise of the book is that “you can’t actually make employees engaged. Engagement is fundamentally an individualized equation. What might make one person engaged might turn off the person in the next cubical.” The authors stress the link between “maximum engagement and maximum contribution…” – i.e., the importance of continually linking engagement to organizational results. The book stresses the importance of finding a common definition for engagement and a way of talking about it in the organization; focusing as much on individuals as on global trends or indices; making engagement a priority and shared responsibility so that everyone has a stake in the process; making sure management is as engaged as employees are expected to be; and how to map out an overall plan that provides a clear direction and vision, open communication and realistic ROI measurement tools. They caution that surveys tools should be used to diagnose issues rather that simply as a “prize.” Click here to view a video by the authors.... [ read more ]

Most Engaged Employee Contest Will Recognize & Reward Top Talent

Most Engaged Employee Contest Will Recognize & Reward Top Talent The Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) has launched the Most Engaged Employee contest to publicly recognize actively engaged employees for making a significant difference for their employers, colleagues and customers/clients. The annual winner, to be named in May 2013, will receive a trip for two specially designed to fulfill a personal dream or desire they haven’t had the time or resources to accomplish. Monthly winners will receive gifts specifically selected based on their personal interests – something special and meaningful that they will always remember. Visitors to the website (www.mostengagedemployee.com/) can nominate themselves or anyone they know and/or anonymously measure their own level of engagement using the Personal Engagement Meter. Nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria, including ongoing actions indicative of a high level of engagement, length of service and clear evidence supporting how they made their organization a better place to work or created better experiences for customers, clients or patients. ... [ read more ]

Best Practices in Assessing Employee Engagement

“Research Has Clearly and Consistently Proved the Direct Link Between Employee Engagement, Customer Satisfaction and Revenue Growth.” ~ Harvard Business Review, 2000 If there ever was a true debate around the linkage between employee engagement and organizational success, that debate has long since ceased.... [ read more ]

Inspiring 'Brand Loyalty' for Your Incentive Program

‘Repeat business or behavior can be bribed. Loyalty has to be earned’ - Janet Robinson While Ms. Robinson may have been referring to brand loyalty or product loyalty as opposed to customer loyalty programs in the above quote, her words illustrate a very important concept. Incentive programs don’t start with built-in loyalty and customer buy-in. Without question, incentive programs need to generate loyalty – not only from senior management, but also from the customers they’re trying to entice. An effective program will excel for both management and customers when it is built with a foundation that provides a clear vision for success. In fact, many established programs have been assembled using five critical building blocks that inspire brand loyalty among customers. ... [ read more ]

7 Steps to Measure and Build Engagement: How to Keep Line Managers Interested and Involved

Employee surveys have the potential to help companies understand the relationship between human capital and the bottom line. Yet, if not managed carefully, surveys may fail to realize their potential as strategic organizational tools. Why? Because many organizations are successful in designing reasonable questionnaires, generating high participation rates and gathering a lot of good information. But where survey processes most commonly break down is in the “hand off” between a survey team, perhaps working with the assistance of an outside consultant, and line managers throughout the organization.... [ read more ]

Measuring Enterprise Engagement and Performance

There’s a reason for the old adage: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Anyone who has ever tried to run a business knows that’s true. But it is also true that you can’t manage what you measure only once each year. When it comes to employee and customer engagement, most of us collect information through annual surveys, analyze the results, share them in a high-level report and perhaps devote part of an executive meeting to discuss the implications. Like performance reviews, this is usually done once a year – if at all. ... [ read more ]

EEA Curriculum Challenges Reward Assumptions

Recently, the Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) performed a review of the past quarter-century of research into Rewards & Recognition. Among the main objectives of this review was to determine links between the use of Incentives and Engagement. Looking at evidence from more than forty studies, researchers found that incentive and reward programs can drive engagement if they are carefully and deliberately designed to do so. Read more >... [ read more ]

New Enterprise Engagement Benchmark Indicator Ready for Testing

The Enterprise Engagement Alliance has created a simple tool that any company can use for free to almost instantly benchmark its engagement efforts against best practices and an aggregate of other organizations using the tool.You can test it at... http://www.eebenchmark.com. Simply fill out the questionnaire, click on submit, and the results come up instantly. Complete confidentially is assured, because there’s no need to identify yourself or your client. Please feel free to share any feedback with me. The questions are based on extensive research on Enterprise Engagement practices and on input from Allan Schweyer, EEA Chairman and an expert on employee engagement; Rodger Stotz, the Incentive Research Foundation’s Chief Research Officer and an expert on channel partner engagement, and Tom Hoffman, Executive Business Editor for Peppers & Rodgers’ 1to1 Media division.This tool was made possible by sponsorship support from Canon Special Markets, JWT Inside, and Marcus Evans. ... [ read more ]

At Last, A Real Way to Measure ROI

This study, sponsored by the Incentive Research Foundation, attempts to find a practical model for determining the return on investment (ROI) for sales and dealer incentive travel programs. ... [ read more ]

Calculating the ROI of Recognition Programs

Measuring the ROI on recognition programs is difficult, given the range of benefits and their long-term impact, but it can be done. This article from the Enterprise Engagement Alliance offers some ideas on how to do it.... [ read more ]

Capitalizing on Voice of Customer: The only metric that impacts other metrics…

“Why is customer loyalty and engagement important? The biggest reason is that customer engagement is the only metric that impacts other metrics typically measured by a company. As one industry expert noted, When customer engagement slides, so do a great many other outcomes, including future sales, growth and profit. Obviously, engaged customers are the best customers for a company to have. Eight of ten executives believe their company loses sales each year because of failure to create engaged customers, and 80% say that engaged customers are critical because they recommend products or services.” Excerpted from ‘Capitalizing on Voice of Customer,’ Published by Allegiance (www.allegiance.com) ... [ read more ]

Mercer Survey Shows Declining Employee Loyalty

Employee loyalty is dropping around the world, according to new Mercer’s What’s Working survey. The research, conducted among nearly 30,000 employees in 17 geographic markets between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2011, shows that the percentage of workers seriously considering leaving their organization has risen since the last time the survey was conducted in each market (prior to the economic downturn). In many markets, the increase is 10 percentage points or more. In the U.S., the increase was 9 points, from 23% in 2005 to 32% in 2010. According to Pete Foley, PhD, a Principal at Mercer and North American Employee Research Leader, “The overall employment deal is in a state of flux around the world, with employees rethinking what they want out of the employment relationship. Our research shows that, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, more employees would consider leaving today for a better opportunity.” For a complete summary, go to http://inside-employees-mind.mercer.com/press-releases/1430455... [ read more ]

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