John O'Brien

Vice President, Employee Performance Group at BI WORLDWIDE
As Vice President of BI WORLDWIDE’s Employee Performance Group, John O’Brien’s primary focus is to develop employee engagement strategies and solutions that change the behaviors of employees to align with customers’ business objectives. An expert in Employee Recognition Strategy, he educates HR professionals around the world on how to best engage their employees through employee engagement strategies, solutions and best practices.

Start the new year off right by making employee engagement a priority in your organization. Engaged employees have 18% higher productivity and 60% higher quality work than under-engaged employees (Insync Surveys). Follow these top trends for 2014 to motivate, inspire and celebrate your employees in ways that lead to extraordinary effort and positive financial results.

1.    Middle Management:  Middle managers hold the key to employee engagement. As the conduit between employees and senior management, middle managers have the power to create an environment that fosters employee engagement

2.    Recognition Ambassadors: Riding shot-gun for middle managers, recognition ambassadors are employees who see the value of recognition and are willing to champion it among their peers. Ambassadors are most valuable in manufacturing facilities, plants or at locations where a large number of employees work.

3.    Social Recognition:  Many, many employees are socially connected in all aspects of their lives and crave the opportunity to share not only what’s going on in their personal lives, but also in their professional endeavors

4.    Mobile Recognition:  It’s important to have accessibility to recognition technology regardless of where you work. Seamless integration on all devices and operating systems is a key element for success.

5.    Manager Training: See number 1! As the masters of engagement, it only makes sense to invest in recognition training for middle managers to truly achieve a culture of recognition within any organization.

This is just the start. See more trends to truly engage your employees in 2014 by downloading our article.

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