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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Motivating Employees with Time Off + Incentives

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Motivating Employees with Time Off + Incentives

At exaqueo, we strongly value the need to fully disconnect from work and recharge, so we provide a shared week off in both the Summer and Winter as a benefit for our team to enjoy. In the spirit of exaqueo’s upcoming Summer break, we’re sharing the latest news on motivating employees with time off and incentives. Enjoy!

1) We Gave Our Employees Fridays Off Paid and Now We Have an Amazing Team from Entrepreneur

“Taking Fridays off isn’t an extraordinarily new idea. Billionaires Carlos Slim and Larry Page have spoken publicly in support of shorter work weeks since 2014, but the idea has yet to catch on.

At many companies, in the San Francisco Bay area particularly, work perks are very entitlement-focused and thrown at employees like Frisbees -- team happy hours, free gym memberships, a fully stocked kitchen, logo-emblazed hoodies, an in-office ping-pong table. These perks were essentially non-existent a decade ago, but have now become so common that employees actually expect them, lessening their appreciation for them. We often hear company leaders soapbox about employee wellness and providing a work-life balance, but does throwing employees a free gym membership truly promote that?

A recent EY survey revealed that one-third of employees report that managing a work-life balance has become harder than ever. This leaves me to believe that today’s run-of-the-mill incentives do nothing to motivate employees. They simply create expectations (for what?) and waste company money. While several hyper-funded, successful companies go above and beyond to offer something unique -- vacation allowances, college tuition reimbursements and long-term paid parental leave -- only a select few actually give employees a true work-life balance; one that includes more time off.”

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Focus on Employees

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best of Focus on Employees

As part of our "Best of" series, this week we're taking a look back at anything with a focus on employees. From engagement to motivation, take a look at the highlights from 2014: 

1) No Managers Required: How Zappos Ditched the Old Corporate Structure for Something New from Fast Company

"No more job titles. No more managers. No more hierarchical decisions. By this time next year, Zappos’s 1,500 workers will be organized into something called a holacracy.  Holacracy is a little known organizational management system that’s is gaining a toehold in the business world. Zappos, so far, is its biggest adopter. Holacracy takes its name from the Greek word holos, a single, autonomous, self-sufficient unit, that is, at the same time, dependent on a larger unit. Think of a human cell’s relationship to the entire body."

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Focusing on Employee Happiness

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Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Focusing on Employee Happiness

Summer is usually a time when people are generally happy. The weather is warm, the sun is out longer, and vacations are plentiful. These are all things that boost a person's mood. What if your employer could contribute to a person's happiness too? Here are some excellent articles focusing on employee happiness. 

And speaking of vacations, happy 4th of July to our American friends and clients! 

1. 6 Tips For Keeping Your Employees Happy from Careerealism

"Managing an office and keeping employees happy is no small task. The truth is, sometimes no matter what you do it’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy at the same time. The key to minimizing employee turnover rate is to make people feel acknowledged and appreciated. As mentioned on Deputy’s blog, being an effective manager is all about communication."

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Talent and HR News Roundup: Talent Performance Management Edition

Talent and HR News Roundup: Talent Performance Management EditionThe annual performance review is about as old and tired as Granny. It's time for a change! Or is it? Either way, managing employees -- being able to deliver feedback in some consistent way is the bane of leaders' existence everywhere.

This week we share four perspectives on talent performance management, and ways to rethink some of the challenges you might be facing. Need help? Let us know -- talent performance management is one of our areas of expertise.

In the meantime, take a minute to rethink your perspective on the power of performance:

1) Rethinking the Review at Human Resource Executive Online

"'We came to a fairly quick decision that we would abolish the performance review, which meant we would no longer have a one-time-of-the-year formal written review,' says Morris. 'What's more, we would abolish performance rankings and levels in order to move away from people feeling like they were labeled.'"

2) The Myth of Motivation at The John Maxwell Company's Leadership Wired Blog

"To stir up the innate motivation in others, we must see through their eyes and feel through their emotions. As a leader, your goal isn’t to provide people with the enthusiasm to act, but to discover the desires that naturally animate them. Over the course of an hour-long dinner conversation you can almost always identify what makes another person tick by asking three simple questions."

3) 11 Methods for Dealing With Problem Employees at the Young Entrepreneur Council

"Deal with the whole tree, not just the bad apple. The best piece of advice I ever heard on this was that you should identify the problem employee and observe them for a week. See who they associate with and who they have their "water cooler" talks with. Generally, a bad apple is not isolated but part of a bad group. Deal with the group collectively and address any issues as a whole and don't be afraid to fire a few people at once."

4) Give Your Performance Management System a Review at the Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network

"The first step in any difficult change program is to acknowledge that your company has a problem. To help recognize that problem, maybe it's time you gave your performance management its own performance review. There are many ways to do this, including identifying the real business goals of having a performance system, and seeing if these goals are being achieved through employee surveys. You could also collect data about the actual behavioral impact that annual employee conversations have on teams."

exaqueo is a human resources consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to grow in the right way.

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