"In thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you."

—Incentive Marketing Association

"Conor was awesome at our presentation. He provided a great presentation; provided great business tips with great humor and worked overtime to customize to our needs and and our audience. Fantastic and definitely worth having with us."

—Whataburger

"We don't often invite speakers back for two years in a row...They gave you THE highest ratings of all the speakers."

—Centaur Conferences, UK

You Can NOT Substantially Improve Employee Net Worth

However!

You CAN Improve Employee SELF Worth

WATCH: Conor provide a key Employee Engagement practice to Improve Employee Retention

“The Results were Amazing.”                   – A Very Satisfied Client 

When I arrived at the plant it was obvious that there were talented people in leadership positions but the team was going in different directions.  A lot of finger pointing as well as lack of follow through on key performance indicators.  The team needed focus.  The Lansing plant was selected to go through a new process for employee engagement from Conor.

Sessions were held at all levels of the organization with follow up in meetings, in daily interactions, etc.  The results were amazing.  Team members, leaders, and leads all embraced the principals and practice them daily.   The benefits became obvious as retention increasd by 15-20%,  productivity increased as well in several categories.  This was a game changer.  These types of programs can spike and lose effectiveness over time, but that has not been the case.  The team continues to embrace the principals and employees feel more like the team I always knew they could be.  I strongly recommend Conor’s program as the way to create synergy to obtain performance through teamwork.

It worked for us and it can work for you as well.

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

Your Chicago-based Employee Engagement / Employee Retention Keynote Speaker & Consultant

“In thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you.” Exec Dir. IMA

Conor Cunneen is IrishmanSpeaks

Motivational Humorous Keynote Speaker on Employee Engagement & Employee Retention

 

 

Aurora University writes: 

Conor, your program on Creating a Great Culture through the Gift of GAB has received rave reviews from attendees. Your ability to convey powerful messages through business examples, storytelling and great humor is masterful.   

I don’t think I have ever seen an audience laugh so much yet leave with genuinely good ideas to improve the workplace.  Thank you for a wonderful, funny and impactful program.”   

Watch: Conor speak on Employee Engagement Tips that Work

What Manufacturing Clients Say about Conor Cunneen

Motivational Keynote Speaker Employee Engagement, Employee Retention

H.R. Director Vitners VITNERS writes: 

I cannot find words for the testimonial. I am not able to adequately put into words how awesome you were when presenting to our sales force. ” 

A Brief Introduction to IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen

Inspirational, Humorous Keynote Speaker on Employee Engagement / Employee Retention

 

“Hi, Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks here – an Irishman (duh!), happily exiled in Chicago where the Guinness is good, the natives are friendly and I have been force fed more corned beef and green beer than I ever had in Ireland. (That is no joke! Hardly anyone eats corned beef in Ireland and God forbid someone serves you green beer!!)

I am blessed to do a job that I love offering insights, motivation and humor to audiences from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, Finland, from Memphis to Madrid. My core objective for each presentation or engagement is to leave my audience with a smile on the face, a spring in the step, AND memorable, actionable takeaways to improve employee engagement and employee retention

My bio will tell you I am an award winning Humorous Motivational Speaker on employee retention, engagement and corporate culture, so if you are ever seeking a Motivational, Keynote Speaker for your leadership conference or in-house appreciation event, it would put a very big smile on my face and that spring in my step if we were to discuss how I can leave your colleagues / attendees with a smile on their face, a spring in the step and memorable takeaways to achieve your goals. You will find the brogue is real and the content is really good!

I’m a Packers fan in Chicago, I like to play Metallica loud which drives my darling wife crazy!

I have worked in senior sales & marketing leadership roles in Ireland, UK and USA and was lucky enough to win Chicago Humorous Speaker of the Year for a speech – would you believe on Customer Service in San Quentin Jail!

 

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CHAPS! FIVE Employee Engagement and Retention Tips that Work

 

Each of these five employee engagement tips provides an element of the acronym CHAPS. The CHAPS concept suggests five simple Micro-Goals that you can achieve every day that will develop a better level of employee engagement and ultimately improved employee retention. These are actionable activities that will address what is often referred to as the great resignation.

You Can NOT Substantially Improve Employees Net Worth

You CAN Improve their SELF Worth

My core belief as an employee engagement speaker and consultant is that most managers / leaders cannot significantly impact employees net worth, but literally everyone – managers / leaders / co-workers CAN substantially impact the self worth of employees, direct reports and peers.

Below we look at one of the core elements of a “CHAPS” concept to improve Employee Engagement and Retention. The  CHAPS Micro-Goals relate to:

CCompliment one person today. 

HHear ‘Thank You’ (See more on an other Employee Engagement TIp that works – “Hear”)

AAddress colleagues / customers with their name (See this is a truly powerful Employee Engagement and Retention tip) ee more on Address Colleagues with name)

P – Positive words create positive impact (See how using this Employee Engagement tip can substantially improve Employee Retention) 

S – Smile – as in, Put a smile on someone’s face.

Some Thoughts from Employee Engagement & Employee Retention Speaker – IrishmanSpeaks

A Brief Overview of HBR Articles on Corporate Culture and Employee Retention / Employee Engagement Best practices

As a keynote speaker and consultant on employee engagement, I like to keep in touch with some of the findings and studies on employee engagement and retention. So I searched Harvard Business Review for some insights on employee engagement.

Three articles showcase different aspects of how employers and employees can collaboratively improve the workplace.

 The Feedback Fallacy again written by Buckingham & Goodall highlights that while managers are encouraged to praise and constructively criticize just about everything their employees do, there are better ways to help employees thrive and excel. These include asking open ended questions on what worked well, encouraging a deep dive on how the employee felt when something went well (Ha! When writing this, autocorrect suggested how the employee felt when something went WRONG, which is the antithesis of the article. Just goes to show how we are programed. https://hbr.org/2019/03/the-feedback-fallacy

 The Leaders Guide to Corporate Culture How to manage the eight critical elements of organizational life  by Boris Groysberg, Jeremiah Lee, Jesse Price, and J. Yo-Jud Cheng who identified eight styles that distinguish a corporate culture. You can read about these eight styles Caring, Purpose, Learning, Enjoyment, Results, Authority, Safe, Order. I love to create acronyms to remember numerous concepts so SLOPCARE I think is memorable and almost sensible when speaking about corporate culture. https://hbr.org/2018/01/the-leaders-guide-to-corporate-culture

Micro-Goal #2 for Building Employee Engagement and Retention.

Hear “Thank You”

The idea here is that I will do something specific and deliberate for a colleague or customer today that will generate a “Thank You.”  That simple action plus those two simple powerful words will go a long way to building engagement with that employee and improving the chances of employee retention.

Now, it is quite likely that someone has already said “Thank You” to you today, but it went over your head.

However, IF you set a goal that “I will deliberately do something for a work colleague today to generate ‘Thank You’,” what happens?

Once you hear that “Thank You” you hear yourself saying “I’ve achieved my goal” and Voila! Dopamine. You feel good, positive and upbeat, but what about the person you helped?

Are they going to appreciate you more?

Will those actions if done consistently by you and others build a more engaged and appreciative workforce?

Will deliberate actions to generate “Thank You” help address the great resignation?

This simple activity will to a long way to enhancing a co-worker’s self-worth. When you improve a co-worker’s self worth, that person is going to feel more motivated and productive.

A more motivated and productive person is a more engaged person. The more engaged your team and workforce is, the better your employee retention numbers will be.

 

Now, here’s the question for you. Who will Hear the words “Thank You” from today?

Trying to determine the best employee engagement tips to enhance engagement and retention is not a no-brainer. However each of these five employee engagement tips I provide in this series will help you create a better workplace and improve employee retention and engagement.

 

Each tip provides an element of the acronym CHAPS. The CHAPS concept suggests five simple Micro-Goals that you can achieve every day that will develop a better level of employee engagement and ultimately improved employee retention. These are actionable activities that will address what is often referred to as the great resignation.

 

You Can’t Substantially Improve Employees Net Worth. You CAN Improve their SELF Worth CHAPS!

Five Simple Steps to improved employee engagement and retention in Manufacturing and Foodservice

More articles on Employee Engagement, Culture and Employee Retention

Employee Engagement Tips – A brief primer on CHAPS

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"In thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you."

—Incentive Marketing Association

"Conor was awesome at our presentation. He provided a great presentation; provided great business tips with great humor and worked overtime to customize to our needs and and our audience. Fantastic and definitely worth having with us."

—Whataburger

"We don't often invite speakers back for two years in a row...They gave you THE highest ratings of all the speakers."

—Centaur Conferences, UK

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