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You Can NOT Substantially Improve Employee Net Worth

However!

You CAN Improve Employee SELF Worth

WATCH: IrishmanSpeaks on Employee Engagement Tip to Improve 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

A tip you can use today on How to improve Employee Engagement & Employee Retention 

The Power of a Compliment

A Brief Introduction to IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen

Motivational 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 coporate 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 Retention and Employee Engagement Tips that Work

 

Each of these five employee engagement tips that work 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.

In this article we look at the “C” in CHAPS and the Power of a Compliment to enhance the workplace environment but briefly, the  CHAPS Micro-Goals relate to:

CCompliment one person today. 

HHear ‘Thank You’ (See more on Employee Engagement TIps “Hear”)

AAddress colleagues / customers with their name (See more on Address Colleagues with name)

P – Positive words create positive impact (See Video and Article)

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

CHAPS Micro-Goal #3 in Employee Engagement Ideas that work:

Address Work Colleagues with their Name

 

Unless your name is Bob, it is quite likely that your name has been mis-spelled at some stage. “Everyone” gets slightly irked when their name is spelled incorrectly or they are address with the wrong name.

(Don’t get me started on the number of people who spell “Conor” incorrectly. I mean it is only five letters! Apparently, my parents could not afford to put two ‘n’s in “Conor” back in Ireland!)

Why do we get annoyed when we are not addressed properly?

I would argue that the most impactful word in the vocabulary of the person who is speaking to you is your name. The most impactful word you can use when speaking to an employee or work colleague is their name.

We have all been in a situation where we have no idea of what is being said at the other side of a room until someone mentions your name. Suddenly your ears perk up, but not the ears of anyone else! Why? Because there are few things more personal and impactful to us than our name.

Assuming that you buy in to the CHAPS concept and the power of Micro-Goals, let’s look at what will happen when you address someone with their name when in conversation.

First of all, you’re going to hear yourself use the person’s name, realize you have achieved a powerful and effective Micro-Goal. The Dopamine kicks in and you feel better about yourself. AND the person you are speaking to? That person will feel a stronger, more visceral connection to you simply because you used the most impactful word for them.  This simple activity will to a long way to enhancing a co-worker’s self-worth. When you improve a co-workers 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.

 Employee Engagement Ideas that Work: An Exercise

Here’s a simple exercise for you. Next time you go to the supermarket at the weekend, it is quite likely that a young kid from the local high school will be on the checkout desk. When you bring your groceries to the checkout, say “Hi, Bob,” (Note, this assumes his name is Bob! Do check the name on his / her badge and address with correct name. It really does helpl!)

What’s Bob’s reaction? Initially, surprise as he wonders how do you know his name (forgetting the badge he wears.)

Next though, he will pay more attention to you, maybe even involve in discussion, happily pack your bags and wish you a good day as you walk away, proving the effectiveness of addressing people with their name.

Try it. One of five simple employee engagement ideas to help you build a better, happier workplace.

More articles on Employee Engagement, Culture and Employee Retention

Employee Engagement Tips – A brief primer on CHAPS

See: Reviews of Employee Engagement Software

Amazon Books on Employee Engagement

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 Employee Engagement Ideas that Work: #3 of 5

 Address Work Colleagues with their Name

 

 

Trying to determine the best employee engagement ideas 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, provided you act on them.

 

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

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.

Briefly, the  CHAPS Micro-Goals relate to:

C – Compliment one person today. (See the power of a compliment and how it works

H – Hear ‘Thank You’ (See more on Employee Engagement TIps “Hear”)

A – Address colleagues / customers with their name 

P – Positive words create positive impact (See Video and Article)

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

 

In this article, we look at Micro-Goal #3. As indicated in previous articles, while you may be practicing some of the elements of CHAPS, the important thing is to set these employee engagement ideas as Micro-Goals.

The reason for setting them as Micro-Goals, is that we do feel better when we achieve a goal. This occurs because the brain releases dopamine – the feel good chemical when we achieve a goal. So, let’s look at the next goal to enhance employee retention and get rid of that dreaded “Great Resignation.”

 

CHAPS Micro-Goal #3 in Employee Engagement Ideas that work:

Address Work Colleagues with their Name

 

Unless your name is Bob, it is quite likely that your name has been mis-spelled at some stage. “Everyone” gets slightly irked when their name is spelled incorrectly or they are address with the wrong name.

(Don’t get me started on the number of people who spell “Conor” incorrectly. I mean it is only five letters! Apparently, my parents could not afford to put two ‘n’s in “Conor” back in Ireland!)

Why do we get annoyed when we are not addressed properly?

I would argue that the most impactful word in the vocabulary of the person who is speaking to you is your name. The most impactful word you can use when speaking to an employee or work colleague is their name.

We have all been in a situation where we have no idea of what is being said at the other side of a room until someone mentions your name. Suddenly your ears perk up, but not the ears of anyone else! Why? Because there are few things more personal and impactful to us than our name.

Assuming that you buy in to the CHAPS concept and the power of Micro-Goals, let’s look at what will happen when you address someone with their name when in conversation.

First of all, you’re going to hear yourself use the person’s name, realize you have achieved a powerful and effective Micro-Goal. The Dopamine kicks in and you feel better about yourself. AND the person you are speaking to? That person will feel a stronger, more visceral connection to you simply because you used the most impactful word for them.  This simple activity will to a long way to enhancing a co-worker’s self-worth. When you improve a co-workers 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.

 Employee Engagement Ideas that Work: An Exercise

Here’s a simple exercise for you. Next time you go to the supermarket at the weekend, it is quite likely that a young kid from the local high school will be on the checkout desk. When you bring your groceries to the checkout, say “Hi, Bob,” (Note, this assumes his name is Bob! Do check the name on his / her badge and address with correct name. It really does helpl!)

What’s Bob’s reaction? Initially, surprise as he wonders how do you know his name (forgetting the badge he wears.)

Next though, he will pay more attention to you, maybe even involve in discussion, happily pack your bags and wish you a good day as you walk away, proving the effectiveness of addressing people with their name.

Try it. One of five simple employee engagement ideas to help you build a better, happier workplace.

 

 

More articles on Employee Engagement, Culture and Employee Retention

Employee Engagement Tips – A brief primer on CHAPS

See: Reviews of Employee Engagement Software

Amazon Books on Employee Engagement

 

 

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