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How I went from WBENC "fan" to all out "enthusiast!"

                                                                A personal story.

 Tai, Charles w/ WBENC Directors: Keisha & Miranda
I am not a woman business owner. I am one male employee working for one great woman-owned company.
Going out and realizing your dream of business ownership is no small feat. As 90% of those reading this blog can attest, regardless of your gender, you will face a lot of challenges. Capitalization, reaching your customers, branding, competing with the Goliaths, or just feeling all alone—these are some of the minefields that may determine if your enterprise grows or folds.
The stats for failure are daunting.  And who wants to be a stat?
I hope my experiences at WBENC will offer you these helpful tips and insights on your road to success.
Topics: woman owned business wbenc

Why advertising and employee engagement need each other.

My conversation with Miguel Farias. about the advertising industry, employee engagement and their impact on each other. Miguel is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning, creative advertising director, responsible for the some of the industry's most popular and effective ad campaigns. His clients include Coca Cola, Toyota, Delta Airlines, Citibank HBO, Buick, Panasonic and The US Marines. Miguel is best known for his 3 Musketeers general market "floating bar" campaign that achieved historic sales results for Mars Corporation. He is founder of 4M Communications and lives in New York with his wife and two children. His email is:

Topics: employee incentive program Employee Engagement performance improvement solutions CMO marketing advertising

Employee dis-engagement is robbing your bank! Protect your assets!

If you are a business owner or in senior management, you are acutely aware of the negative factors that seem out of your control. Factors undermining your business growth and profitability. Higher taxes, rising costs, competition, regulation, employee dis-engagement and unforeseen market changes.  These things can raise your blood pressure and even threaten your business survival.
However, the good news is you can get control of one very vital asset by focusing on employee engagement.

Topics: retaining your valued employees Employee Engagement Employee Retention wellness programs incentive and reward solutions points-based recognition program

How to create an engagement program employees will love

Getting caught up in the mire of research and opinions about whether or not rewards work can drive one to drink—or something stronger! It’s especially true if you have a large workforce and are getting pressure from the top to produce results. What kind of behavior changes are you looking to achieve in your workplace? What measurements are you using that confirm certain behaviors are improving?

We know what doesn’t work. Compliance is not engagement. Fear isn’t respect. Intimidation creates costly turnover. Cooperation isn’t always collaboration. Throwing only cash or rewards at your workforce will produce only temporary changes in attitude and behavior.

The Pavlov approach to changing employee behavior gets a one-time response at best. Once the reward runs out, your employees will often revert to their old ways. Losing weight, showing up on time, quitting smoking, practicing safety, contributing ideas, saving money, or improving sales are all goals that need more than a pat on the back or a new TV. You can spend a lot of money—only to get a temporary result.

So do rewards work?

The answer will depend on how your programs are designed and implemented. What you want is the best use of your organization’s resources for long-term positive and productive performance. Here’s a hint—sincere and deserved recognition is the foundation.   

Topics: retaining your valued employees Communication Employee Engagement Safety Employee Retention Employee Recognition Sales Performance Peer to peer recognition tangible reward Attendance Employee Incentive Programs

Why marketing needs employee engagement

When examining notable Chief Marketing Officers like Marissa Riccardi, Michael Lazerow, Eileen Zicchino, Simon Clift, Pamela Kaufman, Terri Graham, and so many others, a common understanding is shared. Employee engagement dramatically affects the success of building your brand.

“When it comes to clients, it’s all about trust,” notes CMO Eileen Zicchino. “When we look at our brand attributes, it’s about character, intelligence, and strength. Our employees help us put the client first. Our workforce works very closely with them which, in turn, builds our brand. It must be about relationships and trust even if it means we have to turn away business.”

The promise your brand makes to customers is powerfully delivered through the behaviors of your workforce. They are your brand ambassadors. With every move, they represent your brand and they are what differentiates you in the marketplace. All the advertising dollars in the world can proclaim how great your products are or how customer-focused your company is but it’s not enough. How your receptionist answers the phone, how accessible your customer service hotline is, and how well you serve the interests of your clients is what ultimately wins and retains customers.

Properly identifying what makes your brand valuable while helping employees to live and breathe your brand promises will result in superlative employee and customer experiences. That’s what you want.

The focus then becomes how best to collaborate with your employees to match brand values with your customer requirements. What are your strengths? What are you excellent at? What is innovative about you? Are you delivering on your promises? Does your workforce enthusiastically advocate for your brand’s message?

Topics: Employee Engagement Employee Recognition employee training Results Suggestion Programs Employee Incentive Programs Social Engagment Tools Employee ideas Chief Marketing Officer CMO marketing

Detoxify your workplace and improve employee performance.

When Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) was coined by the World Health Organization back in 1984, many dismissed it as an exaggeration. How could a building make you sick? But it could and it did. No specific causes could be identified at the time, but many building occupants were experiencing acute health problems and daily discomfort. After closer examination, some illnesses could be linked to time spent in the building. Poor indoor air quality and lack of ventilation were listed as the culprits. The workplace was toxic, affecting employee performance. But workplace toxicity isn’t limited to physical conditions. There are also emotional and psychological conditions that can undermine your workforce's health and overall performance. What are the signs and how can they be addressed for the good of all?

Topics: Safety Incentives Service Awards Communication Employee Engagement awards Sales Performance Taico Incentive Services performance improvement solutions Attendance Employee ideas workplace

More success stories from the employee engagement archives

It’s not difficult to make the case that the ongoing financial mess on Wall Street and TARP payments to some of the country’s biggest banks have victimized smaller firms. One victim is the investment management industry. A big challenge becomes being able to assure clients they can continue to trust them with their money.

As we have emphasized in previous blogs, having a workplace that engenders a culture of respect, engagement, trust, and fairness will aid in empowering your organization to keep clients. And how do you do that?

By inspiring your most valuable asset—your employees. When individual employees feel a part of the whole, they will invest more of their efforts on your customer’s behalf. And your customers will respond positively. Often a customer’s only perception of your business comes from their interaction with your employees. That presents a wonderful opportunity for you to become remembered as the deliverer of a great brand experience. The perception of being a caring organization will resonate well within the marketplace.

The employee factor is a powerful asset you already have that can offset market conditions. So ask yourself—what is your client’s perception of your company? Is their interaction with your organization conducive to them staying? Is your customer’s recollection of their entire experience with you, at all touch points, a good one? Is your organization still cautious about implementing an employee recognition and rewards program? Do these programs really work? Here are some success stories guaranteed to reassure you of the value of employee interaction.

Companies that have embraced the power of engagement

Topics: Communication Employee Engagement Employee Retention Employee Recognition Peer to peer recognition Performance performance improvement solutions

What is a happy employee? What is an engaged employee?

Companies today want to attract and retain the best quality talent. Some of these same organizations believe the best way to do this is to offer the most enticing perks one can imagine— sauna rooms, nap areas, free lunch, paid days off, afternoon bowling, and the list goes on.

Much confusion remains among employers as to the differences between a happy worker and an engaged worker. Of course, anyone would be happy with a free lunch but the point here is that being engaged must come before being happy. They are not necessarily exclusive. They just need to be put in the right order. Your highest ideal, as an employer, is the development of a productive, creative, loyal, and passionate workforce. That will happen when you have engaged your people. The results will also affect your customer base because your engaged employees will take better care of them. Your customers, in turn, will tend to stick with you.

If you are a forward looking brand, you will have to contend with the economic uncertainty out there among consumers. No one has to tell you, the customer is always right even when they’re not. Although the level of consumer skepticism is high, this can work to your advantage if your employees are inspired to provide great customer service and experience. For example, an employee may be happy at work but not necessarily investing their energy on behalf of your organization.

When surveyed, some employees might even claim to be happy and satisfied with their job but will not hesitate to jump ship when another “opportunity” comes along. By coming to a better understanding of what it means to be happy, satisfied, and engaged, you can take intelligent steps to improve your overall workforce retention and performance.

Topics: incentive programs Rewards Communication Employee Engagement Employee Retention Employee Recognition Results engaged employee

How passionate, inspired employees raise job performance

There’s a new book which I suggest should be required reading for every employee. It talks about purpose, inspiration, and commitment to one’s work. It’s called “Shine at Work” and it’s written by author and teacher Diane Ingram. The concept of a workforce bringing more of their energy to initiate, create, and innovate assures a boost in everyone’s overall performance. Ask anyone about their job passion level. How they answer you says a lot about how they get up in the morning and start their day.

Topics: Employee Engagement Retention inspiration on the job shine at work

How to motivate a sales champion

Industry Hall of Fame winner and AMD Founder Jerry Sanders launched an American Dream sales campaign as an incentive for his sales champions reaching 200 million in sales. When the goal was reached, the sales team was paid handsomely plus every other employee’s name was placed in a hat. Factory line worker Jocelyn Lleno was chosen and awarded a new home. Two others received Cadillac Sevilles.

Topics: sales incentive programs Communication awards Employee Recognition Sales Performance Sales performance improvement solutions Rewards and Recognition