The Year in Employee Engagement

By on December 11, 2019

For me, 2019 will be the year that employee engagement became a true “buzzword” in our industry. (Many reading this will remember when this happened to the term “employer branding” about a decade ago). Even if the term employee engagement is misunderstood or poorly defined, I think it’s a good thing that companies are putting a more authentic, measured focus on engagement. Smart organizations...

Top Tech Talent Retention Recipe

By on November 18, 2019

As we’ve discussed previously, finding top tech talent can be a challenge, but here’s the real deal: retaining them is even more difficult. Why? For the same reasons attraction and recruitment are hard — low unemployment rates, shortage of talent coupled with a lot of noise about rational benefits … and very little about the emotional motivators of why top tech talent joins and stays. Let...

Departing Employees: Regret, Learn and Be Better

By on September 25, 2019

For better or worse, I don’t think there are many jobs in the corporate world where you come in, do your work and go home. I guess that says a lot about our culture and our attitude toward work, but if there’s an upside, it’s because of the emotional effort, engagement and investment that’s required, you end up forging deep relationships with the people you work with. I always bristle at the...

Overcoming recruiting barriers to attract and retain top biosciences talent

By on April 9, 2019

The complexity of the biosciences (biotech and biopharma) industry from the drug development process (early stage development to clinical trials and commercialization) to the increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions – all coupled with historical unemployment rates in the US – has led to a difficult talent crunch in the biosciences space. More skilled and qualified candidates are needed...

5 Things Your Managers Should Do to Keep Your Employees

By on September 4, 2018

A good manager can make or break your experience at an organization. I bet if you thought back on all of the positions you’ve held, you stayed longer at the ones where you liked your boss.   So it’s just silly when organizations blame their employee attrition on compensation alone. That just seems like a cop-out and isn’t doing your organization any favors. According to a Gallup poll, at...

Unlimited Vacation: Too Good to Be True?

By on January 24, 2017

If it feels like you and your co-workers are taking fewer vacation days than in the past, well, you most certainly are. According to a Project: Time Off survey of approximately 5,600 Americans working more than 35 hours per week, over half of us left unused vacation on the table in 2015. This translates into an average of 16.2 vacation days taken for the year — a big decline from the average...

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