When it comes to employee recognition, The Power is Yours!

shutterstock_153174755Green-mulleted men are a great source of inspiration.

I’ll let you digest that for a second. Go on.

Confused?

How about a hint.

I’m thinking of one particular green-mulleted, earth-saving, blue-skinned, red-chested superhero.

Are you with me now?

I speak of course of Captain Planet, and his famous saying “The Power is Yours!”

This catch-cry is true in almost any context, and is particularly relevant when it comes to employee recognition. [Read more…]

Case study: Australia Post’s ‘Seeker’ employee lead referral program

How an iconic Australian brand is turning its 37,000-strong workforce into new business hunters, with drool-worthy results.

SeekerCS_ThumbnailLike many businesses, Australia Post believed there had to be a more effective, more efficient way to seek out and capture new business leads. They also knew that an increase in lead volume and quality would deliver improved conversion rates and in turn, revenue growth. It’s a simple equation and a universal business challenge.

So what did they do?

Australia Post saw an opportunity. The company believed nobody was better equipped to spot relevant prospects than its own workforce.

And so, in partnership with Accumulate, the Seeker employee lead referral program was born.

Now, still mid-way through launch, the program has not only captured the imagination of employees,
it’s already exceeded Australia Post’s new business revenue expectations.
[Read more…]

Recognition…we all crave it

shutterstock_248883307I’ll make a bet with you. A bet that I’m almost certain I’ll win. And that is, that I know what makes you tick.

First, think of at least one example of when you did something awesome at work. Something you’re a little bit proud of. The sort of thing that made you want to give yourself a cheeky high five. But you resisted because, well, can you imagine seeing someone give themselves a high five?

So you did this awesome thing. But no-one said anything. No-one acknowledged it. Not your co-workers and not your boss. Everyone kept trudging on through their day without batting an eyelid. [Read more…]

Employee engagement, the life-Force of any organisation

image01The Accumulate crew used the lead-up to the festive break to set the tone for 2016, mainly around continuing our ongoing quest for new insights on employee engagement and loyalty.

One of our new employees (on secondment) had some interesting points to make on the pitfalls of Empire-building, however he also offered some great insights on the importance of corporate culture fostering individual expression, rather than pushing conformity and censorship. He cited Bret Easton Ellis’ recent Linked In post, also mentioning the ‘democratisation of culture’ as something to be avoided, lest companies end up with a disengaged workforce of drones. [Read more…]

7 tips to successfully engaging Generation Z in the workplace

shutterstock_43535671I’m sorry. I’m sorry if you feel you’ve already reached your quota of generational engagement challenges in your workplace. Especially as Millennials, seemingly in the blink of an eye, have gone from ‘emerging talent’ to ‘highly influential’ status, as they increasingly move into management and leadership positions.

And I’m sorry if the thought of yet another generation entering the workforce, with their own unique set of complexities, skills, needs and expectations, makes you feel exhausted, or even a little nervous.

But there’s no ignoring the fact that Generation Z (those born between the mid-90’s and early ’00’s) is on its way. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2020, Generation Z will make up over 35% of the workforce.

However, it seems that any trepidation should be replaced by a sense of great anticipation about the skills and perspectives that Generation Z is likely to bring to the corporate table. And the good news is that there are plenty of existing insights and opinions available to help you prepare for this impending surge of new talent.

For a start, research tells us that members of Generation Z are likely to follow the trend set by Millennials when it comes to limited – or highly conditional – employer loyalty, as they search for those conditions (beyond salary), that are most important to them.

So, what makes Generation Z tick?

Here are 7 insights that can underpin your efforts to attract, engage, retain and get the best from this emerging pool of talent. [Read more…]