Engage through ongoing feedback to retain and attract talent

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details The more you can engage your employees, the more straight-forward it is to achieve results. Engaged employees are present emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Their creativity and enthusiasm further your credit union’s mission. They help you attract the new talent you need and are less likely to leave the organization. The leader’s charge is to create the climate and the culture where people feel engaged and where they can blossom and produce. Smart approaches to employee interactions, especially feedback, are a great place to focus to have a positive impact on engagement, retention, and hiring. Engagement is essential, as employees today are on the move. They know they have options. According to Gallup 51% of employees globally said they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings so they can improve career growth opportunities. Almost two-thirds believe they will likely find a job as good as their current one, and 90% of those who move, go to a new company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports voluntary job change in the U.S. is increasing, and last year non-retirement voluntary turnover was at 15.5%. Having managers up their game in interacting with employees will improve turnover rates in your credit union.Numerous factors of the manager-employee interaction affect engagement. For example, a manager must be alert to unconscious biases, which can diminish team effectiveness, reduce engagement and also reduce the size of the potential talent pool. People gravitate to those most like themselves when hiring or choosing a team, even though studies show that diversity of background and experience provide better organizational results. Or, when managers focus on the “A-team” at the expense of others on the team, it reduces engagement and misses the opportunity to expand the credit union’s talent capacity. Additionally, when considering people to step up to a challenge, women and under-represented minorities may not be tapped because they are viewed as “not-ready” since they don’t fit a manager’s given stereotype of a leader.A manager’s success-based feedback engages employees, while deficiency-based feedback has the opposite result. Success focused conversations increase the neurological responses that are associated with learning Managers should coach based on an employee’s strengths to help them learn, grow, and improve. The manager and the employee should work together to discover ways that the employee can excel. If there are areas that need strengthening or a behavior to be changed, the manager and the employee together develop a vision for the  future that incorporates the changed behavior and supports the employee’s learning.The manager’s conversations with employees are most effective when they follow a regular rhythm. Gallup found that the most engaged employees have a meaningful interaction with their manager at least once a week.  All it usually takes is a simple ten-minute to half-hour talk, which lets the manager acknowledge what’s going well and allows them and the employee to seek additional ways to build upon success. When someone has a success, the manager should acknowledge it on the spot, and not wait for a regular feedback meeting. For example, if your employee ran a very effective meeting, or handled an irate customer’s problem particularly well, that success deserves immediate attention. This type of immediate feedback propels further success and enhances employee engagement. Not only will a mindset of constructive engagement help you and your team up your game, and help produce the results your credit union seeks, better yet, you will enjoy doing so.last_img read more

Norwich youngster Harry Toffolo signs new deal at Carrow Road

first_img “After a strong year with Swindon last season and a pre-season with the first-team here, it proves that if you work hard you get given opportunities. “Norwich is my club. I joined at a young age, moving away from home but this is my home now. My long-term goal is to do the best that I can at Norwich City.” Alex Neil’s side renew their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, when Congo forward Dieumerci Mbokani, signed on loan from Dynamo Kiev, could make his debut in English football. Toffolo, 20, spent last season on loan at Swindon, who reached the Sky Bet League One play-off final, and made his senior debut for the Canaries in last month’s Capital One Cup victory over Rotherham. “It’s really good to have put-to-paper with Norwich, it shows that the club is backing me,” Toffolo said on the club’s official website www.canaries.co.uk. Norwich defender Harry Toffolo has signed a new two-year deal, extending his Carrow Road stay until at least the summer of 2017.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

3 keys: Syracuse needs to maximize possessions, take care of ball against Bryant

first_img Related Stories Massa’s warrior-like faceoff style transforming Bryant lacrosseResurgent Daddio prepares to face biggest challenge yet in Bryant’s Massa in NCAA tournament openerGetting to know Syracuse’s 1st-round opponent Bryant Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Bryant and advance to 2nd round of NCAA tournament Published on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse No. 4 Syracuse (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 16 Bryant (15-4, 5-1 Northeast) in the first round of the NCAA tournament after the Bulldogs edged Siena in Wednesday’s play-in game. Last May, Syracuse beat Bryant 12-7 in the first round of the tournament. Here are three keys for the second-seeded Orange to do so again. 1. Faceoffs, faceoffs, faceoffs It’s been the story of the season for Syracuse and the NCAA tournament is promising to offer more of the same. Since SU’s 21-7 loss to Duke on March 23, senior faceoff specialist Chris Daddio has transformed his game at the X and fueled seven wins in eight games. But Daddio didn’t have to face Bryant’s Kevin Massa in that span. The Bulldogs’ specialist leads the country with a 71.4 faceoff percentage — no other player wins faceoffs at a 70 percent clip or higher — and won 6-of-7 fourth-quarter draws in Bryant’s win against Siena. Moreover, Massa won 22-of-23 faceoffs and helped the Bulldogs build a sizable lead before the Orange came back last year. Daddio went 0-for-9 in that game, and SU can’t afford another one-sided matchup. 2. Smart possessionsWith Massa’s past success against Daddio and the Orange as a whole, Syracuse will have to make the most of its offensive possessions. Maximizing its success at the X, Bryant also takes long possessions, only heightening the importance of SU’s ball security and shot selection. Kevin Rice said earlier in the week that if Daddio secures 50 percent of the faceoffs, Syracuse will be just fine. The Orange attack has proven this season that it can score whenever given the ball — like when it helped the team to a 12-10 win over John Hopkins despite winning just four faceoffs on March 15 — and it will need to make that apparent again Sunday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text3. Keeping things clear Sticking to the possession theme, Syracuse can’t afford to give any up. Bryant’s ride wasn’t particularly aggressive against Siena, as the Saints went 15-for-18 on clears in the game. But the Saints did fail on two clearing attempts in the second half while Bryant took control of the game. Heading into the tournament, Syracuse is 37th in the country with a 86.4 clearing percentage. Bryant is 31st and one or two turnovers could be the difference in the game. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Liberian Women Still Hurting from Fragments of a Shattered Glass Ceiling

first_imgThe election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005 as President of Liberia shattered forever what was once considered a glass ceiling. The election of another female, Jewel Howard Taylor in 2017, this time as Vice President is another first. But how have women fared generally over the years, especially during the prolonged civil conflict is a story that still needs to be told.  The 2009 Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC) provides glimpses in this portion entitled “Women: Survivors and Peacemakers”Historically, women were generally excluded from participation in political life, as it was only until 1947, a full century after independence that women were accorded the right to vote. There is no mention anywhere in historical accounts of women participation in the political life of the colony, prior to 1947, except for their participation in the making of the Liberian flag at independence.In gender terms the dichotomy betwee n rural and urban Liberia are even more manifest in present day Liberia. For example, only 31 percent of women in Harper, located in southeastern Liberia and surrounding areas receive birth assistance from trained health professionals; in Monrovia 84 perc ent of such women received birth assistance from trained health professionals.During the armed conflict, women and girls were by are far more vulnerable to sexual assault and predation than men. Women exposure was due mainly to their daring to move about away from their homes to venture out for food and succor for their families. The further away from their homes they went, the higher the risk of vulnerability.Many parents hid their young girls (and boys from conscriptions) from the fighters when they entered the town or village and forbid them, the children, from moving about without caution. More than half of victim’s testimonies to the TRC alluded to women being vulnerable or victimized during the war in places other than their place of residence , having been displaced internally by the war, suggesting, therefore that displaced women were more vulnerable to sexual assault than those who did not flee their homes.The TRC also noticed that women are significantly over-represented among rape victims and all victims of sexual slavery and sexual violence, as might be expected. In particular, the proportion of rapes with female victims aged 15 – 19 represents more than five times the proportion of women aged 15 – 19 in the general population. However, we see relatively more male than female victims for sexual abuse.The definition of sexual abuse included stripping the victim naked and was employed by many perpetrator groups to humiliate the victim. Unfortunately, the data include very few reports of rapes for which the victim’s age is known. Still, it is interesting to note that the majority of reported rapes for which the victim’s age is known were committed against adolescent women, rather than against socially taboo categories such as older women or very young children.The distribution of all violations by age is roughly similar for males and females. Similarly, analysis of violations documented with the TRC with complete age and sex information suggests that all ages were equally at risk and that the ge nerality of perpetrators’ attack was at random, deliberate and systematic in the instigation of violence against the general armless population.From the statistical data, women participation in the TRC process was impressive as over fifty percent of stat ements gathered during the statement – taking exercise are attributed to women. Women account for 28 percent of all violations while on the other hand men account for 47 percent. From these statistics, it is clear that as a class of victims, men comprise the larger proportion, although both men and women appeared to have been targeted in about equal proportions.Forced displacement which accounts for the largest category of violations took a particularly heavy toll on women, many of whom, faced with the los s of their spouses, assumed leadership roles in their families. Given the difficulties and threats to life (increased mortality) that usually accompany forced migration, it can be assumed, in the absence of reliable statistical information, that elderly wo men and very young children especially girls, were at great risk and might have suffered disproportionately as compared to males.Many found themselves in displaced or refugee camps with little or no coping skills to deal with the harsh realities of thei r new environment. Already victimized by their displacement some, especially young girls, in desperation turned to prostitution including the exchange of relief food for sex.As the statistics show, all factions routinely targeted women simply on account of their gender. This is strongly reflected in the level of sexual violence perpetrated against women. For example, women account for 63 percent of all cases of rape reported to the TRC, as compared to only 6 percent for men.It can be concluded thus that women were singled out for abuse simply on account of their gender. For instance, the proportion of rape with female victims aged 15 – 19 represents more than five times the proportion of women 15 – 19 in the general population. Finally, it is important to note that aside from these reported cases of violence directed against women, the data does not account for the marginalization; exclusion and outright denial of opportunities for self actualization women have, for over a century, endured in Liberia.These age old inequalities find expression in current statistics reflecting the status of women. For example, according to the 2007 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey, HIV prevalence is higher among women than men 224 in both urban and rural areas. School enrolment and retention rates are also low for girls as compared to boys, as well as illiteracy rates which are higher as compared to men.High teen pregnancy rates, high abortion rates, high infant and maternal mortality rates are all indicators of the long standing prejudice and inequality that have been the lot of Liberian women for well over a century. Additionally, according to the same survey report, vaccination coverage is much higher in urban than in rural areas (53 versus 33 percent). There is marked vari ation in vaccination coverage by region, ranging from 13 percent fully vaccinated in the Southeastern Region to 55 percent in Monrovia.Such data is but reflective of long standing elitist rule and the policies of over centralization that has served to marginalize and alienate the vast majority of the country’s population. As noted earlier, the effects of such alienation and marginalization can be clearly seen and felt in areas outside the coastal urban enclaves along the country’s littoral, and are particularly acute in the southeast where local resistance to the expansion of the Liberian state was quelled, only as recently as the 1930s.The TRC public hearings held in all fifteen political subdivisions around the country provided not only glimpses into the impact of such marginalization but also perceptions of how government is viewed by rural peoples and how such perceptions are shaped by the conduct of public policy. The public hearings also provided good insight into the pattern of violations and abuses that occurred during the period of the civil conflict, the perpetrators as well as the victims.More importantly, the public hearings, particularly the thematic hearings served as a sounding board for measuring expectations of not only individual victims of abuse but also of communities that are still struggling to come to terms with the effects of the prolonged civil conflict. Women became involved in the peace process and therefore constituted a critical voice for peace.Despite afflictions of the war, reduced earning potential, single parenting, etc., women had public marches, petitions, prayer crusade, and attended and participated in peace conferences as part of their agenda for peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more