Deborah Lewis: Social media- biting the bullet

Many companies are unsure about how to use social media in the workplace except for carefully controlled marketing and communications campaigns. A recent study says that 43% of companies surveyed had reported employee “abuse” of social media, 27% block employee use altogether and 29% monitor what employees say on social media. EMC is an interesting…

Deborah Lewis: If you want to change something, change yourself

I was co-running a workshop yesterday with a group of around 50 delightful engineers, partners, co-owners and leaders in the one of the world’s most prestigious consultancies. I could write several blogs on this workshop – and I probably will! – but I wanted to jot down two key learnings from the event yesterday. The…

Deborah Lewis: Insularity doesn’t motivate

The news that the government has created an industry task force to address the issue of employee motivation, dwindling in the face of rising inflation, taxation and lower actual salaries, got me thinking. Firstly the idea that government has a place in employee motivation. Sure, government does have a role in creating the conditions which…

Deborah Lewis: It says “welcome”

Many software companies now sell onboarding solutions to increase employee engagement. But is onboarding about software or people? I caught up with Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Corporate HR Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the UK and Ireland, who introduced onboarding to Enterprise in 2007, to find out more. Deborah: So Leigh, what exactly is onboarding? Leigh: “At…

Deborah Lewis: The key requirements for any sort of engagement

It’s not even one o’clock in the morning on Christmas Day – which means, Santa’s officially still riding his sleigh – and the mega American corporation that specialises in employee engagement is sending me another blind direct mailer on “making onboarding your strategic advantage – free 30 day trial”. Clearly, this is an organisation that…

Ever since William and Kate made their announcement, I’ve been pondering the language of employee engagement. I’ve been really struck how businesses use words like ‘engagement’, which are full of personal and emotional meaning, to describe contractual and corporate relationships. And it also struck me that this is a fundamental conflict. Whilst I’m not suggesting…