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Employee engagement starts with a conversation

When your employees are engaged, they’re more productive and your business is more profitable. But how do you spot an engaged employee? What role do you play in driving engagement? And why don’t the same techniques work for every business?

In this series of interviews, Kerri Hollis asks the experts. Join the conversation by watching the videos or listening to the podcasts.

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“It doesn’t really matter if you take Friday afternoon off.”

Helen Tupper, co-founder of Amazing If, thinks it’s about time we abandoned the nine-to-five workday. In this interview, she explains why – and what the alternative would be.

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“There’s no magic formula for being a great place to work.”

Kate Wood, Director of Culture at Chess, has just led her company to the top of the Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For. In this interview, she explains how she did it.

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“Freelancers don’t want to feel like they’re just selling their hours.”

Geraint Holliman, serial business owner, leads a workforce of freelancers. In this interview, he explains how he makes them feel like a permanent part of the business – even when they’re not.

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“We’re adults – people can figure out when they work best.”

Ian MacRae, workplace psychologist, doesn’t like being labelled a millennial. In this interview, he explains why you shouldn’t stereotype the way people want to work.

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Employee engagement is people being able to bring their best selves to work and do their best work at work.
Helen Tupper | co-founder of Amazing If
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Re-thinking employee engagement for the modern workplace

Engagement means something completely different today than it did 5, 10, or even 15 years ago. Get up to speed with our definitive guide.

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Something to talk about

Get a quick roundup of the employee engagement conversations in these blog posts.

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Do you know employee engagement when you see it?

Your employees might be productive, but that doesn’t mean they’re engaged. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis talks to Helen Tupper to find out what employee engagement really looks like.

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We still measure employee performance like it’s the 1930s. Here’s how to change.

The 40-hour work week might have been great when it debuted in the 1930s. But it’s not so relevant now. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis and Helen Tupper look for a better way to measure performance.

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Stick to the plan: the key to measuring employee engagement

The world’s most engaging workplaces didn’t get that way by accident. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis and Kate Wood discuss how Chess’ blueprint for culture has boosted employee engagement.

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Here’s the secret to being the #1 company to work for

When you’re at the top of your game, everyone wants to know your secret. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis joins Kate Wood to explore the role of communication in improving employee engagement.

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Work for independence: how to engage your freelancer workforce

Independence. Ambition. Agility. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis and Geraint Holliman discover that business leaders have more in common with their freelance workforce than they might think.

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When do you work best? Habits of great writers and great employees

Everyone has their own way of working. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis and Geraint Holliman discuss how technology can engage disparate teams – no matter how, where, or when they’re working.

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When ping pong fails: the real driver of employee engagement

It’s the simplest things that often go unnoticed. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis sits down with Ian MacRae to identify what really drives employee engagement.

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There’s more to millennials than any blog post can tell you – but we’ll try

When you treat all your employees the same way, you’re stopping them from reaching their full potential. In this blog post, Kerri Hollis joins Ian MacRae to bust the myths around millennials in the workplace.


The engagement effect

Engaged employees make great businesses greater. All it takes is the right collaborative tools. See how, in these case studies.

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Marks & Spencer

Every employee should be able to work their way. Marks & Spencer makes that possible anywhere, any time, with Microsoft SharePoint.

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When your employees have great ideas, they need a great way to share them. See how Centrica built one with Microsoft Teams and Yammer.


Get employees talking

You’ve heard about how technology can engage your employees. Now see it for yourself. Discover the tools used and trusted by the experts.

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If you want every employee to have their say on a topic, idea, or objective, start a group in Yammer. Here, anyone can start or join an open conversation. So engagement is truly business-wide.

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WorkPlace Analytics

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Get insights just from using Office 365 with Workplace Analytics. It taps into your data to show you how you collaborate. So, you can get even better at it.