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Using Technology To Communicate With Frontline Staff Is Good For Business

By Shawn Boyer on Apr 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Dubbed The Great Resignation, 2021 was officially the year of quitting. Thanks to severe job dissatisfaction, workers in retail, hospitality, accommodation, and food services were among the top employees to lead the walkout.

And while 2022 has turned a corner with unemployment currently hovering around 3.9% — down from 2021 — all business who have frontline and deskless workers are struggling to retain existing employees and fill open positions.

Topics: Frontline Workers Workplace Communication Hiring and retention
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The “Genius” of Managing AND Leading

By Greg Moyer on Mar 14, 2022 10:00:00 AM

In his book, “Built to Last”, Jim Collins talks about how highly visionary companies do not oppress themselves with what he calls the “Tyranny of OR” – the reluctance to accept two seemingly contradictory forces or ideas at the same time.  The “Tyranny of OR” pushes people to believe that things must be either A or B, but not both.  Instead of being oppressed by the “Tyranny of OR”, highly visionary companies liberate themselves with what he refers to as the “Genius of AND” – the ability to embrace both extremes of a number of dimensions at the same time.  Instead of choosing between A OR B, they figure out a way to have both A AND B.

The terms “management” and “leadership” are often interchanged. In fact, many people view them as basically the same thing.  Yet, when you look at the “what” and the “how” of managing vs. leading, there are some clear distinctions between them.   Here are a few of the notable differences: 

Topics: Frontline Workers
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Tapping Frontline Workers’ Full Potential Via Communications

By Shawn Boyer on Feb 7, 2022 11:56:21 AM

Studies show frontline employees feel undervalued and disconnected from their leaders, causing a lack in commitment, engagement and contributions to the workplace. However, companies that invest in engaging frontline team members have seen positive results like higher revenues, productivity and lower turnover. HBR Analytic Services reported that 87% of nearly 500 business executives said they will be more successful when frontline workers are empowered to make important decisions in the moment.

Topics: Frontline Workers Workplace Communication
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Amid a Labor Crisis, Retention is Critical

By Shawn Boyer on Oct 21, 2021 10:27:00 AM

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that there are 4.3 million workers “missing” in the United States.  

Topics: Frontline Workers Employee Experience Workplace Communication Hiring and retention
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70% of Your Frontline’s Engagement is Determined by Your Frontline Leaders

By Shawn Boyer on Oct 14, 2021 9:38:57 AM

According to Gallup, 70% of the variance in employees’ engagement is determined solely by their direct leader.  And, given the financial benefits of having an engaged workforce, such as increased profitability, higher sales, lower turnover, etc., you would hope that frontline leaders would have their employees’ engagement level as a top priority.

Topics: Frontline Workers Employee Experience Workplace Communication
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Maximize Hourly Employee Participation in Open Enrollment

By Shawn Boyer on Oct 7, 2021 11:15:04 AM

2 Tips to Increase Hourly Employee Participation in Open Enrollment by 40%+ 

Topics: Frontline Workers Employee Engagement
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4 Tips to Boost Hourly Employee Engagement

By Shawn Boyer on Oct 1, 2021 1:48:37 PM

The Value of an Engaged Workforce

I’ve been on no fewer than 10 calls over the past several weeks with heads of HR and talent acquisition specialists at some of the best employers in the country, and they’re all saying the same thing about the recruiting environment right now: “I’ve never seen anything like this”.  

Topics: Frontline Workers Employee Engagement Workplace Communication
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Need Seasonal Workers Now? Text Your Eligible Rehires

By Shawn Boyer on Sep 23, 2021 4:20:23 PM

Seasonal hiring is more competitive than ever before as companies across the country look for innovative ways to staff up ahead of the holiday shopping season. 

Topics: Communication Frontline Workers Hiring and retention
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Labor Day: Why We Celebrate Work

By Shawn Boyer on Sep 6, 2021 10:51:29 AM

Sara Reinhardt shares her favorite things about working for Tupelo Honey.

Topics: Extraordinary Worker Frontline Workers Employees Company Culture Employee Experience Employee Appreciation Restaurant
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How to be inclusive with your frontline communication strategy

By Shawn Boyer on Jun 1, 2021 1:01:45 PM

There has been a surge in frontline communication tools in the last few years, and for good reason. It’s no secret that the frontline, hourly employee has always been described as “hard to reach”.  Add a global pandemic to the mix and it quickly became alarmingly apparent in industries like restaurant, retail and manufacturing, where employees still needed to physically go to work, that real time communication was a problem. 

Topics: Communication Frontline Workers Employee Experience Employee Engagement Workplace Communication