The Employee Experience Roundup – October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017by Shona LepisThe EX Roundup

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of articles and resources, guidance and inspiration for those who have a role and responsibility in shaping the employee experience. We include a variety of sources and topics ranging from Employer Branding, Content, Employee Communications & Campaigns, Recruitment Marketing, and workplace culture.

In this week’s Employee Experience Roundup read about a new benchmark report on “Culture as a Corporate Asset” and learn “How to build an EX-Centric Organization,” plus more.

  • Why Communicating Company Values is Essential to the Employee Experience — Vignette, By Mike Lepis @mikevignette
    “October 19 is World Values Day and a fitting moment to share our perspective on values in the employee experience. A well-defined set of values (and purpose) have always been important to separate the good from the great. They are a part of the employee experience that connects founders, leaders, employees, and customers. Without values, our ideas would suffer, our services would be lackluster, and our innovation would lack passion. Values run deep and drive our businesses. As communicators, we need to embrace and celebrate their importance.”

  • How to Build an EX-Centric Organization —LinkedIn Pulse, By Elliott Nelson and Hannah Olvera Doman
    “Our survey of 250+ companies and research on EX Pioneers, reveal a clear business case to transforming your business, designed around your customers and workforce.” 

  • Closing the Gap Between What Boards Know – and Think They Know – About Company Culture — THRUUE @THRUUE, By Daniel Forrester @DPForrester
    “The National Association of Corporate Directors just released a benchmark report on “Culture as a Corporate Asset.” This is an encouraging step as it shows that business leaders are taking corporate culture seriously. Among the critical recommendations: boards and executives must help change company culture by enabling consistent behavior that reinforces company values and priorities across corporate divisions.” 

  • Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work — HBR, By Joseph Grenny @josephgrenny
    “In every organization we’ve ever studied where there was a strong sense of moral motivation, the leaders were always storytellers. They understood and acted on their responsibility to overcome the inevitable alienation of routine organizational life by connecting employees with those they serve.” 

  • NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset — NACD Library
    “In Brief: Corporate culture can no longer be considered as a soft issue by management and boards. Its strength or weakness has a lasting impact on organizational performance and reputation. The oversight of culture must be a key board responsibility, as it is inextricably linked with strategy, CEO selection, and risk oversight. The NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset explores how boards can strengthen their oversight of corporate culture. The report provides 10 practical recommendations that boards can adopt to better assess the health of the corporate culture and use existing board responsibilities, such as executive compensation design and CEO evaluation, to drive the right behaviors.” 

  • What I Learned About Purpose —  By Dr John Izzo @drjohnizzo
    “Last week I spent an amazing day at Google Headquarters in the Silicon Valley. Given their success and the fact that Fortune Magazine has named them the Best Company to work for in America eight of the last eleven years made my visit feel that much more important. In this blog, I will share why I think Google is the best company to work for, why what seems New is Old School and some great gems I got from Google on Thriving in an Age of Disruption.” 

  • If you’re Serious About Digital Transformation, Start with Employee Experience — Diginomica, By Barb Mosher Zinck
    “Digital transformation is a top priority for most enterprises, but fresh data points to key gaps. One of those gaps is employee experience – here’s what to do about it.”

  • How Uber Proved That 1 Person Cannot Change a Company Culture — Entrepreneur, By Heather R. Huhman @heatherhuhman
    “True, sustainable change to culture requires a shared belief system as a collective organization. It takes the entire workforce as a unit, from executives to managers to entry-level workers.”

  • Flexible Work And The Future Of Work — LinkedIn Pulse, Jacob Morgan @jacobm
    “The Future If,” is a global community of business leaders, authors, and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen. The community looks at everything from AI and automation to leadership and management practices to augmented reality and virtual reality, the 4th industrial revolution and everything in between. Each we explore a new topic and this week we looked at Flexible Work and the Future of Work, this was the discussion starter we used! Visit TheFutureIf.com to learn more or to request to join the community.”

  • Do Your Employees Not Trust You? Here’s How to Fix It, Fast —Entrepreneur, By Vivian Maza @ultimmaza
    “When most people think about company culture, they probably envision the daily perks — free food, video games, onsite massages and more. But, companies of all sizes are quickly realizing great workplace culture spans far beyond these startup staples. At the end of the day, it’s company values that can have the greatest long-term impact on people. Trust, inclusivity and respect affect all employees, as those values ultimately help create and (more importantly) protect a positive and productive culture.”

  • 5 Employee Development Trends in Human Capital Management — InPower Coaching, By Jennifer Miller @jennifervmiller
    “As a business leader, you want to stay on top of the latest trends in employee development and retention. The rapidly evolving human capital management (“HCM”) field is full of innovation and change, and there are some great ideas out there you can adapt to your own team’s development. But since it can be time-consuming to wade through the many blog posts, trade journals and YouTube videos dedicated to the topic, much less attend a conference, I’m going to make it easy for you.”


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Shona Lepis

Shona is responsible for Vignette’s marketing practice, covering everything from agency brand aesthetics to positioning, managing the agency’s web and social presence, content marketing/blog, and supports business development’s needs. Shona began her career as a designer, managing a boutique design studio that specialized in hand-crafted brand identities for clients in both the US and Europe. She worked with clients to transform their vision into reality with creative solutions from brand identity to custom website design, digital marketing, and print collateral. Shona’s experiences as a creative influences her approach to marketing, using data-driven methodologies to deliver authentic brand experiences. Shona is an active member of the Portland design community and has served on the board as Communications Director of the Portland chapter of AIGA and a founding member of Branding Salon, a consortium of brand, design, development and marketing professionals.