Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It - Susan David by Susan David | 2:00 PM July 15, 2013 New data on employee engagement is in, and it’s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR’s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup’s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. Are Employees "Pulling" Less Internal Info? Is the Need for Companies to Push Key Info Rising? - Cut Through Communications Chris L sent me a blog post today from Columbine Communications in South Africa that included the following: "There is a decline in employees accessing or "pulling" information from available internal information sources. The world of work is becoming increasingly complex and information overload is a common syndrome. Employees simply don't have the cerebral bandwidth to absorb it all! In response there is an increasing requirement for communicators to push information to the corporate user that not only grabs their attention but motivates and prompts them to respond."
Meet Feedly: The startup most likely to replace Google Reader With the sunset of Google Reader, Feedly looks to be the startup with the best position to take over a central place in the RSS ecosystem, thanks to a replacement for the Reader API it calls Normandy. It's been a busy 24 hours over at Feedly. When Google's announcement that it was discontinuing its Google Reader service kicked off a great wailing and gnashing of teeth online as dedicated fans of RSS looked for an alternative, Feedly quietly offered up a solution: It had been working on a replacement for the Google Reader API for months, which meant that anyone who signs up before Google kills the service on July 1st will have all their feeds easily brought over to the new service with no fuss on their part. The response, said Feedly Founder and CEO Edwin Khodabakchian, was immediate. The service has been a hit with such a surge of incoming traffic that the 10-person startup had to scramble to adjust the servers to compensate.
Stop Email Overload - Amy Gallo - Best Practices Complaints about email abound. Perhaps you’ve heard some of these or uttered them in pain yourself: I receive hundreds of emails a day. I can spend my whole day responding to incoming messages. I can’t find anything in my inbox. In response, some companies are taking drastic steps to help workers manage the number of messages they receive. The CEO of Atos, a French IT services company, has vowed to ban internal email by 2013. Employee engagement According to legend, an engaged janitorial employee at NASA, when asked what he was doing, is said to have replied "I'm helping to put a man on the Moon". Employee engagement is an emergent property of the relationship between an organization and its employees. An "engaged employee" is one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization's reputation and interests. An organization with 'high' employee engagement might therefore be expected to outperform those with 'low' employee engagement, all else being equal. Definitions
The Definitive Guide to Taming the Email Monster Workplace Email. It's out of control. You'd love to spend your day doing your job so that maybe, just maybe you could get home and enjoy uninterrupted time with your family or get out with friends. Instead, you spend so much time every day managing your inbox that everything else in your life--real work, family, play--is practically an afterthought. It's not a pretty situation for employees or employers. Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6: Accessing an Active Directory Service > Configuring Mac OS X to Log In Using Active Directory In this chapter, you will learn how to configure Mac OS X to log in using Active Directory, troubleshoot binding issues, and troubleshoot login issues. Active Directory is Microsoft’s directory services solution that provides LDAP and Kerberos services for identification and authentication. Many organizations with Windows computers use Active Directory because it provides these features: Security and policy management for Windows computers Tight integration with popular application servers such as Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server High availability, with the ability to place multiple replica servers across geographic locations in a multimaster configuration It is easy to integrate Mac OS X into an Active Directory environment. Although Mac OS X computers can access directory information provided by Active Directory via the LDAPv3 connector, you should use the Active Directory connector, which provides the following capabilities:
Scheduling Email with Boomerang Sometimes, we’d really like to be able to write an email message at one time and send it at another. There are all sorts of reasons why this might be so. As Jason wrote recently in his post about worst email practices, responding too soon might seem rude. At other times, as Nels’ colleague indicated, sometimes too quick a response (or a response at an odd hour of the day or night!) suggests a greater availability than we’d like to communicate. Promoting Internal Communication What is internal communication?Why promote internal communication?How do you promote internal communication?How do you monitor and improve internal communication? Worst-case scenario: It's 3:45 p.m., and your organization has scheduled a rally in favor of the new Youth Center at 4:00. The press is there, the folks pushing the Youth Center are there, the politicians are there...where are all the people from your organization?
How To Manage Your Emails Email is not always the best tool for the job. Photo: Michele Mossop How many emails do you have in your inbox? Five? 10? 500? Mathematics Cannot Be Patented. Case Dismissed. Score one for the good guys. Rackspace and Red Hat just defeated Uniloc, a notorious patent troll. This case never should have been filed.