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  • Why is the least happiest generation the most happy with their work life?

    • By sarah
    • |
    • Monday, April 15, 2013

    According to a report from Prosper Insights and Analytics, Millenials (born between 1979 and 1994) are the least happiest generation overall, but they’re the happiest with their work like.

    Happiness Score
    (Photo Credit: MarketingCharts)

    It’s no coincidence that early adopters of open social collaboration platforms, like Tracky, tend to be Millenials. Why? Because this generation values communications in the workplace (or remotely) and those interactions “serve to create and maintain work relationships among team and organizational members, and between those members and key organizational stakeholders.” (Myers 2009; Sias 2009)

    Communication is the highest held work-related value because it is directly linked to the quality of workplace relationships. (Herriot 2002) Happy work relationships equals a happier Millenial employee. And, happy employees are more engaged, deliver better results and tend to stay at a company longer. (Jablin and Krone 1994)

    If happy Millenial employees are important to you and your business’ bottom line:

    DO:

    • Give them the tools and equipment to do their job (e.g. laptop, phone)
    • Offer a better way to communicate electronically, like open social collaboration
    • Create a great employee culture and take new hires seriously


    DON’T:

    • Abuse email
    • Schedule pointless meetings. No meeting should take longer than 50 minutes. Ever.
    • Force company bonding. Offer experiences to let it happen organically (e.g. ping pong table in the office).


    Want to get started on making better communication a priority in your office? Email jennifer@tracky.com or sarah@tracky.com to get started.

  • Stormtroopers endorse the Force of the Doer Economy...do you? (Share your favorite Stormtrooper photo)

    • By sarah
    • |
    • Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Since launching  our “Doer Badge,” a visual way to show commitment to getting things done (#gtd), there are now hundreds of people part of Tracky’s “Doer Economy.” Through our research we learned that many people aren’t rewarded for being consistent doers. In fact, it becomes quite the opposite. Co-workers become so used to the doers doing that it is commonplace and expected. Sad panda.

    Doers
    Didn’t get your badge? Email sarah@tracky.com for a copy.

    We want to make sure doers are not only recognized for doing, but can find others who tend to make big things happen. You can do this two ways: 1) Follow people on Tracky (it’s likely you’re a doer if you’re using our platform); or 2) Use hashtag #doer on Twitter, Instagram or Google+.

    It’s important that the doers in your organization are celebrated for the work they’re getting done. No, you don’t have to have a pizza party every time a project ends, but, heck, some bacon might be nice. Seriously though, these are the people you want to keep happy and engaged. They’re your high performers. They are your one percent.

    The Doers are a Force. You are the people who bring ideas to life and make organizations run. Hmmmmm. Sounds kind of like a Stormtrooper (minus the whole foot-soldier, clone thing), but supercharged with a Doer mentality.

    Watch for our Stormtroopers photos over the next few weeks on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll continue to celebrate the Doers and recognize exceptional work. Have a story to tell about you or a co-worker? Email sarah@tracky.com for an opportunity to be celebrated on our blog.

    Want to play?

    Take a picture of your Stormtroopers and share it with us here: https://tracky.com/57126. We’ll caption our favorites and use them as part of our “Stormtroopers endorse the Doer Economy” picture campaign. Of course, you’ll get the credit and recognition on the photo and on social networks.

    What better way to celebrate being a doer than by doing something (especially when it’s fun)?

    PHOTO CREDIT: JD Hancock via photopin - license

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