1. 16 employee engagement trends that will shake up IT in 2016

    In an era of Glassdoor-driven transparency, every corporate decision can now be put on public display for all employees and potential employees to view and consider. This kind of exposure is pushing organizational culture and employee engagement into the spotlight and making engagement a major competitive advantage, according to a recent Bersin report by Deloitte, "Culture and engagement: the naked organization." Employee engagement will remain a top organizational concern this year. These 16 predictions for 2016 will help you better gauge the tech worker landscape.

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    1. This isn't a one-time-solution kind of problem, so expect this trend to carry on throughout 2016. It will continue to top companies' lists of priorities since employee engagement is the core of so many vital components of workplace success.
    2. Fulfilling their potential looms large in their minds. Companies will find more success in engagement strategies that involve employee initiative and make them an active part of the process.
    3. Onboarding should move beyond the old standby of a stack of paperwork and passively watching presentations -- it has to lay out a plan and engage new hires. The importance of professional development only cements this need.
    4. As more opportunities open up, these workers will more easily drift away. To avoid scrambling for replacements, companies must get ahead of the trend and save those whose engagement can be saved -- and let go of those who can't.
    5. Look to swing towards more collaborative and less hierarchical management best practices. With the workforce embracing personal accountability, this leadership style will have a great wealth of energy to tap into.
    6. Leaders must make the commitment to initiatives that may seem less objectively efficient -- such as one-on-one meetings and qualitative feedback -- but that deliver greater satisfaction and higher engagement levels, or risk ending up with one-dimensional results.
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