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The problem at Amazon is not simply that its culture has gone awry; more importantly, it has become disconnected from the company’s brand. Amazon’s brand has always been grounded in its aspiration of becoming “Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company.”  And its leaders have used the organization’s core values, “Leadership Principles”, to guide the company in service […]

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Customer personas — models that represent different groups of customers – have been a valuable tool in customer experience (CX) design.  Now it’s time to apply the approach to employees and employee experience (EX) design. Employees personas can be used to develop completely new EX designs that bridge the gaps caused by a hybrid workforce, […]

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Back in early 2018, I wrote “2018 Will Be the Year of Employee Experience.”  Little did I know that only a couple years later, it would already be “The Year of Employee Experience 2.0”!  Yes, there’s a new employee experience mandate (EX). The COVID-19 pandemic transformed so much so quickly, it’s only natural that it […]

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Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos face a crucible moment with employees.  Given the harsh and widespread criticism over their treatment of Amazon employees during the Covid-19 pandemic, what the company does next may determine its future. Amazon has an opportunity to become the standard bearer in employee engagement.  All the resourcefulness and passion – as […]

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As COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders are relaxed and businesses start reopen, take action now to ensure your workforce is ready to re-engage.  Now is the time to hit the reset button with employees. Reset: employee experience (EX) — Just as your customer experience (CX) has been disrupted by the coronavirus, you probably need to re-think many […]

Treating your employees like family sounds nice, but makes no sense.  In fact, trying to run your organization as a family – or even merely saying that you do — will hold you back, and may even backfire. Your company is not like a family because: You have to let people go. You must set and […]

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If you’re like me, you probably think that employee experience (EX) ends at the end of employment.  But I’ve recently become aware of the value of employee alumni networks — and many companies are as well.  Not only might an alumni network help improve EX, it can deliver benefits in the precise areas most needed […]

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All the changes that customer experience (CX) improvement tends to involve — new systems and technology, process and operations changes, different organizational culture, etc. – can seem overwhelming.  And sometimes it’s hard to know what the priority should be.  But according to CX leader Devon Westerholm, you really only need to do this one thing […]