Interns can be a "secret weapon" for a talent-acquisitions team and make them more productive, Chris Frede writes. They can do everything from researching candidates to joining online groups and monitoring activities there, he writes.
Managers should have continual discussions with employees to find out what motivates them, even if the company has done official surveys on the issue, Chris Frede writes. Employees' opinions can change, Frede writes, so it's key to be aware of what can engage workers on a day-to-day basis.
Employee testimonials from workers who have successfully quit smoking are effective in engaging other workers to do the same, employers have found. Another strategy that works: A corporate tobacco-free policy. "Whenever we make an announcement like that, the numbers go off the chart in the weeks afterwards with people thinking 'This is what I need to kick the habit,'" said Fred Williams, the director of health management strategies at Quest Diagnostics.