How The Unconnected Employee     Hurts Your Business             © Contacts Count, 2012
In This Executive Summary…• Unconnected employees: who are they?• 9 ways they hurt your business• How training to create, ...
9 Ways Unconnected Employees     Hurt Your Business        www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
1. No Big PictureUnconnected employeesdon’t understand thestrategic direction ofthe organization.In high-growth organizati...
2. No Bottom-Line FocusUnconnected employees•   Don’t see themselves as part    of a business development team•   Don’t lo...
3. Miss Out on New InformationUnconnected employeesspend your money going toconferences and meetings but•   Fail to bring ...
4. Below Par                   Unconnected employees’                       performance and                       producti...
5. Out of the LoopUnconnected employeesdon’t know whom to go toor where to find resourcesto get the job done.Employees who...
6. Don’t Help Hire                       Unconnected employees don’t                       make it their business to recru...
7. Constrained by CultureUnconnected employees maybe internationals who find theAmerican style of relationshipbuilding unc...
8. InvisibleUnconnected employeesdon’t know how to maketheir expertise known so it can be used.Managers who make themselve...
9. Turn OffCo-workersUnconnected employeesmake unsuccessful managers.Successful managers spend 70% more time networking th...
Training Employees To Network   Benefits Your Organization         www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
6 Benefits of        External Networking•   Richer vendor and customer relationships•   Highly vetted referrals for job op...
6 Benefits of         Internal Networking•   Fewer bureaucratic bottlenecks•   Visible and valued expertise and talent•   ...
The Story So Far…• The unconnected employee hurts the  organization in critical ways that impact the  bottom line.• Concre...
10 Things You Can Do NOWTo Build Networking Competency        in Your Workforce         www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
1. Bring People TogetherEncourage collaboration among all stakeholderswhose outcomes would benefit from improvedemployee n...
2. Make Networking a            Corporate Competency    Teach your employees    state-of-the-art networking    skills and ...
3. Sync the SystemsEliminate dis-incentivesto networking in yourorganizational culture:     •   Silo-building, which inhib...
4. Cut Ramp-Up TimeRe-focus orientation to helpnew hires build relationshipswith subordinates, peers, andothers throughout...
5. Get Managers Up to SpeedTeach managers how to build relationships with   their supervisees and with peers in other part...
6. Highlight Role Models                                  Shine the spotlight on                                  your net...
7. Spark Meaningful ConversationEncourage richer conversations and trusting relationships  that help get the job done by p...
8. Do More Than JoinSupport employees to jointheir professional associationsand teach them what to doand say to bring back...
9. Include Gen YsHelp Millenniums buildthe connections they crave•   In a friendly working atmosphere•   To the organizati...
10. Recognize The Social Side                           Sponsor social events                           where employees ca...
The Story So Far …• Un-connected employees hurt your  business in bottom-line ways.• You can create a connected and engage...
So what’s the next step?   Tap into the expertise you need        with Contacts Count,the worldwide consulting and trainin...
“Throw out your old definition of networking!  Contacts Count has created a strategic, comprehensive, foolproof methodolog...
…through your programs such as:  • Orientation  • Leadership and High-Potential  • Business Development  • Management Deve...
Our Licensure Program builds  in-house capability and includes:• Use of all Contacts Count training materials  and self-as...
Next step?Set up a consultation with us. We’d like to learn more about your needs and plans.Call Lynne Waymon     301-589-...
Additional Information          about the Expertise and Track RecordContacts Count Brings to You         www.ContactsCount...
Contacts Count’s                       Expertise•   The premier consulting and training firm for    business and professio...
Contacts Count’s Track Record• Corporations  Corning, DuPont, Lockheed Martin,  Raytheon, Microsoft, First Horizon Bank,  ...
• Associations  National Business Incubation Association, Consumer Electronics  Association, Women in Technology, American...
Contacts Count’s Customization•   “You tailored your train-the-trainer course for us more than any    other vendor we’ve e...
Contact InformationAnne Baber    301-589-8633    ABaber@ContactsCount.com    13433 W. 80th Terrace    Lenexa, KS 66215Lynn...
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  1. 1. How The Unconnected Employee Hurts Your Business © Contacts Count, 2012
  2. 2. In This Executive Summary…• Unconnected employees: who are they?• 9 ways they hurt your business• How training to create, cultivate, and capitalize on internal and external connections benefits your organization• 10 things you can do NOW to build networking competence in your workforce• What’s next? www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  3. 3. 9 Ways Unconnected Employees Hurt Your Business www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  4. 4. 1. No Big PictureUnconnected employeesdon’t understand thestrategic direction ofthe organization.In high-growth organizations, 84% of employees know where the organization is headed; in low-growth organizations only 52% do. In Momentum“Strategic networking to help uncover and capitalize on new opportunities for the company puts the tools of networking in the service of business goals.” Harvard Business Review www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  5. 5. 2. No Bottom-Line FocusUnconnected employees• Don’t see themselves as part of a business development team• Don’t look for opportunities for the organization• Don’t know how to listen and ask questions that will extend business or elicit referrals.30% of the consulting engineers’ bonuses depended on uncovering new business at client sites where they worked every day. Only 3 of the 35 engineers earned their full bonus. An Ohio High-tech Firm“Companies with highly engaged employees demonstrate significantly stronger bottom-line results.” ISR (International Survey Research) www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  6. 6. 3. Miss Out on New InformationUnconnected employeesspend your money going toconferences and meetings but• Fail to bring back business intelligence about best practices and business trends that would help the organization, and• Fail to build relationships that make a difference .“Determining the benefit and ROI to the conference provider is easy, and it isn’t new. What is missing, however, is the ROI for those who make the conference successful, particularly the participants and the organizations that fund their trip.” Dr. Patti Phillips, CEO of the ROI Institute, co-author of Show Me The Money www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  7. 7. 4. Below Par Unconnected employees’ performance and productivity suffer.High-commitment organizations out-perform low-commitmentorganizations by 47%. Watson Wyatt“Engaged employees are 43% more productive.” The Hay Group www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  8. 8. 5. Out of the LoopUnconnected employeesdon’t know whom to go toor where to find resourcesto get the job done.Employees who lack access to information also lack access to resources. Academy of Management Journal“Leaders who are skilled networkers have access to people, information, and resources to help solve problems and create opportunities.” Center for Creative Leadership www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  9. 9. 6. Don’t Help Hire Unconnected employees don’t make it their business to recruit.Employee recruitment may easily cost 30% of the new hire’s salary (AMA), but people hired through employee referrals cost, on average, only $900. Referral Networks Study, SHRM“HR professionals have long tried to generate good candidate leads by tapping their own employees as referral sources. But the programs typically wane due to lack of employee participation, no matter how much bonus money is offered.” HR Magazine www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  10. 10. 7. Constrained by CultureUnconnected employees maybe internationals who find theAmerican style of relationshipbuilding uncomfortable andwho don’t easily connect withteammates and customers.40% of Ph.D. workers in computer, mathematical, architectural, engineering, and science occupations were born outside the U.S. The Economic Report of the President 2007“They arrive with needed technical skills, but not the social competencies needed at work.” Roger Waldinger et al, Lewis Center, UCLA www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  11. 11. 8. InvisibleUnconnected employeesdon’t know how to maketheir expertise known so it can be used.Managers who make themselves visible get higher raises and more promotions. Behavioral Sciences Research Press, Inc.“Many of today’s typical coaching candidates lack organizational savvy. They are underestimated and pigeonholed.” Drs. Marty Seldman and Rick Brandon www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  12. 12. 9. Turn OffCo-workersUnconnected employeesmake unsuccessful managers.Successful managers spend 70% more time networking than their less successful counterparts. Academy of Management Journal“One of the 4 key essential leadership roles is relationship/network builder.” Developing Business Leaders for 2010 The Conference Board www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  13. 13. Training Employees To Network Benefits Your Organization www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  14. 14. 6 Benefits of External Networking• Richer vendor and customer relationships• Highly vetted referrals for job openings• Cross-pollination with former employees• Shared responsibility for business development• An enhanced image in the marketplace• Access to best practices and new ideas www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  15. 15. 6 Benefits of Internal Networking• Fewer bureaucratic bottlenecks• Visible and valued expertise and talent• Increased information flow• Access to diverse skill sets of others• A learning community• Horizontal integration, silo smashing www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  16. 16. The Story So Far…• The unconnected employee hurts the organization in critical ways that impact the bottom line.• Concrete benefits come from teaching employees to network externally and internally. www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  17. 17. 10 Things You Can Do NOWTo Build Networking Competency in Your Workforce www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  18. 18. 1. Bring People TogetherEncourage collaboration among all stakeholderswhose outcomes would benefit from improvedemployee networking skills: • HR & Talent Management • Learning & Development • Business Development • Sales & Marketing • Career Management • Corporate Communications • Diversity Initiatives • Affinity Groups • Mentoring & Leadership Development www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  19. 19. 2. Make Networking a Corporate Competency Teach your employees state-of-the-art networking skills and tools in all your training programs and encourage the growth of social acumen and capital.“What really distinguishes high performers from the rest of the pack is their ability to maintain and leverage personal networks. The most effective create and tap large, diversified networks that are rich in experience and span all organizational boundaries.” “The Social Side of Performance” MIT/Sloan Management Review www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  20. 20. 3. Sync the SystemsEliminate dis-incentivesto networking in yourorganizational culture: • Silo-building, which inhibits interaction • Unrealistic workloads that diminish building social bonds • Emphasis on billable hours at the expense of relationship building • Unclear ground rules about hierarchical interactions • Interdepartmental rivalries and turf wars www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  21. 21. 4. Cut Ramp-Up TimeRe-focus orientation to helpnew hires build relationshipswith subordinates, peers, andothers throughout the organization.“A comprehensive on-boarding process that identifies cultural values and introduces key internal stakeholders . . . will significantly decrease ramp-up time and can turn potential hiring mistakes into key contributors to the leadership team.” Salveson Stetson Group www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  22. 22. 5. Get Managers Up to SpeedTeach managers how to build relationships with their supervisees and with peers in other parts of the organization.“Top trend: Networking. Work will be increasingly relationship-based and therefore managing the weaving of relationships even more essential to outcomes.” Association of Career Management Professionals International www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  23. 23. 6. Highlight Role Models Shine the spotlight on your networking stars.Encourage them to tell their stories of collaborations forged, resources found, customers gained, and new hires recruited in • Internal company publications • All-hands meetings • Learning and development events • Retreats and conferences“Knowing who the go-to people are in your organization is a key imperative for leaders.” Ralph Shrader, CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  24. 24. 7. Spark Meaningful ConversationEncourage richer conversations and trusting relationships that help get the job done by providing structured, leader-led networking activities at• Conferences• Retreats• Affinity Group meetings• Communities of Practice• Learning and Development events“70% of what people know about their jobs they learn through everyday interactions with colleagues.” Center for Workforce Development www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  25. 25. 8. Do More Than JoinSupport employees to jointheir professional associationsand teach them what to doand say to bring back solidbusiness intelligence.“Our leaders believe active membership in an association is so important that we’ve made it a requirement for employees.” A Northern Virginia High-Tech Company www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  26. 26. 9. Include Gen YsHelp Millenniums buildthe connections they crave• In a friendly working atmosphere• To the organizations mission and values• To the bottom line“Dependence on remote forms of communication has left many younger workers bereft of interpersonal skills.” Fast Company www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  27. 27. 10. Recognize The Social Side Sponsor social events where employees can get to know one another.Getting together outside of work can benefit on-the-job performance say 63% of those surveyed. Accountemps. In SmartBusiness, “Friends at Work,” Duffy, August 2007.“Camaraderie between co-workers fuels much more than new business leads – relationship are also key drivers for recruiting, engagement, and retention.” Talent Management Magazine www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  28. 28. The Story So Far …• Un-connected employees hurt your business in bottom-line ways.• You can create a connected and engaged workforce by focusing attention on internal and external relationship-building skills. www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  29. 29. So what’s the next step? Tap into the expertise you need with Contacts Count,the worldwide consulting and training firm specializing in networking as a professional competency. www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  30. 30. “Throw out your old definition of networking! Contacts Count has created a strategic, comprehensive, foolproof methodology for connecting with other people.” Chief Learning Officer Contacts Count will help youestablish networking competencythroughout your organization... www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  31. 31. …through your programs such as: • Orientation • Leadership and High-Potential • Business Development • Management Development • Diversity • Career Development • Mentorship www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  32. 32. Our Licensure Program builds in-house capability and includes:• Use of all Contacts Count training materials and self-assessments• Train-the-Trainer workshops• Consultations with your leaders and managers• Kick-off keynotes and workshops• Webinars, podcasts, and telephone conferences www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  33. 33. Next step?Set up a consultation with us. We’d like to learn more about your needs and plans.Call Lynne Waymon 301-589-8633 LWaymon@ContactsCount.com www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  34. 34. Additional Information about the Expertise and Track RecordContacts Count Brings to You www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  35. 35. Contacts Count’s Expertise• The premier consulting and training firm for business and professional networking since 1990• A worldwide cadre of Certified Presenters who are experts in the Contacts Count System• CD: Networking Know-How: The Contacts Count System for Savvy Professionals and Smart Companies• 5 books on business networking authored by founders Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (AMACOM, 2007, 2nd edition)• Featured magazine articles by Baber and Waymon in the ASTD’s T & D (June 2007), the ASAE’s Associations Now (July 2007), and North Carolina SHRM’s NCHR Review (Fall/Winter 2007) www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  36. 36. Contacts Count’s Track Record• Corporations Corning, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Microsoft, First Horizon Bank, Bank of America, HSBC Bank, Kraft, U.S. Cellular, Decorating Den, Sir Speedy• Professional Services Deloitte Financial Advisory Services; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ernst & Young; Booz-Allen Hamilton; ExecuNet; Lee Hecht Harrison; Right Management Associates; Hazel Thomas; Grant Thornton; Bates White; Polsinelli, Shalton, Flanigan, Suelthaus; Snyder, Cohn, Collyer, and Hamilton• Non-Profits Smithsonian, National Geographic Society, United Way, Brookings Institution www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  37. 37. • Associations National Business Incubation Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Women in Technology, American Institute of Architects, National Association of Home Builders, American Council of Engineering Companies, Employee Relocation Association, Edison Electric Institute, Property Management Association, Pan Asian Women’s Association, Society of Black Professionals, National Fisheries Institute, American Society of Association Executives, Public Relations Society of American, Medical Librarians Association, Outdoor Writers Association, National Association of Colleges and Employers, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, California Society of CPAs• Government Agencies Treasury Executive Institute; U.S. Departments of State, Agriculture, Commerce, & Defense; National Institutes of Health; Presidential Management Fellows Program; National Technology Transfer Center; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Canadian Embassy• Universities Georgetown, Marquette, Arizona State, George Mason, Catholic, Friends, Carnegie-Mellon, George Washington, Missouri, Nebraska www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  38. 38. Contacts Count’s Customization• “You tailored your train-the-trainer course for us more than any other vendor we’ve ever worked with.” Major Defense Contractor• “99% of the 200 participants recommend for future engagements.” Leading Professional Services Firm• Tailored training for their annual “University” and were invited back 4 years in a row. Large Engineering and Project Management Firm• Customized presentations for relationship managers who work with private banking customers. Large National Bank• Designed training to help employees network internally to get the job done. Respected Non-profit Scientific & Educational Institution• Designed networking skills training for MBA students that prepared them to attend career fairs, meet with potential employers, and cultivate their networks throughout their careers. State & Private Universities• Wrote a 64-page booklet outlining 10 structured networking activities to involve corporate employees, association members, and alumni. www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012
  39. 39. Contact InformationAnne Baber 301-589-8633 ABaber@ContactsCount.com 13433 W. 80th Terrace Lenexa, KS 66215Lynne Waymon 301-589-8633 LWaymon@ContactsCount.com 1400 East-West Hwy, #1228 Silver Spring, MD 20910 www.ContactsCount.com (c) 2012

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