Is your workspace sparking joy? Retriever Digital Signage

On average, people spend 1/3 of their entire lives at work – that’s about 90,000 hours!  The aesthetic of your space and the health of your workplace culture directly impact the quality of life of your employees. Is your workplace sparking joy… or despair?

The health of a workplace and its employees can be impacted by big and small decisions. The reality is, we often spend a lot of time and energy on the big things that can be difficult to change, when small changes can go a long way to improve the overall enjoyment your employees will get from being in your workplace.

For example, a big change like changing the lighting of your building can be costly and difficult to implement. But, allowing employees to utilize lamps in their office is a small and effective way to create a more inviting space where your employees enjoy spending time.

With your team, answer these questions with a rating from 1-5, (1 being Not At All and 5 being Always):

  • Do we have artwork in our employee spaces?
  • Do we have visually appealing signage?
  • Is our seating comfortable?
  • Do we have ample seating?
  • Is our lighting soft?
  • Do people know about upcoming events?
  • Is the temperature comfortable?
  • Can people personalize their spaces with photos/artwork?
  • Can we make procedural changes quickly/easily?
  • Is our space safe?
  • Are reminders easily visible throughout the workplace?
  • Are there pleasant smells in our workplace?
  • Are there appealing sounds in our workplace?
  • Is there a simple, easy way to make announcements to the team?
  • Are our employees engaged at their workstations?
  • Do our employees feel a sense of belonging at work?

For any question you answered 3 or below, spend some time brainstorming ways you can improve that aspect of your workplace in small, accessible ways. Often, we’re blinded to the problems until we spend some time reflecting on the various elements, when change may be well within our power.

As a digital signage company, we’ve created one solution for businesses to help with the visual appeal, communication, and employee engagement. It’s a tool called Retriever, and it’s a simple-to-use, visually engaging digital signage solution ideal for both internal and external communication.

If you’re experiencing frustrations with some of the things on this list, we’d love to help you come up with some fresh ideas for sparking joy in your business, as well as help you figure out if Retriever is a good option for your team. Click here to schedule a free consult with an expert.

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Retriever Digital Signage Happy Employees Don't Leave

As the creators of Retriever Digital Signage, we work with an array of businesses who are using digital signage to get their message across to a number of audiences, in a number of ways. But, when we look at our customer base, we see a major trend of people for whom Retriever has been a lifesaver: Human Resources Managers.

For people in the human resources field, Retriever has been an ideal solution for quickly and easily keeping their team informed and engaged with live, up-to-the minute information across numerous locations with very little effort from the Human Resources team.

Here are just nine ways that we have seen our digital signage solution help the human resources professionals we’re working with:

Welcome Guests and Visitors

When you have guests in your workplace, make them feel important from the moment they enter the door! We’ve had clients tell us that people ask to take a picture with the screen showing their name – how awesome is that?

Introduce Your Team

When you’re starting a new position, it can be challenging to learn all the names of the key people you need to know. Introduce your team in a way that’s passive for your employees to absorb as they learn their new job, without the embarrassment of having to ask people to remind them of their names.

Promote Wellness and Safety Information

When it comes to safety and wellness for your employees, you can’t be too communicative. But, new procedures and policies can be challenging to enact, especially if your team is large. Rather than frustrating memos and meetings, keep your team reminded using your digital signage and save yourself the time of repeating things over and over!

Engage People with News, Trivia & Weather

The biggest error people make with both static and digital signage is not keeping their content fresh. When the same content repeats endlessly, everyone tunes it out. But, when there’s always something current and relevant on your signage, it keeps people engaged. Retriever comes with auto-updating trivia, weather, and local news built in! All you have to do is add the slide to your playlist – then your content will stay fresh every day!

Celebrate Company Goals

Working towards a goal together? Track your progress and celebrate it with your Retriever screens throughout your space!

Celebrate Birthdays

When your team is large, it can be a challenge to show your team that you value them individually. A quick win is to celebrate their birthdays – but the larger your team, the more of a challenge that becomes! With Retriever, you can easily celebrate employee birthdays and schedule them out for the entire year!

Celebrate Wins

Speaking of celebration, celebrate EVERYTHING! Celebration breaks up the monotony and reminds people that what they’re doing matters. Small and big wins are celebrated easily using digital signage – just add a slide to your playlist to spark a smile!

Showcase Customer Feedback

When you’re not customer-facing, it can be hard to keep your end-user at the top of mind. Regularly showcasing customer feedback is an effective strategy to keep your team pulling in the same direction and feeling a sense of purpose in their work.

Keep Your Team Informed, Up to Date, and Happy

There are limitless ways to utilize digital signage to communicate with your team, with your own creativity your only boundary. Whatever you do with your Retriever screens, it will immediately improve your ability to keep your team informed, up to date, and happy – and that’s the way to create a culture of engagement on your team.

Whether or not you’re ready for digital signage in your workplace, we’d love to give you a helpful resource for communicating more effectively with your team. We have created this white paper as a manifesto of the importance of effective communication for human resources managers. Click here to download it for free, and we’ll follow up with you to see how we can help you brainstorm some great solutions for your workplace.

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Communications Gaps: Why They're Happening

Every business faces issues with communication at some point. As technology changes, and time passes, it’s easy to think we’re communicating better than ever, when in fact we’re barely getting the message across in an environment constantly cluttering peoples’ attention with notifications and messaging.

HR professionals, business owners, operations managers – you see it every day. You are dealing with problems, preventable errors, frustrations, conflict… and it’s wasting a ton of time.

We get it. As communication experts, we help our clients through these challenges and we’ve seen some common reasons why these problems emerge. In fact, there are three things that seem to be contributing to communication gaps in businesses just like yours:

1. You aren’t capturing their attention.
While there are more ways to communicate with your team than ever before, you also have more competition for their attention. People get hundreds of notifications every day from their devices and are often operating on information overload. When that’s the case, it can be hard to figure out which messages are the ones that deserve our attention.

This problem tends to be most glaring in industries that are still using paper bulletin boards and memos to try to get the word out. In the digital age, the data suggests you simply have to be highly visible and digital to grab someone’s eye. [OAAA]

2. You’re only saying something once.
Because the communication landscape is flooded, repetition is critical to getting out a message. A lot of the failure in this process seems to stem primarily from a lack of automation.

3. You’re not communicating in a memorable way.
Our brain responds differently to visually captivating imagery than it does to static text. Study after study reveals this conclusion: in almost every corporate setting, to communicate properly you need to leverage the power of visuals and tell your story with words and images or video.

Here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be this way!

You don’t have to be spending your time retracing your steps to address communication gaps. You can do better – your business can be better.

We actually have a lot to say on this matter – so much so, in fact, that we wrote an entire manifesto on the matter. This white paper outlines why communication gaps are so prevalent, what’s contributing to them in your business, and – most importantly – what you can do about it.

And, you can access it for free right here, simply because we want to see your business communicate better – no strings attached.

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Make Your Employees Happy

The HR landscape has changed a lot over the last decade. Thanks to modern technology and improvements in communication, the job of the HR representative has transitioned into a role far more concerned with recruitment, retention, and shaping the culture of the business itself.

As a result, the HR representative, more now than ever, is tasked with keeping employees fulfilled. The demands to meet employee satisfaction metrics are at historic highs.

Do a Google search on employee satisfaction metrics, though, and one thing becomes clear. Satisfaction is a HUGE deal. And honestly, employee satisfaction is a major consideration. If employees aren’t satisfied, they will leave.

But that’s not the whole story. Let’s take a step back.

What if employee satisfaction is just the start. What if we could go to the next step. What if we could actually make our employees HAPPY?

Sounds good, right? But, there’s a step in between. One that isn’t surmountable without a clear plan. Plus, sad to say, happiness is the end result, not the goal.

Satisfaction is good. Happiness is great. But to get there there’s only one clear path. To get to “employee happiness” you should be targeting your efforts toward “employee engagement.”

Happiness only occurs when your employees are engaged. Engagement is the goal. Why? Because employees who have thrown their hearts and minds into the mix are unlikely to leave since they’ve bought in at levels far deeper than just showing up and collecting a paycheck.

But, where do you start when it comes to getting your employees engaged—and happy?

We’d like to help. We created this workbook to help HR reps, just like you, to create a culture of engagement among their teams. And, we’d like to give it to you for free! Just click here to download it and take away seven great ideas to foster happiness among your employees – and keep them around longer!

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Your business needs to communicate more effectively. Whether you’re trying to get the message across to your team or to your customers, improving your communication can solve a lot of problems you’re experiencing every day.

Improving your signage is one terrific way to solve a communications crisis. When you add digital signage to your business, you create a more visible, visually appealing message that draws the eye and communicates in a way that builds understanding and comprehension among your audience.

At Retriever, we’re all about helping people communicate more effectively. For 35 years, our business has been in service of helping people and businesses to communicate well, leveraging modern technology in service of great communication.

As the world changes, so does communication. Eyes are simply more drawn to screens than static signage in the digital world. If you want to get your message across, the first thing that you have to do is catch someone’s attention. We created Retriever as a solution that is visually appealing and content-rich, auto-updating with fresh and interesting content so that it is eye-catching and engaging for anyone within view.

The reality is, there are many solutions to the communication problems you might be having, but we’ve done our best to make sure that Retriever is the most feature-rich and user friendly option on the market. That said, as you consider your options you might be asking yourself what the alternatives are.

So, we thought it would be helpful to break down some of the key features of signage solutions on the market for you in this downloadable comparison chart. If you’re weighing your options, click the button below.

Check Out the Signage Comparison Chart

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Do You Have a Communication Gap

When you’re communicating with a large workforce, you have a lot of options. And, chances are, you’ve tried it all: bulletin boards, email, paycheck memos, text messages – the list goes on. And, even more frustrating: what worked for you just a few years ago isn’t working anymore.

Despite the fact that we are currently living in the age of digital communication, the world of human resources has, on the whole, struggled to keep ahead of the curve. One of the biggest reasons for this challenge is almost counter-intuitive. Communication has been generally streamlined in the business world, but those new channels have in large part been directed in ways that no longer flow through the HR department. The points of contact that existed even a decade ago for the HR rep and the workforce she serves have generally washed away—leaving a large communication gap in place.

Also factoring into this challenge is the fact that the role of HR professionals has become more complicated. And industry metrics show that the role may become even more complex in the coming decades. Today’s HR professionals have a much more strategic role and higher visibility within their organizations. The job has changed, and many businesses are struggling to keep up.

So, do you have a gap in communication with your workforce? Here’s how you might be able to tell.

Misinformation & Missing Information

Rumors, incorrect information, and information gaps are prevalent among your workforce. Big and small, misinformation and missing information can erode a workplace culture for one simple reason: when people don’t have all the information, they feel under-valued.

Confusion

If your team has the information you’re trying to communicate but can’t keep is straight, that is a clear sign that you need to reinforce your message. Saying it once isn’t enough for most people – in fact, most people need to hear a message 5-7 times before they are ready and equipped to take action!

Difficulty Making Changes

If you have ever struggled to roll out a new policy or procedure, then you know that communicating effectively is key to being able to pivot. Reminders, guides, and visual cues are essential to your company’s ability to change.

 

Do you see your workplace in some of these pain points? We get it… and we’d love to help. Click here to download the Human Resources Guide to Communication – our free guide full of tips to help you improve the way you communicate with your employees!

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Secret to Employee Satisfaction Retriever Digital Signage

We all want to create a workplace culture that adds to our employees’ lives. We all want happy, satisfied employees who do great work, stick around, and find joy in their work. But, depending on the size of your business and the type of work your employees do, striking this balance can be a challenge.

In manufacturing, for example, the human resources team likely has their hands full managing challenges that are way more time consuming and essential functions of business: retaining employees, recruiting, managing problems, and keeping employee unions satisfied. It can be hard to focus energy and prioritize employee satisfaction.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but prioritizing your employee satisfaction is well worth the time investment.

Satisfied employees stick around and do better work. Satisfied employees help to foster satisfaction among their colleagues, ultimately building a more positive workplace culture.

How do you build satisfaction among your employees? There are many tactics you can – and should use – but at the center of all of them is once central theme: appreciation.

Ultimately, your employees are choosing to work at your company. They have weighed the benefits and the risks, they have made sacrifices to choose their position (time with their family, personal time, other potential positions), and they have agreed to do the task at hand for the wages and benefits you offer. Each day, they make that choice again when they come to work.

We all go through tough seasons in our workplace and on those days, the choice can feel more difficult. But, when you as an employee feel valued, it’s easier to keep daily choosing your workplace.

So, the question we need to ask ourselves is, “How can we demonstrate our appreciation to our employees every day?”

Appreciation has to be tied to more than achievement, and it doesn’t have to be complex. It can be as simple as offering some free snacks in the lunch room, celebrating birthdays, or saying thank you to your staff at every turn. You can get creative with your perks – partner with local arts and culture organizations and offer tickets to your employees, for example. Give them opportunities to celebrate each other.

Employees who know that they are appreciated for their work simply have a better mindset about the work and the workplace. They see themselves as part of a team, not as an “us versus them.”

If you’d like to read more about how to retain your employees and create a happy workplace culture, check out our Human Resources Guide to Communication – our free downloadable eBook about this very thing!

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The Biggest Communication Problem Facing Marketers Retriever Digital Signage

We know how frustrating it can be: you’re spending 40+ hours a week and trying to get a message across to your customers. And, despite being diverse and creative in your efforts, you still hear the same thing: “I had no idea!”

Despite the fact that there are more communication platforms than ever, it’s harder than ever to get your message across effectively. Why is that?

We see one communication shortfall that emerges more than any other among modern marketers: assuming your customers know the information that you’ve communicated.

Imagine this scenario:

Your bank has been trying to sell more home equity lines of credit, but is struggling to get customers to bite. Sure, there have been a few, but you’re just not hitting the numbers you expected for the rate you’re offering.

To solve this problem, you offer incentives to your bankers for selling the product, advertise heavily. You see a slight increase but not a significant return. You press the staff more to upsell, and nothing works.

The real problem is not your staff or your advertising, it’s your assumption that the customer understands. In this scenario, you’re assuming all of your customers know what a home equity line of credit is, how it can benefit them, and how competitive your rate is. Your communication isn’t effective because your communication isn’t meeting the desired recipient at their current level of knowledge and taking them to the point of understanding.

So, what do you do? Start the conversation with the problem first. Put up some slides your digital signage that help the customer to understand their problem, while they wait. Start with the problem the customer is having that would be answered with the home equity line of credit: “Is it time for all new windows? A new roof? New flooring? You might be able to afford it now. Ask us how.”

When your customer is at the teller window, instead of saying, “Did you know you qualify for a home equity line of credit?” try asking some questions that would vet them for whether they’d be a fit for the product. Then, and only then, ask the quesiton: “Are you familiar with how a home equity line of credit works? I see here that you qualify.” At that point, they’re ready for more in depth info.

If you’re in need of more effective communication in your business, we can help. Click here to sign up for a 15-minute call, on which we’ll help you inventory your communications methods and strategies, help you to better understand your target audience, and pinpoint some strategies for addressing the problems.

 

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Retriever Digital Signage Employee Retention

In manufacturing, one of the biggest and most frustrating challenges is employee retention. For HR leaders in the field, their job requires constant energy spent in recruitment, onboarding, and communicating… and re-communicating.

When the labor pool is small, employee retention is all the more critical: when you find good, qualified employees, you want to keep them. But, keeping your people can be a challenge.

The Baby Boomer generation is typically seen as “reserved,” while younger generations often prefer “more collaborative and in-person means of interacting.” So, as younger generations enter the workforce, they’re coming in with different expectations.

Performing the repetitive work required in the manufacturing field can feel isolating for employees. They often don’t know the person next to them. They aren’t familiar with management. And as a result, they feel no loyalty to their employer because they feel unseen as individuals.

HR leaders in manufacturing who want to see a dramatic shift in employee retention have to create opportunities for employees to connect, feel seen and welcomed. Employees are less likely to leave a place that they feel a sense of community, identity, and connection.

One way to achieve that is through improved internal communication that is automated and highly visible. Simply keeping everyone interested and on the same page with updates builds a sense of community among your team.

You can take that a step further and highlight the individuals on your team: celebrate birthdays, acknowledge achievements, allow them to share things that are meaningful to them with the team and recognize each other.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can build a team that sticks around in your factory, we created a resource for you, The Human Resources Guide to Communication, which we’d love to share with you. Simply click here for instant access.

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Retriever Digital Signage

If you’ve been in manufacturing for any length of time, you’ve noticed: it’s harder than ever to get the message across to your team. In the communication age, what should be easier – communicating – feels frustrating and it’s wasting a lot of time in your week.

Why is it so much harder to communicate with your team than it once was? There are a few key reasons you might be experiencing frustration in your business:

You aren’t capturing their attention.

While there are more ways to communicate with your team than ever before, you also have more competition for their attention. People get hundreds of notifications every day from their devices and are often operating on information overload. When that’s the case, it can be hard to figure out which messages are the ones that deserve our attention.

We see this problem specifically in industries that are still using paper bulletin boards and memos to try to get the word out. In the digital age, you simply have to be highly visible and digital to grab someone’s eye.

You’re only saying something once.

Because the communication landscape is flooded, repetition is critical to getting your message across. You see this every day as you repeat yourself to remind people of things they should know by now.

Rather than being personally responsible for the need for repetition of important messages, find a way to automate the repetition.

You’re not communicating in a memorable way.

Our brain responds differently to visually captivating imagery than it does to static text. So, when you have a message to communicate, leverage the power of the visual and tell your story with words and images or video.

We created Retriever Digital Signage specifically to solve these communication frustrations for Human Resources departments in manufacturing. If you’re tired of losing hours in your week to ineffective communication, let’s chat for 15 minutes and we’ll tell you about how we can help. Click here to schedule.

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