Thursday Apr 19, 2018

Episode 21 - Emotion at Work in Employee Experience

I loved recording this podcast because it gives a look at the background and theory as well as practical experience, hints and tips for reviewing and improving Employee Experience. In this episode, I am joined by Lara Plaxton who is the head of HR at FDM UK. Lara has a fairly unique perspective on employee experience as the work that FDM do, doesn't necessarily match with the standard model.  FDM support organisations and graduates, ex-forces and returners by placing graduates in client organisations but importantly, those graduates remain as employees of FDM.  So FDM's employees experience two (potentially) different cultures; one for being an employee of FDM and then working in a client's business every day.  

During this podcast, we explore some key terms and definitions around User Experience, Employee Experience and Design Thinking before going more specifically into what Lara and FDM do to measure and improve their employee experience.  We cover some key things to think about, tips and techniques to review or improve employee experience and we delve deep into the thinking and theory behind this area. 

As always, links and references:

Systems thinking - short video with Peter Senge - research paper (open access)  - short article on design thinking - Pullman and Gross (2004) Ability of experience design elements to elicit emotions and loyalty behaviors,+4th+Edition-p-9781119020752 - Preece, Sharp and Rogers (2015); Interaction Design - Beyond Human-Computer Interaction


Employee Experience - Short definition - summary article - Cascio (2014); Leveraging Employer Branding, performance management and human resource development to enhance employee retention


User Experience



The Service - Profit chain HBR article


Moira Clarke 10 year causation analysis


Human Centred Design - Giacomin (2015); What is Human Centred Design


Gamification - Dymek & Zackariasson (2017); the business of gamification

Design Thinking - Video with Tim Brown CEO of IDEO


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