How to Help Recognition Stick with Collaborative Tools

People no longer stay at companies for life. They want to work where they have freedom to use their preferred apps, tools, and devices, and in an environment that allows them to work on their own terms, inside or outside of the office, and with flexible hours that fit their busy personal lives.

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By Chris Myers on February 15, 2017

3 Practical Ways to Help Employees Benefit from Emotions

We have all seen emotion at work: occasionally someone cries or yells, and everyone shares an uncomfortable moment. Of course, we ourselves are rational, and know how to separate personal feelings from business.

Right?

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By Jessica Collins on February 01, 2017

How to Stop Silencing Employees by Mistake

Employee voice is crucial for high performance and innovation, yet leaders continue to silence and disengage their employees unknowingly.

Bubbles form around management that reinforce beliefs that their communication is sufficient, yet modern research suggests otherwise.

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By Jessica Collins on January 18, 2017

How to Recognize and Prevent Burnout in a Startup

A startup is an interesting place to work, and as such, it attracts a different type of employee, most of which are energetic, driven, self-starters.

However, startups also tend to put more stress on employees than an established business, with employees often taking on the job or two or three people, in addition to dealing with regular concerns about funding and the life of the company.

When this becomes too much, employees burn out.

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By Jessica Thiefels on January 04, 2017

How to Make Staff Appreciation a More Natural Interaction

You know staff appreciation is important to your organization's success -- there's really no debate or controversy on that point anymore.

So you decided to implement some employee appreciation ideas you found in a guide.

Maybe you brought the team some donuts one day with a deliciously clever note about how you "donut" know what you'd do without them, or announced an employee of the month during an all-hands meeting.

Despite all that effort, you're still not seeing the cornucopia of benefits you were promised, and only a handful of employees even seem like they want to participate.

Why is that? 

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By George Dickson on December 21, 2016

Is Trust More Important Than Individual Potential?

Chief Human Resources Officers believe high-potential employees are 91 percent more valuable to their organizations than average employees, so it is no surprise their main concern is retaining them.

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By Jessica Collins on December 14, 2016

How to Keep a Contingent Worker Engaged and Motivated

There are plenty of guides and advice on keeping full-time employees motivated and engaged, but what about contingent workers? As the contingent workforce trends larger and larger across the world, this becomes an increasingly significant question to answer.

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By George Dickson on December 07, 2016

7 Simple But Powerful Ways to Lower Employee Turnover Rate

Your organization's employee turnover rate can have a major impact on its trajectory, and if you're having trouble with it, you're not alone.

Despite its important place in a successful operation, turnover is still one area even the best companies struggle with. Luckily, the struggle isn't mandatory, even if it is common.

Let's take a few minutes to explore turnover -- what triggers it, and some easy ways to improve.

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By George Dickson on November 30, 2016

7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Inspire Discretionary Effort

Discretionary effort can make the difference between a great team, and an extraordinary team -- but what does it take to inspire and support that effort?

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By George Dickson on November 16, 2016

How to Inspire Different Types of Motivation

Motivation is not an easy thing to master, but the reward for getting it right can be massive.

Much of the challenge comes from the varied and individualistic nature of motivation. Everyone is motivated by slightly (or dramatically) different things, and in different ways. Despite those variances, there's always a common thread you can follow to find success.

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By George Dickson on November 09, 2016

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