Strengthen Your EVP

How Strong is Your Employee Value Proposition?

You’ve likely spent your fair share of time defining, fine-tuning, and living up to your company’s value propositions, but how much time have you spent defining your Employee Value Proposition?  What is an Employee Value Proposition? An employee value proposition, or EVP, is essentially the “deal” you are offering to employees: the balance of the…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 31, 2015

Adapt or Perish

Adapt or Perish: Why HR Is Going Extinct

Attention: The world changed and HR failed to keep pace. If you’re in HR (or People Operations, Talent, Human Capital, or another name for “people responsible for people issues”), I’m glad I have your attention. Don’t take my word – it’s not hard to find articles discussing the failure, pain and removal altogether of HR.…Keep Reading

By Sahil Mehta on July 29, 2015

Social Trend

5 Modern Trends Transforming Workplace Recognition

Modern technology is re-wiring younger generations, according to a study by Pew on hyper-connectivity. 42 percent of study participants believe people under the age of 35 are wired differently. 55 percent predicted that Millennials would benefit from their constant use of technology — that it would enable them to find answers to deep questions more…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 27, 2015

Job Perks

What Do Your Job Perks Say About Your Company Culture?

We’ve all heard about and maybe even experienced workplace perks like free food prepared by on-site chefs, ping pong tables, and in-office kegerators. Perks say a lot about your company, particularly in regards to what it values. In other words, perks directly reflect your company culture. With that in mind, offering perks is not a…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 24, 2015

Calculator

A Simple Mathematical Argument for Employee Appreciation

Why pat someone on the back just for doing what they’re already supposed to do? People occasionally ask this in reaction to the concepts of peer recognition and employee appreciation. Management and people operations don’t need to devolve into fluffy endeavors, and not everyone should get a gold star for just showing up to work.…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 22, 2015

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Non-Profit Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity International

We’re proud to offer Bonusly users the option to multiply the positivity of peer recognition by donating their earnings to causes like Habitat for Humanity International. Sue Henderson, Vice President of Operations, U.S. and Canada at Habitat for Humanity International shared some valuable information about the organization, its goals, its progress, and some ways you…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 20, 2015

Fail

3 Old Employee Retention Strategies Destined to Fail

Employee turnover is a massive cost center for organizations across the world. Many managers aren’t even aware how much it is costing them, but those who do recognize the cost are working hard to implement solutions. Unfortunately, not every employee retention strategy is effective. Some strategies produce lackluster results, and some even backfire, increasing turnover.…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 17, 2015

Lack of Motivation

3 Ways to Overcome Lack of Motivation

Everyone loses their motivation sometimes. That’s okay. It’s part of the natural ebb and flow of the current of inspiration within you. There’s an important distinction between a temporary lack of motivation and a chronic lack of motivation though. Chronic lack of motivation is problematic for individuals and for the organizations they work with. It…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 15, 2015

Purpose Driven

Imperative’s Arthur Woods: Finding Purpose at Work

Purpose is one of the key drivers of employee engagement, and finding it can spark a transformative experience. We were lucky enough to meet with Arthur Woods, Co-founder of Imperative, who shared his insights on understanding and finding purpose at work. Purposeful Work is for Everyone Imperative’s mission is to transform work by empowering everyone…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 13, 2015

Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance or Work-Life Integration?

Do you really need to balance your work and home life? For years, popular business discourse centered around the importance of work-life balance: How effectively are you dividing your time at work and your time at home, and how much emphasis do you devote to each of these discrete elements of your life? The key…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 10, 2015

Employee Compensation

Employee Compensation: Big Pay Doesn’t Always Pay off

What keeps employees at a company? It’s a common belief that financial compensation like salary and bonuses inspire people stay in their job. That’s true in part, but it’s not the whole story. Although fair and sufficient financial compensation is definitely a requirement to keep most employees, there are other retention tools that can have…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 8, 2015

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Julian Caspari on Generational Difference and Work Culture

Generation-X, Generation-Y, millennials, and boomers — these are common terms that are used to represent generational differences, and there are few places where these differences are more present than in the workplace. The Making Good @ Work research project is a fascinating exploration of the shifting role of millennials in the workplace. This research revealed…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 6, 2015

Skill Mastery

3 Ways to Increase Engagement through Skill Mastery

Mastering a skill is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. Just knowing that you can do even one thing extraordinarily well is remarkably motivating. Whether that skill is a hobby you participate in or a skill at work, mastering it taps into a deep and powerful reservoir of intrinsic motivation. While mastery…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on July 1, 2015

Modern Business

Employee Expectations in Modern Business

You know what you expect of your employees, and you’re probably good at communicating those expectations. If you’re not, take 2 minutes, and check out these quick tips on improving communication in your organization. Now, if you are good at communicating your expectations, congratulations. You’re halfway to an excellent communicative relationship with your team. To…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 29, 2015

Motivation

What You Need to Know about Motivation in the Workplace

Most leaders want motivated employees. Motivated employees maintain higher morale, performance, and productivity. But what if your employee motivation program had the opposite effect on productivity? By better understanding workplace motivation, you can dramatically improve the programs you implement to drive motivation and engagement. The Carrot and Stick Approach to Motivation: Most managers are familiar…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 26, 2015

Peer Recognition

Why So Many Successful Companies Use Peer Recognition

Strong employee recognition programs are a mainstay of the world’s most successful organizations, but some are exponentially more effective than others. Let’s take a look at what makes those programs so much more effective, starting with the subject of recognition itself: Giving frequent, spontaneous, and specific recognition isn’t a simple proposition for management. It requires…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 24, 2015

Award Winning Workplace

SquareTrade’s Steve Abernethy: Creating an Award-Winning Workplace

Most leaders want to build a workplace that employees are exhilarated to be a part of, but it’s not something that happens on its own. Award-winning workplaces come from thoughtful effort, and awareness of what truly drives and motivates you and your team. We met with SquareTrade‘s Steve Abernethy, who shared some excellent insights into…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 22, 2015

Introverted Employees

Introverts in the Workplace: Recognizing Quiet Performers

If you’re not an introvert, you’re surrounded by them. Introversion and extraversion exist on a spectrum with most individuals falling somewhere in-between, but by some calculations as many as 1/3 to 1/2 of all people identify as introverts. So a much larger portion of your workforce than you might have thought is introverted, and there’s…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 19, 2015

Core Values

The Secret to Stronger Company Core Values

Core values are the north star that guides companies through both calm and stormy seas. Many organizations have them, yet few use core values to their full potential. Here are a few easy ways to make sure that you are: Keep it Real(istic) It’s not surprising that such a large number of companies want to…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 17, 2015

Morale Rocketship

3 Quick Tips to Boost Employee Morale

It’s no secret that employee morale is a crucial element of any successful business strategy. It impacts everything. Employee engagement, productivity, and retention are just a few of the things morale has the power to either support or destroy. Yes, there are many morale-busting events that that you have zero control over, but it’s up…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 15, 2015