recognition awards

6 Reasons Recognition Awards Fail to Achieve Results

Recognition awards like plaques and trophies are quickly losing popularity as a means of showing employee appreciation, making room for more effective and modern recognition techniques. But what is it that makes these methods less effective, and what’s the next step toward improvement? Here are six basic reasons many recognition awards fail to achieve the…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on February 3, 2016


21 Expert Antidotes for a Toxic Work Environment

Can you cure a toxic work environment? Toxicity at work is a complex and nuanced issue. In many ways, it’s also unique to the individuals experiencing it. There’s not often a silver bullet solution, and that’s one of the key reasons it’s such a challenge to solve. That’s why we put together a guide that…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on January 27, 2016

remote work

How to Design An Outstanding Remote Work Program

Remote work opportunities are an increasingly common feature in modern organizations, and for good reason. Remote work isn’t simply a great perk for attracting new talent — there are countless benefits this arrangement offers the organization. Disengaged employees cost companies billions worldwide, and research from Gallup shows that remote employees not only log more hours…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on January 20, 2016

improve motivation in the workplace

20 Simple Ways to Increase Motivation in the Workplace

Everyone faces a dip in motivation now and then, and consistently maintaining high levels motivation in the workplace can be challenging. That’s why we gathered some great tips from experts to help you keep yourself and your team motivated, day in and day out. These tips aren’t specific to any industry, and most of them…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on January 13, 2016

building the best place to work

Button’s Stephen Milbank on Building NYC’s Best Place to Work

Building an award-winning workplace is possible in any field, but it requires thoughtful and deliberate decisions about your organizational culture. Button just topped Crain’s New York’s 100 Best Places to Work in New York City list this year, and co-founder Stephen Milbank took some time out of his day to share some insights into what…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on January 6, 2016

New Year Better Leader

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You a Better Leader

New Year’s Eve is coming soon. As it approaches, many of us are thinking about how we can make 2016 the best year of both our personal and professional lives. Sometimes the greatest challenge is knowing what it’s going to take to make that desire a reality. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on December 30, 2015

Gig Economy

How to Inspire Loyalty in a Gig Economy

Is loyalty dying? As the business landscape continues to evolve, and the gig economy gains steam, it’s a question that comes up more and more often. Average tenure amongst employees is gradually shrinking, and due to the extreme cost of turnover, retention is becoming a great concern for many organizations. Some workplace experts like Lynda…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on December 16, 2015

The Science of Good Management

5 Scientific Management Secrets You Need to Know

Although leadership seems to come naturally to some, there’s actually a science behind it. Understanding that science can help improve everyone’s experience. Here are 5 scientific management secrets you can use to become a better leader. 1. Needs Impact Motivation and Achievement According to Abraham Maslow’s seminal research paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” and…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on December 9, 2015


The Startup’s Guide to People Operations and HR

Building a startup is one of the greatest challenges you’ll ever face, but that’s why you’ve convinced some of the most brilliant, capable people you know to join you. Now that they have joined you, it’s absolutely crucial to provide an environment that encourages them to stick around, while helping them perform at the top…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on December 2, 2015

Dead Simple

10 Dead Simple Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

You already understand the importance of having a strong company culture, but even with the desire to build one, it’s not always obvious what steps to take. Here are 10 easy, actionable steps you can take today to improve company culture, both in the short and long term. 1. Embrace transparency.   Transparency isn’t just…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on November 18, 2015


6 Things Every Great Leader Should Know About Recognition

Did you know that 3 out of 4 companies have an employee recognition program? At face value, it would sound like the business world is making great progress, yet a recent study found that just 58 percent of employees even knew their companies had one. The same study Bersin & Associates conducted that revealed the…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on November 9, 2015

EVELO Electric Bicycles

Distributed Peer Recognition at EVELO

EVELO Electric Bicycles is a profitable, bootstrapped eCommerce startup that manufactures and sells stylish, powerful and comfortable electric bikes, shipped straight to your door. They’re a fully distributed team, with members distributed across 3 countries and 2 continents — more specifically, the US, Canada, and Argentina. EVELO’s Director of Marketing, Gonzalo Sánchez shared his thoughts…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on November 4, 2015


The 5 Worst Work Culture Mistakes You Can Make

Culture will always have a massive impact on your organization. A great work culture can attract and retain top employees, and customers alike. Nobody wants to build a bad culture on purpose, but it’s easy to make mistakes. Here are five of the worst mistakes to avoid when building a company culture: 1. Build a…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on November 2, 2015

Great Employee Experience

Why employee experience matters to your customers

Working to build an amazing customer experience while neglecting employee experience is like building a house with no foundation. Employee experience is the bedrock of your customer experience. Without it, your organization is at an immediate disadvantage, and that disadvantage isn’t limited to recruitment and retention. Serving your employees is just as important as serving…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 28, 2015

why top performers quit

6 Simple Reasons Your Top Performers Quit

Losing a top performer hurts, and it’s an increasingly common issue in the modern workforce. A study last year by SAP and Oxford Economics revealed that one in five high performers are likely to leave their jobs within the next six months — and less than half are satisfied with their jobs. Sure, but how…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 26, 2015

employee of the month certificate

10 Reasons to Ditch Employee of the Month Certificates

One of the most common forms of employee recognition is the old standby: the employee of the month certificate. Though it may be popular, it’s a woefully ineffective method of recognizing your team’s contributions. Here are 10 good reasons why: 1. Employee of the month certificates undermine other valuable contributions made throughout the month. Your…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 21, 2015

employee advocacy

Why Recognition Is the Secret to Amazing Employee Advocacy

Your employees are influential on social media and they have the potential to generate significant exposure for your company — for better or for worse. Though you may be tempted to create a detailed top-down social media policy, stringently enforcing brand guidelines, you’ll soon realize that you can’t micromanage your employees’ personal activity online. Ben…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 19, 2015

talent analytics

How to Improve Engagement through Talent Analytics

Talent analytics tools are changing leadership practices. Tasks that were once relegated to gut feelings and intuition have been infused with a new supplement of data that is proving to be priceless. Here’s the problem: Talent analytics tools are still a relatively new development, and a large number of leaders aren’t using them to their…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 14, 2015

Buy Employee Engagement

How to Sell Employee Engagement to a Skeptic

Most leaders are aware of the powerful impact employee engagement has on their organization. Countless studies have been organized around the subject, each coming to the same conclusion. Engagement is crucial. Despite these findings, some leaders are still skeptical of the benefits. Here’s a list of common objections you’re likely to run into, and some…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 7, 2015

Management Mistakes

3 Massive Mistakes That Even Great Leaders Make

It’s not easy being the boss. At times it can seem like there are more ways to fail than to succeed. Even great leaders still make big mistakes — sometimes repeatedly. Although occasional mistakes are natural to make, it doesn’t mean you have to make the same ones others already have. Let’s take a moment…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on October 5, 2015