Give Recognition

How to Give Recognition Like a Pro

Recognition is one of the most impactful engagement tools a leader has at their disposal, but many fail to use it effectively. Some disregard giving recognition as ‘fluffy,’ and so put in a half-hearted effort. Some give well-meaning recognition that ultimately falls flat, and some take a mechanistic approach that can feel forced. Nobody means…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 22, 2015

Employee Reward

15 Creative Employee Reward Ideas

Employee rewards are an essential component of an effective engagement strategy, but many leaders still struggle to implement rewards successfully. A big mistake many companies make is failing to put enough thought and creativity into the program. Aligning the rewards you provide with the things your team truly values will make a big difference in…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 20, 2015


Surviving Your First Week as a Distributed Team

So you’re thinking about working distributed, or already took the plunge. Great! But now it’s time to figure out how to make it work. Luckily, if you have some effective methods and tools in place it’s pretty easy to do that, and the benefits of a distributed team structure are definitely worth the occasional challenge.…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 18, 2015


New Donation Options in Bonusly

We’re proud to offer Bonusly users an easy way to donate their earnings to great causes through organizations like, Clean Water Fund, and many others. We recently expanded our donation catalog to include some new options: America SCORES America SCORES is dedicated to improving the health and education of students across the country. Their…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 15, 2015

Unlocking Transparency

Unlocking the Beneifts of Transparency

You’re not afraid of a little sunlight, are you? An increasing number of companies and employees across the world are warming to the idea of transparency and embracing the benefits that come along with it. It may seem counterintuitive, but the openness of transparency often provides a stronger sense of security for employees. In their…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 13, 2015

Tracking Progress

Walter Chen of iDoneThis: Tracking Success

Have you ever worked really hard, but had nothing to show for it? That can be an incredibly demoralizing feeling. I recently brought it up to Walter Chen, co-founder of iDoneThis, who described it this way: “It gives you a sense of continuous stress and pressure. If you don’t mark your milestones, progress or accomplishments,…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 11, 2015


Are Silos Hurting Employee Productivity?

Silos are effective tools for enclosing and protecting their contents. Although that’s unquestionably advantageous for farming, this is not often the case in business. Several books have been written about silos, including Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, which explains how silos “…waste resources, kill productivity, and jeopardize the achievement of goals.” If you’ve worked in…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 8, 2015


The Value of Visible Employee Recognition

One of the most valuable things leaders can provide for their team is timely, specific, and genuine recognition for a job well done. Taking time to thank colleagues for their hard work produces a lasting effect on employee engagement, productivity, and retention. Managers are increasingly aware of this and the effect it ultimately has on…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 6, 2015

Building Better Culture

Officevibe’s Jeff Fermin on Building a Better Workplace

Environment and culture have an enormous influence on an organization’s effectiveness. Everything from recruiting capabilities to stock price can depend on employee experience, but despite that, many are still left wondering how to actively improve it. We met with Jeff Fermin, Co-founder and Director of Good Vibes at Officevibe, who shared his insights on what…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 4, 2015

Bigger Victories

The Secret to Making Small Victories Bigger

Small victories have the potential to become something much bigger, not through alchemy or magic, but through thoughtful strategy. We recently shared an article on LinkedIn Pulse, listing several ways leaders can transform the small victories their team achieves on a regular basis into a sustainable, driving force for engagement. Most of the suggestions can…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 1, 2015

The Cost of Employee Turnover

Why Is Employee Turnover So Expensive?

Do you know how many employees you lose each year? Most companies keep track of this, but many fail to put it into context and quantify it in a way that is meaningful to everyone. Let’s do that: Do you know how much that employee turnover costs you each year? You probably track the cost…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 29, 2015

Mastering Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement: Master the 5 Elements

Mastering employee engagement is one of the most important goals any organization can work toward. A highly-engaged workforce performs remarkably better, which is beneficial to co-workers, managers, customers, and even stockholders. Employee engagement is multifaceted, and is often considered a difficult nut to crack; however, learning to master and balance these five elements will support…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 27, 2015

De-Motivational Employee Rewards

Why Most Employee Rewards Don’t Motivate

Employee rewards do have the power to motivate, but the format and circumstances matter. In his book, Carrots And Sticks Don’t Work, Paul Marciano talks about how rewards systems involving positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and punishment have been widely misunderstood among business leaders. “We have been led to believe that the same principles that get…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 24, 2015

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Namely + Bonusly: Seamless User Management

Managing growth is easier with tools that evolve and expand with your needs. Founded by Matt Straz in 2012, Namely is an exciting new HR platform that has already grown to serve companies in over 20 countries. With a focus on flexibility, intuitive design and scalability, this modern end-to-end tool is taking the human resources…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 22, 2015 Logo

Non-Profit Spotlight: launched in April 2000, long before anyone was talking about crowdsourcing. With a humble mission focused on funding classroom projects a few dollars at a time, is considered one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. We’re proud to offer our users an opportunity to help improve education across the country,…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 20, 2015

Years of Service Award

It’s Time to Retire the ‘Years of Service’ Award

Recognition is vital to employee engagement, and ‘Years of Service’ awards are an ineffective approach to providing it. Consider what Years of Service awards communicate about your company values: Do you want to emphasize the value you place on an employee’s contributions, or their ability to hold down a seat for a long time? It’s…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 17, 2015

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The Value of Peer Relationships at Work

Positive peer relationships are one of the most valuable things you can cultivate in the work environment. Here’s why: Less than a third of employees without friends at work are highly engaged. This is in stark contrast to the 69 percent of employees with multiple friends at work who remain highly engaged. With an employee’s…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 15, 2015

Scaling Culture

Shopify’s Brittany Forsyth on Scaling Company Culture

Shopify grew from 5 people working together in a coffee shop to a commerce juggernaut, totaling $7 billion in annual sales in only a few years. Scaling at that rate is challenging by anyone’s standards, and scaling culture under those conditions can be even harder. We met with Brittany Forsyth, Shopify’s VP of Human Relations for…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 13, 2015

Work Environment

Work Environment: Why You Should Care

The team behind the Talent Blog at LinkedIn recently offered an infographic titled “The Workplace: Then & Now.” It highlights the dramatic shift modern workplaces have experienced in a short amount of time. There are businesses entirely devoted to talent strategy, and publications like Forbes debate the merits of work-life flexibility and the relationships between…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 10, 2015

Global Workforce

How Digital Firefly Improved Distributed Team Engagement

Digital Firefly Marketing recently wrote about the collaboration tools they use to work effectively as a distributed team. The post explained how these tools help strengthen the bonds of an international organization spread out across several thousand miles of mountains, freeway, and ocean. Collaboration Across A Worldwide Workforce The development team is located in Dhaka,…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on April 8, 2015