Annual Review Calendar

Why Top Companies Are Ditching Annual Performance Reviews

Annual performance reviews are an antiquated practice that both employees and managers dread. Good thing they take place just once a year, right? That’s the direction many companies are moving in — they’re ditching annual performance reviews for good, and they’re ditching them in record numbers. Here’s why. Annual performance reviews are worse than a…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on September 2, 2015

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6 HR Best Practices that Crush Employee Engagement

As a profession, human resources often plays it safe, with an emphasis on compliance over innovation. After all, you’re not likely to get fired for following best practices. But that’s exactly where the problem lies. Here are 6 HR best practices that often backfire: 1. Mandatory Training and Development Training and professional development play an…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 31, 2015

New Employee

Crucial Tips for Onboarding New Employees

You’ve hired a new employee — one who is sure to be a rising star in your company. Congratulations, that’s an important achievement, but it’s just the beginning. An exceptional people operations strategy goes beyond having a great recruiting plan. It must also retain those new employees, and an optimized onboarding process is a big…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 26, 2015


One Medical Group’s Christine Morehead: Mission-Driven DNA

Christine Morehead is the Vice President of Human Resources at One Medical Group and has been instrumental in developing the department from the ground-up, selecting a talented team of HR and recruitment professionals. She has experience with rapid-growth companies and brings innovative HR solutions to meet the needs of quickly growing organizations. Prior to One…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 24, 2015

Frequent Staff Appreciation

The Importance of Frequency in Staff Appreciation

Have you ever done something a particular way, even if that way isn’t the most efficient, because that’s the way you’ve always done it? We all have. This kind of behavior is often harmless at home, but in a business context, there’s no room for costly, inefficient practices. Despite overwhelming evidence demonstrating the benefits of…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 19, 2015


Non-Profit Spotlight: Girls Who Code

Did you know that in middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4 percent of high school girls select computer science? The STEM community is missing out on a huge proportion of our nation’s great technical minds! Fortunately, there’s an…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 17, 2015

Unlimited Vacation

The Sad Truth about Unlimited Vacation

Unlimited paid vacation, or holiday, is an increasingly common feature to see in incentive package of a startup or other forward-thinking company. And why not? Psychologists, physicians, and business experts agree: vacations are incredibly important. Vacations can help reduce stress, give you much-needed time to think about your business objectives, and even reduce the risk…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 14, 2015

The Way Forward

HR’s Way Forward: The People Operations Stack

We recently discussed HR’s failure to keep pace with a changing workplace and market for talent. If you missed that first piece, I recommend you start there. Although it sounds like a dire situation, there is a way forward. It is unacceptable for HR to lack a well thought out answer to questions about how…Keep Reading

By Sahil Mehta on August 12, 2015

Attracting Top Talent

Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent with Limited Resources

Recruiting and retaining top talent is a considerable challenge, even for organizations with vast resources. So how can you possibly hope to stay competitive with limited resources? It’s more realistic than you might believe. You don’t need to offer massive paychecks and bonuses to attract top talent. Most modern employees (especially millennials) are less interested…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 10, 2015

Measuring Employee Performance

A Broader Measure of Employee Performance

How confident are you that you’re effectively measuring employee performance? There are countless ways to measure it, but it’s not always abundantly clear which is best. In most cases, there’s not one singular ‘best’ measure of employee performance. The real best measurement is often a collection of measures tailored to your team, and even individual…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 7, 2015


Hospitality Quotient’s Susan Salgado – Building Company Culture

Legends, heroes, traditions, values, belief systems, celebrations, and language are all characteristics exhibited by cultures, whether those cultures are familial, ethnic, academic, religious, or organizational. I had the pleasure to speak with Susan Salgado from Hospitality Quotient, who shared some priceless insights into culture, and some great advice on building one that truly sticks. Defining…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on August 3, 2015

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


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


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