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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

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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

Employee Autonomy

The Case for Employee Autonomy

Robots are the best employees. They never bicker, they stay on task indefinitely, and won’t demand a corner office. They don’t need paychecks, food, sunlight, breaks, or even air to do their job effectively. They’ll also never quit. Employee retention is really easy with robots. There’s just one (very big) problem: Robots can only complete…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 12, 2015

Employee Recognition Checklist

The Employee Recognition Checklist

Employee recognition is a powerful tool every leader has at their disposal, but not everyone knows how to maximize its benefits. There are a few critical elements that can dramatically improve the effectiveness of recognition. The best part is, they’re not difficult to add to your current strategy. You can be sure you’re getting the…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 10, 2015

Employee Engagement and Your Bottom Line

How Employee Engagement Impacts Your Bottom Line

Employee engagement has the power to impact nearly every aspect of business, yet a surprising number of leaders dismiss its importance as a tool for influencing the bottom line. In reality, employee engagement does have bottom-line effects, and research indicates that those effects are much larger than you’d expect. If you want numbers — real…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 8, 2015

Destroying Employee Engagement

8 Guaranteed Ways to Destroy Employee Engagement

You’ve heard the stats: 70 percent of US workers are disengaged, and employee turnover is costing companies roughly $11 billion each year. In contrast, companies with an engaged workforce outperform others by up to 202 percent. Inspiring employee engagement is worthwhile, and there are a lot of easy ways to go about it. Unfortunately, there…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 5, 2015

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4 Simple Steps to Lower Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated cost centers in modern business. Even a small amount of attrition in your workforce can be costly, yet many companies fail to recognize it as a high priority. For some more background on the magnitude of that cost, check out our article, “Why Is Employee…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 3, 2015

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Non-Profit Spotlight: America SCORES

America SCORES is dedicated to helping youths build success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Its mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. This is made possible through the hard work of…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on June 1, 2015

Growing Loyalty

4 Easy Ways to Earn Employee Loyalty

Employee loyalty provides immeasurable value to an organization, yet many leaders struggle to earn it. Part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding of the reciprocal nature of true loyalty. Ask yourself honestly: are you as dedicated to your employees as you expect them to be to you or your organization? Are you as dedicated…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 29, 2015

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Measuring the Impact of Employee Recognition

How would you rate the impact of your employee recognition program? Most organizations would rate theirs well without having any objective measurement in place. That’s a dangerous assumption to hold. A dangerous assumption? Yes. Really. Josh Bersin, of Bersin & Associates explains why: “Today’s $46 billion market for recognition, with its focus on tenure-based programs,…Keep Reading

By George Dickson on May 27, 2015

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

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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