The 6 Simple Secrets Of Giving Employee Recognition

“People crave positive feedback, recognition they put in extra effort, acknowledgement of leaders and peers, the glow that comes with knowing an achievement has been seen, appreciated and celebrated.”
Meghan M. Biro, Forbes.com

THE POWER OF ‘THANK YOU’

When we make an extra effort, we like people to notice. For many people an acknowledgement of the difference they have made is more motivating than financial reward.

Yep, you read that correctly. Many of your employees will feel more appreciated if you thank them for what they’ve done, than if you give them a bonus but say nothing.

Continue reading

Seven Simple Ways to Incorporate Employee Appreciation Into Your Daily Routine

Guest post by Andre Janus

No doubt recognizing your employees is important, but doesn’t it seem like a daunting task sometimes? There are certificates to print, awards to order, special events to plan and more. When you hear that you should make employee recognition activities a daily priority, you might even cringe. How are you supposed to find the time, energy or money to award your top performers day after day?

It’s not as difficult or expensive as it might sound. In fact, many daily employee recognition activities don’t cost anything and won’t take up much time. That’s because the big idea behind daily employee recognition is to point out the little things that your team members do well. It’s all about celebrating the day-to-day stuff that adds up to big results in the long run. It’s also about pointing out the kinds of behaviors you’d like to see from all of your employees.

Continue reading

5 Culture Hacks for a Happy Workplace

5 Culture Hacks for a Happy Workplace

“Company culture” is a lot more than the values listed on your website or blu-tacked to your wall. Absolutely, company values can be used effectively to shape culture. But when all is said and done, company culture is really the sum of the work attitudes and personalities that every single employee brings to the office.

There’s no such thing as a “right” answer. Amongst 100 companies with amazing cultures you’ll find 100 different cultures. Of course, that’s not very helpful if you’re looking for a few culture hacks you that you can do right now, so instead let’s just look to one thing.

Continue reading

Peer recognition

The power of peer praise: The “why” and “who” in employee recognition

What can we learn about peer recognition from a Nobel Prize winner in economics and a piece of advice relating to how to raise children. Two things, I suggest. First, employee recognition is likely to be even more important than we thought it was. Second, employee recognition should come not just from management but also from colleagues. How do we get from Nobel Prizes and child rearing to these conclusions? Well that takes a bit more explanation.

Continue reading

Happy enagaged employees

Gratitude: The simple secret of employee happiness

If you ask someone not to think of a pink elephant for the next minute, there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll spend most of the next minute thinking about pink elephants. So what do you think happens when you deliberately try to suppress bad thoughts because you’re trying to “think positively”? Richard Wiseman, in his excellent book 59 Seconds, says there’s some evidence that the pink elephant problem rears its head and you end up thinking even more negatively than you would otherwise have done and, as a result, end up making yourself less happy. So if positive thinking is a dangerous route to happiness, what’s the real happiness secret? And how can we use this secret to increase employee happiness? This post will discuss both of these questions.

Continue reading

Image: Gamification

Strategies for Making Gamification a Long-Term Engagement Engine

Guest post by Zach Watson at TechnologyAdvice

Foursquare was one of the first juggernauts of gamification, and also one of the industry’s cautionary tales. While the check-in based platform ignited a social media revolution of sorts by using gamification to encourage users to share their location online, the service struggled to maintain engagement through just leaderboards and badges.

Continue reading

Image of Excited and Happy Employee

“Quality Time” at Work – How to Create and Quantify It

We tend to think of quality time as the precious hours we spend memory-making with loved ones.  And yet, the reality is that we spend more time with those we work with. So why does it follow that we therefore don’t view time spent in the workplace with our co-workers as “quality time”. Or is that too strange a concept for people to grasp, when we so often talk about improving our work-life balance in favor of life?

Continue reading