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“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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Peer 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 …

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Happy enagaged employees

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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