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Brackets Are Hard; Recognition Is Easy

With March Madness heading into the Final Four most of us have given up on our brackets. Picking a champion across a sixty-four team field is not an easy task. There is, however, one consolidation. Even though brackets are hard, building a winning recognition strategy doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 tips to remember.…
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According to a new report by Quantum Workplace, smaller organizations have increased their levels of engagement, while larger organizations have struggled to do just that. In fact, the study points out two things; that engagement levels actually decrease as company size increases and that the engagement gap between the smallest and largest companies has become…
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How Social Recognition Raises Employee Happiness

Happy employees and enterprise profits go hand in hand. In fact, the financial divide between companies that have happy employees and those that do not can be the difference between sustained success and future failure. Think that’s exaggerated? Think again. One study measured the happiness gap at 22% noting that happier workers can be 12%…
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3 Ways to Refocus Underperforming Reps

More and more organizations are combining behavior-based (or qualitative) goals into their traditional sales contests. Why? The need to focus underperforming reps on the critical steps that make for successful selling has never been more paramount. What’s at stake? Money, of course, and in that regard businesses have higher expectations. Ninety-two percent of companies raised…
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Friday is Employee Appreciation Day! An opportunity for companies to show their employees that they really care and that they value their contributions. Not a bad idea on its merits. Unless, of course, it’s the only time you give employee recognition any real consideration. What I mean by that is this. The idea of an…
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Talkin’ To Those Generations

In the mid-sixties the term “generation gap” summarized all of the age-related conflicts that positioned young against old. Generation differences were big back then. They caused friction all through society. Along the way so many classic songs were written about it including The Who’s timeless anthem, “My Generation.” Fast-forward 50 years. While nowhere near as…
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Valentine’s Day is all about showing that you care. Cards and flowers will be sent today between people in various stages of a relationship. So let’s use today to focus on what makes a good “working” relationship. Relationships begin when people have things in common. Respect and trust cement the bond over time, but shared…
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Groundhog Day (For Employees) No More

Ok, so the real Groundhog Day is behind us. Punxsutawney Phil, that clairvoyant groundhog, saw his shadow. Groundhog Day has come to mean more than a longer winter or an early spring. Since Bill Murray turned the notion of Groundhog Day into a repetitive existence, more people associate it to mean living the same old…
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Three Words Sum Up Non-Cash’s Utility

Businesses are always looking for an advantage. Often that comes in the way they utilize the various resources at their disposal to affect outcomes that are important to them. In just about any business model the most expensive (and most critical) business resource is compensation. It can account for a huge chunk of an organization’s…
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Taking “Fake News” Out of the Workplace

“Fake news” has been all over the “real news” lately. Some people are deliberately publishing hoaxes or circulating conspiracy theories (and other forms of disinformation) to advance their agendas. Fake news has damaging consequences. It can erode perceptions of reality. A constant stream of it can challenge the truth and/or damage reputations. It can get…
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