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The Reward Without The Guilt

Looking to get more out of your compensation resources? Of course, you are. Who isn’t? Did you know that some HR and sales operations are already doing just that? They know that in the right situations and under the right circumstances, non-cash offerings can actually outperform more money. You see, before we spend our hard…
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Making Recognition “Sticky”

Marketeering pros call memorable ads “sticky,” because the message “sticks” with their targeted audiences long after they’ve been delivered. The staying power is what separates effective campaigns, but should that same “stickiness” standard apply to employee recognition? Can recognition be delivered in a way that’s more meaningful and thus resonates longer with the employee? The…
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Are You Unconcerned About Employee Poaching?

Then you’re ignoring the data. Yes, the number of “net” new jobs is stuck in the low 200K range, but those aren’t the figures you should be worried about. Actually the number of open job postings—a whopping 5M in total—represents the real problem for companies looking to retain top talent. You see, when it comes…
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Employee Recognition: A Proven Strategy

In today’s economy, its seems like every corporate initiative needs a compelling return on investment to get funding. It’s worth noting that employee recognition investments have very little trouble justifying their expenditures. In fact, these strategies provide one of the best, proven returns imaginable. Recognizing employees provides a variety of business benefits. It helps companies…
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Being A Good Manager Just Got Easier

About 2.5 million employees every month voluntarily leave their jobs. How can you keep them from leaving? You can try offering more money, but that’s not the only reason they are leaving. Chances are they are being managed out the door. There’s an old saying that people don’t quit companies, they quit managers. Departing workers…
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Cultivating “Game Changers”

Congratulations to the USA Women’s Soccer team on its first World Cup championship in over 15 years. There are many superstars on the roster including, as it turns out, their coach Jill Ellis, who has been credited with cultivating a winning atmosphere throughout the team. One of the ways she had done so is to…
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One of the biggest changes within the HR function is the “digitization” of their people-related program portfolios. The goal is simple. To keep pace with the shifting life and workstyles of their employees, companies are providing mobile access and a better web-enabled experience. Why is that important? There are a variety of forces converging within…
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Recognizing For The Long Haul

How can you build an environment that looks and feels promising to career-oriented workers? Consider this reality first: Today’s employees are different in many ways, of course, but one of the biggest distinctions is how they view and value the progress of others. Younger workers, in particular, are more communal than competitive. They tend to…
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Freedom’s Close Cousin: Autonomy

With the July 4th holiday coming up shortly, I thought it apropos to talk about freedom. The independence to live your life the way you want to is a founding principle upon which this great county of ours was founded. While we often think of freedom in the context of our personal lives, its close…
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How To Shape A Service-Oriented Culture

Want to improve revenue results across the board? Start by re-engaging everyone in your company that touches the customer. Organizations that enjoy a higher rate of repeat business—often at premium prices and without all of that rebid angst—focus the entire value/delivery chain on the customer. Sales people, implementers, post-production customer service professionals, even billing and…
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