M! BLOG

Using Recognition As A Recruitment Tool

One of the most often overlooked benefits of recognizing current employees is the effect it has on future recruits. The labor situation has become a “sellers’ market.” The number of vacant jobs is the highest it has been in 14 years. Five million positions are currently unfilled with only about 2 million people “looking.” Future…
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“Stay With Me”

The song “Stay With Me” just won a bunch of awards at the Grammy’s, and the timing couldn’t be more fitting. Nearly 3 million jobs were created in 2014, the best year since 1999, and the number of unfilled job postings has not been this high in a long time. In 2009, there were seven…
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Gallup’s latest employee engagement survey came out recently. It shows there are both encouraging signs, as well as work to be done. First the good: Thirty-one percent of all employees are engaged. While that may not sound like a large number (and yes, there is room for improvement) it is still the highest tally since…
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Eighty-three percent of companies are seriously worried about their leadership pipelines. That’s understandable. The working population is getting smaller in size and younger in age. At the same time global growth plans are expanding. Senior executives are wondering who will step up and lead satellite work units and/or cross-functional business teams. Bersin says that identifying,…
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Culture Through The Eyes Of Your Employees

I’ve read and heard many good definitions of culture, most of them coming from the world of academia. Few, however, are written from an employee’s perspective. If HR leaders could hear what employees think about the world they work in (i.e. your company’s culture) they would pay more attention to the role they can and…
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Maestro And “Team Member Excellence”

One of the leading growth priorities for today’s CEO revolves around what some call “team member excellence.” That’s a level of talent performance that’s optimized across the entire enterprise. Something that’s made possible through outstanding people practices inducing programs that impact everything from recruitment to retention. Reward strategies are a big part of those initiatives.…
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Start Recognizing Employee Efforts Now

December’s Jobs Report, released last Friday, made news for a variety of reasons. The 252,000 net new jobs created along with positive revisions made to previous postings were considered healthy signs by experts. But to me the real story was not in the monthly numbers, but in the aggregate figures for the end of the…
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Context Made Simple With Maestro

Want your messages to connect? Behavioral economics tells us that people respond more to communications that put goals and objectives into a personalized context. And by “context” I mean a familiar framework that reflects their individual working circumstances. By designing and implementing employee communications and reward offerings with context in mind, you can increase the…
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Don’t Launch Without This

So you had the best intentions. You implemented a new employee recognition program. Good for you. Problem is no one’s using it! Now what? You are learning a hard lesson: All of the care and planning in the world means little if managers don’t embrace the system from day one. You could have avoided that…
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