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Is it Better to Give Than to Receive?

“It is better to give than to receive.” That age old axiom tells us that generosity has its own rewards—especially around the Holidays— and that people on the giving side experience just as much (if not more) satisfaction than those on the receiving end. In the context of employee recognition that’s true as well—especially among…
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Have you heard of the Mannequin Challenge? I’m sure you have. In some chosen setting people freeze in place for a few minutes while someone else shoots a video that records the scene. The results can be a lot of fun. And, I suppose, they can also be pretty revealing. For instance, suppose someone did…
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Tapping Into Our Desire To Acquire

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks for all that’s good in our lives. Oddly enough, it’s also become a time to acquire all of the goods we want in or lives. You can’t open a newspaper, watch TV, or tune in the radio without getting bombarded with Black Friday…
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Anything Is Possible With The Right Team

Anything is possible when your team shares the same objective. Just ask the Chicago Cubs and their fans both of whom had been waiting over a hundred years for a World Series championship. When the Indians tied the seventh and deciding game with a late inning homer, it would have been easy for the Cub…
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The Secret To More Recognition In Two Words

At the end of my last posting I promised to share the secret to implementing a high-performing, high-touch recognition strategy without breaking the bank. So what’s the answer? How do you involve and influence all of your employees without driving up costs? The answer lies in two words—social recognition. Simple gestures of appreciation bring out…
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No Debating the Value of Employee Recognition

After three contentious presidential debates (not to mention numerous clashes throughout the primary season), we can all finally agree on one thing—we are sick and tired of debates! Fortunately, there is no debating the value of employee recognition. Organizations that consistently recognize their workers have higher levels of commitment and loyalty. Their employees’ engagement drives…
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For the first time in history, there are four different generations working side-by-side in the workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. To maintain a “unified culture” where values and ambitions are shared, the needs of each generation must be addressed. One area where this is essential is a company’s Service Anniversary Program. In…
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Sometimes it’s tough for employees to stay focused on work when summer finally arrives. After months of cold temps, it’s natural for people to shift their focus from working indoors to enjoying outdoor activities. You might even notice a reduction in productivity or maybe employees start leaving earlier to get a head start on their…
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What To Do When Good Brand Ambassadors Go Bad

Brand ambassadors amplify your company’s message by sharing your updates and accomplishments with friends, family and professional networks via social at every opportunity. Being invested in your vision, they embody the values of your organization and serve as the embodiment of your culture–a model for others in the company to emulate–but this enthusiasm needs to…
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How Power Affects Performance

We’re all familiar with “the last kid picked for the team” adage. In the schoolyard scenario, the athletes with the highest skill level and overall best proven ability to win are chosen first. Conversely, the players who show the least athleticism and lowest level of ability are chosen last. Fast forward 20 years later to…
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