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Social Recognition Builds Relationships

Want to build the perfect workplace? Focus on relationships and do everything you can for your company to build them. That’s the topic of a recent article posted on LinkedIn. Author Geoff Colvin offers up a variety of creative ways that organizations have used to help encourage relationship building within their buildings; like offering free…
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Keep Your Program From Striking Out

Baseball started its season last week to great enthusiasm. So what can we learn from the excitement fans feel this time of year? On opening day everybody feels like they have a chance. Fans, coaches and players all believe that their goal of winning a championship is doable and that feeling of optimism is a…
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As business results become more talent-dependent, “leadership” as an executive function must also become more employee-centric. Creating the means to attract and retain top people has become the number one imperative for business leaders. So why aren’t they more visible in the initiatives that do just that? Why aren’t they the face of their recognition…
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SPOILER ALERT: Where “Whiplash” Went Wrong

J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for his portrayal of a negative band conductor in the movie Whiplash. I saw the flick last weekend and have no complaints there. His performance was first rate. I did, however, have a problem with one of the final scenes; the one where he says that the two most harmful…
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Millennials Want To Be A Part Of Something

Almost half of all Millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015. At least that’s what a report from Aon Hewitt says. Why? Many younger workers feel socially disconnected in the workplace. While most employers focus on organizational-oriented themes like teamwork, profits and customer satisfaction, Millennials say relationship-oriented outcomes, including better connections…
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So What Color Was That Dress Anyway?

Gold and white? Blue and black? More importantly, what did it teach us? We all see the same things, but interpret them differently. In the case of the multi-colored dress it was the physiological variations within our eye structures that changed our individual sensations to light and thus our perception of color. But can emotions…
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What You Missed At HR West

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to hear me speak at HR West last week. What a great group I had—smart, engaged and forward thinking. Everything the progressive HR community represents. My topic was Optimizing the Impact of Employee Recognition Strategies on Enterprise Performance, but it could have just have easily been titled:…
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Today is employee appreciation day. A day set aside to show employees that you care about them, appreciate their efforts and value their contributions. Many businesses have events planned today, ranging from formal presentations in the auditorium to pizza parties in the break room. All of these gestures are good for morale and convey a…
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Learning From Brian Williams

Brian Williams has been in the news recently. Not on, in. The scandal surrounding his “misremembering” of past events has made him material for the tabloids. It’s also forced him off the air. A news anchor that bends the truth is seen as distrustful at worst, inauthentic at best. Mr. Williams lost his credibility and…
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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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