Attracting and retaining the best employees has become the biggest competitive challenge companies are facing today. Yet, an increasing number of employees are leaving their current employers in favor of new ones. Why can’t some companies hold on to people? Why can’t they curb the seemingly relentless turnover? The answer lies in understanding the psychological…
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How Recognition Completes the Manager

Being a good manager has always meant keeping an eye on results in the form of employee deliverables, project timelines and other key indicators. However, being a “complete” manager also means providing the support and guidance each and every employee needs to grow. So how do you help good managers become “complete” managers? In this month’s…
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Safety first! Companies want their employees to follow that motto, of course. Unfortunately, they rarely do. Unfamiliarity with equipment, distractions on the job, shortcuts with procedures; they all contribute to an alarming number of preventative accidents on the job. There is no debating that employee safety is a huge issue. The question is what can…
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The Value Of Employee Ideas

New ideas are crucial to any business that’s looking to improve its processes. Even the smallest suggestion can enhance efficiency and improve profitability. So how do successful companies go about capturing and eventually commercializing ideas held by their employees? In this month’s Performance Perspective, we explore: The value of employee ideas Why employees are the…
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The Cure for Your Wellness Program

With the goal of containing runaway healthcare premiums while fostering a more productive workforce, over two-thirds of all U.S. employers offer some type of corporate wellness program. Unfortunately, many have failed to deliver meaningful results. Madison believes a cure can be had by positioning wellness as part of your total rewards offering. In this month’s…
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Managing The “People Side” Of M&A

Are you ready for a merger? How about an acquisition? You should be. The employee-related challenges of either are the most critical to its success. While the focus of any deal has traditionally been on physical assets or intellectual property, the value that top talent brings to the table has smart organizations looking at each…
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Software as a Service solutions have become the new standard for reward and recognition planners. As a category, SaaS is faster to implement and less expensive to operate. However, not all SaaS business relationships are created equally. Today most Software as “Service” solutions are lacking just that—service. In this month’s Performance Perspective, Mike Ryan explores:…
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How Social Recognition Drives Employee Happiness

Does employee happiness really matter? Happy employees work better with others; they handle problems with less complaining; they have more energy and are more motivated. So what can you do to ensure your organization has happier employees? You can start by understanding how “purpose” and “meaning” impact an employee’s emotional wellbeing and how social recognition…
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Cyber-attacks are an unfortunate byproduct of a web-enabled society. Last year the aggregate number of attempted security intrusions grew to 42.8 million annually—an average of 117,339 per day. Every business is vulnerable and falling victim can be costly both in real dollars and professional reputation especially if you don’t have the right provider in place.…
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The “Disruptive” Power Of Social Recognition

In the world of business being “disruptive” means to unset, depose or radically change the accepted way of doing things. By that definition, social recognition is also disruptive. Social recognition has removed constraints, shattered limitations and expanded expectations. It’s driving fundamental changes in the way employee recognition and sales incentive programs are imagined, utilized and…
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