From the archive: A Christmas lesson from Dickens

I have published this before, but as I reread A Christmas Carol each year I think the lessons should be repeated all the time.  One of my favorite books is A Christmas Carol. Most of us know it by the many movies that have been made, some well done, the others not so much. We …

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Enhancing Job Satisfaction Without Giving a Raise

  Today’s post is brought to you by my friends as SocialMonsters.org. These are good tips for companies that cannot afford monetary increases. The level of unhappiness at work has been steadily increasing over the last few decades with nearly half of Americans expressing their dissatisfaction over their workplace. According to a report by the …

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How to Maintain and Engage Your Millennial Workforce

This post is from my friends at Socialmonsters.org. Although this article talks about younger workers many of the things mentioned in this post also apply to other workers in all age groups. Forty-six percent of the workforce will be comprised of millennials by 2020. This may be an unsettling thought for some employers and businesses. …

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Work Anniversary Gifts Your Employees Will Appreciate

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends from SocialMonsters.org If you’re thinking of giving your employees a company-branded keychain for their anniversary, you might want to think again. Forty-seven percent of employees appreciate their employers more when they receive a good gift, according to Gyft, so it’s worth investing the time to choose …

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Future Friday: Is your HR department designed with humans in mind?

I came across an article titled Do people really matter when we design workplaces? Written by Steve Maslin it is directed toward architects and designers. He says that often the first reaction to that question is “of course” and to some it is indeed, but to others Maslin says that often he has found that …

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Lessons in HR from Charles Dickens

I published this last year and the year before, but I liked it and I decided to repost it. I think the lessons are as valuable today.  One of my favorite books is A Christmas Carol. Most of us know it by the many movies that have been made, some well done, the others not …

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Employee Appreciation: Creative Ways to Say Thanks

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org Thank you. These are two words many HR professionals don’t say enough. Whether it’s because you don’t know when to express your gratitude or you’re not quite sure how to say thanks, saying thank you often takes a backseat to more “important” tasks. But …

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5 Ways to Satisfiy Employees on the Cheap

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. None of these tips are groundbreaking but it never hurts to have a reminder of the easy stuff every once in awhile.    Keeping your staff satisfied with their jobs is vital to the continued success of your business, but you may not be …

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3 Employee Perks That Make the Office a Better Place

Today’s post is brought to you from my friends at SocialMonsters.org When it comes to finding the best talent, employee perks are often one of the first things (behind pay) that potential candidates consider. Whether it’s offering the latest technology or having flexible vacation policies, candidates want to work somewhere that offers a unique set …

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Do Service Awards Still Matter?

This is a sponsored blog post written by Jenny Watkins of the Terryberry Company.    I read an article the other day on service awards, and if I’m being honest, it kind of ticked me off.  The author starts out: “No worker has ever received an engraved plaque that read ‘Thanks for keeping your seat …

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