Ways to Honor Star Employees on a Tight Budget

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at Socialmonsters.org.  Many businesses go through lean times, but that does not mean you have to put recognition on hold. Consider the following options for rewarding employees that are beneficial for your business, budget, and staff. Work/Life Balance If your business model supports it, offering a …

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Work perks that help attract and retain employees: An Infographic

I was offered the opportunity to publish this infographic on research conducted by Quill.com. I thought it was interesting. I hope you do to. You’ve placed the digital and print ads, sorted through resumes, done the interviews, and made the offer to what you believe is the best employee for the job. All that’s great, …

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Safety Incentive plans are now a thing of the past!

If you have ever worked at a manufacturing firm or a construction company you understand the importance of having a safe workplace. Accidents and resultant injuries are expensive in both human and monetary costs. As a result safety incentive programs to encourage and reward safe practices, also known as “no lost time days” programs, have …

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Understanding how and when to praise determines how well it works

I came across an article written by Leigh Steere on 8 tips for effective employee praise. I found it to be a good set of tips for helping managers (and others) understand how to get the behavior they want to see. Steere’s tips Her tips for effective employee praise include: Stay in character. This means …

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The Perception of Pay

  There have been many thousands of pages written on motivation and multiple theories posited over the past 100 years. We learn about them in management classes and HR classes. I have talked about them every year for the past 15 years as I teach and students have struggled with them for as long. A …

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You Get What You Reward

  The whole concept of reward is to perpetuate behaviors that are desirable to the organization. This is the whole concept of motivation in all its numerous guises. The most recent version is Pink’s Motivation 2.0. Regardless of how you dress it up, behavior occurs because it is rewarded, whether it is some external reward …

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Punishing Failure versus Punishing Lack of Failure

  All modern employee engagement and reward literature encourages managers not to punish failure. The collective wisdom is that punishing failure will discourage risk-taking and stifle creativity. Depending on your business this could be damaging to your business. What about the opposite? What if we punished the lack of failure? How would that alter things? …

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Incentives and Healthcare

  It is funny sometimes how two different events end up having a connection. My wife and I were driving and listening to the radio when a story about weight loss programs played. One of the comments made was that although programs such as WeightWatchers work health insurance does not pay for them. My wife …

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Forced Ranking as Performance Management

Forced Ranking is a method of performance management made popular by Jack Welch. It is similar to “the curve” many of us may have encountered in high school and college. Due to the popularity of GE and Welch many companies started using forced rankings. After perhaps some initial positive effects most companies find out that …

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Trend Watch: Fairness and Performance Appraisal

There has been a lot of discussion in the HR blog world of late regarding the subject of performance appraisal. More and more people are dismissing the importance of the performance appraisal process. There are a number of arguments that have been used, most of which I have always said have more to do with …

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