4 Motivation Hacks that will Engage and Inspire your Employees

Today’s post was written by Keith Coppersmith who is a business and marketing expert who has experienced both the rise and fall of many businesses. He enjoys writing and providing insight of the marketing industry based on both practice and theory. Although we all come in for the salary, and we do our best so …

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How incentive travel program can boost your employee's productivity: A guest post

Today’s post is authored by Sarah Hill. She is a content writer at Seven Events Ltd – one of the leading event management companies in the UK. She started her career in the events industry almost a decade ago; as time progressed, she became an avid event blogger sharing her insight on corporate event planning.  Motivating your employees …

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From the archive: A brief HR lesson from psychology

I am out walking around the streets of New York City today, so I am pulling this post from the archives.  Teaching in a class the other day we were discussion motivation, getting people to do things. The next day I was reading a book called The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich …

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Future Friday: Is there a Chief Happiness Officer in your future?

In my reading I came across a discussion of happiness and productivity. The article, Rethinking Physical Workspace Helps Improve the ‘Human Experience’ for Employees, Says JLL, quoted results of a survey conducted by an office design and real estate firm. The quote that caught my eye was: Nearly 70 percent of participants agreed that happiness …

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How a Purpose-Driven Brand Can Motivate Employees

When it comes to a job, sometimes employees are just in it for the paycheck, the time off and the benefits. After all, we all need to sustain ourselves in our daily lives, as well as provide for our families. But some people are in it for more. With many studies showing people as being …

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One problem with measurement

As I flew to Texas over the weekend I read an article in Wired magazine about one of the problems with measurement. Of course we all know that measurement is a good thing. Why else would we say “If something doesn’t get measured it doesn’t get done?” But should we measure everything? Does something have …

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Sometimes you have to give yourself a kick in the seat of the pants

It is Monday morning. You are waking in order to go to work, yet you don’t really want to. You are just not motivated. Your boss is a pain. He/she is not “motivating” enough. The work is interesting enough, but having to face another day in that 8 to 5 drudgery with that “suck the …

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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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Contrarian View of Performance Evaluation

  Here is an interesting, yet contrarian, point of view on how to make performance evaluation more effective. Daniel Hammermesh, as frequent contributor to the Freakonomics blog, wrote a post entitled Carrots or Sticks? Handicapped Parking Edition. He tells of a handicapped parking sign in Luxomberg which reads “Here is parking for a very handicapped …

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Time, Talent or Incentive? What Makes For the Best Employee?

We have all heard by now the 10,000 hour rule that was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. Here in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia there is a plumbing company that even uses the concept in their commercials. They brag that all their plumbers have 10,000 hours of practice and thus they are the most …

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