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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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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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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Verbal Appreciation is a Big Deal

This is just a short post today, as I am sure many of you are heading out for the Christmas holiday in the U.S. But I wanted to talk about the importance of telling employees how much you think of them. In listening to my son’s reports of his new job it is apparent that verbal …

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Rewarding Gen Y- The Little Things Count

I received Harvey Mackay’s newsletter in my email today. It discusses the importance of constant reward for the newest generation of workers, Gen Y or the Millinials. He describes a story he saw on TV that talks about how Gen Y workers are looking for constant reward. If they don’t find it they move on. …

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