Rewards & Recognition

Rewards & Recognition

A Mother’s Day Message: Modern Moms Want to Work

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Think for a moment – how many mothers do you work side-by-side with? I’ll bet you know someone right off the top of your head.

Mother’s Day is a time to honor dear old Mom for all the good things she did to raise us right, but it should also be a time to recognize the 71 percent of mothers who do all that amazing stuff while holding down a full-time job.

After a decades-long decline of so-called “stay-at-home” moms, their numbers are plateauing in the 21st Century, and the message is clear: Modern moms want to work. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Color by Numbers: Just Do the Math to Find Picture Perfect People

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Without doing the math and coloring them in, you can still tell what most of them are.

But that’s no fun when you’re six, just learning addition and loving to color pictures like my oldest daughter does. Adding the numbers together in each piece of the picture “puzzle” and then following the corresponding picture color code to color each piece in is the thrill of discovering its full context.

If the data is right (if the math is correct) and the color code followed accordingly (regardless if colored a bit outside the lines), then these two things coming together tell a vibrant story in and of itself. And no matter how many times you complete the color by number pictures, the vibrant stories remain valid and reliable. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

Why It’s Critical to Spell Out Exactly What Employees Do Right

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Every manager has been told that it’s important to acknowledge, recognize, and reward their top performing employees.

Unfortunately, most haven’t been coached on how to do this effectively. And if one of the goals is to get the performer to continue performing at a high level, the why has to be linked to the what.

“You’ve done a good job around here, Jevon. Congratulations on being our Employee of the Month.” Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Employee Engagement: It’s All about Connections and Good Work

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This week, SHRM released its annual Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report.

It’s interesting in how it segregates true “satisfiers” from the factors and conditions that help employees more deeply engage. Both are relevant measures, depending on what you are trying to determine or better understand about your workforce. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

The Power of Thanks Is in Us All, If We’re Willing to Share It

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I benefit from my job in the same ways most people do. I earn a paycheck that pays for a roof over my head and food in my belly.

But because my company is focused on creating cultures of recognition and appreciation through the Power of Thanks, I also benefit from both being encouraged to share my gratitude for my peers and their work in a direct and meaningful way as well as receiving similar recognition myself.

And then there’s a third benefit of the work I get to do. Read more…

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

Can You Make a Case For “Unfair” Pay in Your Organization?

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Laszlo Bock, Senior VP of People Operations at Google, has a new book titled Work Rules! hitting the market this month.

As to be expected, there’s been a good deal of news coverage, excerpts and blogs about it, including this one in Fortune with Mr. Bock’s 10 Things to Transform Your Team and Your Workplace.

Today, I’d like to call your attention to two of these. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: How to Give Great Performers What They Want

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When it comes to benefits and perks, what is it that everyone really wants in today’s world?

Time! More time.

How can you give this gift to your extraordinary performers? Here are two ideas: Read more…

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

A Paycheck Is Not Enough Recognition for a Job Well Done

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One statement sure to raise my ire when discussing the Power of Thanks in the workplace is: “They get paid to do their job. That’s recognition enough.”

It’s a patently false statement. Pay and recognition serve very different needs, but they are in a symbiotic relationship when it comes to fulfilling those employee needs.

All the recognition in the world won’t help resolve an underpaid employee’s base needs in terms of Maslow’s Hierarchy. And pay raises, consistently and appropriately given, won’t meet the higher-order employee needs, either. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Rewards & Recognition

Employee Retention: It’s Really a Workplace “Stickiness” Problem

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“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”

How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”

History shows that’s just not true. For the last 25 years, tenure has been consistently low across nearly all age ranges. And the youngest generation in the workplace tends to stay the shortest amount of time (which is not surprising considering where they are in their careers).

More recent data published in The Wall Street Journal shows average tenure across occupations doesn’t even reach five (5) years. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

What’s More Important to Employees? Base Pay or Recognition?

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What’s more to employees important: Base pay, or being appreciated for their work?

A recent survey released by Boston Consulting Group polled more than 200,000 employees around the world to create a definitive list of the 10 top factors for on-the-job happiness.

What employees really value

They found that employees value the following (in order of importance): Read more…