Articles tagged 'Rewards & recognition'

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

“Good Job” – Are These the 2 Most Harmful Words in the English Language?

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If you were among the millions of movie fans around the world who tuned in to the Academy Awards on Sunday, you may know that the title of this post refers to a line from one of the films nominated for Best Picture.

Whiplash involves a relentlessly cruel bandleader who takes extreme measures to encourage (or crush perhaps – it was hard to tell – therein lies the brilliance of the film) the hopes of a young student musician aspiring to become one of the jazz greats.

The movie poses lots of questions about how far people will go to achieve their dreams, and the motivations of others who support those dreams. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Are You Distracted and Missing Amazing Work Going on Around You?

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Here’s a photo that encapsulates the world we live in today. (See below; email subscribers, click through.)

Eric Smith, the photographer who captured this image, said about the experience:

The whales were breaching off Redondo (Beach) and this small sailboat maneuvered into the spot where the spout occurred. I was roughly 50 feet from the whale and her calf when they surfaced next to the sailboat. The guy never looked up from his phone throughout the entire breach. Two women at the front of the boat were taking pictures but he didn’t notice.” Read more…

Culture

5 Ways to Embed Your Organization With a Culture of Happiness

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Just as every person has a personality, every single organization on the planet already has a culture.

But what people really mean when they say they want to embed culture at work is that they want to create a positive culture — one that, combined with the people and the products or services that are sold, makes for an entity that is bigger, stronger and more impactful than the sum of its parts.

The route to achieving this elusive mix, and cultivating it into whatever shape it may turn out to be, is best served by an ethos that supports and nurtures a concept that is an almost universal goal – happiness. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: How to Know What is Truly Important to Employees

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Whether we’re talking customers or employees, your key to success with both is to know exactly what it is they want.

Dollars to donuts, the things that are important to you aren’t on their lists. Here is a case in point…

We vacationed in Cancun over the Christmas holidays and our room was not “as advertised.” When my wife pointed this out to management, their response was to give her a credit for a free massage. Problem is, Roberta doesn’t like massages! Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

Peer Relationships Are Critical to Real Workplace Recognition

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Work-life balance is a myth.

I could say that in today’s hyper-connected world, work comes home with us far more easily than it did 20 or even 10 years ago. And that would be true.

But it’s no less true that our “life” also comes to work with us. Worries about our sick children, concern over a fight with a spouse the night before, fear over making ends meet on a tight budget – all can color how we approach our work and how we treat our colleagues. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

A Recognition Basic: Sometimes, It’s Just About Noticing Colleagues Efforts

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Above and beyond – that’s a common theme for what types of employee contributions should be recognized.

And it’s a good theme. This is so important to some of our clients that they’ve even branded their recognition programs “Above and Beyond.”

But what about “completely different?” Or “entirely outside of the job description?” Sometimes we recognize and reward these individuals, but all too often we punish them instead, forcing them back into the box and encouraging them to “just get the job done.” Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Are You Ready For “The Year of the Retention Challenge?”

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I love my job. Every day, I get to help people find ways to make their work environments and culture more appreciative, grateful and purpose-driven.

That’s powerful stuff. Arriving at such an important end goal, however, requires involving all employees in the effort. After all, every employee contributes to the culture of the company (whether good or bad).

The ramifications of this are quite broad. Many are calling 2015 the year of the retention challenge, with good reason. Read more…

HR Insights

HR Trends For 2015: It All Starts With Retaining Key Employees

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You don’t have to read Fast Company to know that retention is a key issue for many executives in 2015.

How do you keep the right people in the right jobs while also acknowledging that employees are capitalists, too?

I have some ideas for you.

Why don’t you do some good old-fashioned HR for a change? Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

If You Can’t Be Sincere, You Shouldn’t Recognize Someone at All

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When we consult on social recognition, a common (and important) question is, “Yes, I understand and agree with the value and importance of recognition, but how do I recognize well? How do I coach others to do the same?

There are many principles of good, effective employee recognition that we’ve written about elsewhere – timelyfrequentaligned with core values and objectives, calibrated to level of effort and contribution, involves everyone – but the most important is that the recognition is sincere. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Motivating Employees Takes Culture, Peer Recognition, Going the Extra Mile

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 17. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy New Year!

What motivates employees?

Is it money? Feeling valued at work? Connecting with a company’s social mission?

All these are good answers, but a new Tinypulse survey from TinyHR titled The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace that analyzed over 200,000 employee responses relating to organizational culture found that “peers and camaraderie” are the No. 1 reason employees go the extra mile. Read more…