Be Authentic & Genuine While Giving Recognition

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

full potential

Recognition isn’t the same as appreciation. While your organization might have instituted employee recognition programs, these efforts can seem inauthentic or disingenuous if not executed properly. There are a myriad of reasons for why your employee recognition initiatives convey to staff members that you’re just going through the motions, instead of genuinely demonstrating your appreciation. Recognizing employees with certificates, awards,…

How to Welcome Teachers to the 2016 School Year

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

muffins for back to school

Have you noticed? As soon as the 4th of July is over, stores replace all of their red, white, and blue merchandise with back to school products. While it seems like the dog days of summer now, the 2016-2017 academic school year is just around the corner. Before you know it, students and teachers will be heading back into their…

5 Boss’s Day Certificates (+ Wording!)

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Loops Certificate

So, Boss’s Day is right around the corner and you’re looking for just the right thing to celebrate the person who signs your paychecks. Before you scoff at the idea of actually showing appreciation to your superior, just consider everything your manager or supervisor does for you on a daily basis. A good boss is patient, keen to teach, and…

Why Working on Teams is Crucial for Small Businesses

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Rowing Team work

“Entrepreneurship isn’t a singular job,” Jayson Demers, founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, wrote in a recent Entrepreneur article. “It’s actually better seen (and thought of) as an amalgamation of different jobs. You oversee a number of different departments as your organization grows, and you take care of duties ranging from the very large (securing venture funding) to the very small…

Individual vs Team Recognition: Which & When to Use

Employee Recognition Ideas

Individual and Team Recognition

“Recognition is simple, and comes naturally outside of the workplace; it’s a habit that more workplaces need to adopt in order to continue to foster a competitive business,” Sasha Bricel wrote in an HR.com blog post. “Today’s employees want to be acknowledged for successes affecting the company and are more inclined to drive results when their work is celebrated.” There’s…

It’s Summertime and the Work is Easy?

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Sweet Summertime

Most people grew up counting down the days until school ended and summer vacation began. A Captivate Network study found that workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months. “Projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted.” Knowing that people are more distracted during the summertime, you can take preemptive steps to motivate…

Why is Employee Recognition Put on the Back Burner?

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Recognition on the Backburner

“There’s one simple action that can dramatically increase any manager’s success in gaining the support and engagement of subordinates: recognize great work,” wrote David Sturt in the Harvard Business Review last year. “In two separate but recent studies involving nearly 3,500 employees, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, we found that recognition directly affects morale and engagement.” Despite its importance,…

5 Tools to Help You Better Recognize Your Employees

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Recognition Tools

Getting a paycheck is good, but being recognized for a job well done on top of the paycheck can be even better. Regularly recognizing employee efforts and achievements can go a long way toward motivating top performance and maintaining a high morale. These employee recognition tools can help you do just that. Online Employee Recognition Tools Online employee recognition tools…

Office Trends You Should Probably Just Go With…

Employee Recognition Ideas

Working remotely

Happy employees are productive employees, and one way to keep employees happy is with new gadgets, toys, and policies that align with the freshest office trends. Even if the trends seem way too far-fetched for the more traditional businesses, you’re better off giving them a go than listening to employees rave about perks they certainly wished they had. Standing Desks…

20 Small & Simple Recognition Gifts Under $20

Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognition Gift

It always serves managers well when they take time to recognize the efforts of the employees they oversee. However, recognition gifts can add up quickly and break the bank if you’re not careful. So print up a certificate to accompany these simple recognition gifts under $20 and treat your employees to reminders of why you appreciate their hard work. Clever…