6 Ways to Motivate & Recognize Your Volunteers

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American author Cynthia Ozick once said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Across the nation and around the world, volunteers make the important work of nonprofit organizations possible. However, these generous heroes often go unsung.   Nonprofits can use these six ways to recognize volunteers for all of their donated hours and meaningful…

Why Your Employees Aren’t Listening to You

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employees listening

There’s a fog of inattention seeping into your workplace. Morale seems lower, intrigue and insubordination higher. Your team is less cohesive than it should be. How did things become this way, and more importantly how can you fix it? Don’t blow your top or despair just yet. It’s never too late to reinvigorate your team and reclaim their focus. It’s…

4 Unique Ways to Celebrate Employees Anniversaries

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You don’t have much of a business without a dedicated staff by your side. So, celebrate them. Each year when an employee’s hire date comes up, move beyond the customary reviews and annual evaluations. Use one of these ways to celebrate employee anniversaries to make each person feel truly appreciated for their talents and dedication to the company. Host a…

Why Recognition Programs Improve Employee Retention

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In a spring 2013 study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, the association found that 33 percent of HR professionals indicated “employee retention/turnover” to be a top challenge in their profession. While attracting top talent to your company is vital, keeping these valuable employees satisfied in their jobs is also crucial to your overall success. A tried-and-true method…

8 Office-Friendly Workouts to Get You Movin’

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Office Lunges

Just because you can’t break into a flurry of jumping jacks in the middle of a board meeting doesn’t mean you can’t exercise at work. Even short activity breaks can go a long way toward combating the detriments of sitting at a desk all day. Check out six office friendly workouts inspired by info at Fitbie and Fitness magazine. Chair Squats Find…

The Best Snacks for a Healthy Office

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Whether they’re packed in the office vending machine or calling out to you from the break room table, unhealthy snacks are generally lurking around every workplace corner. For the third post in our healthy office series, we compiled a list of common harmful foods at work and then provided alternative snacks for a healthy office. Harmful Foods vs. Snacks for…

9 Summer Office Party Ideas to Boost Morale

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Opening Day

While many companies note a decrease in productivity during the summer months, there are many ways to combat this! The summer season offers employers the opportunity to have some fun with their staff. Summer office parties are a great perk for employees and also serve as an effective method for building comradely. “I saw good responses to perks that weren’t…

Is Your Office Making You Fat?

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running at lunch hour

Even if you have an ergonomic work station and desk drawer full of granola, your office could be making you fat. Sitting around all day can make you fat, sick and prone to premature death, and those risks apply even if you make time for regular exercise. The good news is you don’t have to take the bad news sitting…

The Importance of Requiring a Vacation

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Summer Vacation

“The average U.S. worker with paid time off left 3.2 vacation days unused in 2013,” writes Inc. contributor Adam Vaccaro. “That information probably doesn’t come as a surprise; various estimates say anywhere from 40 percent to two-thirds of workers fail to use all their vacation time. And a report last year from the Center for Economic and Policy Research showed…

6 Perks You Should be Providing for Top Talent

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Forbes contributor Kate Harrison wrote an article about the most popular employee perks at tech companies in 2014. These perks ranged from free food to extra paid time off to game rooms on-site. Perks provided by your business for its employees aren’t just a great way to keep your staff satisfied and motivated, but a brilliant method for retaining your best…