20 Small & Simple Recognition Gifts Under $20

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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…

What to do When Your Top Talent Quits

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Quitting Job

Moving on is simply part of advancing in a career. But when your top talent makes a beeline for the exit without announcing plans to step into a dream job elsewhere, it can leave you wondering what the heck went wrong. Take the resignation as a sign your company needs to do a little housekeeping. But first, learn as much…

How to Showcase Employees in your Office

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Thank you

Citing poll findings from Maritz Research in a 2014 article, Inc. Magazine contributor Peter Economy shared, “Employees who are recognized on the job are: 5 times more likely to feel valued 7 times more likely to stay with the company 6 times more likely to invest in the company 11 times more likely to feel completely committed to the company.”…

How to Recognize Your Administrative Professionals on April 27th

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administrative professionals day

While management might be the head honchos in your office, it is the administrative professionals who make a lot happen. From answering phones to helping with projects, administrative professionals are the glue that keeps a business together when there’s deadlines, issues, and busy days. Beginning in 1953, office staff have dedicated time during the end of April to recognizing the…

5 Office Exercise Challenges Just in Time for Spring!

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office exercise

Whipping your employees into improved physical shape doesn’t have to involve a whip at all. In fact, a few fun office exercise challenges can be engaging enough that the spirit of competition and an awesome certificate of achievement will do. The key is to ensure you keep the office exercise challenges easy to track, amusing to complete and at a level…

How to Improve Employee Productivity

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employee productivity

What used to motivate employees thirty years ago, isn’t as enticing today. When you’re working with a staff of Millennials fresh out of college, you need to appeal to their desires to improve employee productivity. Canned ham gifts are out. Flex work days are in. Offer immediate gratification incentives. When you see an employee going above and beyond, reward him…

How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day [March 4th!]

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many thanks

They are the backbone of your business and work together to reach company goals day in and day out. So on Friday, March 4, celebrate your employees. Each year employers across the country take time out of the first Friday in March to honor a job well done on National Employee Appreciation Day. Relax the Schedule Start the day off…

10 Content Ideas for an Amazing Internal Newsletter

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Internal Newsletter

Keeping your staff in the loop about company events and policy changes is critical. So, why not make it fun? Next time you design your internal newsletter, arrange a few of these unexpected pieces of content around the must-publish business news articles. Soon, employees will look forward to this regular piece of communication — even if it does list upcoming…

How to Create a Fun Work Environment

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How to Create a Fun Work Environment

Do Thursdays at work seem to drag on and on and on? So, why not goof around a bit? Thursday, January 28 is National Fun at Work Day so it’s completely appropriate to play a few gags on your co-workers, plan a special event or try one of these boredom-busting activities to get the entire office laughing. Hold a Costume…

10 Stellar Sales Recognition Ideas

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recognize your sales team

It requires ongoing efforts to keep your company’s sales force motivated and closing new clients. Of course you compensate them appropriately and provide regular recognition for their service, but if you’d like to get the most from your team, you’ll need to provide creative incentives that go beyond standard rewards. Here are ten sales recognition ideas designed to keep your…

Employee of the Month Criteria – From One Business to Another

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employee of the month

Research shows, “Seven out of 10 employees who report they’ve received some form of appreciation from their supervisors say they’re happy with their jobs.”  When deciding on an employee of the month, you want to evaluate individuals based on a variety of factors. Key employee of the month criteria include work performance, demeanor, professional growth, client/customer service, loyalty, dedication, and…

Ways to Incentivize Employees in the New Year

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Businesspeople In Meeting

Inventor, engineer, and businessman Charles Kettering once said, “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”   Just like an individual making a resolution, the new year is an ideal time to set goals for your business. Meeting those goals requires getting your employees on-board with your company’s plans…

Holiday Contests Ideas to Get the Most Out of Your Employees

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Arm wrestling

For businesses, the holidays are a time to sell, sell, sell. Whether you’re working in the retail sector or have an office job, your boss wants to see the company’s monthly profits soar this time of year. To boost those numbers, why not host a few friendly holiday contests among your employees to motivate them to do their best? Per…

Last Minute Recognition Gifts for Your All-Star Employees

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coffee club

It’s nearly year’s end at your office, which usually means it’s time to honor your best and brightest. Unfortunately, the usual ideas just aren’t making the cut for you. Candy, baked goods, food baskets- they just don’t seem like a proper way to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so much of themselves. We understand; after all, our…

How to Combat In-Office Stress Over the Holiday Season

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holiday stress

While the holiday season brings warm greetings, delicious treats, and extra time with your loved ones, stress is also a major component of this special time of year. Even when you’re in the office, holiday stress can still creep up on you and make your workdays more aggravating, tense, and challenging than normal. Use these six tips to combat in-office…

2015-Inspired Award Ideas for End of the Year Recognition

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The year is rapidly dwindling to an end, which means it’s time to recognize your company’s employees with awards. Rather than giving out the standard Hardest Worker or Most Dedicated titles, have fun with your staff recognition awards this year. End 2015 on a high with these award ideas for end of the year recognition. Swifty Swift Award For that…

Why You Shouldn’t Recognize Every Employee This Year

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Rest assured, it is okay to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to your employees. Contrary to what soft management books and modern youth sports would have you believe, indiscriminate recognition does not build morale or a community of trust. On the contrary, it shows your employees that their contributions and hard work are dismissed and undervalued….

10 Award Ideas That Fellow Employees Can Vote On

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Award Ideas to Vote On

Spice up your company holiday party. This year channel your inner high school yearbook editor, and hand out some novelty awards at the gathering. Who’s most admired in the office? Who’s destined to win an Emmy or Grammy some day? Let your employees decide! Here are 10 award ideas to vote on before your party! Most Admired in the Office…

Why Co-worker Relationships are Crucial to a Happy Workforce

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Jumping Happiness

Work is one thing, play is another. You punch in, go to work, speak when you’re spoken to, take whatever’s dished out, clock out, and finally start your personal life. That’s what got our parents and grandparents through their careers- deep, impersonal grit. That’s the way, right? Well… no. Over the last two decades, there’s been a steady stockpile of…

Creative Ways to Recognize Employees at the Christmas Party

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Tis this season to be merry, and what could be merrier than recognizing your team’s hard work throughout the year? Christmas parties and employee achievements should go hand in glove. The dilemma is how to recognize them with freshness and panache. With the right printable gift certificates and awards plus a handful of fun ideas, you can put together a…