How & Why to Cultivate a Positive Attitude at Work

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Think positive! Look on the bright side! Don’t worry, be happy! There’s so much out there these days about the “power of positive thinking” that it can start seeming like a bunch of self-help hooey. As long as you get your work done, you may wonder whether it really matters whether you have a positive mindset or not. The short…

Office Award Ideas Inspired by the 90s

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It’s time to take a step back in time. You know, when MTV played music videos and MC Hammer balloon pants were cool. For your next company awards recognition party, slip on your vintage jelly shoes, don that side ponytail proudly and dig out your New Kids on the Block cassette tape. Here’s six office award ideas inspired by the…

Recognition VS Rewards: The Difference & Why You Need Both

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Most companies are well aware of how important it is to recognize and reward outstanding employees regularly. Saying “thank you” in a public way improves morale, decreases turnover and increases productivity. However, the perceived cost of a formal recognition program can keep some businesses from implementing one. The good news is that recognition and reward programs can be tailored to…

Top 5 Reasons Employees are Staying

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One primary goal of every business owner is employee retention. After all, it often costs less to maintain a content staff than it does to find, onboard and train new employees. So, what are the top reasons why employees stay at their jobs? Let’s find out! 1. They feel engaged. Although employees appreciate workplace incentives like a free cafeteria and…

Why Peer to Peer Recognition is Just as Important as Top Down

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Companies that have a recognition program in place are doing something right. These programs increase employee satisfaction and reduce turnover rate substantially. However, a study conducted by Bersin by Deloitte found that 87 percent of recognition programs focus on tenure rather than performance. This type of recognition is a holdover from the days when people stayed with a company for…

The Top 5 Reasons Employees are Leaving your Company

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The Top 5 Reasons Employees are Leaving

As the new year gets underway, many people take a moment for self-reflection. Does my career fulfill my professional goals? Do I see a future with my employer? Will I be happier if I change jobs? So, it’s no surprise that many job changes occur during the first of the year. Plus, it’s when most companies post job openings. A…

How to Motivate Employees after a Layoff

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Whether the economy is in a boom or bust cycle, downsizing is an unfortunate reality for many companies at one time or another. It might be due to a merger or acquisition, restructuring for better efficiency or simply the need to cut the budget. Whatever the reason, layoffs are tough on everyone. If not handled correctly, morale may take a…

How to Relax & Revive Yourself at a Stationary Desk Job

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The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work, work and more work. That can translate to endless hours at your desk and increased amounts of stress. Sitting for long periods of time puts you at risk of gaining weight, increasing your blood pressure, raising blood sugar levels and elevating your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to…

2015 Is the Year of the Employee

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With the economy continuing to recover in many sectors, it’s more important than ever for companies to hire and retain good employees. As a recent Wall Street Journal article noted, “High employee turnover hurts a company’s bottom line. Experts estimate it costs upwards of twice an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement. And churn can damage morale among…

5 Ways to Celebrate National Fun at Work Day

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Let’s face it. Most of us would rather by lying on a beach somewhere instead of cooped up in an office cubicle. Why? Because it’s FUN! For some reason, the word “fun” isn’t usually associated with work. Far too often, words like stress, boredom and drudgery spring to mind instead. But why shouldn’t work be fun? More and more studies…

8 Star Wars Inspired Employee Recognition Awards

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Star Wars Inspired Employee Recognition

Are you dreading the annual employee recognition program? Spice things up! Plan a themed awards ceremony to celebrate the December 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Here’s eight awards the staff will brag about long after the presentation. The Leia Leadership Award Is there an outstanding, well-respected lady in the office? Give her with The…

How to Start an Employee of the Month Program in 2015

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With the new year comes new opportunities for your business. No doubt, gearing up with fresh ideas, promotions and marketing tactics. So why not include a brand new program to recognize and reward your most valuable asset: your employees! Keeping employees happy is an important part creating and running a successful business. In fact, research conducted by the University of…

Christmas Recognition Tip #12 – Tips for Presenting

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There’s a more to presenting an award than opening a sealed envelope and announcing the person’s name. To keep your audience engaged and the award recipient feeling like a million dollars, prepare a short, informative speech. Keep the presentation lighthearted and truly help the audience get to know the award winner. It’s simple to break this process down into four…

Christmas Recognition Tip #11 – Organize the Event

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Your end-of-year holiday office party is just around the corner. This week finalize the plans and get everything organized. Here’s a checklist to get you started: Remind employees of the party date and time with an office email. Verify your order and delivery schedule with the caterer. Order floral centerpieces or have crafty friends make table decor. Call the DJ…

Christmas Recognition Tip #10 – Design & Print

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Once you’ve brainstormed a list of employees and awards they should receive, it’s time to get busy. Start designing and printing the certificates. We make this process incredibly simple with our awards templates. Our Templates Are: emailed to you for ease of use compatible with Microsoft Word and Publisher come with preset margins, text boxes, tabs, graphics and borders To…

Christmas Recognition Tip #9 – Low/No Cost Gifts

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This holiday season, show your staff extra appreciation for their hard work and dedication to making the business grow and prosper all year long. If the business has just a few employees, or is a start-up, it’s best to keep employee gifts small and economical. Plan to present the gifts during a weekend holiday party or a small office get…

Christmas Recognition Tip #8 – Award Ideas

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Do you love the idea of showing employee appreciation, but just aren’t sure where to start? Make the award ceremony insightful and comical at the same time. Here’s a few award ideas to get the staff smiling! Morning Person Award: Present this award to that employee you can always count on to keep the office coffee pot full or bring…

Christmas Recognition Tip #7 – Gift Ideas

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When employees reach specific milestones in their career, present them with a meaningful gift. These celebrations often happen at incremental anniversaries, starting after five or 10 years with the company. As the employee invests more time at the company, the gifts should progressively become more valuable. Here’s a few ideas to get you started. 10 Meaningful Employee Gifts Tie tack…

Christmas Recognition Tip #6 – Certificates

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Award certificates are an economical way to show your employees appreciation. These paper documents are personalized, signed by an authority figure and often show up in celebratory photographs. So, why not make them extra special? Here’s four ways to embellish award certificates before the big presentation. 1. Add Foil Seals. These metallic certificate additions can feature a company logo or…