The Importance of Recognition

The importance of employee recognition in today’s modern workplace has been proven in numerous studies. Employee recognition has evolved, and gone are the days of “reward and recognition” where “you do this, you get that.” It has also evolved beyond focusing on tenure of service and recognising people who meet employment milestones, although there is […]

Are your values working for your business?

I am impressed when I visit a company and they have their values, and often vision statements, proudly displayed in reception. What is less impressive is that when asked about them, many employees do not know what these values are, and more importantly what they really stand for. In one recent visit to a prospective […]

The Christmas Bonus: How to effectively reward your employees

If you are one of those managers attempting to determine what to do about Christmas bonuses this year, hold your thoughts. Although the Christmas bonus is no longer the “norm,” it is still used in many organisations as a means of rewarding staff loyalty and productivity. When it comes to end of year gifts, whether […]

Engagement is not just for Christmas

For some companies the Christmas period brings collaboration and forward planning, for others it’s a time of skeleton staff and lapsed productivity. What separates the two is their approach to employee engagement, particularly over the festive period. By and large, thought leading executives are realising that annual bonuses don’t really work. Cash incentives do little […]

Hidden costs of staff turnover

The main reason why most managers fail is their inability to retain top talent. Lack of positive feedback and recognition for contribution plays a large part in that. Many senior executives have the attitude that anyone is replaceable, like a pair of gloves, and that they can hire someone even better if a staff member […]

The benefits of giving Purpose and Meaning to your Employees

Most people would agree that we all want meaningful work, purpose and recognition for our efforts. It’s just that we don’t often receive it in the work place, which is why most people move on. Lack of positive feedback is one of the biggest reasons why people leave. Many of you will have heard the […]

STAR tips for giving employee recognition and feedback

Giving recognition is something that should be taken seriously, and if you are trying to develop a culture of recognition it is important to follow a few basic rules. First of all, put yourself in the shoes of the recipient and always consider the person being recognised. Then ask yourself this question. Why are you […]

The cost of disengagement

The level of engagement your employees exhibit on a daily basis has a profound impact on your bottom line.  Truly engaged employees work with passion and feel a sincere connection to their company.  They drive innovation and move the company forward in numerous ways. Yet a recent Gallup poll reveals only 33% of the 126 […]

Winning Support for Employee Recognition Programs

“Write peoples accomplishments in stone, and their results in the sand” – Benjamin Franklin. One of the most effective ways to boost employee satisfaction and productivity is to provide feedback and recognition for workers’ contributions. Positive reinforcement has been proven to improve performance. Many organisations implement employee recognition programs in order to develop a culture […]

Want more engaged employees? Part 2

When managing a department or a business, keeping your team stimulated, alert, and willing to work ‘above and beyond’  or give voluntary contribution to meet a deadline can sometimes be very challenging. And when projects get hectic or deadlines rapidly approach, it may feel almost impossible to maintain your employees’ focus, positive energy, and efficient […]

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