Employee Recognition

5 Tips For Using Recognition to Make Your “B” Players Soar

Companies used to embrace the idea of showering top performers with praise and rewards as a way to boost productivity. The thinking was that since these employees want to be here, they will work harder with more encouragement. However it can become difficult to encourage incentive goals for employees who are so aware…

When ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ Aren’t Enough

Saying “please” and “thank you” is one of the most fundamental communication strategies we use to project our own intentions and gauge the intentions of others. That is why it is crucial to use them in the workplace — arguably, with no exceptions. This is not a tall order however. Most people, when…

Rewarding People For Results Is a Mistake

Beware of people who say things like, “I’m the sort of person who likes to get things done.” They almost always make this remark when trying to impress an interviewer, colleague, or manager. The implication is that while all the losers around them are busy being losers, these are the stars of your organization. Often, though, they’re…

HR Roundtable: How HR Can Encourage Encouragement

We decided to start the HR Roundtable (of Cincinnati) off in 2017 on a positive note. The topic was “Encouragement At Work” and we were going to explore how to make this more of the norm versus an exception. Since we skipped meeting in January, people were eager to reconvene and get into…

A Few Words About Hiring, Managing and Training

Short takes on hiring, managing and training from the Humetrics blog: Cultural fit Want to know what that job applicant’s life philosophy and values are? Try this interview question: “You have just agreed to give the commencement address to your local high school graduating class. What would your message be?” Job posting advice…

5 Unique Ways to Pump Up Employee Recognition

When you think of NBCUniversal employees, who do you think of? Most people tend to think of the people in front of the camera. But Jayzen Patria, executive director of talent development for NBCUniversal, sought to change that image with the creation of the Talent Lab, a program that recognizes all employees and…

Lifecycle Mastery: A Learning Culture is the Key to Getting Great Performance

This is part five of a six part look at how employers can master the talent lifecycle in a way that will help build a high performing workforce. Today’s post examines performance management. Previous posts are listed at the end of this article. ———— The point of performance management is clear — to…

Feedback By Tech Or Face-to-Face?

A common concern raised by HR and managers when they begin using a feedback tool is what kind of impact it will have on face-to-face feedback. Will it actually disrupt communication flows in the office, rather than improve them? As with all new technology, the benefits can be significant when integrated in a…

4 Steps HR Can Take to Improve Employee Feedback

Employees are hungry for clear feedback and they’re not getting it. This was one of the major findings from a study conducted by the authors of The 2020 Workplace. When employees were surveyed on the abilities they wanted most in their manager, getting “straight feedback” was the capability rated as the most lacking…

How Recognition Reinforces Your Company’s Core Values

Recognize This! – A social recognition solution aligned to core values helps ensure that those values are lived by all employees and actively managed by leaders. Have you thought about where the core values at your company came from? In all probability, they were developed as a way to successfully drive a specific…

Facebook Shows Us How to Do Recognition the Right Way

Even though his organization is all about connecting people virtually, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently did a stellar job connecting in person when he inadvertently delivered a clinic on workplace presentations for an employee’s ten-year anniversary. The KX Factor Employee Kang-Xing Jin, known as “KX” to his colleagues, was a dear…

Growth Comes Best In A More Human Workplace

Recognize This! – Growth within a human workplace combines traditional learning opportunities with the recognition of a challenge- and fun-oriented mindset. In today’s post, I wanted to revisit a set of findings from the 2016 WorkHuman Research Institute ROI of Recognition survey. As we explored the sets of practices that contribute to a…