Tips & Tricks Archives

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…

They Don’t Trust the Boss, But They’ll Rent a Room to a Stranger

How important is trust for an organization? In a survey by Interaction Associates, over 80% of employees said being effective in their work requires a high degree of trust in their co-workers (85%), boss (82%) and direct reports (81%). For any organization to grow, innovate and succeed, having trust is key. Yet, a…

Being a ‘Selfless Giver’ Can Be Bad for You

Recognize This! – Givers find energy when they give in self-protective and personally meaningful ways, and when they are recognized and reminded of how their contributions matter. It’s not just about giving and taking anymore. Recent research by Adam Grant and Reb Rebele shows that the type of giving matters – specifically whether…

Flexibility Is More Important to Employees Than Almost Anything

With so much of our lives spent working, progressive organizations try to make the time there more comfortable. Happy employees are more productive, creative and stay in their jobs longer. In this candidate driven job market, employers have to find ways to enhance their job offerings to be competitive for new hires. One …

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…

The New Rules For Business Success In the Digital Age

Note: This is part one of a two part series on what’s required of successful leadership in the digital age. Part two posts tomorrow. Leadership of progressive organizations is becoming increasingly difficult as technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), increasingly impacts the corporate landscape. Rather than one ingredient for assuring business competitiveness, innovation…

5 Steps to a Safer Workplace and Lower Premiums

In the workplace, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. It doesn’t matter if employees sit at their cubicles all day and don’t use heavy equipment: In every single work environment, there is a risk of on-the-job injury or illness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, there were about…

Training Managers to Talk about Pay is a Blind Spot

One of the most frustrating statements for employees to hear from their managers is this: “HR wouldn’t let me do it and I don’t really know why.” And unfortunately, when it comes to pay, many managers either aren’t accountable or don’t understand how pay was determined. Managers are generally faced with playing a…

Are You Meeting Expectations Yourself?

You only need a simple, three point scale to evaluate job applicants as well as the performance of your present employees: “Will not meet expectations” or “Is not meeting expectations” “Will meet expectations” or “Is meeting expectations” “Will exceed expectations” or “Is exceeding expectations” Before you can do this though, you need a…

5 Ways to Check References to Avoid Toxic Employees

Have you ever attempted to check references before hiring, and run into a brick wall with the former employer giving you only name, title, and date of employment? If so, that’s understandable because they fear lawsuits. On the other hand, the former employer may give a glowing reference. And only later you find…

Stop Doing This If You Want Great Managers

What is HR doing to improve the quality of managers? Not enough, insists Rob Catalano, co-founder of Work Tango, a provider of software to measure employee engagement, obtain feedback, and help managers to be better coaches. And that’s just what his DisruptHR New York talk was about. “We are not doing enough as…