Category: Recognition Tips for Managers

Is It Time to Redefine Your Recognition Program?

We all know that employees aren’t motivated by money alone. Some of your top achievers may be highly engaged because they believe in the organization’s mission.

Manage Smarter 58: High-Five! Cultures and the Internal Experience

Meg Manke is COO of Rose Group International and co-author of "iX Leadership: Create High Five Cultures and Guide Transformation" In this episode, we discuss: how internal culture can equal leadership failure; the axis to assess culture types and work preferences; and implementing clarity and accountability with the “Mad Hatter” Principle.

Are You Overpraising Your Employees?

In a recent Fast Company column, Michael Litt points out that overpraising can start to seem a little like giving people prizes just for showing up. Is there a better way? Yes!

How Much Are You Spending on Your Employee Recognition Program?

Your employees are probably getting called by recruiters regularly. And, they’re likely hearing about the great salaries and benefits they could be scoring at one of your competitors’ companies. How are you going to retain them?

How To Retain Key Employees in The New Year

It’s that holiday time of the year. I’m not talking about how to hire help in advance of the busy season. This post is about how to stop the exodus of employees that happens after the new calendar year starts.

Are You Taking Gamification Too Far?

Abraham Lincoln made the biblical phrase “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” famous. While Lincoln was referring to the debate about slavery in our country, sales managers should be thinking about this phrase in the context of employee rewards and recognition.

How to Engage the Employee You Didn’t Promote

We’ve all had times when we haven’t been able to give an employee a key assignment or the raise they deserve. After a while, employees who receive too many pieces of bad news gradually disengage.

Are You Delegating Enough Tasks?

As a manager, one of your most crucial tasks is to develop your employees. Part of that development means delegating responsibilities.

Manage Smarter 27 — Dr. Paul White: Appreciation at Work

Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. He is the coauthor of three books including, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, written with Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages), which has sold over 250,000 copies. In episode 27, we discuss: the difference between recognition and appreciation; how should managers best show their appreciation and how often; and the five languages of appreciation.

Does Your Recognition System Need a Reboot?

You may have heard stories from your parents or grandparents about old-school recognition programs – something along the lines of receiving a gold watch and being shown the door after twenty years of stellar service. In today’s competitive environment, you need to do better.

Do Your Recognition Programs Have the Right Stuff?

When employees do a great job, your managers may publicly praise them, and they may get a gift card or a bonus. This established pattern in most organizations certainly builds loyalty. But your recognition programs could be doing so much more.

How Do Managers at Your Company Show Gratitude?

As the winter holiday season approaches, we often take a minute to reflect on what we’re grateful for and what we’d like to improve on in the coming year. Business leaders should also be taking stock of which activities are creating the right culture at work. On soul2work​.com, Scott Mabry suggests five ways leaders can highlight gratitude to improve the office environment.

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