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Talking About the Generations

As Baby Boomers continue to retire from the workforce at a rapid pace, they’re quickly being replaced by the fresh young faces from Generation Z. Here’s a look at the differences in what motivates the generations, and what younger employees (Millennials and Generation Z) are looking for in an employer.

December 3, 2018

Recruitment: Finding the Ideal Team Member –...

I’ve been involved in recruitment for as long as I can remember. Recently it’s been in a professional setting, recruiting for a variety of roles from the VP of Operations for the 2016 Rio Olympics to sign-spinners advertising a phone company… like I said a WIDE variety of roles. However, I’ve been assembling teams for as long as I can remember. I developed my amateur recruiting skills while picking players for my playground basketball team, and I continued to use the selection process in college when I learned the art of selecting the right classmates for a group project. Pro-tip: always pi

September 26, 2018

Keep Your Remote Workers Engaged – VIDEO

Are your remote workers engaged? In this installment of our new video series, Xceleration President and CEO Ben Levenbaum explains how to keep your remote team members engaged and feeling like they are part of the team.

September 5, 2018

Positivity Part 2: Change Your Outlook (Guest Blog)

Editor's Note: This is part two of a series of guest blog posts about the power of positivity.  Find part one here. PMA! PMA! Is what we heard for a week in cheerleading camp.  At first, we were all confused.  What is PMA? Finally, they let us in on the secret.  PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude.  It's been a long time since I was at cheerleading camp, but PMA has stuck with me all these years.  In all my activities, relationships, jobs, etc… I try to always incorporate an attitude of positivity. Contrary to what you might think, having a positive attitude isn't all sweetness and n

August 22, 2018

Engineering Global Recognition

90% of the client's employees participate in the program The program has experienced an average year over-year growth of 17%. 3,000+ nominations are made monthly, contributing to a culture of on-the-spot recognition and leading the company forward. After 10+ years, the program continues to evolve, incorporating new methods of recognition and vehicles of engagement.

December 3, 2018

Xceleration’s Cultural Transformation Case ...

66% of nominations are now submitted for colleagues across office locations. 26% quarter-over-quarter increase in nominations for our "Collaboration" behavioral standard. Employee and manager rating gaps closed during each review cycle, indicating improved understanding and communication among teams. Employee performance improved upon program adoption: employee ratings in all 4 behavior areas increased 9x quarter-over-quarter.

December 3, 2018

Juicing Your Team: Creating A High-Performance Cu...

There is something special about a large organization operating at its peak, every part humming in sync, contributing to the cause. Whether it is a sports team poised to make a championship run or a business innovating and making an impact in their field, we’ve identified three characteristics of high-performance cultures- all of which can be obtained, though it may not be easy. THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM Before playing Ohio State in 1983, legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler stood before his Wolverines in the locker room and delivered a pep talk for the ages

October 4, 2017

Are You Keeping Your Millennials Connected?

Being a manager isn’t easy.  You don’t need us to tell you that. In addition to managing different personalities, now each employee comes with the unique characteristics of their own generation- and if you have just begun to embrace how to manage Millennials, just wait. The next generation, Generation Z, is on deck. Managing a multi-general workforce isn’t as daunting as it seems, but it does take patience and a specific approach to each individual member of your team. Mike Andersen is a Human Resource Specialist/Recruiter with Xceleration and believes learning how to manage the individu

August 30, 2017

Positivity Part 2: Change Your Outlook (Guest Blog)

Editor's Note: This is part two of a series of guest blog posts about the power of positivity.  Find part one here. PMA! PMA! Is what we heard for a week in cheerleading camp.  At first, we were all confused.  What is PMA? Finally, they let us in on the secret.  PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude.  It's been a long time since I was at cheerleading camp, but PMA has stuck with me all these years.  In all my activities, relationships, jobs, etc… I try to always incorporate an attitude of positivity. Contrary to what you might think, having a positive attitude isn't all sweetness and n

August 22, 2018

Sales Incentive Programs: The Critical Components

Your sales incentive program treads a very thin line. On one hand, it needs to motivate your team members to achieve new goals. On the other hand, it needs to not alienate other team members who maybe have more challenging territories or aren’t as experienced as the reps who frequently reach individual and team goals. So, what do you look for in an incentive program? Mark Houck is Director of New Business Development at Xceleration, and he believes there is no bigger, more important element of a successful sales program than a quality sales incentive platform. “There is an opportunity

July 18, 2018

Earning Trust in the Office

Trust is built with consistency. -Lincoln Chafee   Earning trust in the office place, whether you are a member of the rank and file or a manager, takes time and effort. It’s a combination of what you do, what you say, and how you choose to conduct yourself that dictates if – and how quickly – you will earn the trust of your co-workers. It is entirely possible you will spend more time with this group of people than with any other person in your life right now, including a spouse or significant other, so trust and success travel hand-in-hand. Trust is important because you ha

May 9, 2018

How to Increase and Keep Your Customers’ Lo...

Attracting customers is a challenge every business faces. Keeping customer's loyalty is part two of that challenge and studies show that, perhaps surprisingly, it is more expensive to attract a new customer than it is to keep a customer you already have. Creating customer loyalty is a real science. The traditional “buy five sandwiches and get the sixth free” punch card mentality that some companies employ just isn’t enough to keep your consumers engaged. So how do you engage with your customer base beyond the purchase transaction, and what are the ways your company can benefit from an en

March 14, 2018

Making the Case for Travel

Sending your best-performing team members packing has long-lasting effects on their performance, your overall team morale, your ability to recruit new talent, and ultimately – your bottom line. If you’re not convinced travel motivates team members (particularly younger employees) like nothing else, take a look at these statistics.

December 3, 2018

Sales Incentive Programs: The Critical Components

Your sales incentive program treads a very thin line. On one hand, it needs to motivate your team members to achieve new goals. On the other hand, it needs to not alienate other team members who maybe have more challenging territories or aren’t as experienced as the reps who frequently reach individual and team goals. So, what do you look for in an incentive program? Mark Houck is Director of New Business Development at Xceleration, and he believes there is no bigger, more important element of a successful sales program than a quality sales incentive platform. “There is an opportunity

July 18, 2018

Trending: Travel Incentive Experiences (Guest Blog)

Recently, someone shared with me their observation that my approach to the process of travel planning is more like that of an artist, working on my next creation. The comparison resonated with me on a deep level, prompting me to look up the definition of ART and this is what I found: art (ärt/) noun the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. I thought this definition fully captured the essence and heartbeat of how I, along with the travel design team at Xceleration, approach e

January 31, 2018

Five Great Reasons to Offer Travel Incentives

We have covered a lot of ground talking about travel rewards, and why they’re more viable now than ever as a sales incentive.  You can find those blogs here, here, and here. In those entries you will find more details as to why travel is so great, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s discuss the five best reasons you should be offering travel incentives right now. Our experts in this field are: Xceleration Director of New Business Mark Houck And Xceleration Director of Travel Design Laura Hildenbrandt   5 The Relative Cost Looking at the big picture, offering travel

January 24, 2018