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Developing a formal and effective employee retent...

As the global economy strengthens, businesses today are experiencing increased pressure to retain employees. People are becoming more comfortable leaving a company they are not completely satisfied with and seeking employment elsewhere. Over the past few years, the unemployment rate has remained relatively steady at approximately 5 percent. For some industries, however, that number is even less. CIO Senior Managing Editor Rich Hein recently reported that the unemployment rate for the technology market is about 3 percent. As the Internet of Things makes its way into virtually all aspects ...

February 9, 2016

How workplace entertainment can facilitate employ...

Most people spend the majority of their week at work, so it is important that they generally enjoy the environment. There are many factors that contribute to an employee's level of job satisfaction, such as the relationship they have with their coworkers, how and when they are recognized by mangers and the types of perks and benefits offered to them. All of these can influence a business's retention rates and are some of the reasons why organizations are encouraged to implement employee engagement programs. However, there is one aspect of corporate culture that many executives tend to ov...

February 6, 2016

How to keep millennial employees happy with recog...

People in their twenties have expectations of workplace culture that differ from preceding generations. A big differentiator that corporate leaders must take note of is that employee reward and recognition programs are a key component in retaining millennial employees, also called 'Generation Y,' to reference anyone born between the late 1980s and early 2000s.Unfortunately, research conducted by Blackhawk Engagement has found that many companies aren't as effective as they could be in satisfying this age bracket of workers. It is important for business owners to realiz...

February 5, 2016

Happy, rewarded employees drive productivity

The direct link between employee engagement and performance is one of the many reasons why reward and recognition programs are so important today. Improving conditions for individual employees will drive the company as a whole, with a potentially massive impact on the bottom line. Due to this potential for change, leaders should have no trouble committing to programs that will help their workers thrive. But what form should those strategies take? What type of experiences will help the team become more deeply involved with everyday tasks? There are a few different answers to these questions ...

October 23, 2015

Three factors that shape employee engagement

Engaged workers are more motivated and committed to their jobs. They tend to perform better and collaborate well with others. It's no surprise that managers often seek ways to increase engagement, such as by using reward and recognition programs. In addition to strategies that provide incentives for better performance, the following factors play a strong role in whether workers excel on the job:Enjoyment. They might have all the right skills, but if they dislike their jobs, most workers will be disengaged and inclined to seek other opportunities, Newsobserver.com noted. Managers can tr...

February 25, 2014

Foster positive relationships for workplace produ...

There's a tendency in business thinking to draw too rigid a line between people and profit. On the one hand, it can be easy for managers to fall into the bad habit of seeking the highest possible employee productivity without regard for the happiness and satisfaction of individuals. Conversely, staff are often quick to fault their employers with prioritizing output over work-life balance. But if companies are to optimize employee engagement and productivity simultaneously, they may soon find they have to eradicate this unhelpful dichotomy. Reward and recognition programs can go a ...

December 30, 2013

Study finds employees want collaboration, managem...

The value of employee satisfaction doesn't end with promoting positive feelings within the office. Rather, engaged workers help improve a business's bottom line, as companies get more for their money when they cultivate happy, productive staff. As such, it's key to implement strategies that make people feel good about their work. Employee reward programs can do this, and best management practices can be equally vital, especially when used on a consistent, day-to-day basis. HR solutions firm TINYpulse recently released the results of its annual employee engagement survey, and its findings s...

December 12, 2013

Employee satisfaction requires a culture of engag...

In past years, companies have come a long way in creating positive, sustainable work environments in which employees can thrive. Employee reward programs, in-office perks and fluid staff-manager communications all contribute to fostering a positive culture within firms.When it comes to employee engagement, however, there's still plenty of room for improvement. A recent study by Aon Hewitt found that 40 percent of workers at companies worldwide either remain passive or said they are actively disengaged at their jobs. What's more, firms simply can't afford not to addr...

December 2, 2013

Companies investigate office space to improve emp...

Employee reward and recognition programs are looking beyond workers' personal desires and are focusing on the physical office space to improve company culture and productivity. Firms are starting to embrace the theory that there's a strong correlation between space and a workforce's overall motivation and productivity, Design Build Source reports. As a result, many businesses are hiring designers to help them transform their offices into a place where staff members want to be every day. Some of the changes made include increasing the amount of natural light, improving air qua...

November 30, 2012

Giving the perfect gift this holiday season

The end of the year is a great opportunity to recognize the contributions of employees. Everyone has put forth their best efforts to create another successful year, and taking the time to acknowledge hard work can lift employee morale and boost engagement levels. Many companies use the holiday season to provide thoughtful gifts to their staff as a sign of appreciation. However, organizations can struggle with exactly what to provide. Entrepreneur Magazine notes that great business gifts are both thoughtful and personalized. Providing something each employee will use and enjoy is challenging...

November 20, 2012