November 30, 2022
“What gets recognized gets reinforced, and what gets reinforced gets repeated.”
In today’s ultra-competitive work environment, the companies with the winning edge are the ones that have the best-trained and well-skilled staff. However, even the best employees cannot perform well (or may even jump ship) when they are not motivated enough. Praise and recognition provide the kind of positive experience that can increase employees’ morale, motivation and engagement, and renew their commitment to their organization. This is why employee praise and recognition in the workplace has to be an innate part of any company’s culture.
What is Employee Recognition?
Employee recognition is the acknowledgment of a company’s staff for exemplary performance. It is the timely informal or formal acknowledgement of a person’s behavior, effort, or business result that supports the organization’s goals and values and exceeds normal expectations.
Why Employee Recognition Matters
One of the biggest motivators for employees is to be held in high esteem by their peers. The best way of earning this respect is to be acknowledged for being good at what they do.
An increasing number of businesses are becoming proponents of mutual recognition, claiming that asking colleagues to praise each other helps to create a genuine atmosphere of positivity and fuels a sense of belonging and purpose. Employees thrive off acknowledgement and praise. Especially in the age of hybrid and remote work, it is not uncommon to experience feelings of isolation, so knowing that your co-workers appreciate you and value your input can help to effectively combat this.
But don’t just take our word for it – there’s plenty of data to back up the value of employee recognition programs.
- 63% of employees who are recognized are unlikely to look for a new job.
- 82% of employees consider recognition an important part of their happiness at work.
- 40% of employed Americans would put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often.
One of the benefits of recognition and praise is that it helps create employee engagement. Workers won’t be engaged if they feel like nobody cares. A manager who praises is one who’s paying attention to the work and the worker. That personalized attention is crucial for the creation of an emotional bond between employees and the organization. And the strength of that bond, in turn, is behind higher productivity, lower turnover, fewer mistakes and accidents, and ultimately, higher profits.
Another benefit of employee recognition and praise in the workplace is that it can be the foundation of cultivating a culture of self-improvement. One of the best methods for staff recognition is to provide them with opportunities to learn and make themselves better at what they do. To take it a step further, it is also ideal to incentivize learning – reward those who have taken the time to focus on self-improvement.
There are countless ways to put employee recognition in the workplace into action; however, it all begins with company culture. A winning employee recognition program starts with having a company culture that advocates appreciation for top performers. This can be the foundation for solid staff engagement, continuous employee development, and an integral part of the company’s retention strategy for the future.
November 21, 2022
Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020 cases of diabetes have risen to an estimated 37 million (or 1 in 10 people in the U.S.). November is National Diabetes Month and is a great time to bring attention to this disease and its impact on millions of Americans.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body converts food to energy. With diabetes, the body either no longer makes insulin or the insulin that is made no longer works as well as it should. Either way, high levels of glucose (a form of sugar) build up in the blood. When this happens, your body can respond in some serious ways that include liver damage, stroke, heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease and damage to the feet or legs.
Most Common Types of Diabetes
- Type 1 – usually diagnosed in children and teens. Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin every day to survive.
- Type 2 – develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults (but is developing more today in children and teens also). With Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and can’t keep blood sugar at normal levels.
- Gestational Diabetes – develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes.
7 Warning Signs of Diabetes
- Frequent Urination
- Increased Thirst or Dry Mouth
- Unexpected Weight Loss
- Persistent Hunger
- Foot Pain and Numbness
- Blurred Vision
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone responsible for breaking down the sugar in the blood for use throughout the body. People living with type 1 diabetes need to administer insulin with injections or an insulin pump.
There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Once a person receives their diagnosis, they will need to regularly monitor their blood sugar levels, administer insulin, and make some lifestyle changes to help manage the condition.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, occurs when your cells don’t respond normally to insulin, which is known as insulin resistance. You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age but it occurs most often in middle-aged and older people and tends to appear gradually. In most cases, medication along with changes in exercise and diet can help manage type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a hormone made by the placenta prevents the body from using insulin effectively. Unlike type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes is not caused by a lack of insulin, but by other hormones produced during pregnancy that can make insulin less effective. Gestational diabetic symptoms disappear following delivery but gestational diabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.
There is good news for those living with diabetes – and those at risk. Experts are learning more all the time about lifestyle steps for diabetes control and prevention. New medications and devices can also help you control your blood sugar and prevent complications. For more information on diabetes and how to make good choices, visit the American Diabetes Association website.
November 9, 2022
First came the pandemic, which was followed by The Great Resignation and the labor shortage, and now quiet quitting. Employers are challenged to attract and retain employees among all these upheavals, keep them engaged, and maintain a psychologically safe work environment.
Higher wages, hiring bonuses, increased benefits packages all sound like possible solutions. If your current retention strategy is not having the impact you want, it’s time to think beyond traditional financial incentives. Consider exploring emotional compensation, which Michael Lee Stallard, cofounder and president of E Pluribus Partners, a think tank and consultancy, believes will be increasingly important and valued by employees.
Emotional compensation is based on meeting seven universal human needs that allow people to thrive at work. They are respect, recognition, meaning, belonging, autonomy, personal growth, and progress. Stallard says that the resulting sense of connection from having these needs met engenders positive emotions and makes us feel connected to our work and our colleagues. Developing this connection dramatically increases an organization’s chance of retaining employees.
Let’s look at each of these universal needs with a focus on what managers can do. Since they work closely with their team on a daily basis, they are well positioned to take action. There are so many things that leaders in organizations can do to create a culture of respect. It starts, of course, with living the values. Beyond that:
Precisely, show your current staff the kind of interest you took in them when you were recruiting them to join your organization regardless of their tenure or how well you think you know them. Ask sincere, open-ended questions and listen carefully to their responses. You will probably be amazed at what you learn.\
Ask Their Opinion
Since they are closest to the work, ask about possible solutions to real problems. Listen to their answers and give feedback. If you can’t adopt their idea, let them know the business reasons why. If you can use it, give them credit publicly and if possible, reward them too. Being asked lets employees know you value their knowledge and intelligence.
One of the simplest things a manager can do to express employee appreciation and recognition is to say thank you—and it costs nothing to do so. With all the hand wringing over employees quitting their jobs, employee recognition should be paramount on every manager’s task list.
Let them know their work matters. Let people know often how much value they and their work bring to your organization. Let them know they make a difference. Send personal, handwritten notes. You’d be surprised how powerful that can be. Silence, on the other hand, can send a negative message—that the work and the worker has no value.
We all want to do work that matters—that has a purpose. Every employee wants to feel a connection to their organization’s mission and values.
Explain where they fit. Let each employee know how their work fits into the work of your department, and how the department’s work fits into the organization’s strategic goals, mission, and values. For example, describe to support staff, like procurement or accounting, how their work supports the sales and engineering departments, which bring in the organization’s revenue.
Talk more about why you do certain things in your department. It can make a big difference if people know not just that some tasks must be done but why those tasks are significant to the big picture.
Make room for light-hearted fun in the workplace. When people are having fun, they are happier, friendlier and open, fostering workplace friendships. Workplace friendships taps into the basic need for a sense of belonging and removes any feeling of being in competition with coworkers.
Light-hearted fun has such a positive impact on productivity, engagement and retention. It lets employees know that they belong—belong to a team and an organization that values their emotional well-being. It also unleashes creativity, which can result in higher productivity.
Autonomy and flexibility are critical for retaining staff, especially now. In this world of virtual work, autonomy allows for a degree of control over one’s working conditions and processes. It includes the flexibility of where work and when is performed. Managers must examine what work hours, scheduling, and patterns are best for individuals and their teams; how work is organized and accomplished; and how flexibility impacts productivity and outcomes to meet the needs of all.
Employees must still be accountable to get the work accomplished and be available for meetings, calls, and other collaborative efforts.
Assuming you can offer your employees more autonomy, listen to them and understand their needs. One thing we learned during the pandemic: If employees are treated in a supportive and humane way, productivity doesn’t suffer.
Employees want the opportunity to learn and grow. It’s one reason cited for them leaving their jobs. And it’s so much easier to recruit internally than externally, especially in tight labor markets.
Create a Learning Culture
Encourage your employees to be lifelong learners. It starts by modeling lifelong learning behaviors, such as sharing podcasts, TedTalks, and YouTube videos. Consider developing a resource library including books, articles, webcasts, podcasts, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Encourage employees to contribute to this resource and to share the things they are learning. It will keep them engaged and expand their professional and personal interests.
You’ve made growth opportunities available to your employees, but how do you know if progress is being made? Follow up with an employee once they’ve taken advantage of an opportunity. Ask them what they’ve learned, what needs clarification, if others might benefit, and how they might apply what they learned.
Such questions and feedback provide managers an opportunity to consider new assignments, projects, or tasks—perhaps a growth assignment—that could help prepare the employee for future roles with the organization, a way for an employee to progress.
Of course, employees must take responsibility for their growth and progress, but managers guide them through this journey and help set realistic career goals.
According to Gallup, employee engagement has declined for the first time in more than a decade, from 36% engaged employees in 2020 to 34% in 2021—and now 32% in 2022. What better time for organizations to focus on how to create the connections people want and organizations need?
By Cornelia Gamlem and Barbara Mitchell
Originally posted on HR Exchange Network
November 7, 2022
Human Resources management is always evolving. Over the years, it has become a more prominent part of every business because it is principally responsible for recruiting and retaining the talent that allows the organization to achieve goals and flourish.
No longer merely an administrative department, Human Resources professionals align talent management and hiring decisions with business objectives. They are welcome in the C‑suite, and their reach continues to expand beyond overseeing hiring, benefits, and company regulations.
November 1, 2022
The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, recently released the Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Wellness to set a new standard for expectations of employers. In this new normal, Human Resources leaders must take some responsibility for the wellbeing of those who work in their organization.
October 24, 2022
There may not be an “I” in team, but there is an “I” in disengaged.
What does this have to do with leadership? Well, regardless of what, why and where you lead, you — as the leader — are directly responsible for the engagement of those who follow you. It’s up to you to decide whether you are leading positively or negatively — and whether you choose to focus on engagement or merely output.
October 19, 2022
Choosing the right benefits during open-enrollment season is so important and can help save money. It can also give individuals and families broader support with their health. Benefits like medical coverage are particularly important with high inflation having such a big impact on people’s budgets.
A survey by UnitedHealthcare found that nearly 40% of employees devote less than one hour to the open enrollment process. It is crucial to carefully analyze your benefits during open enrollment as any decisions you make will likely be locked for the year until the next open enrollment period. Don’t rush into open enrollment without carefully considering your options!
October 11, 2022
Tags: Data Privacy
An unfathomable excess of online data is generated every day as the global economy churns; individuals take to social media; and modern life strives to keep pace with advancing technology.
Securing that data is rapidly becoming a necessity as companies recognize it as an asset and realize the potential value in collecting, using, and sharing it.
October 3, 2022
For most employers, employee benefits represent a significant portion of their overall budget and a critical part of their employee recruitment and retention strategy. Benefits vary from employer to employer but can range from medical or dental insurance to flexible spending accounts, life and disability insurance, and more. The annual process of renewing those benefits involves a great deal of work, most of which is unseen by employees.
September 26, 2022
According to most retirement savings statistics, saving for retirement is something a lot of people put on the backburner. Until it is too late, that is.
For some people, the reason is that they are simply living paycheck to paycheck, so there isn’t much left to put aside. Others have some leftover money after covering the monthly expenses but aren’t sure how much they need to put in their retirement fund. Retirement is expensive and you need to know how much money you will need each year.