Tag Archives: motivation

The Witness Effect: How Social Recognition and Gratitude Impact Everyone

  It’s a fair bet that you knew being thanked makes you feel good. You probably even knew that feeling grateful also makes you feel good. But did you know that just witnessing gratitude can give you a boost? One of the more interesting things … Read full posting »

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Happiness, Flow, and How to Be a Better Leader

One of the more interesting notions to come out of the field of positive psychology is the idea of “flow.” A term in workplace psychology, flow has been described as the “secret to happiness” and is far more important than money in driving motivation at … Read full posting »

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The Motivational Power of Giving

Here’s a question: Who really benefits from recognition? If you said “the employees who get recognized and rewarded,” you’re partly right. Studies show that recognized employees are both happier with their work and more motivated. But an increasing body of evidence is showing that the … Read full posting »

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Cultivating Your High Potentials with Recognition

Let me get this out of the way first and say that you should effectively manage, identify, recognize and reward ALL of your employees. That said, there is no question that an effective strategy for identifying and developing your “high potential” employees—aka, Hi-Pos—is important to … Read full posting »

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Why Managers Fail to Recognize Employee Contributions

Occasionally we feature a guest blogger who brings new perspectives on key issues in the worlds of culture, engagement and recognition. This week we welcome Leigh Branham, founder of Keeping the People, Inc. and author of “The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave.” After 20 years … Read full posting »

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The Science of Gratitude and Well-Being

  Regularly expressing gratitude is amazingly good for us—and by extension our workplaces— in more ways than we might realize. Gratitude comes in many forms. Researchers of gratitude define it as: “an emotion which occurs after people receive aid which is perceived as costly, valuable, … Read full posting »

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3 Things That You’re Thankful For

In my family, we have a long-standing tradition on Thanksgiving. At some point in the busy day, somewhere in between the mixed nuts and the pumpkin pie, we share with one another a list of three things we are thankful for, from the previous year. … Read full posting »

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Pay It Forward: Sharing the Recognition Journey

On December 12 (3pm ET), we will host a webinar with Amy Montefinese, VP Global Total Rewards & HR Operations at Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell is a leading worldwide distributor of electronic components, and Amy will join us to talk about the process of defining … Read full posting »

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Protecting Employees From Organizational Trauma

  From time to time in our professional lives, we encounter events at work that shake the foundations of our organization, and leave employees feeling bewildered, distrustful, insecure or even unsafe. Anyone who has been through a merger, layoff, or unexpected natural disaster can attest … Read full posting »

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Reviewing the Performance Review

In my last post, I gave a rough outline of the state of the annual performance review and discussed the widely-held belief that the traditional performance review is a mid-century fossil. While I was writing this post, I decided to hop on Twitter for a … Read full posting »

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