3 Types of Employee Recognition (with Very Different Results)

People want to be recognized for their work. It’s fairly obvious that employee recognition can contribute to motivation, productivity and engagement. But did you know that different forms of recognition can lead to very different results?   In this article, we break down employee recognition into 3 basic types, and the different effects each tends to have.     1. Achievement-based recognition When most people think of employee recognition, this is what they think of. Employees receive certain rewards if, or when, they achieve certain goals.   Achievement-based incentive programs can be useful, but often don’t produce the intended results. […]

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Sleep Reveals Your Personality

Sleep is important. It determines the times of day you can be most productive. Not only does quality sleep help you to rest and recover so you can show up energized for work, it can actually determine job satisfaction. You can even use sleep to recover lost memories that had previously been forgotten.   But did you know that patterns of sleep and wakefulness can reveal important aspects of your personality? A group of researchers recently analyzed data from more than 16,000 people to uncover the hidden links between personality and sleep.     Patterns of sleep and wakefulness Are […]

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The Future in High-Performance HR

It’s important to think about the future. No, this isn’t an article about innovative hiring strategies or the best applicant tracking technologies. That article would have been called something like “The Future of High-Performance HR.”   This article is about thinking about the future—more specifically, how thinking about the future determines the success of HR systems.     The impact of HR systems How do we know if HR systems achieve desired outcomes? Some core systems are easier to test. Do they make a process more efficient, cost-effective, or compliant with laws and regulations? The answer is pretty much yes […]

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The Ben Franklin Effect: Giving to Get Business Results

Benjamin Franklin is a notable historical figure for many reasons. One reason is a brilliant observation: that you can get someone to like you, by getting them to do a favor for you. This is known as The Ben Franklin Effect.   His autobiography describes how he once used this knowledge to his advantage, turning a rival legislator into a helpful friend: Having heard that he had in his library a certain very scarce and curious book, I wrote a note to him, expressing my desire of perusing that book, and requesting he would do me the favour of lending […]

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3 New Insights on Work-Life Balance

How can you balance “work” with the rest of “life?” It is a tricky question—it can be difficult to decide what we really mean by balance. There are actually 5 different ways people tend to think about it.   Then perhaps the best first step is to understand how ‘work’ and ‘life’ really influence our happiness. In this article, we discuss 3 insights from recent research.     1. Two different types of balance There are two basic ways that “work” and “life” can influence one another.   Conflict Aspects of one area can damage, impede, or prevent desired outcomes in […]

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