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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Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment?

Job applicants might try to cheat a per-hire assessment. Personality assessments offer many advantages, but they also seem like they could be easy to cheat. These assessments allow you to freely select your responses—there is nothing to prevent you from selecting responses that might make you look good, even if they don’t accurately describe you. But how often does cheating actually happen, and how does it affect the reliability and validity of assessments?   Research on cheating What does it look like when someone fakes a personality assessment? If you want to find out, just ask people to do it. […]

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How to Evaluate Pre-Employment Assessments

Pre-employment assessments can improve the speed and accuracy of hiring decisions. Unfortunately, not all pre-employment assessments are equally useful. How can you tell the difference?   In this week’s article, we cover 4 critical areas that every employer should consider before making the decision to use a pre-employment assessment: Reliability, Validity, Validation, and Legal Considerations.   Reliability A pre-employment assessment that isn’t reliable cannot be valid. Remember that. This doesn’t mean that reliability and validity are interchangeable—it’s still possible to reliably measure something that isn’t valid or useful. More on that in the next section.   Reliability is just the […]

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Are You Hiring a Psychopath? 4 Warning Signs

Psychopaths are people that essentially don’t care about other people. They typically only look out for their own interests, and may have no sense of empathy or remorse. Some won’t even try to hide it. But others have learned how to act like “normal” people—and even how to make a great first impression in an interview.   How can you tell if you’re about to hire a psychopath? Keep reading for 4 hidden clues that research has linked to psychopathy.     1. Pay attention to emotional expressions Emotions can provide important clues. You need to understand the distinction between […]

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When Bad Stress is Good

Sometimes stress at work can be “good.” It can help you to get excited, and show real passion for your work. A stressful experience might even help you to identify and fix serious problems in the workplace.   But stress at work is often “bad.” It grinds people down over time. It can lead to loss of motivation and burnout, and contribute to a variety of health problems. How can this type of stress possibly ever be a good thing?     The difference between “good” stress and “bad” stress We can see the difference happen, physically in the body. […]

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