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R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP

R Scott Russell is a video host, public speaker, and a sought-after thought leader in the world of employee engagement and recognition. At C.A. Short Company, he is responsible for producing engaging content, helping clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs, and providing ongoing training and education.
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Recent Posts

OSHA COVID Guidelines: How to Prepare Workplaces in 2021 for Safety

Employee health is an essential concern for employers in all industries after everyone's battle against COVID-19 throughout most of 2020. Employers faced challenging decisions to put employee safety first and comply with the OSHA workplace safety regulations and will need to continue that course into 2021. 

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How to Use Awareness Days in Your 2021 Engagement Strategy

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen an awareness day or two floating around your Facebook and social media accounts in the form of National Taco Day or National Pizza Day. While these days can often feel manufactured, with some created for the sole purpose of boosting an industry, when implemented correctly you can use these select awareness days to increase employee engagement and foster rewards and recognition. 

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Topics: Total Recognition

Peer-to-Peer Recognition: A Secret Weapon for Increasing Employee Engagement

Employers that want to boost employee engagement are increasingly taking notice of the power of peer relationships in the workplace. The water cooler phenomenon isn't about gossip as much as it builds connections with co-workers on lighthearted topics like family, sports, and entertainment. Therefore, there is a deep well beneath the water cooler top tap to improve engagement since close work relationships and peer respect boost employee satisfaction by 50%, making it seven times more likely to engage fully in their work. 

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Topics: peer-to-peer-recognition

How to Engage Your Virtual Workforce in 2021

Workforce engagement is always important for your business, but it has probably never been as challenging to achieve and maintain as it is right now. Many businesses worldwide are still managing a fully or partially remote workforce while also toggling coronavirus prevention measures for on-site workers, making it difficult to focus on core organizational goals like employee engagement.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

10 Types of Employee Recognition Awards

Most people want to feel valued in various aspects of life, and work is certainly no exception. Since employees study, train, and strive to gain professional experience they can share with their employers, they need to know that their efforts are appreciated.

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Topics: Total Recognition, Employee Engagement

The Importance of Employee Engagement in Healthcare & How to Improve It

A healthy and productive work environment is one in which everyone can better meet their respective and collective goals. Employee engagement is a core component in creating and fostering such an environment. People Managing People refers to employee engagement as a relationship formed among colleagues and management in any industry, including healthcare.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Engaged vs. Disengaged Employees: What do Engaged Employees Do Differently?

Disengaged workers are not good for business and end up affecting their organization's bottom line, and in the larger scheme, they cost the U.S. economy $350 billion annually in lost productivity. Many of these employees have a way of maintaining a bad attitude and infecting others with it, bringing down camaraderie and team morale.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

4 Factors Driving Employee Engagement in 2021

Walk into a business where employees and management rarely communicate or express pleasure in teamwork, and you will find a company that might soon face substantial trouble. Without healthy engagement among coworkers and management, employers might lose valuable employees because it is a telltale sign that employees' needs are not being met and perhaps are not even considered.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Fun and Easy Ways to Encourage Peer-to-Peer Recognition


A handwritten note from an executive. An award to honor years of service. Maybe even a personalized gift from a manager.

There are many ways your company can recognize your employees for their hard work. But if your business only engages in top-down recognition, you may not attain the company culture you’re seeking.

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Topics: peer-to-peer-recognition

How to Host a Socially-Distanced Employee Event in 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, hosting employee events and celebrations has been difficult and uncertain. What many managers and employers are struggling to address is the need for social interaction among employees. Workforces around the world are craving face-to-face engagement, but employees also want to feel safe while participating in group events. While the task may seem unapproachable in the current health climate, it is something that needs to be a priority for businesses as we head into 2021.

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