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March Madness: Doesn't Mean You Bench Employee Engagement

The 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a planned single-elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2019–20 season. On March 12, 2020, the tournament was canceled in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It was the first time that the tournament had been canceled since its creation in 1939.

On March 11, 2020, the NCAA announced the entire tournament, like the women's, would be conducted with "only essential staff and limited family attendance" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some venues (such as those within the states of Ohio and California) enacted further local numerical restrictions on the numbers of those who could attend an event, which the NCAA agreed to respect.

It was also reported that for practicality reasons, the NCAA was considering re-locating some of the later rounds (including the regional finals, and the Final Four, originally scheduled to be held at the 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium) to smaller venues within the same host cities.On March 12, the NCAA announced the tournament would be cancelled, along with all remaining winter and spring championships. Source: Wikipedia

Should You Worry About Employee Engagement During March Madness?

Employee engagement and productivity do not have to come to a grinding halt because there is college basketball on that day. An engaged employee is consistently engaged because the organization has created a culture of engagement and recognition. What should be assumed is that an engaged employee who’s ducking out a few hours early to watch his underdog alma mater crush their top-ranked rival worked extra hard, and without interruptions, before doing so. The employees that you should be worrying about are the actively disengaged employees in January, and July, and October.

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Topics: Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Appreciation

Employee Engagement Helps Companies Win Big In 2020

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

5 Simple Ways to Boost Employee Engagement Today

The importance of employee engagement is a topic of conversation that should be a priority for all organizations. Unfortunately, trying to determine how to boost employee engagement can be as challenging as trying to send a text message with a rotary phone. Employees are not wired the same, so how do you use the same message to reach each employee individually?  

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Appreciation

“Intrinsic Motivation" - Part One of Three: The Definition...

Hurray, it’s a beautiful day! I’ve been studying intrinsic motivation for 40 years and I’ve FINALLY been asked to write a blog post about it. Thank you Scott Russell, and C.A. Short Company, for this wonderful opportunity. Blog posts are short, and I’ve been known to drone on, so here is a BRIEF definition of intrinsic motivation.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, people are everything, Employee Appreciation, years of service

What Can Employee Recognition Do for Your Business

“Does employee recognition and engagement really work?”

This is a question we’ve been asked a lot over our 80-year plus history in the employee recognition and engagement industry, and it’s one we never get tired of answering. At C.A. Short Company, engaging and recognizing employees isn’t just our job – it’s our passion! Every morning we wake up with one goal on our mind – how can we recognize and engage as many employees as possible.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies, Boosting Productivity, Safegagement, Culture of Engagement

Creating a Culture of Engagement Begins at the Top

Rule #1* CULTURE:
Create a culture of recognition that resonates through all aspects of the organization. Incorporate formal, informal, & day-to-day recognition into the strategic recognition platform.

*From The 7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement

Workforce engagement continues to be a major point of concern for organizations. Based on a 2012 Gallup poll, it was noted that 70% of employees are not engaged. It's clear that many employees feel dissatisfied with their job and work conditions and feel unrecognized within the company scope. By creating an engaged company culture, you'll positively influence the emotional response of your employees' daily environment.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Appreciation, work anniversary, years of service

10 Creative Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

Studies have shown repeatedly that an atmosphere of encouragement and appreciation has a huge impact on employee performance, engagement and retention. Simple, yet personal methods for recognizing the work of your employees is the way to gain traction in these areas. Let’s take a look at ten creative, high value ideas for showing employee appreciation and promoting a healthy, purposeful atmosphere within the ranks.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Culture of Engagement, Employee Appreciation

Greater Employee Engagement Needed to Retain Oil and Gas Workers

Working in the Oil and Gas industry has its challenges -- dangerous working conditions, long work hours, and physically demanding responsibilities all come par for the course. But, day in and day out, Oil and Gas workers make sacrifices so we can power our homes, drive our cars, and actually see when it gets dark. Unfortunately, these workers might not be around for much longer.

A disturbing new report found that workers in this industry are considering leaving the Oil and Gas sector in record numbers. But, before you panic, the same article pointed to how we can prevent this from happening.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement, Oil & Gas Industry, Retention

The Public Sector Thrives When Employees Are Engaged

When one thinks of employee engagement, their minds tend to drift towards hard hats, oil rigs and various accouterments of the private sector. However, for-profit organizations aren’t the only ones benefiting from employee engagement practices. Those in the public sector are also making huge gains by engaging and recognizing their employees. While there are far too many examples to list here, today’s blog will focus on two public institutes that have experienced said success, all from Creating a Culture of Engagement at their organization.  

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement, Culture of Engagement

Employee Engagement in the Coal & Mining Industry: Reduced Injuries, Increased Productivity

Being a coal miner is pretty hard work. The shifts are long, the job is tiring, and working conditions can be pretty dangerous. Still, day in and day out, these brave men and women go to work so that we can have the power we need to survive. And, considering the fact that nearly a third of the United States’ electricity is derived from coal, that’s a whole lot of men and women risking bodily harm, or far worse, just so we can keep the lights on.   

Although being a coal miner will always be a hard job filled with many dangers, there is a way to greatly improve working conditions and offer coal miners the level of safety they so rightfully deserve. We’ll get into HOW to achieve this a bit later in the article, but let’s first take a look at WHY working conditions are so unsafe.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement, Culture of Engagement

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