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Making the Most of Your Year End and Holiday Bonus Funds

Here were are, it is December, and 100 percent of the conversations around the water cooler dance are around the speculations of what your holiday gift will be.  Will it be cash, additional weeks pay, a free day off, a turkey?  (If you are still giving Turkeys, please stop, there are way better options, that even cost less.)  

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Topics: Holiday, Employee Engagement, Budget

How Do I Engage Every Employee During the Holiday Season?

Happy Thanksgiving!

If we haven't said it already, we are thankful for you, our blog readers and subscribers. With the distractions the holiday season brings, you may wonder how you will engage your staff effectively.

Holiday activities, when focused and intentional, can actually boost employee engagement going into the New Year, as they provide opportunities to build a sense of camaraderie, recognize and appreciate one another, and bring elements of fun to the workplace.

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Topics: Holiday, Employee Engagement

What to Do If Bonuses Are Not in the Budget


All employees appreciate getting rewarded for a job well done, especially if the reward includes some type of financial compensation. However, during difficult financial times, it may not be feasible for companies to offer bonuses or pay increases. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to show your employees how much you appreciate their efforts that do not involve cash.

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Topics: Holiday, Employee Engagement

The Death of the Holiday Bonus and the Rise of Year-Round Recognition

The traditional holiday bonus has nearly disappeared as an annual token of recognizing employees for a job well done. It became so much of an expectation that it lost its original purpose. Some experts argue that an obligatory holiday bonus has no positive effect on employees’ behavior or performance, as in many instances it is seen as entitlement or even part of one’s salary. In fact, research shows that the traditional notion of year-end cash bonuses has the least amount of impact on improving employee satisfaction and performance. 

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Topics: Holiday, Employee Recognition Strategies, Employee Engagement Strategies

6 Ways to Show Appreciation on Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals including secretaries, receptionists, and support personnel, play a key role in helping organizations run efficiently and effectively. By handling the critical, day-to-day tasks, administrative professionals make it possible for management to concentrate on other vital responsibilities to ensure business operations run smoothly and cohesively. In honor of their contributions, have you thought about how you will recognize your employee's efforts?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday, Employee Recognition Strategies

5 Easy Ways to Increase Employee Engagement During the Holidays

’Tis the holiday season! The season of jingle bells ringing, caroling, and endless baking. If life is anything like TV commercials,  all your holiday shopping is done, gifts are perfectly wrapped and are sitting under the tree, and all you have to do is bake cookies for Santa before he comes down the chimney. Unfortunately, life is not as perfect as shown on TV, and like many, you and your employees are dealing with the hustle and bustle of last minute holiday shopping.

When things get stressful, it is easy to put employee recognition on the back burner. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. After all, aren't the holidays supposed to be the time to spread some cheer and express gratitude to those we value? Employee engagement is vital to your organization. Engaging your employees creates an environment that makes them happier, motivated, and productive. When your employees are happy, your customers are happy. 

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Topics: Holiday, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

Employee Recognition During the Holidays: Old vs New Strategies

The Way It Once Was

Employee recognition during the holidays has certainly changed in the last several years. 

My first job out of college was as an Assistant Buyer at a retail company. I worked on a retail floor throughout college, so I was unaware that companies held holiday parties for corporate staff. That year I followed my supervisor to the gathering. The party was very formal - we were provided lunch, received tickets for a chance to win prizes, and the president of the company spoke about the state of the company. With the speech done, it was time to announce the winning tickets. The mystery gifts? Big screen TVs!  Winner after winner was called, as the rest of us watched on. The president enjoyed giving gifts to his employees and playfully asked his assistant how many more gifts he could give out.

When the gifts were all given, the party was over. We were sent home with a paid, half day off. I walked away from my first ever employee appreciation holiday event empty handed. At the age of 23, I was pretty excited to have a half day off. I mean that is big time, right? I was given no TV and no appreciation. That was 1999.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday