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Hiring top talent is only the start. Now you have to work hard to keep your very best talent. Most companies stink at structured and systematic retention of their top performers. Discover how to prevent turnover and keep your best people.
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10 Ways To Reward Your Remote Workforce

10 Ways To Reward Your Remote Workforce | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
In our new remote world it's important to know how to motivate your workforce.Here's 10 tips to reward your remote employees...
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Some good ideas from Insperity on rewarding, recognizing, appreciating, and showing gratitude toward the employees working remotely. Although many of these ideas represent the foundation of good employee recognition programs, I am still amazed at how many organizations are not practicing these basic fundamentals.

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Employee Experience: Using Empathy Maps - #HR Bartender

Employee Experience: Using Empathy Maps - #HR Bartender | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
The employee experience drives engagement and retention. As we bring employees back to the workplace, focus on the employee experience.
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Here's a radically different approach to thinking about the experience your employees have around engagement, recognition, and culture. You might want to consider an empathy map.

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Employee recognition - how do you stack up? Quiz

Employee recognition - how do you stack up? Quiz | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
How good is your organisation at employee recognition? See how you stack up against The Applause Index!
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Here's an interesting quiz on identifying where you are in having a systematic, structured, organized, planned approach to employee recognition.

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Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder —

Employee swag is a remote-worker culture builder — | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Its usefulness as an internal marketing tool has never been greater.
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I've been suggesting this idea in the last 8 weeks of doing my Managing Remotely in a Crisis zoom webinar - send everyone company swag. This article reinforces that idea - and breaks down some different recommendations. The big question is whether swag is an effective reinforcement of positive experiences when folks are separated and isolated from being together?

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What Happens to Employee Recognition When Your Team Goes Remote? | SmartRecruiters

What Happens to Employee Recognition When Your Team Goes Remote? | SmartRecruiters | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
5 tips for keeping employee morale high through virtual recognition.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Couple of items I took away from this article was tying recognition back to your values, and that the pace of recognition should be one recognition per employee per month. I've never seen that recommendation before - but I really like the suggestion on pace.

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Remote Work: Inspiring Motivation, Accountability, And Productivity 

Remote Work: Inspiring Motivation, Accountability, And Productivity  | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When your employees build strong relationships with the people they work with, they’re more likely to put in effort, keep everyone updated about what they’re working on, and feel inspired to produce their best work.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

From the makers of a recognition app, I found this blog quote that I've been reinforcing in my workshops, but it's always good to hear it from multiple sources:

 

"When your employees build strong relationships with the people they work with, they’re more likely to put in effort, keep everyone updated about what they’re working on, and feel inspired to produce their best work."

 

How are you creating these relationship building opportunities, team bonding, and leveraging chat tools like yammer/slack to encourage sharing?

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Why Top-Down Recognition Isn’t Enough + The Benefits of Peer Recognition

Why Top-Down Recognition Isn’t Enough + The Benefits of Peer Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Don't constrain your company culture to top-down recognition. Peer recognition is when all employees are empowered to express appreciation for their coworkers, including their peers, managers, and direct reports.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I just had this conversation today with a group of CEOs in my webinar on Managing Remotely in a Crisis. I was recommending that the companies should implement a peer-to-peer recognition system in addition to their other methods of showing appreciation.

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39 Thoughtful Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas for 2020

39 Thoughtful Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas for 2020 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Creative employee recognition & appreciation ideas from experts and companies known to have the happiest employees. Use these proven ideas in your office!
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An overwhelming number of ideas that you could you use to immediately boost employee recognition. Just pick one for an immediate impact.

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20 Creative Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ideas for 2020

20 Creative Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ideas for 2020 | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Wondering what is the best way to recognize employees? In this guide, you’ll discover 20 creative employee recognition ideas your employees will love.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Good ideas and reinforcement about employee recognition and appreciation. I liked giving shout-outs on social media to teams and individual employees and having managers write hand-written notes to their subordinates who then post those notes on the refrigerator so the whole family can see how much they are appreciated.

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Why Employee Recognition Programs Fail

Why Employee Recognition Programs Fail | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Acknowledging your employee’s hard work is crucial to a smooth-running workplace. However, if it isn’t implemented correctly, a company can quickly see its workforce losing productivity. Why recognition is important Employee recognition is the acknowledgment of an individual’s or team’s effort or...
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A few core thoughts on how to structure an effective employee recognition program and some of the pitfalls to avoid to prevent failure. It's particularly important in working with remote workers to have a good recognition/reward program.

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The #1 Employee Recognition Tool of All-Time! «

The #1 Employee Recognition Tool of All-Time! « | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
At the Michigan Recruiter’s Conference last week I got into a side conversation with a TA leader who had her team at the event.She was talking about motivating and recognizing her team, and …...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

What a great story that reflects praise, gratitude, appreciation, and recognition. A letter to the parents. Duh! Why haven't I thought of that as a tactic around motivation? How many of you have written a note to an employee's parents?

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6 Things We All Hate About Employee Recognition

6 Things We All Hate About Employee Recognition | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
People now have more reasons to snub an employee recognition and rewards program, than to accept it.Here are few of those reasons;...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Usually, I'm posting positive articles with tips, tactics, and recommendations. This article takes a different approach by looking at why recognition programs fail. One interesting learning element for me was that recognition is not frequent enough.

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6 Surefire Strategies to Kickstart Employee Engagement

6 Surefire Strategies to Kickstart Employee Engagement | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When your employees are engaged, they are more productive and less likely to quit. So how can you improve and sustain employee engagement in your company?
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Good basic ideas on recognition, team work, personal development, learning - all of which leads to increasing engagement and productivity.

 

Here's the key question - why do so few companies and managers shy away from investing in trying to build employee engagement - when we know the impact on retention and productivity?

 

Is there not enough published information and studies to justify the investment, is there not enough incentive to change, is it not part of your culture, or is it that you just don't know what to do? 

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19 Creative and Sincere Employee Appreciation Ideas

19 Creative and Sincere Employee Appreciation Ideas | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
For managers who want a culture of appreciation but can't get started. Try these employee recognition ideas to compliment your workers on a job well done.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Many of my clients are at a non-existent to minor use of employee recognition to drive motivation and productivity. Here is a great framework and some creative ideas to executive on employee recognition. Which of these ideas is most relevant for your organization?

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The Science of Employee Recognition and Rewards

The Science of Employee Recognition and Rewards | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Think employee recognition is fluff? Think again. This stats-driven guide reveals the value of employee recognition, plus how it can transform your company.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

More statistics on the value of having a good employee engagement and recognition strategy and process.

 

"81% of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation"

 

That by itself should be enough of an incentive to create a good program. Most companies recognition and engagement programs are either non-existent, left up to individual managers, or so superficial they border on useless.

 

Second most important element in driving productivity. We wonder as CEOs and senior execs why the productivity of the organization is so bad compared to where it should be.

 

When people don't feel engaged and appreciated, they give you the absolute rock bottom minimal level of effort that they think you'll tolerate without firing them. Shameful!

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Types of Employee Recognition and Rewards - Bonusly

Types of Employee Recognition and Rewards - Bonusly | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
There are many ways employers recognize staff contributions, but there are two main divisions between employee recognition styles: top-down, and peer-to-peer.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I liked the breakdown of different kinds of recognition - and opportunites to recognize your employees. The key is to put in place a rigorous system of recognition vs. a random process based on what each managers wants to do.

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Is Your Leadership Disengaged?

Is Your Leadership Disengaged? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
When you as a leader are disengaged, it causes your employees to be disengaged.
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Are some of your managers who lead the bulk of your employees having issues about their own engagement. Front line employees observe this attitude and become disengaged when their boss is disengaged.

 

Here's the quote that reinforced this idea:

 

"Leader disengagement often happens for the same reasons as employee disengagement. They don’t feel respected by their manager, they don’t feel like they have a say in decision making, and they aren’t kept in the loop in terms of communication. Finally, they usually don’t receive enough positive feedback and appreciation themselves as leaders. Lack of leader motivation and engagement tends to breed cynicism, sarcasm, and negativity in the leader."

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65 Creative Employee Reward Ideas (2020 Update)

65 Creative Employee Reward Ideas (2020 Update) | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Blanking on employee rewards? Here are 65 creative ideas to help you engage employees and improve organizational culture.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Great list of employee reward/recognition ideas broken down in key categories. Are you testing any of these ideas in your company?

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5 Best Ways to Recognize the Work of Remote Employees | RingCentral Blog

5 Best Ways to Recognize the Work of Remote Employees | RingCentral Blog | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Google has a unique approach to employee recognition.In addition to compensation and other perks, Google uses a digital tool called “The Wall of Happy,”...
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Loved the Wall of Happy described in this article. The statistic that rocked me a little was the one about 4 out 5 employees indicated they would work harder if praised/patted on the back.

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15 Expert Tips to Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day

15 Expert Tips to Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Are you only celebrating Employee Appreciation Day once a year? If so, you're missing a lot of opportunities to strengthen culture and engagement. Try some of these tips to help your team feel appreciated and recognized.
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Some really good ideas that are simple and easy to implement that have proven to improve employee appreciation and recognition.

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You Have Low Employee Engagement Scores – What Do You Do to Improve It?

You Have Low Employee Engagement Scores – What Do You Do to Improve It? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Bobi Seredich shares top tips to increase engagement and dives into how Bayhealth Medical Center turned around low employee engagement scores.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Thoughtful article summarizing Gallup Employee Engagement Findings and some specific recommendations on improving employee engagement centered around listening/feedback, defining expectations, and recognition.

 

Pretty simple stuff! Why then are so few companies practicing it? Why do so many managers/executives seem not to care about making changes to raise employee engagement - as in "it's good enough."

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The Difference Between Recognition and Appreciation – And Why Your Employees Need Both –

The Difference Between Recognition and Appreciation – And Why Your Employees Need Both – | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
If you want to improve your workplace morale, keep up employee efficiency levels, and reduce the risk of turnover, your team needs to know that you care. There are a lot of ways to demonstrate this. Two of the most effective ways are through recognition and appreciation.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

This article did a good job separating the ideas of recognition and appreciation. Sometimes, CEOs get confused over which one requires what tactics - or one gets ignored.

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20 Ideas for Employee Recognition and Rewards

20 Ideas for Employee Recognition and Rewards | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Recognizing employees and making them feel valued at work are the keys to creating an engaging work environment. We listed out 20 ideas for your next employee recognition award....
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Struggling to think of ways to recognize your employees? Here are 20 great ideas. Pick one to start changing your culture and showing your employees how much you appreciate them.

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50 Employee Behaviors Worth Recognizing and Rewarding

50 Employee Behaviors Worth Recognizing and Rewarding | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
To help you quickly identify employee behaviors that are aligned with your core values and business objectives, we created a manager’s guide with 50 common behaviors worth recognizing and rewarding.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting list of behaviors centered around initiative, proactivity, an self-motivation. In what ways does this number one trait of success get exhibited? How can you recognize and reward it?

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What Do You Work On First With Employee Recognition?

What Do You Work On First With Employee Recognition? | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
It's a question repeatedly asked. Where do you start with employee recognition? Here's a bold stand on where to begin with your recognition. Make it happen!
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I liked how thorough this article approached the idea of teaching the fundamentals of employee recognition. It aligns with our process of making things like hiring and retention a systematic and rigorous process - instead of random events.

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