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Finding Meaning In Employee Recognition

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The goal of employee recognition is to reinforce positive behaviors, praise individual contributions, and create a more productive workplace. The regular use of employee recognition not only increases productivity but also trust, job satisfaction, and organizational loyalty. No matter how you approach employee recognition and rewards, it is essential to employee tenure and your organization’s success. A 2017 study of the American workforce found that only 1/3 of employees found meaning in their work, and of that third 93% reported regular recognition in their organization. The other 2/3 of American employees reported little to no recognition in their organization within…

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The Slow Death of the Five-Day Workweek

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Borne out of necessity, the five-day workweek was introduced in the early 20th century. In an age of new technology and increased awareness of workers’ rights, a limited workweek allowed employers to meet employee demands while ensuring organizational productivity. In 1926, Henry Ford adopted the five-day work-week for his company, creating a standard that the rest of the world would follow. Over the next decade the trend would spread across the United States and in 1938 this standard, along with the forty-hour work week, would become law. For employees, this allowed them control over the number of hours an employer…

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Should You Use Brain Teasers When Interviewing?

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Creating interview questions and processes can be a challenge, and it is tempting to follow in the footsteps of larger organizations, turning to brain teasers as a way to assess an applicant’s ability. After all, a brain teaser gives us the opportunity to see a candidate in action, allowing them a chance to think creatively and on their feet, right? The short answer is no; brain teasers may seem like a fun addition to a dry interview but studies show they do little to assess the skills of an applicant and add an unnecessary amount of stress to the process….

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Mentoring: An Important Developmental Tool

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Mentoring has always been a way for employees to build relationships and employers to maximize low-cost training time. Traditionally, a senior member of a staff would take a newer, less experienced employee under their wing to teach them skills, help them to integrate into the company culture, and provide them with a support system. While mentoring still offers those invaluable benefits, it has also become a way for companies to build a positive and collaborative company culture, promote employee development, and to decrease turnover. Providing a mentoring program can assist with recruitment and training of new employees. Job candidates often…

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