trust in leadership

Why Trust in Leadership Matters More Than You Realize

Trust in leadership should be more frequently discussed in HR and among entrepreneurs. The days of authoritative leadership are done. Employees no longer respond to a “do as I say” philosophy; they want to relate to their leaders. They want regular contact and communication and, most importantly, employees want to believe their leaders will have their backs when it matters most…. Read More»

peer recognition

Peer-to-Peer Recognition and It’s Effect on Employee Motivation – Part 2

In part one of our analysis of peer-to-peer recognition, we discussed how we use the concept of Merit Money to recognize team members at Happy Melly. Compared to traditional, management-based bonus systems, Merit Money encourages peer-to-peer recognition. Team members reward each other with points based on pre-defined company values. The Bonusly tool converts points into tangible rewards. When evaluating this system, four overarching themes surfaced repeatedly…. Read More»

rewarding employees

When It Comes to Rewarding Employees, Is Cash Really King?

When it comes to rewarding employees for going above and beyond, it’s time to recognize that cash isn’t always king. You may need to rethink your reward program to treat your employees for their incremental efforts, with memorable experiences and gifts linked to thoughtful recognition…. Read More»

peer-to-peer recognition

Peer-to-Peer Recognition and It’s Effect on Employee Motivation

Employee motivation is hard to quantify, but our company never shies away from a challenge. As a global business network dedicated to happiness at work, Happy Melly is backed by an 11-person team focused on helping people increase job satisfaction. We live and breathe experimentation, so we take ideas and test drive them on each other. And so in the spirit of our culture of adventure and analysis, a few months ago our founder Jurgen Appelo suggested we see if we could draw any tangible data from our peer-to-peer recognition program, one of our ongoing experiments…. Read More»

inclusive workplace

10 Ways Inspired Leaders Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace

An inclusive workplace is a critical component to individual as well as corporate well-being. But did you know being ostracized, or excluded, at work can be more harmful than bullying? How can we explain this confusing dichotomy? When we are ostracized we are, essentially, ignored. We feel left out, invisible and therefore detached from our […] Read moreRead More»

future business leaders

Practical Tips to Raise Up and Inspire Future Business Leaders – Part Three

In our series, Raising Up Leaders, we raise the issue that the majority of any influential leader’s job is to develop new leaders. This process of raising up future business leaders is vital to any organization’s long-term success In part one we discussed a leader’s responsibility to inspire future business leaders and influence the potential of the people on their team. In part two we explored the obstacles that stall our ability to grow other leaders. In this article, let’s dive deeper into what you should focus on when selecting which future business leaders to invest your valuable time and energy on.
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online community

What Are the New Rules for Engaging an Online Community?

Marketing and public relations’ role within professional organizations has shifted drastically with the advent of the online community. Now there’s a greater emphasis placed on storytelling. Traditionally, organizations would simply broadcast news, or channel it through the media – observe the reaction, then respond on a flexible timetable. Today, branding isn’t simply about beaming out a message. It’s about building trust with end-users, telling a compelling story and creating two-way social streams of dialogue…. Read More»

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