Growth has many wonderful consequences – more opportunity, more reach, more influence, more volume, and more! The truth is, there are also more challenges with a rapidly growing enterprise. The systems, methods, processes and even the structure of a simpler day can falter under growth. These are good problems to have, but they are problems nonetheless. Sometimes people lose role clarity…. Read More»
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»
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»
Collaboration has certainly become a buzzword in business circles — and with good reason. The ability to work together with both internal and external teams will make or break a business. But some see collaboration and competition as two opposing ends of a spectrum; you get one or the other. Fortunately, it’s not an either/or. Building a successful collaborative culture, while maintaining competitive success, requires business leaders to understand the meanings and advantages (and even disadvantages) of both styles, and what these mean to business success.
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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»
We spend a large part of our adult lives at work. Many of us, however, aren’t happy about it. We wake up in the morning and force ourselves to go somewhere we don’t really want to be, and spend the day mumbling, “This job sucks!” There has to be a way to work happier, right?… Read More»
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»
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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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»
What can employers do to help employees improve their health? Hunger can be a productivity-killing distraction – so skip the sugary sweets and supply healthy snacks instead. Encouraging physical activity is another simple way to help employees keep their minds fresh and focused. The accompanying infographic includes a look at the connection between health and productivity along with tips on how to stay healthy at work…. Read More»