engaged companies

Four Things Only Highly Engaged Companies Understand

Imagine your workplace utopia. Is it one of the more engaged companies? Are you picturing Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship? Napping pods, pop-up cafes, and gyms? Some trending startups even have in-office beer kegs. While I can’t deny naps and endless streams of coffee sound enticing, their efficacy for truly engaging employees may not be as high as you think. These fun perks seem interesting at first, but after a while the novelty wears off, and companies are left with napping, smoothie-drinking, sandwich-eating disengaged employees. Here’s how to go beyond on-the-surface perks and dive deep into building a strong employee engagement foundation…. Read More»

onboarding experience

Engaging New Hires: A Step-by-Step Recipe for a Structured Onboarding Experience

The average job tenure has shrunk to two years in some industries, and it continues to shrink. Younger millennial and post-millennial workers (the largest cohort in the workforce) aren’t staying as long at their jobs and want more immediate feedback from management. So many companies blend their recognition/engagement programs with their hiring efforts to create a structured onboarding experience…. Read More»

employee commitment

10 Rules for Recognition That Increase Employee Commitment

Management malpractice, managers’ actions that don’t lead to positive outcomes for the company and its people, can be overcome. Practicing recognition that incorporates the above rules will position you to achieve greater results in your business and increase employee commitment. Your employees will appreciate it, too…. 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»

meaningful employee recognition

Creating Meaningful Employee Recognition that Motivates and Resonates

Like the TSA announcements at airports – “see something, say something”, you might think when you see positive behaviors by your peers or employees, you should automatically recognize them for great work. Put the brakes on before you steamroll your good recognition intentions! It’s mission critical to learn your employees’ and colleagues’ likes, preferences and needs before you acknowledge them for their wonderful achievements. Your focus should be to create meaningful employee recognition that motivates and resonates…. Read More»

successful managers

This is How Successful Managers Are Keeping Their Employees Happy

If put on the spot, I bet anyone could name a manager who inspired or encouraged them. Would your team recognize you as one of their most successful managers? Successful managers motivate employees while also creating a stable, enjoyable working environment. With managers increasingly considering employee engagement, why is the number of engaged employees still so low?
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recognizing employees

Why Are You Recognizing Employees in the First Place?

Many companies and organizations set themselves up with recognition and reward programs aimed at recognizing employees without putting thought behind why they do so. To quote Simon Sinek from his thought-provoking book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action: “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate […] Read moreRead More»

appreciation

Should Employee Appreciation Be Entirely Performance-Based?

One of the most frequent questions asked when I’m consulting a business is: Should you show appreciation to someone who isn’t performing well? Tension exists in the world of recognition, employee engagement, and appreciation. There are differences of opinion on the relationship between an employee’s performance and when, or how, you recognize them. Should you recognize an employee if they aren’t doing well in all areas of performance?… Read More»

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