Employee recognition has never been more important. A new study in late 2020 reported that less than a quarter of employees felt supported during the pandemic outbreak and nearly half surveyed didn’t feel recognized for their work. The report also noted that 35% of employees are looking for more appreciation. However, on a positive note, 47% of employees who HAD received peer-to-peer recognition in the previous week felt very engaged. One of the top drivers of employee engagement is recognition for good work. By integrating a recognition strategy you elevate your employees’ experience, improve job satisfaction and inspire success.

What can you do to appreciate your employees so that everyone
can keep up the good work? Learn more here!



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Creating a Culture of Resilience

Among the myriad challenges that HR has faced throughout 2020, employee burnout is a topic now dominating headlines. While the World Health Organization added employee burnout as an official mental health concern in 2019, this year has certainly exacerbated and brought awareness to this very real issue that organizations are facing. The lyrics of Neil Young may have popularized the sentiment in the music industry, but in the workplace, we want neither – it’s not better to burnout nor fade away.

As a leader, what can you do to tackle this complex issue and strive to create cultures of resilience? Learn more!



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Culture, it’s your most important job.

As a leader, you have an incredible opportunity to inspire and change someone’s life every
single day. An opportunity you should never take for granted. -Leadership First

Leaders have both the responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to a positive culture. Involved leaders energize and encourage their teams, developing connections and empowering education and growth. By acknowledging employee value through moments of encouragement and recognition, leaders can cultivate positive relationships and experiences that inspire results.

What can your organization do to keep your teams connected and make the workplace shift work for you? Learn more!






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Trends & Best Practices:
Foundational Years of Service Programs

The world changed overnight and the way we work, and will continue to work, has been impacted. Organizations are tasked with finding innovative ways to keep employees connected and to move their cultures forward. Studies have long shown that well-planned employee recognition programs not only engage your employees, but also directly impact your company’s bottom line. Service anniversary and retirement award programs are traditionally the cornerstone of a well-planned recognition strategy. In the new normal, a few trends are quickly emerging or have quickly advanced the trends that have been unfolding for the past few years.

What are these trends and how can they help your organization?
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Millennials have earned a reputation as being job-hoppers, quick to leave a job they don’t like out of boredom. But is this an inaccurate generalization? Maybe the issue is not boredom or a lack of loyalty, but high standards and fearlessness. This generation seems willing to take a risk on opportunities that excite them rather than remain in a safe, but mediocre position.

What you need to ask yourself is what do your millennial employees want from your organization, and how are you making sure they get it? Learn more!






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The benefits of promoting employee engagement are wide-reaching. By focusing on employee engagement and satisfaction, you impact not only your employees but your customers and organization. The reality is that your people are critical to the success of your organization, and it’s your job to treat them as such.

One benefit you can expect of engaged employees is that they are more likely to care about and stay with your organization longer. Employee loyalty saves costs on recruiting, onboarding, and training.

How does employee engagement impact your organization and what other benefits you can expect from an engaged team? Learn more!



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Good communication skills are what set excellent leaders apart. How we talk to our team is a direct reflection on how we are viewed as a leader. Taking the time to learn to effectively communicate with our employees is key in relating to our team in a meaningful way. By learning and incorporating effective language into your interactions, you will help your team to feel valued and will encourage a happy and healthy workplace. Here are some tips to keep in mind when communicating with your team.

Tip 1: Communication Styles Differ: Different people have different communication styles and preferences. Some employees may enjoy regular face-to-face conversations, while others may prefer to communicate through technology. Taking the time to learn individual preferences will encourage team members to be comfortable and open in their communications with you.

Click here to learn five more valuable communication tips!



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Motivation is defined as the desire to act and move towards a goal (Psychology Today). Motivated individuals are driven to learn and repeat behaviors that are aligned with achieving their goals. When a strategy is put into place to both communicate and recognize desired behaviors and goal achievement, your organization gains a more motivated workforce – driven to succeed personally and as a team.

To achieve maximum success, every person on your team must be motivated and driven to succeed. Learning what motivates your team is critical, then educating managers on how to inspire, challenge, and positively reinforce employees through these motivators. How do you learn what motivates your team and how do you develop a strategy that will encourage them to perform well again and again?

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In today’s economy, there are many opportunities for skilled individuals. This job market offers
employees the freedom to be selective in choosing the perfect job for them.

The motivation behind their choice depends on many factors – pay, opportunities for growth, rewarding work, flexibility, social interactions, manager communications, and more.

These factors are all elements of the most important part of an employee’s time with your organization, and what ultimately makes your organization desirable – the employee experience.

Click here to learn how your organization can cultivate the best possible employee experience to attract and retain top candidates.



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In order to attract and retain top talent, organizations must understand the personalities and preferences of the multiple generations within their company. As Generation Z exits college and becomes the most rapidly growing population in the workforce, it’s important that your organization learn to appeal to this group.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this generation will soon comprise 20% of the workforce with over 61 million people. As we see this generation grow, your organization will want a competitive edge to attract and retain motivated and skilled individuals.

Click here to learn what this generation values and how your organization can take steps to engage your most important asset, your people.



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Incentive Services University (ISU) is the educational arm of Incentive Services. ISU was established to provide organizations with information and support services on Employee Engagement, the psychology of Motivation, and the core elements of Performance Management.