{Re}opening. {Re}connecting. {Re}turning to the Workplace.

It’s a hot topic among employees today; “when are we going back to the office?” Returning to the workplace for people who have been working remotely for the past year can be considered either exciting or scary (or inconsequential).

Incentive Services University is always looking for positive examples in the workplace, and in the past year, there were many positive ways companies improved their employees’ experiences. Better yet, these evolutions morphed into changes for the better within the workplace.

Learn more about how to how to help your employees have a smooth transition back to the office, and how to keep your engagement efforts working here!






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The Role of Virtual Engagement in a Non-Virtual Culture.

Companies have become extremely creative at keeping their remote employees engaged by ramping up their virtual engagement strategies. However, many people are not “working from wherever.” They are still showing up to work in healthcare, retail, and other essential businesses. Is it possible to apply some of these virtual engagement strategies to your on-site team? Absolutely! Virtual engagement is still relevant and important to building a strong employee experience for those who are still going to work outside of their home.

Check out virtual engagement strategies and best practices being utilized by top organizations across the country here!



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2020. It’s been a lot. But, despite all the negativity, there are many positive ways companies have improved their employees’ experience. And, it’s even more inspiring to know that they’re evolving their company culture for the long run. Successful leaders have found that engaging the family, understanding what employees really want/need and recognizing individuals with creativity and authenticity makes a big difference!

Check out a few of the impactful, creative, and smile worthy initiatives noteworthy organizations are utilizing here!

What will you do to improve your employee engagement in 2021?






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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?
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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Want to learn more?

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.