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How to create an engagement program employees will love

Getting caught up in the mire of research and opinions about whether or not rewards work can drive one to drink—or something stronger! It’s especially true if you have a large workforce and are getting pressure from the top to produce results. What kind of behavior changes are you looking to achieve in your workplace? What measurements are you using that confirm certain behaviors are improving?

We know what doesn’t work. Compliance is not engagement. Fear isn’t respect. Intimidation creates costly turnover. Cooperation isn’t always collaboration. Throwing only cash or rewards at your workforce will produce only temporary changes in attitude and behavior.

The Pavlov approach to changing employee behavior gets a one-time response at best. Once the reward runs out, your employees will often revert to their old ways. Losing weight, showing up on time, quitting smoking, practicing safety, contributing ideas, saving money, or improving sales are all goals that need more than a pat on the back or a new TV. You can spend a lot of money—only to get a temporary result.

So do rewards work?

The answer will depend on how your programs are designed and implemented. What you want is the best use of your organization’s resources for long-term positive and productive performance. Here’s a hint—sincere and deserved recognition is the foundation.   

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Detoxify your workplace and improve employee performance.

When Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) was coined by the World Health Organization back in 1984, many dismissed it as an exaggeration. How could a building make you sick? But it could and it did. No specific causes could be identified at the time, but many building occupants were experiencing acute health problems and daily discomfort. After closer examination, some illnesses could be linked to time spent in the building. Poor indoor air quality and lack of ventilation were listed as the culprits. The workplace was toxic, affecting employee performance. But workplace toxicity isn’t limited to physical conditions. There are also emotional and psychological conditions that can undermine your workforce's health and overall performance. What are the signs and how can they be addressed for the good of all?

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Peer to Peer recognition. What to know before taking the plunge!.

"I was very honored to be nominated by my co-workers for my efforts in the company," noted project specialist for a high profile technology company.  "I will go above and beyond for anything that my team needs in the future. And it makes me want to be more aware of all the people around me and what I can do to recognize other employees."
Workforce community recognition or peer to peer can be an effective, low cost approach for reducing turnover, boosting performance and morale. Co-worker acknowledgements inspire. When a peer recognizes a colleague it creates strong bonds within the workforce conducive to all doing a better job. Another plus is the lessening of pressure on managers and senior leaders already overburdened with additional work responsibilities. Peer to peer recognition is positive and personal. One example is the peer nomination structure in the entertainment industry. Winning a peer driven Tony or Oscar is largely what makes it so prestigious. However, before you decide to make the move to a co-worker recognition initiative, here are some observations I hope you will find helpful.

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"Implement employee incentives? Are you kidding? In this economy?"

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