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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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How to motivate a sales champion

Industry Hall of Fame winner and AMD Founder Jerry Sanders launched an American Dream sales campaign as an incentive for his sales champions reaching 200 million in sales. When the goal was reached, the sales team was paid handsomely plus every other employee’s name was placed in a hat. Factory line worker Jocelyn Lleno was chosen and awarded a new home. Two others received Cadillac Sevilles.

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How and when to start a peer recognition program

The top three employee incentive programs are: length of service, outstanding service, and peer recognition. Why peer employee recognition? Peer programs offer an organization great benefits. They are relatively easy to develop, they are inexpensive, they involve large groups of employees, and they fulfill the demand of being recognized by coworkers. The mantra? Recognition feels good—especially from colleagues.

A well designed peer initiative brings a good experience to the receiver as well as the giver. More and more organizations may be catching on, but the truth is, peer recognition programs are not a new idea.

In 1895, Alfred Nobel established the Norwegian Nobel committee of peers awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting fraternity between nations. Categories expanded to include contributions in chemistry, physics, literature, physiology, and medicine. Winners are awarded medals, diplomas, and money.

Since 1929, film stars have been acknowledged by their peers for outstanding performance. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, originally conceived by MGM’s Louis B. Mayer, helped improve the film industry’s image and mediate labor disputes. As the first winner, Emil Jannings held up his “Oscar” in triumph while acknowledging his peers with, “I’d like to thank the Academy.” The UN uses a type of peer recognition to recognize and give awards to delegates for their outstanding service.

The rise in peer recognition programs today is due to the rising pressures on managers and HR to oversee more employees and larger teams. Workplace conflicts and a heavier workload leave less time for those in charge to focus on employee development and engagement. Peer programs fill in the gap because this method of recognition supports camaraderie, develops employee leaders, and strengthens a sense of ownership in your mission. Simply put, peers banding together in mutual recognition for doing meaningful work engages, motivates, and raises performance levels.

In a very real sense, employees operating their own recognition and rewards system is a type of employee ownership—a type of stock ownership and shared capitalism. The latest research findings on the benefits of employee ownership coincide with the results using peer recognition. The trust, respect, fairness, and pride index goes up. Your company becomes recognized as a great place to work with lower turnover.

The peer-to-peer recognition program—and your mission

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

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Product knowledge, bringing your sales from failing to sailing!


Patricia Allman was her Audio/Video company’s top salesperson for 2006 and 2007. When the market released the latest audio/video editing software program it seemed like a shoe in.  Her “loyal” clients would certainly and enthusiastically buy from her. That was until one client asked her to explain the software’s plug-in and compatibility with his present production studio set-up.  She didn’t know the answer and didn’t know what questions to ask him next.  She didn’t get the sale.

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Accounting firms: performance improvement solutions –

How can you provide a fun and creative program that supports your firm’s goals for improving overall performance and compliance with some of the less exciting aspects of practice management and administration.

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Lose the tax burden on reward-based programs!

Reward-based programs should never become a tax burden to employees. Here’s a few scenarios that reminds us that just implementing a rewards program doesn't result in success unless it's done right.  

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