Entries by Tatiana Beale

5 tips for creating your employee recognition road map

Remember how good it felt in grade school when the teacher put a sticker on your test because you got a perfect score? If you’re like most employees, not a lot has changed. You probably like recognition and rewards just as much now as you did then. Employee recognition fulfills our intrinsic need to be acknowledged for our achievements, and motivates us by making us feel accepted.

Not only does recognition make employees feel good, but companies that inspire their employees with meaningful recognition perform better in the marketplace.→ Read More

Discover the irrefutable case for employee recognition

You’ve seen the YouTube videos of happy flight attendants creatively rapping the in-flight safety instructions, or read the stories of employees who have gone way beyond their job duties to help a customer. These make for great stories, but you can’t help but notice that most of these employees work for winning companies. Would the employees have gone above and beyond if they didn’t have a great work environment? Or would the companies be so successful without engaged employees?

You may think your employees are engaged now, but have you planned for the future?→ Read More

Trend alert: Employee recognition is hot and lapel pins are not

We hate to be the one to tell you this, but a lot of employees think sporting a company lapel pin is about as “in” as wearing socks with sandals. There are much better ways to reward your employees and reinforce your brand besides just handing out tchotchkes.

Companies today are getting extremely competitive when it comes to culture and perks. Does your employee engagement strategy reflect what employees truly want and even expect from their employers?

What’s out? Passé trends include:

  • Ad hoc and disconnected recognition
  • Hierarchy
  • Annual or semi-annual feedback & bonuses

What’s on-trend today is:

  • Collaboration and bottom-up communication
  • Cross-team recognition
  • Tailored but fair rewards

Modern recognition strategies are necessary to win in today’s competitive business landscape, and these strategies must be transparent and advanced – just like the modern workplace.→ Read More

Revamp your employee recognition strategy to drive results

Ultimate Guide to Employee Recognition

Everyone likes to know that people around them notice and appreciate them.

This applies to the workplace too. We often hear organizations say that their number-one asset is their people. Considering this, businesses should be concerned that only 49 percent of North American employees are happy at work. According to WorldatWork, 89 percent of organizations report that they have some type of recognition system in place, but with these staggeringly low employee engagement rates, it’s clear that these programs are far from effective.→ Read More

3 Ways to Make a Performance Review More Meaningful for the Modern Workforce

It seems as though the same negative terms are frequently used to describe Millennials: dependent, self-centered, unfocused. This perspective is not only detrimental to businesses whose workforces will soon be occupied by more than 50% of these future leaders, but it’s also untrue. Millennials are eager, driven and inspired to achieve goals – provided that their workplaces are motivating them with a fresh engagement strategy.

Millennials want to make a difference in their organizations, but they need to have access to the knowledge and tools to do so.→ Read More

Square Peg, Round Hole: 7 Recognition Tactics that are Moot in the Modern Workforce

The modern workforce is eager to engage with your company, drive immediate results and advance their careers. But it can be difficult for today’s employees to stay motivated when they’re paired with businesses that practice dated and ineffective engagement and recognition strategies.

When it comes to putting a square peg in a round hole, we’ve highlighted the top seven obsolete recognition tactics that are still commonly practiced by many businesses. Ditch these pitfalls and refresh your engagement techniques to expertly engage, align and recognize the modern workforce.→ Read More

[Webinar] The Future of Workplace Transparency

The Future of Workplace Transparency When it comes to transparency in the workplace, a lot has changed. Ten years ago, you could find more information about the latest iPod online than you could about your own workplace. Today, social media sites like Glassdoor are helping people find jobs and companies they love through peer reviews and ratings, which makes HR professionals have to think more like marketers when it comes to recruiting and retention.→ Read More

Get Executive Support for your Engagement Program in Three Easy Steps

Have you ever tried putting together a piece of IKEA furniture without the instructions? It’s a nightmare. Sure it’s doable, but it’s also complicated, frustrating and leaves you with a lot of anxiety any time a guest takes a seat in that chair. (Not to mention all of the “just-in-case” Allen Keys you have to keep on hand.)

Same goes for an engagement strategy without senior leadership buy-in. While it’s possible, empowering and motivating your workforce is a lot more difficult without support from your leadership.→ Read More

21 Reasons Analytics Should Shape Your Engagement Strategy

The only thing tougher than being a leader is being a middle manager: they receive fewer resources, yet manage more people. Cue: analytics. Do managers really need analytics? Well, for HR professionals who want to breed a strategic, tactical and operational management team, then analytics are essential. Analytics provide managers with insights that allow them to take proactive actions to align the workforce, boost engagement levels and drive the bottom line.

Still unsure of the value of analytics? Here are twenty-one reasons why analytics should shape your engagement strategy.→ Read More

[SlideShare] Tomorrow’s Leaders Just Graduated: Five Reasons Why You’ll Hire Them

Motivated and driven, 60 percent of young graduates will apply directly to the company when searching for jobs. You’re not just going to hire them. You’re going to fight for them in a war for talent.

Check out the following SlideShare presentation to get an edge on the impending war for talent and learn quick tips you can implement today to engage your current workforce, while simultaneously creating an appealing culture for the Class of 2014.

Here are the top five reasons why you’ll hire the Class of 2014:


Are you ready for the Class of 2014? 5 Strategies to Motivate the Incoming Workforce

Baby Boomers have acquired a wealth of knowledge over their years in the workforce, and, as they retire, they will take that intelligence with them. Moreover, the days of having an unlimited supply of talent are diminishing. As the economy recovers and the unemployment rate continues to decline, organizations need to adjust their recruiting strategies to recruit, retain, and ensure the next generation of top talent thrives at their company. How should you motivate the incoming workforce to succeed? Here are five strategies your HR department should reexamine today.→ Read More

Four Secrets to Recruiting and Retaining the Class of 2014

Millennials are driven, motivated, and more educated than any other group in history – and this year’s graduating class marks a critical time for employers. Businesses have the power to engage smart and energized people and help them cultivate their skills to become the company’s greatest asset.

What can employers do to ensure that the bright and energized class of 2014 will want to work for them? Here are four secrets revealed.→ Read More

Disengagement is Contagious; Here’s Your Prescription

Are your managers experiencing low engagement levels?

Has it been a while since management has recognized their teams?
Is your manager’s team completely unaware of the corporate objectives?

When your workforce is exhibiting low engagement levels, HR professionals must look to managers. Because managers oversee teams of your employees, their attitudes tend to have a ripple effect on the organization. That means that if your managers are unhappy, pessimistic, unengaged or simply not well-trained, disengagement will prevail. This is troublesome because disengagement is contagious; but with this prescription – taken daily – things will be better in no time.→ Read More

Great Managers are your Secret Weapon

You wouldn’t call someone handy if they only knew how to fix one thing. When you hire a handyman, you expect the service provider to be able to fix the loose railing and the leaky kitchen tap, replace the light fixture, and maybe also give you some advice on how to make your computer run faster.

Middle managers are like the handyman; they need to be able to do it all. They tend to take on the role of the “jack-of-all-trades” because they are required to exhibit great leadership qualities, understand their team dynamic, motivate their team, make strategic decisions, and develop talent.→ Read More

Four Manager Problems that Aren’t Their Fault and How to Solve Them

Managers are often blamed for things that aren’t their fault. In fact, over 50 percent of middle managers are perceived as not being able to drive business success by their superiors. But, when we take a closer look, it’s obvious that many of the managers’ shortcomings aren’t their fault and can be improved with better resources and training.→ Read More

Aspire 2014: The Future of the Workplace

AspireES14The future of the workplace is based on facts:

The modern workforce is fundamentally different and the shifts we’re all witnessing are seismic. Employees expect more out of their workplaces. Customers expect far more out of your employees. Companies today need to ensure they are positioned to thrive in the face of these changes which, most of all, means leveraging the modern workforce to win.

On April 3rd, 2014, over 200 executives met at the inaugural Aspire HR Executive Summit presented by Achievers at the Fairmont San Francisco to discuss the changing landscape of HR and the trends that are driving it.→ Read More

The Ultimate Check-List: 8 Manager Essentials

Your employees are your biggest and most important asset. When you think about where you’re investing efforts to keep employees engaged, aligned and recognized, what comes to mind?

Cash bonuses?
Celebrating their tenure?
Perhaps it’s a fruitcake on their birthday.

Well, what if we told you that the secret weapon to driving employee success was your managers? More often than not, employees don’t leave companies – they leave bad managers. That’s why it’s up to you to equip your managers with the tools they need to engage and motivate your workforce to drive results.→ Read More

Aligning Your Workforce: One, Two, Three Strikes – You’re Out

Picture this: it’s the bottom of the ninth and bases are loaded. Two outs and you’re down by three. Batter up! That’s you. The worst thing you can do right now is strike out.

You look up at your coach for your play, but … wait, your coach isn’t there.
You glance out the field and realize that your team has no idea what to do next.

Okay. You think. Now what?Read More

Five Strategies to Develop the Modern Manager

The Secret Weapon to Driving Employee Success: Your ManagersBad managers are the number one reason employees quit, but good managers have the power to drive results. Performance is 35 percent higher when teams are led by strong management; moreover, engaged employees are also much more likely to stay with the organization, reducing turnover costs.

With these kinds of results on the line, who wouldn’t want to give their managers the tools they need to become great at their jobs?

There are many things organizations can do to help managers do their jobs well.→ Read More

How “One Culture” Made MGM Resorts International a Billion-Dollar Brand

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesWhat would you change about your company if you knew you’d be bankrupt tomorrow?

Over the last 30 years, MGM Resorts International has become the billion-dollar brand we know today through mergers and acquisitions. It’s the second largest gaming company in the world by revenue and employs 62,000 employees at its resorts around the globe.→ Read More

Three Reasons to Look Up to Autotrader as a Top Employer

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesIt’s difficult for large, global companies to inspire employees and keep them engaged. More often than not, geographically dispersed employees feel disconnected from their employers, further driving them down the path to disengagement. But some companies have figured it out and lead the charge in maintaining highly engaged workplaces that recognize employees’ accomplishments and align their performance to business success. Autotrader is one of those companies.→ Read More

Why voluntary turnover is unimaginable at Shopify

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesToday, people work differently. It’s become increasingly challenging for companies to inspire the modern workforce. Employers must prioritize employee engagement to maintain a competitive edge in the war for talent. Your competitors can take your customers and recruit your top talent, but the one thing they cannot steal is your culture. A strong corporate culture will positively impact your employee engagement, as long as employees and managers live your culture’s values on a daily basis.

Companies that achieve high engagement should be celebrated, so we’d like to highlight Shopify’s achievement as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ for 2013.→ Read More

How HealthNow New York shapes its wellness program to drive success

According to Towers Watson, 67 percent of employers identified “employees’ poor health habits” as one of their top three challenges in maintaining affordable health coverage. And, according to the Department of Labor, 52 percent of employers that offered wellness programs in 2012 believed they were effective in reducing the firm’s health care costs.

No one understands the value of healthy employees more than healthcare providers. As a leading healthcare company, HealthNow New York has helped millions of people live healthier lives—including their own employees.→ Read More

Forbes and CareerBuilder reveal why your top talent is leaving in 2014


Have you heard the news? Your top talent is leaving this year—at least, Forbes and CareerBuilder seem to be convinced and have some tips to remedy the problem.

Forbes published an article about how CareerBuilder recently surveyed over 3,000 workers to find out who is most likely to change jobs in 2014, what employees value most from their employer, and most importantly—what it will take to retain them.→ Read More

Ceridian achieves fast growth with highly engaged employees

Ceridian is a leader in human capital management with more than 100,000 clients in over 50 countries.  The company’s main focus is becoming a fast growing company with highly engaged employees. Ceridian believes the link between Employee Success™ and business success is defined by engaged employees delivering great results to customers, clients, and key business partners.

Find out how Ceridian maximizes the value of employees in the workplace using an Employee Success Platform that engages employees, aligns them to business objectives, and recognizes achievements in the moment.→ Read More

The “holacracy”: a new approach to company hierarchy or nonsense?

culture_managementImagine a company where bosses do not exist. Sound crazy? At online retailer Zappos it’s now part of their competitive strategy to sustain its winning culture as the company grows.

According to a recent article featured in the Washington Post, Zappos has implemented an unusual approach called a “holacracy,” which “replaces the traditional corporate chain of command with a series of overlapping, self-governing ‘circles’.” The objective is to give employees more of a voice and keep the company from becoming too rigid or bureaucratic.→ Read More

The age of employee engagement–four key elements to consider

talent_managementBy now, you’ve perfected your employee engagement strategy, right? Even if your team is highly engaged, few organizations understand why engagement is integral to business success or how to leverage engagement to drive better results. According to Aberdeen Group’s research brief, The Age of Employee Engagement, only 23 percent of organizations have a formal employee engagement strategy in place. This means the negative impacts of poor engagement are plaguing most organizations today, including loss of productivity and low retention.

In order to make a positive impact on engagement starting today, you must focus on what’s really important.→ Read More

[Award] There’s still time to get recognized as best-in-class!

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesHere’s the best decision you’ll make all week (at least we think so). It’s your last chance to get recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™! Your outstanding achievements in driving employee engagement have not gone unnoticed this year. You have a competitive workplace and everyone should know about it.

There’s still time, applications are due Friday, November 8. Apply now—here’s why:

–          Elevate your employer brand

You know you’re awesome, now let the world know.

–          Attract the best and brightest talent (hint: they only work for top employers)

What better way to prove you’re the best than winning awards?→ Read More

Ask Achievers: Best practices for creating engagement surveys that yield positive results

ask_achieversIn this week’s Ask Achievers, Jewel Celestine shares best practices for creating impactful engagement surveys and inspiring employee participation. Jewel is the Employee Success Business Partner at Achievers, where she develops and implements strategic HR initiatives pertaining to employee engagement and performance management.

Dear Achievers,

We are always trying to improve employee engagement at our company. We administer an engagement survey every six months to get a real-time pulse on how employees are feeling. However, we find it challenging to get more than 20 percent participation.Read More

Award deadline extended! Don’t let your hard work go unnoticed

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesWill you be one of the 50?

Celebrating success in the workplace is the key to sustained engagement and keeping your employees happy. What better way to celebrate your awesome workplace than by winning awards to prove you’re the best?

Your outstanding achievements in driving employee engagement have not gone unnoticed this year. You have a competitive workplace and everyone should know about it.

Good news! The deadline to submit applications has been extended to November 1, 2013. So don’t be shy—apply to be recognized as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ and show the world why you’re a front-runner in leadership and employee engagement.→ Read More

Legendary companies have one thing in common: they’re winners

Achievers 50 Most Engaged WorkplacesWorkplace woes are plaguing HR executives. Turnover is high, employees are disengaged, and the pressure to remain agile and drive explosive business revenue won’t subside anytime soon. What are you going to do?

It may be no surprise that perception goes a long way—especially with your future candidates. To recruit the best and brightest talent, your employer brand must be top notch. This includes taking a look at your company website and highlighting what makes your company a top employer—like displaying your awards, for example.→ Read More

5 top-rated articles to help revamp your disengaged employees

Employee recognition, employee engagementGreat things happen over the course of one year, like brilliant employee performance, workplace success, and important milestones. This week we’re celebrating an exciting first year of [engage]! And we have you, our loyal reader, to thank.

Over the past year, [engage] has delivered thought leadership and topical articles to help companies create a social, collaborative environment, inspiring higher employee engagement and performance. These articles provide best practices to tackle your biggest challenge: encouraging employees to love work.→ Read More

[SlideShare] 19 signs of disengagement (and what you can do to avoid them)

50 Most Engaged Applications Now OpenHave you ever felt like you’d rather put a pencil in your eye than attend your monthly team meeting?

If not, then you’re probably an engaged employee (congrats!). But perhaps you know someone that feels this way.

After all, disengaged employees tend to harbor feelings of animosity towards their employer. This is because disengaged employees are disconnected from business objectives, receive little to no recognition or constructive feedback, and worst of all—feel like they’re invisible to their employer.

On the flip side, top employers celebrate employee engagement because it’s an effective tool to boost bottom-line results through alignment and increased productivity, and also builds a competitive employer brand that attracts, retains, and inspires top performers.→ Read More

Learn what top employers are talking about: Engagement drives business success

Top employers realize that engagement is an effective tool to boost bottom-line results through alignment and increased productivity. Most importantly, engagement also helps to build a competitive employer brand that attracts, retains, and inspires the best and the brightest talent.

We recently interviewed Kimberly Rath, co-chairman of Talent Plus, which has been recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in both 2011 and 2012 for their leadership and innovation in engaging their workplace. The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards will recognize 50 U.S.-based companies as well as 50 Canadian companies in 2013.→ Read More

[Webinar recap] Building a culture of recognition: Credit Union ONE’s Employee Success™ Story

Organizations with high engagement rates are 78 percent more productive and 40 percent more profitable than disengaged organizations1. Top employers realize that an engaged workplace begins with a recognition-rich culture, and that is where the Credit Union ONE Employee Success story starts.