Talent Community

What’s a Talent Community?

Guest post by Jeff Waldman, Founder & Social HR Strategist of Stratify and SocialHRCamp

Talent pool, talent network or talent community—semantics shemantics. We in the HR industry appear to be having some difficulties wrapping our heads around all of this. For starters, we can’t seem to agree on the definitions for each of these terms, let alone understand what the core purposes of each are. The so-called ‘industry influencers’ are struggling with this as well. If the thought-leaders and influencers are struggling, how can the industry at large have a clear understanding?→ Read More

Performance Review

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

Workplace Trendsetter

[SlideShare] Are You a Workplace Trendsetter?

An engaged, aligned, and recognized workforce separates you from the pack. Get inspired. Be a trendsetter.

Employee Recognition

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


[Customer video] Why Samsung believes its people are everything to success

Samsung, a global provider of products and services, has built its vision on a foundation of people and people excellence. Find out how Samsung creates an amazing, engaged workforce by taking its employee recognition to the next level.→ Read More

Why Your Top Talent is Leaving

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

[White paper] Unleash Employee Success™: Use recognition to engage Gen X and Millennial employees

By understanding the perspectives of every segment of the workforce, as well as broader workplace trends, you can create an effective culture of recognition. Learn strategies for engaging your entire workforce, regardless of the demographic split, with our latest white paper.

[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.

Ask Amelia: What makes recognition meaningful?

In our biweekly column, Ask Amelia, Achievers' head of HR Amelia Generalis addresses reader questions on creating employee success. This week Amelia explains what makes recognition meaningful.

[Infographic] Overcome disengagement by tackling the recognition obstacle course

Creating a recognition-rich culture that reinforces key behaviors can be a challenge. Navigate the recognition obstacle course to attain Employee Success™—a win-win scenario that improves employee engagement, drives successful business results, and gets you to the finish line. Ready, set, go!

[Webinar] How to secure executive buy-in for recognition programs

In order to get your recognition program off the ground, you must secure executive buy-in by communicating the business benefits in language your C-suite understands. How do you translate “employee engagement” to increased shareholder return and profitability? We’ve got the perfect place to start.

Ask Amelia: How do we integrate employee recognition into our traditional culture?

In our biweekly column, Ask Amelia, Achievers' head of HR Amelia Generalis addresses reader questions on creating employee success. This week she's taking an investment bank social.

5 tips to create the one thing your competitors can’t steal

Avoid fading into the background noise and create something your competition can’t rip off. By building a unique company culture, your employees will be more aligned to drive results that impact the big picture, and more likely to stick around.

How to give recognition that matters

Are your employees using the company recognition program just to thank each other for bringing in donuts? That’s not going to do much for your business success. Learn how to implement a foolproof recognition strategy with tips for getting the most bang for your recognition buck.

[Infographic] Recognition to the rescue!

NEWS ALERT! An evil villain is roaming our workplaces. Employees are fleeing in droves as this evil-doer pilfers profits and steal souls. Who is this masked marauder? Why, none other than the longtime foe of productive workplaces everywhere: DISENGAGEMENT. But never fear—a hero is waiting in the wings! Recognition is the super hero today’s workplaces need. Let us join forces and do battle, starting now!

No more drama: Overcome the obstacles to organizational change

Learn how steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco created an Employee Success program using recognition, and how it overcame the obstacles of organizational change. Gain insights on proven best practices and common challenges associated with dramatic change.

7 warning signs your approach to recognition isn’t working

You may think your company has recognition covered, but if you start seeing these warning signs, it’s probably time to rethink your approach. Learn how to spot disengagement, and how to fix it.

3 tips to learn from failure & celebrate success

Dear A Advisor,

My sales team has been working very hard on a big contract that was in our pipeline. When the sale didn’t go through, they were all very disappointed. I don’t want them to get stuck in a rut: the sale prospect really made the team grow and come together and I’d really like them to keep improving.

How can I keep the preserve the positive effects of my team’s work and mitigate the negative effects of their disappointment?Read More

Successful CEOs talk recognition

Fast Company recently launched a series of videos asking successful Presidents, CEO’s and Executives how they acknowledged individual achievement in a collaborative environment. They interviewed a wide variety of professionals including  Diane Scott, President of West Union, Padmasaree Warrier, CTO of Cisco, David Lieb, CEO of Bump and Pasha Sadri CEO of Poylvore to name a few, the overriding response? Recognizing individual performance is key to creating a successful business and team. In todays fast paced and competitive environment, recognition will help motivate and encourage employees.

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The power of consistent recognition

Recognition can be incredibly addicting – but the good kind of addiction, because being recognized once is never enough.

When you recognize an employee on-the-spot for a job well done, it can be very powerful. This type of recognition is powerful because the employee receives timely, specific and meaningful feedback, which reinforces that the certain behavior should be repeated.  However, if that same behavior is repeated and does not receive timely recognition, it is likely that the initiative will fall flat.→ Read More

The customer profit chain

“The employee customer profit chain is not a revolutionary idea. More than 15 years ago a study in HBR identified ‘the employee-customer-profit chain’ at Sears. This was a straightforward dynamic in which employee behavior affected customer behavior, which in turn affected company financial performance. This study has been replicated by JC Penny, Best Buy and Marriott. And for all of them the results held true—effective leaders let to satisfied employees, which lead to satisfied customers, which led to a direct and measurable increase in sales revenue.” http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/how_damaging_is_a_bad_boss_exa.html

Make sure that your company becomes another one of these financial success stories where sales revenue sky rockets year-over-year.→ Read More

Old fashioned, please! Recognition and good old “Thank-You”

When I was a child my mother taught me to write handwritten notes around the holidays to thank people for everything—for giving presents, for coming to our annual party, for letting me be in the holiday play. You name it; I wrote a thank-you note for it.→ Read More

Equal opportunity feedback: Incorporating meaningful recognition from customer recommendations

Dear A Advisor,

My company has a very large customer service department and their hard work and dedication really shines through in the positive feedback that they receive from customers. I feel like all of this hard work is rarely represented on our online recognition platform; it’s feedback from customers who do not have access to the platform. Is there a way that I can leverage the recognition platform so that it can account for all the hard work in our customer service department?Read More

5 tips to inspire and retain your workforce: Create a culture of recognition

How do you inspire top talent? According to Gallup, 71% of American workers are not engaged in their current positions – so there is a clear need to repair the employer and employee relationship.→ Read More

3 tips to engage your entire workforce with an online program

Dear A Advisor,

My workplace has employees from all walks of life, and many of these employees have very little experience using computers. We’re bringing in a recognition program and we’re really excited by its interactive, online platform that is going to make the program very compelling for our younger employees. How do we make sure that this online program stays relevant for staff members who have not grown up with computers?


Digital or AnalogueRead More

Connect your employees for business success

“Humans are social by nature, and technology is now amplifying that tendency, turning us into an always-connected, interactive network of advice, feedback, information, and gossip. For thousands of years we only interacted with others face to face, but we now do it by phone, email, status update, online chat, SMS, Skype, or FaceTime.”

If your company does not provide consistent real time feedback you will alienate the most technically inclined generations, Gen X, Gen Y and the Millennials. Provide your employees with an online rewards and recognition program where they can get real time feedback from their managers and their colleagues.→ Read More

Make your mama proud: How recognition taps into our deeper needs

The other day I asked our CFO what kinds of recognition makes him feel the best. His answer surprised me:

“The best thing you can do is to let my mother know I’m doing a good job.”→ Read More

Feeling off-balance? Improve culture with recognition

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a manager of a large team and my company is thinking of introducing  a recognition program. I know that our current company culture could be better: some of my employees feel like their work gets ignored while others’ work is disproportionately appreciated and it fosters resentment amongst my team. I’m willing to put in the hard work to improve morale and change the culture of my workplace, so how do I leverage a recognition program to correct this issue?Read More

A lesson from co-founder and CEO of Wayfair.com

Adam Bryant, specialist on the challenges of leading and managing, recently conducted an interview with Niraj Shah, co-founder and CEO of Wayfair.com. Shah drew upon his experiences leading the largest online retailer of home furnished in the US, to speak on the importance of recognition:

“One thing I’ve learned over time is that it’s important to take a minute and celebrate a win before you move on to the next thing you want to accomplish. One of our values at Wayfair is that we are never done.→ Read More

Metrics beat bonuses: How to motivate with measurement

As working professionals, we look forward to our paychecks because of our need to pay bills, put food on the table, and have a place to live. Paychecks arrive on schedule and are expected, similar to year-end cash bonuses.→ Read More

Putting the “human” back into human resources

“Our employees don’t really care about what we want them to do until they know how much we care about them. When an employee knows—truly knows—that you care about them, then they care about you. And when they know you care, they will listen to you… and they will do anything for you.”http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/key-to-leadership-managing-employees.html?nav=pop

Build a culture of recognition in your workplace that provides you with the opportunity to show how much you care and appreciate your employees on a daily basis.

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Why “Employee of the Month” is a wasted effort

Remember when you were a kid and how much you hated it when your parents used the expression “because I said so?” On many occasions, they used it to justify the way something has always been done. While this may be the easy way to do things, it’s not always the most effective way to do things. Everything evolves, and suddenly one way of doing something doesn’t make sense or apply anymore.→ Read More

Why you should recognize great ideas

Legendary organizations started from one great idea or vision. Corporate giants and start-ups alike prospered from unexplored ideas that shared one commonality: passion for innovation. Would Google be successful today without the great ideas like Gmail or Google maps that built their culture of innovation? A culture of innovation means that employees are committed to raising the bar and reaching new heights to be successful.→ Read More

New research reveals the business case for employee recognition

Do you understand the power and ROI of “thank you” in the workplace? The latest research from Bersin & Associates  proves companies that say “thank you” to employees far outperform companies that do not.

The data comes from ”The State of Employee Recognition in 2012” report, revealing the secrets of employee recognition and the business results achieved from these programs. Additionally, Achievers alongside China Gorman released the results from the, “Achievers Intelligence: Insight Into Today’s Workforce,” which is a one-of-a-kind study revealing that CEOs and HR leaders have an inaccurate view of what employees want in the workplace in regards to recognition, feedback and  accessibility of leadership.→ Read More

Give before you take: 3 ways to win employee loyalty

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of loyalty is being faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution or product. In everyday life, loyalty is found in sports fans that cheer for their teams even when they’re losing or in a dog that never leaves its owner’s side.→ Read More

3 strategies for an effective employee rewards program

“When it comes to running an effective business, one maxim holds true across all industries: happy employees are the best employees.” I read the opening line of this article and was instantly hooked in. What is the secret recipe for creating employee happiness? In an article from the Experience™ Recruiting Insights Blog, “The benefits of rewarding strong employee performance,” the author talks about the advantages of employee rewards programs. While there are several factors that affect employee happiness, employee recognition and rewards is a key component.→ Read More

Why employee recognition is such a hot topic

There is nothing we love more than sharing the positive impacts of employee engagement, which incorporates eight essential elements, including rewards and recognition.

So what’s the buzz about? The business world has significantly changed over the past five years, so recognition in the workplace is now more prevalent than ever. Stacia Garr, Bersin & Associates’ Principal Analyst, recently contributed a blog post around the buzz of employee recognition; she discusses the most relevant changes to the workplace and why recognition is key for business to succeed.→ Read More

Years of service awards: Out with the dinosaurs!

“Traditional Years of Service programs fail to offer timely recognition as the rewards are spread out over long intervals of time. This will result in poor engagement and motivational levels putting your company at risk of losing your top performers. Evolve beyond Years of Service Awards to today’s years of service program—Recognition Milestones. Build a rhythm of recognition where employees are consistently recognized and have the power to choose their own rewards that are meaningful to them. ” Achievers Whitepaper RIP Traditional Service Awards

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Managers need recognition, too! 3 steps for employee retention

Dear A Advisor,

I need your help! My company is having trouble with employee retention. We offer competitive salaries and we’re a strong competitor in our industry, but we just can’t seem to keep staff happy enough to stay with our company. What tools can we use to make our employees more satisfied and engaged?

Thanks for your help!

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Great results! 2 ways to optimize your employee recognition program

Hi A Advisor,

My company has just launched an employee recognition program that has had great initial success: my colleagues send recognitions for a job well done, it’s a dynamic platform for positive feedback and we’ve already seen an amazing transformation of our company culture. My priority now is to ensure that the company doesn’t slip back into its old culture and that we continue to see the benefits of our employee recognition program. We need to make sure that the recognitions help our organization reach its goals on an on-going basis.Read More

2012 real time: 2 tips for successful offline recognition

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a Human Resources manager for a large-scale manufacturing company that employs both online, computer-based office staff, and offline factory and shipping staff (including some off-site). Although my company has a great recognition program in place for our online office staff, we do not have a similar program for our offline employees. I want to institute a recognition program for our offline staff but I’m hesitant: I’m not sure how employees would be able to effectively use a recognition platform when they don’t have access to a computer at work.Read More

Calling all managers! Making recognition initiatives effective

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a Human Resources specialist and I’ve recently enabled a recognition program within my company. The program has been my project, but I’m looking for ways to ensure effective adoption in my company. Since I’m in the HR department I don’t get a lot of insight into how individual departments utilize the program; I’m afraid that it won’t be used to its full potential.

Thanks so much for your help!

Out of TouchRead More

What does it take to make a superstar?

“Our society has become obsessed with superstars, failing to highlight seemingly ordinary accomplishments. Too many organizations are doing damage by giving excessive credit, stature, and dollars to people with the big ideas and giving insufficient kudos, prestige, and pay to people who put their heads down and make sure all the little things get done right. Ensure that all your employees are getting recognized on a regular basis because without them those leaders and superstars would never be able to shine.” – Bob Sutton “Work Matters” http://tinyurl.com/7mut464

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Reaping the benefits of rewards and recognition

Try and recall the first time you were rewarded for outstanding behavior or achieving a goal. Whether it was taking first place at a soccer tournament or earning good grades, this satisfied feeling caused a proud beaming sensation and you couldn’t help but smile. From that moment, you were addicted to reaping the benefits of rewards and recognition.→ Read More

Out with the old performance review, in with recognition

Dear A Advisor,

I’m a new manager and I’m expected to do performance reviews with my team. Performance reviews seem so outdated — I don’t think something that resembles a report card helps with employee engagement. I would love to give my team feedback on their accomplishments and all the ways that we can improve our team. Is there a way that I can do this that’s more meaningful and engaging for my team? 

Thanks for your help!

Still New At ThisRead More

Corporate culture 101: saying goodbye to the I don’t care mentality

It takes a lot of dedication to build a great corporate culture, but it is essential to promote employee engagement and build a great company. In “How To Improve Your Corporate Culture,” Bruce Campbell writes that “companies that make no effort to build a corporate culture risk developing an ‘I don’t care’ culture. Their employees have no way of connecting to the larger purpose of the organization, nothing to identify with, nothing that gives work greater meaning.”→ Read More

Social media newsfeeds facilitate meaningful recognition

Hi there, A Advisor,

 I’ve been looking into some employee recognition programs for my company, and I notice that some of them resemble social media sites; they even have a newsfeed like Facebook or Twitter. If a recognition program operates like social media sites, I don’t see how my employees will take it seriously—won’t it just be a game? I want my employees to engage with our company’s values, and I don’t want them to recognize frivolously. What’s the benefit?


All Work, No PlayRead More

The “Happiest Jobs in America” reveals the #1 reason for employee happiness

What do a loan officer, warehouse manager and accountant have in common? Okay, the answer probably didn’t come to you immediately, so I’ll let you in on the secret: these are some of the happiest jobs in America. Yes folks, you heard that right. CareerBliss recently released the list of the 20 happiest jobs in America, and since you’re probably wondering how in the world these jobs ever topped the list, we’ll break down the key reason why these jobs outshine the competition.→ Read More

Warning: When recognition is needed most

“As stress, change, pressure and constraints increase in an organization, so too does the need for a concerted effort to enhance employee recognition. Managers can find it difficult to give positive feedback during tough times, and managers are least likely to use a recognition program when morale is low. Encourage leaders to recognize employees when it’s hardest to do so—that’s when it’s needed most!”

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