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Time Off as Awards in Peer Recognition Program

  The director of HR for non-profit tells me their organization uses a peer program with pretty significant awards: “If anyone does something extra to help a volunteer, or help another staff member, anyone who notices can give them a “credit.” Collect 10 credits and you get an extra day off during that fiscal year. There is […]

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Why Free Recognition Beats Costly Awards

The Employee Recognition Paradox While people say they want cash awards, studies have shown free recognition is most meaningful. Despite all the billions spent on recognition each year, the evidence seems clear: most meaningful recognition is free recognition. You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, the people in my company have confirmed that they prefer […]

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Aligning Talent and Compensation Strategy to Make Work Meaningful

Cindy Ventrice’s post discussing the results of the Meaningful Recognition survey reinforces other surveys showing that employee recognition is about far more than just compensation.  But research also supports what many know from experience – compensation matters and it impacts employee attitudes and performance – both positively and negatively.  In fact, the only time most […]

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