Getting to Know You … Employee Team Building

file0001179129151As a manager who moved locations often, I was always faced with the challenge of getting to know my new team over just a few short days.  Learning about my team members always made the process of employee team building easier and more effective, and it also enriched employee recognition.  One simple technique that I found useful was placing Getting to Know You sheets in the break room.  These were always full of fun questions aimed at doing just that—learning a little bit more about the new group of people I would be working with (they also were great lunch time conversation starters).  As we launch this blog I would like to try one of those questions out here.  Think of it as a “getting to know each other” process.

With the passing this year of legendary film credit Roger Ebert, I have been digitally surrounded with lists of his favorite films.  Reflecting on my own list, I must shamefully admit that many of my favorites contain cheesy love stories.  So here is my Getting to Know You question:  What would make your Top Ten Movie list?

Employee Recognition Programs Should Align with Company Culture

When developing an employee recognition program for your company it is important to take into consideration the day to day personality of your company and its employees.  Below are some corporate characteristics and some suggestions on how to tailor your recognition program to fit these specific values.   Social – Social offices are generally home… Read more »

Lessons from the Street – Employee Recognition and Misguided Street Sweepers

I recently witnessed something in a large US city (that shall remain nameless) that reinforced some very important principles that are applicable to many aspects of our human experience – including incentive and employee recognition programs. Here’s what happened. I was standing on a busy street and heard the sound of an approaching truck – a… Read more »

Building Better Results through Recognition – A Research-Based Approach

At a recent IMA Executive Summit, an entire session was dedicated to “Building Better Results through Recognition – A Research-Based Approach.” This session highlighted the increasingly important role that nonfinancial recognition methods will play in developing and sustaining the human capital that is and will continue to be critical to success in the economy. And… Read more »