Employees Will be Part of the Matrix

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Driving Productivity, HR Technology, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

“One of the most promising laboratories for the Numerati is the workplace, where every keystroke, click, and e-mail can be studied.” One would think that the above quote is from a recently found rough draft of the Orwell book 1984, but it is part of the introduction to an article about a new book by Stephen Baker called “The Numerati.”  …

Executives Need to “Eat the Dog Food” When It Comes to Company Culture…

Paul Hebert Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Total Rewards

Many companies ask that I help them design and develop programs to reinforce and, in some instances, create a company culture.  Through a reward and recognition strategy, you can highlight and popularize the behaviors that define your company’s culture.  However, don’ think a “program” can create the result you want, if you’re not part of the program. “A fish stinks …

Incentives Aren’t Just For Sales People…

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Incentives.  The word brings up a variety of images in most people’s minds.  From "cash back" at the dealership to sales bonuses for getting more people to buy your products – most people immediately go to the "sales" arena as if the only place incentives have a place is when pushing something. Nay, nay I say.  Expand your mind.  Incentives …

Want Better Performance? Try Taking Rewards Away From People First…

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

Many, many times when consulting with companies on their reward and recognition strategy, I’ll be asked about what the company should add to their portfolio of programs to increase “insert objective here.”  I think we instinctively think that in order to accomplish our goals we have to add on to what already exists.  We believe something is missing. I don’t …

Your Employees Lie to You…

Paul Hebert Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance, Retention

An entire industry exists to help you survey your employees and find out what they want and need to be productive, positive, contributing members of your organization.  Unfortunately, too often, the results of these surveys will steer you down blind alleys and hurt your engagement efforts. People generally say what they expect their audience wants to hear.  Employees are no …

Meet Paul Hebert – Covering Performance Motivation for Fistful of Talent…

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert

Paul Hebert is the brain behind Incentive Intelligence and a recognized authority on incentives and performance motivation. See Paul’s Rants and Riffs on Fistful of Talent by clicking here… ___________________________________________________________________________________ 10.5 QUESTIONS WITH PAUL HEBERT 1.  The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your …

Are You Selling Out Your Incentive and Recognition Programs?

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Do you "own" your incentive and recognition programs? I ask because it seems that many companies have abdicated their responsibility to surveys and experts who continually say that employees want "X" so in order to engage them give them "X." A smattering of examples from a quick Google search include: Cash and international travel are the most motivating incentives for …

Nintendo and the Wii – Tricking You Into Higher Performance Through “Play”…

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Sometimes, it amazes me the places you can find answers to life’s big problems.  Little did I know that the company, that brought you Prisoner of Zelda and those cute Italian plumbers Luigi and Mario, would have the answer to motivation and performance management.  While I’m sure Nintendo’s approach won’t make your employees go “Wheeeeeee” … and jump up and …