Tom Petty: Don’t Take Advantage Of Top Performers, You’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Jobvite, Performance 3 Comments

Tom Petty is gone.  No one saw it coming. When news came that he actually had passed, my social media sites were filled with words of disbelief, fandom, and loss.  Several posted how in retrospect many of their “life” moments were underscored by the Tom Petty song of that day.  Me included.  I mean, I Won’t Back Down, Running Down …

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Employees Won’t Notice If You Have Recognition – But Will Leave If You Don’t

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition

Let’s start with a riddle… The poor have it. The rich need it. If you eat it you will die. What is it? I’ll answer it at the end of the post… trust me… it will connect. While you’re thinking of the answer let’s have a quick chat. I’ve been noticing that the loud and monotonous drumbeat of reward and …

Are There Unintended Consequences from Too Much “Social Recognition?”

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

Many see business as a zero-sum game. I win. You lose. Only one top slot on the org chart. Only one “employee of the month” award. Today’s business is pretty ruthless and the stakes are high. There is no middle ground. There are only winners. And losers. And winners are winners because they are better than the losers. Right? Or …

When Does Your Engagement Effort Become the Real Problem?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert, Recognition

I think I’m like about 99.9% of the world. I have a drink now and then as part of a wind-down ritual. Not every day, but if I’ve had a tough day with lots ‘o idiots, a nice scotch or bourbon – or if I feel especially fancy, a Manhattan, (sans cherry – it’s a drink not fruit salad) – …

Risk Averse? Shy? Here’s the Social Strategy For You…

Kris Dunn Communication, Driving Productivity, Kris Dunn, Performance, Recognition

One of the biggest issues for HR pros, Recruiters and Talent professionals when it comes to using social media at work is the concept of RISK.  The problem goes something like this: The HR pro in question understands that social media is something they should be doing, but one of the following problems exists: 1. The HR pro works for …

Holiday Giving For Employees – It’s Not That Simple

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

I have two kids… actually they are no longer kids but young adults—21 and 23. When they were 6 and 4, buying them gifts for Christmas was easy. Make the boxes big and the number plentiful. As long as there was stuff under the tree we pretty much had Christmas whupped. As they got older, they got more discerning. Now …

Anti-Recognition? Is That A Thing?

Paul Hebert Coaching, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition

We’ve all seen the studies—heck we’ve been beat over the head by them in the last few years. Recognition will cure whatever ails your company! Over the past 10 years, that mantra has caused recognition and reward companies to spring up like patent medicines in the 1800s. And many with the same overall impact. But that is a post for …

Have We Eliminated Real Recognition?

Paul Hebert Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Training and Development

The blogosphere is full to the brim with studies, research, tea leaves and astrology charts that say employee engagement drives business success and that recognition drives engagement.  It is the siren’s call of 2011 and beyond.  Almost every HR person I talk with has engagement in one form or another on their to-do list.  In many cases it is about …

Why Public Recognition Matters

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Personal Brand, Recognition

I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on. I’ll …

The Bonus Rules

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Performance, Recognition, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

If you’ve been in HR for at least 30 minutes you’ve heard someone in your organization bitch about a bonus.  It comes part and parcel with the gig – from the beginning of time when the first caveman decided he needed some additional incentive for his cave drawers and developed the 5 drawings and you get an extra brontosaurus burger …