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September 18, 2018

3 Tips for Keeping Engagement Up During Open Enrollment

It’s open enrollment season again, and if your benefits are changing considerably, it could cause an engagement dip! A Towers Watson benefits study found – perhaps not surprisingly – that employee health and retirement plans are strongly correlated with engagement and retention. In fact, a Luntz Global paper on American health insurance plans estimated that […]

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April 5, 2018

Don’t Undervalue That Rock Star Employee

Star Power Here’s a thought bubble: say you have a “rock star” employee, highly satisfied with his/her job, who came in young and hungry, growing into a superstar over several years with incremental raises, and one day gets woke to the fact they’re being paid way below market value; like in the 25% below or […]

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March 7, 2018

The March Turnover Tide

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, who have been fastidiously tracking turnover with their JOLT (Job Openings & Labor Turnover) report since 2014, there is a slight but significant uptick in separations and job openings that occurs fairly regularly between the months of December and March. Quitting in December makes sense – the […]

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January 3, 2018

Recognition, Rewards, and Tax Reform

2018 will mark a year of tax reform, as the current administration’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 goes into effect. The question of whether employee awards count toward taxable income have always been a chief concern for the recognition and rewards industry, and many of our customers (not to mention us) have been […]

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April 18, 2017

5 Tips for Moving the Middle with Your Incentive Programs

Companies used to embrace the idea of showering top performers with praise and rewards as a way to boost productivity. The general thinking was that “…since these employees want to be here, they will automatically work harder with more encouragement”. However it can become difficult to encourage incentive goals for employees who are so aware […]

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August 15, 2016

Rio Olympics – Equal Pay for Equal Play

The 2016 Olympics in Rio has already been marred with sexist controversy, beginning with some ill-advised live commentary from NBC, continuing with poorly-worded headlines by the Chicago Tribune, and topping it off with even more ill-advised live commentary from NBC. The coverage for this Olympics has gotten such a negative reaction, NBC flew SNL’s Leslie […]

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June 9, 2016

What the Job Seeker of Today is REALLY Looking for

There was a time before job sites and social networks when hiring was done completely in the dark, and the hiring organization held all the cards. Nowadays job seekers use sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn to not only search for job offers, but research the hiring company, compare average salaries, and get the inside scoop […]

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January 19, 2016

The Era of the Empowered Employee

Indeed.com, the biggest job site in the world, commissioned an end-of-year study showing that more than 50 percent of US workers are thinking of making a career change in 2016. Some of the chief motivators were a better work location, a higher position/title, and the biggest motivator was salary, with 79 percent of respondents listing […]

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March 24, 2015

The High-Potential Ultimatum

These days you can’t go a week without hearing about the virtues of flexible schedules. They greatly reduce absenteeism and environmental impact, and spur faster company growth. As the workforce becomes more and more mobile, the 9-to-5 grind is becoming less and less attractive. But for every company that gets lauded for instituting afour-day work week or […]

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March 12, 2015

Sick and Tired of No Sick Leave

How much sense does this make: Retail and restaurant workers, who come into more direct contact with the average customer than any other job, are the least likely to have paid sick leave as a benefit. Having to choose between showing up to work ill and getting paid for the day is a regular dilemma […]

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