March 1st is Employee Appreciation Day!

The first Employee Appreciation Day was in 1995.  It is always on the first Friday in March. A Recognition Professionals International’s founding Board member, together with his publishing company, Workman Publishing, created Employee Appreciation Day as a way of focusing the attention of all employers, in all industries on employee recognition. Employee recognition is more…

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Be the Leader who Motivates Employees in 2013!

Are you a leader who motivates employees?  The ability to motivate employees is one of the greatest skills a boss, leader or entrepreneur can possess. What would it take for you to create a hard working, passionate team that is as committed to growing and improving the company as you are? Here are five quick…

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Motivating Yourself in the Workplace

Motivating yourself in the Workplace can be difficult-especially when times are challenging.  However, you are much more powerful and employable if you are the kind of person who can be the “cause” of motivating yourself.  Below are 10 ways  you can improve your motivation and do your best work. 1. Be clear on your personal values and…

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What motivates employees is not what you think

Businesses might want to rethink what motivates employees.  The decisions that businesses are making about talent and people are outdated.  So many of us think it is all about the money. Daniel Pink says that science shows that mechanical tasks work well with financial rewards.  However, what motivates employees to be creative and work hard comes…

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Live Life Fully-lessons learned from the Hudson River Plane Crash

To Live Life Fully is a concept that few of us think about at work or home. Ric Elias had an opportunity to start thinking about his life when he had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in early 2009. Ric survived the crash.…

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Empower Employees in Five Easy Steps!

One of the important keys to employee motivation is to empower employees to be successful. An empowered employee leads to increased creativity, motivation, initiative, ownership, productivity, teamwork, and results for your company. The following are five motivation techniques to empower employees to produce extraordinary results. You can motive your employees: 1. To Find Solutions When an employee communicates a…

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Motivate your Team- get rid of the demotivators!

Are you having a hard time being able to motivate your team? Have you ever noticed how a new employee’s enthusiasm eventually wears off?  According to a survey from Harvard Management Update, employees’ morale significantly drops off after their first six months on the job. For the most part, enthusiasm is determined by work environment, and…

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Empower Employees by letting them Work!

Once you’ve assigned a task, explained why it’s important, and made sure your employees have the skills and the tools they need to complete it to an agreed-on standard, step back and let them do the work. Your job is to explain the “what” and “why” of the task. Their job is to get the…

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Coaching Employees for better results and increased morale

Most managers know that Coaching employees is a very effective tool to boost performance. But coaching has another benefit. When employees are doing a good job at work, morale is a lot higher. Coaching employees works best when managers demonstrate a genuine or sincere interest in helping the employee, while at the same time empowering…

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Pike Place Fish Market inspires organizations worldwide

At Seattle’s World Famous Pike Place Fish Market, employees don’t just fill orders, they fill people – with  fun, friendliness, attentiveness, and enthusiasm. The employees engage people  and make their day.  They make people happy. The work is hard, the hours long; yet these employees choose to bring amazing  passion, fun and commitment to work every day. The remarkable wisdom…

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