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Artificial Intelligence and Employee Recognition

Posted by David Chittock on Apr 12, 2019 11:58:00 AM

Can We Really Have Robotic Employees?

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the human factor in HR. Specifically, how we need to practice mindfulness when it comes to motivating and recognizing our employees. So what’s the deal about artificial intelligence taking over the management of our employees’ experiences? You can’t be serious! Robots training our employees to act like robots? Can this really be happening?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, AI

Human Factors and Employee Recognition

Posted by David Chittock on Mar 22, 2019 1:19:00 PM

What are Human Factors?

We’ve heard a lot lately about human factors and the workplace.  Traditionally, human factors were mainly associated with workplace health and safety. However, we have recently seen an expansion of this description as it is applied to the entire workplace environment. According to the Human Factors Conference 2019, “Human Factors is the scientific analysis of all of the elements that affect performance. It encompasses all aspects of the physical and cultural environment, as well as, individual factors such as stress, decision making, workload management and communication.” In other words, human factors play a key role in every aspect of our human capital management processes.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Employee Recognition

Posted by David Chittock on Mar 1, 2019 1:02:00 PM

What is Mindfulness?

Recently, a teacher friend told me about a practice that is growing in educational circles - teaching mindfulness to children. Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment and doing it intentionally and with non-judgment.  Mindfulness meditation practices refer to the deliberate acts of regulating attention through the observation of thoughts, emotions and body states. It seems this practice helps students to focus more on their studies, improve mental and emotional behaviors, and in general, perform better physically and academically. This got me thinking; could mindfulness training be of benefit to the workplace?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Mindfulness

Employee Recognition and New Year Resolutions

Posted by David Chittock on Jan 18, 2019 10:02:47 AM

A Fresh Start

Well, it’s here again; the time we like to start with a clean slate and resolve to do better than last year. That includes recharging your employee recognition program and injecting a new level of excitement and enthusiasm into your workforce. This doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Some simple ideas can animate your employees and add some fun and enjoyment to your workplace.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Employee Appreciation, recognition culture

Employee Recognition with a Touch of Grace

Posted by David Chittock on Dec 14, 2018 10:22:00 AM

A Class Act

No doubt you, like all the rest of us, were caught up this past week in the passing of our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush. His humble truth of a life well lived for God and country certainly touched each one of us. We need to be reminded from time to time of the giants who have walked before us and shown us the way to live and serve. What struck me the most was the fundamental kindness of the man in all his dealings with his peers and subordinates. Nowhere was that more evident than in the thousands of handwritten thank-you notes he was said to write over his years of service. It made me stop to think of how important this simple act can be in our everyday work environment.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Appreciation

39 Steps to Employee Recognition

Posted by David Chittock on Nov 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Counting the Ways to Say Thank You

One of my favorite books is the British spy thriller, “The 39 Steps” by John Buchan.  When I came across an article entitled “39 Employee Recognition & Appreciation Ideas”, it caught my attention. It was written by SnackNation, a company that supplies healthy snacks to businesses as a benefit for their employees. As we’re drawing close to our season of thanks, I thought these employee appreciation examples might be worth exploring.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Employee Appreciation

Today’s Technology Makes Workforce Recognition and Engagement Easy

Posted by Vicki Hiney on Sep 28, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Managing and monitoring a Workforce Recognition program is now easy, because a well-designed system essentially runs itself. Program stakeholders can instantly monitor program activity and results by clicking into an administrative portal that features a dashboard with real-time reporting and graphs that address all recognition activities.

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Topics: Rewards Technology, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Rewards and Recognition Technology

Employee Recognition and Closing the Digital Talent Gap

Posted by David Chittock on Mar 16, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Addressing the Issue

In a previous post, we took a hard look at how the digital talent gap is seriously impacting a company’s ability to stay competitive. We discovered that by 2020, millions of jobs will go unfilled because the right skills will be in short supply.  In this post, I want to explore what strategies business leaders can employ to address this talent imbalance and what real steps they can take to counteract this impending crisis.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Rewards and Recognition Technology

Creating a Behavioral Recognition Program: Getting back to the basics

Posted by Vicki Hiney on Mar 9, 2018 11:23:51 AM

As a Human Resources professional, it can be a challenge to engage your workforce while also ensuring that employees are performing at the highest level possible. This is a common dilemma according to Gallup research that shows workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1. How can a business operate effectively with so many disengaged employees? What components are essential for an effective behavioral recognition program to help keep employees engaged and high-performing?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition - What’s Hot in 2018?

Posted by David Chittock on Jan 26, 2018 9:52:16 AM

What Do the Pros Say?

Every year Forbes comes out with the “Top Ten Trends for 2018”.  This year, Platinum, an accounting and payroll firm, released an article entitled, Hot Workplace Trends You Will See In 2018.”  I thought it would be fun to see what the experts are telling us to expect this year.  We already are braced for some seismic changes so what else is in store?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition