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Author: David Chittock

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2019 Trends in AI and HR

Posted by David Chittock on May 17, 2019 11:06:00 AM

AI and the Employee Experience

In our last blog post, we discussed how Artificial Intelligence, AI, is rapidly becoming an indispensable tool in personalizing and enhancing the employee experience. We cited a Forbes article that recounted the number of ways AI redesigns the employee experience to create a happier and more productive workforce. In this post, I’d like to take a deeper dive into how HR can harness this phenomena and find the balance between the human and AI that will be so critical to an organization’s success.

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Categories: Employee Engagement

Artificial Intelligence and Employee Recognition

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

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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Categories: Employee Recognition

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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Categories: Employee Recognition

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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Categories: Employee Recognition

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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Categories: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Workplace 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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Categories: Employee Recognition

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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Categories: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

Is Your Recognition & Reward Program Boosting Talent Effectiveness?

Posted by David Chittock on Oct 19, 2018 1:48:00 PM

How Agile is Your Recognition & Reward Technology Platform?

It’s no longer enough to have a stand-alone recognition and reward technology platform that does not integrate with all of your talent and human capital management processes. To be truly effective, your recognition technology platform needs to address every aspect of your HR operation. Is your technology platform that agile?

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Categories: Rewards Technology, Employee Recognition

Generation Y’s Impact on Sales Incentives

Posted by David Chittock on Sep 21, 2018 1:24:00 PM

Guess What? They’re Here.

There’s has been volumes written about what was going to happen when millennials hit the workplace. Well…they’ve arrived. And they’re taking on more and more senior roles in leadership, management and sales. In fact, the Pew Research Center estimates that by 2020 millennials will be the largest percentage of the workforce.  So what does this mean for incentivizing your sales force?  Will it have an impact on how you motivate and reward your sales teams?

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Categories: Sales Incentives, Employee Recognition

Best Practices in Sales Incentive Planning

Posted by David Chittock on Aug 24, 2018 1:01:00 PM

 

The Time to Plan Is Now

Okay, so your sales operation has gone digital. You’ve embraced multi-channel sales and Internet sourcing. Your sales team is social media savvy and armed with mobile devices. Now it’s time to bring your sales incentive plan into the 21st century. You might have already started the planning process. But before you jump in, you may want to consider some fundamental principles that will be key to your success in today’s digital marketplace.

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Categories: Sales Incentives