Incentra Insights

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

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

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

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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Categories: Rewards Technology, Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

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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Categories: 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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Categories: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

What is the State of Your Workplace?

Posted by David Chittock on Dec 8, 2017 2:08:26 PM

Is Change Your Only Uncertainty?

If you answered “yes”, you have a lot of company! Most business leaders agree on one thing - the changes taking place in today’s workplace are monumental in their scope, scale and impact. The seismic shift in how, when and where people work is having a massive effect on the ability of organizations to manage and optimize their employees’ performance. Management is struggling to adapt and many HR managers fear they are falling behind. Are there any easy answers?

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition

Recognition and Rewards Software – Making the Right Choice

Posted by David Chittock on Oct 6, 2017 10:45:39 AM

Where Do I Start?

OK, so you’re ready to select a new Rewards & Recognition (R&R) software platform.  But wait!  Not only are there a myriad of choices out there, there’s also a multitude of types.  There’s talent management, human capital management, and domain specific points systems just for starters.  Totally confused?  No worries, you’re in good company.  Most HR managers feel the same way you do.  So…what to do first?

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Categories: Rewards Technology, Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement and the Role of Power in the Workplace

Posted by David Chittock on Jul 13, 2017 10:06:41 AM

What Do We Mean by Workplace Power?

You might ask what is workplace power and how does it affect employee engagement?  In their book "Organizational Behavior", Steven McShane and Mary Von Glinow describe power as the ability of a person, or group of people, to influence others. 

Power is a tool that, depending on how it's used, can lead to either positive or negative outcomes in an organization. It would appear that power used affirmatively would promote employee engagement.  Power used destructively could easily cause employees to disengage.

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Categories: Employee Engagement

Employee Recognition in 2017 – Get Ready for a Wild Ride!

Posted by David Chittock on Feb 1, 2017 9:11:06 AM

Fasten Your Seatbelts HR!

Well it’s here.  A new year, a new administration, and a new generation entering the workforce. . . things are moving fast.  So what can we expect in 2017 and how prepared are we to meet what might be a great deal of change coming at us? Let’s take a look.

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition