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December 5, 2019

Ask Levy: Prevent Holiday Burnout

Dear Levy, Getting ready for the holidays is a stressful time of year for me. Trying to manage my employees, get my job tasks done, and getting my family prepared for the upcoming holiday celebrations requires so much energy. How can I set an example and be as engaged as I expect my employees to be if I feel so burnt out myself? --Engagement [...]
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October 4, 2019

Ask Levy: What Demographic Trends Should HR Departments be Monitoring?

Our company is currently going through a growth period, and we are hoping to hire new employees to fulfill several open positions within our company. We are looking for employees at specific skill and experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a diverse company and hire employees who are best suited for our culture and talent needs. What [...]
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September 19, 2019

Ask Levy: Employee Appreciation vs. Employee Recognition

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August 9, 2019

Ask Levy: When Cash Incentives Aren’t Enough

Dear Levy, My company regularly recognizes employees for their hard work and contributions to the workplace. Primarily we give financial rewards to deserving employees. There have been times that employees seem dissatisfied with the reward or they have complained the amount of the reward is not enough. What do you do for employees who believe [...]
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May 2, 2019

Ask Levy: Setting Recognition Program Goals

Dear Levy, I want to set the right goals for our new employee recognition program. It’s important to me that we can track the success of our company’s program. What are some common goals that show the effectiveness of an employee recognition program? -- Program Administrator  
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March 14, 2019

Ask Levy: Best Practices for Points-Based Programs

Dear Levy, We’re implementing an employee recognition program and it has become my job to assign points values to tasks employees can complete to earn rewards. Our points system will allow employees to redeem their earned points for merchandise and incentives in our rewards catalog. I want to be fair in how points are awarded and redeemed. [...]
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February 8, 2019

Ask Levy: Employee Recognition and Productivity

Dear Levy, My company is starting to see a lot of employee turnover. Some of our most talented employees are beginning to check out and be unproductive. We recently eliminated the use of recognition as a motivator. Is the lack of employee recognition attributing to the lack of employee production? Does it also correlate to the amount of [...]
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January 9, 2019

Ask Levy: Inspiring Employees

Dear Levy, My employees do great work and never seem to slack. They are hardly ever late to work; however, they make a point to leave within seconds of the official quitting time every day. Regardless of what they are working on or what is happening, they will get up, gather their things, and walk out the door at 5:00 pm on the dot. I don’t [...]
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December 7, 2018

Ask Levy: Difference Between Employee Engagement and Employee Recognition

Dear Levy, I was speaking to a colleague about ways to improve our workplace culture. She suggested more employee engagement activities. I suggested more employee recognition. Is there a difference? If they are different, do we need to do both? What makes one more beneficial than the other? --Engagement vs. Recognition
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November 21, 2018

Ask Levy: Team Building Activities

Dear Levy, How important are team building activities for a company? How often should we take time to do teamwork exercises? --Teambuilder
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