How Companies Can Cultivate Workplace Friendships

As National Friendship Day 2018 approaches on August 5th, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how companies can cultivate workplace friendships and why workplace friendships are important.

Survey Says…

In an article about workplace friendships for L & D Daily Advisor, writer Lin Grensing-Pophal cites a Gallup Q-12 employee engagement assessment tool which asks the questions, “Do you have a best friend at work?” Why ask that question? 

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The Employee Perks That Candidates Actually Want

When It Comes to Employee Perks, Trendy Is Out.

What kind of employee perks are you offering?

A study from Oregon State University, cited in HR Dive, has found that at least one trendy workplace “extra” probably isn’t doing recruiters much good: Companies that tout in-office happy hours and other opportunities to drink alcohol can turn off certain job candidates.

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4 Tips To Maximize Employee Recognition Time

Maximize employee recognition time by being present in employee interactions.

As a leader you’re probably getting pulled in a million different directions and your time is in short supply.  But the time you spend really being present in a sincere, mindful and purposeful way when interacting with your employees and recognizing them for their efforts and contributions is time well-spent.

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Being a Good Citizen is Good for Business

Being a Good Citizen Is Good for Employers and Workers

Being a good citizen is good for the community and your business.Being a good citizen is good for business — in more than one way. Last year, Harvard Business Review reported on the beneficial effects when employees engage in “citizenship behaviors.” That’s another way to say going above and beyond: “helping out coworkers, volunteering to take on special assignments, introducing new ideas and work practices, attending non-mandatory meetings, putting in extra hours to complete important projects, and so forth.”

Research has found that employees who voluntarily demonstrate citizenship behaviors tend to find their work more meaningful.

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The Power of Shared Experiences in the Workplace

Shared experiences among co-workers are instrumental when it comes to building strong and effective teams.  Don’t forget to include remote workers when communicating, collaborating and creating shared experiences – they are an important part of your team too!

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It’s Summer! Throw an Employee Thank You Party

July is the ideal time to throw an employee thank you party (and not just because it’s National Picnic Month). The key to making your company event genuinely fun so it generates both good times and goodwill is your authentic appreciation

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Small Workplace Gifts Can Have Big Heart

With Small Workplace Gifts, a Personal Touch Matters

Gifts don’t need to be large or expensive to be meaningful. Small workplace gifts can express your gratitude and make employees feel appreciated.

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In a Giving Culture, You Get a Lot Too

Companies with a giving culture are more successful.

They say it’s better to give than to receive. It turns out it could be way better!

Beloved Wharton School professor Adam Grant’s 2013 bestseller, Give and Take, used groundbreaking research to show that giving can have a revolutionary positive effect on all kinds of businesses.

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Build Workplace Kindness With a Smile Day!

National Smile Power Day is June 15th, but every day is the perfect day to fuel workplace kindness with more smiling!  Studies have revealed the ways that simply smiling more can transform us and those around us. 

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Engaging Remote Workers in 2018: What’s New

Effectively engaging remote workers is increasingly important for employers.Engaging Remote Workers Is Increasingly Necessary

Thanks largely to technology, more and more people — full-time employees, part-timers, and freelancers — are working remotely more and more often. One estimate from 2018 says that 3.9 million Americans now work from home at least half the week, or almost 3 percent of the country’s workforce.

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Keeping Employees Engaged in the Summer

Even though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st, it unofficially kicked off Memorial Day weekend.  And, that means it’s time for helpful strategies for keeping employees engaged during these warm and distracting months!

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