A company’s mission can inspire workers

By: Seth FineEngaged employees tend to work harder and stay at their jobs longer, but fostering engagement can be a daunting task. To get the maximum investment out of any worker, managers should recognize their individual achievements and focus on what makes them unique. But there are also ways to motivate entire groups of people, and sometimes doing so can take an organization farther than just recognizing the accomplishments of every worker individually.Recognize individua...
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Win over your workers from the first day

By: Seth FineRetaining talented employees who have been around for a long time is a top priority at many organizations. After investing months or years into workers, no one wants to see them head out the door and onto a competitor's payroll. But securing the loyalty of new workers is just as important.While a company may not have spent much time or money on recent hires, losing them can still hurt. The costs associated with training multiple people for the same...
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What’s wrong with recognition awards – and how to get them right

By: Seth FineRecognizing employees' achievements can have a great effect on workplace morale and lead to better performance. That shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but fewer organizations know the best way to give recognition awards. Research from Bersin & Associates aims to shed a little light on the trophy case and discovery just how much more workers who feel validated can contribute to their companies.Underused and unknown First, the bad news: Just 17 pe...
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Recognizing low engagement can help prevent turnover

By: Seth FineAs the economy continues to improve and more job opportunities are made available, retaining employees is becoming more important - and challenging - than it has been in recent years. Competition for top talent is continually getting more fierce, and only companies that make reducing turnover a high priority will be able to avoid the dreaded brain drain. Fair compensation and an attractive benefits package will help to attract the best workers, but keeping them o...
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Hospitals nationwide honored for their environmental commitments

By: Tucker HarringtonPractice Greenhealth, a health care organization that promotes environmental responsibility at hospitals, has announced the winners of its 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards. The recognition awards honor facilities that excel at sustainability in various individual disciplines, as well as those that demonstrate an overall commitment to environmental stewardship, according to the organization's website.This year's awards included a Top 25 ...
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Healthier Tennessee to grant recognition awards to health-conscious employers

By: Abigail RichardsTennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's Foundation for Health and Wellness will soon start a new program to recognize healthy workplaces in the state. According to a press release, the Healthier Tennessee program will give recognition awards to businesses that do the most to encourage healthy habits in their employees.A number of criteria must be met in order to qualify for the honor. Workplaces that wish to be recognized will have to offer healthy meals to...
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The difference between Vector and Raster art files for engraving

Vector vs Raster Artwork Whenever we are starting a new art project we often ask you to provide us with any logo or imagery that you would like added to your award to be in vector format. Many are not familiar with that term. In this post we will tell you exactly what a vector file is, how is it different from other formats and why we require this type of file. There are two basic types of image styles: Vector and Raster. Vector files are line based images or shapes that c...
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Globee Awards honor fast-growing private companies

By: Jonathan BennettWinners of this year's Globee Awards, which recognize the fastest-growing private companies in the world, have been announced. The recognition awards honor the businesses that have grown the most over the past year in areas such as customer base, sales and employee retention, according to the organization's website.The biggest winner in employee growth was Wajam, a social media search engine based in Montreal, Quebec. Wajam, which was founded in ...
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The high cost of turnover and how to avoid it

By: Abigail RichardsMost business owners know that keeping employee retention high leads to a better work environment. High turnover means that time is always devoted to filling empty positions rather than satisfying customers, and employees may get tired of a constant influx of new faces.The high price of the revolving door According to the Houston Chronicle, retention is about more than just avoiding rough transitions and valuable time spent in inte...
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Don’t let summer become your slow season. Here are a few tips on how to boost sales!

Start with your own employees by trying not to promote summer as your slow season but as the “sales” season.  Try to have fun with it by energizing the staff with positive summer goals.  If you can convince our staff it’s a great sales time then they will have more positive energy and push even harder to achieve their goals.  Try brainstorming a fun summer marketing strategy aimed at top customers and prospects.  Send marketing materials and sales flyers that are creative and...
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