When’s the Best Time to Reward Employees?


So true. Timing is Everything.

Managers and Comedians

Imagine sitting in a comedy club watching a comedian bomb. It’s painful. People feel uncomfortable. Most likely, his timing is waaaay-way off.

In the workplace, managers aren’t comedians (generally), but they need to share a critical trait with comedians to keep things rolling in a manner that keeps everyone happy and engaged. They need: Great Timing. Continue reading

The 10 Best Ways to Successfully Reward and Recognize Employees


It’s no secret that employee retention means something completely different today than it did 15 years ago. In the past, companies designed incentive programs that thanked their loyal employees for their 10, 15, 25+ years of dedicated. Today, longevity is a rarity.

More and more often, in today’s changing world, businesses are completely restructuring their incentive programs to thank their employees instantly – even after just one year of service. Companies are having to adapt to this trending workplace culture and new norms to keep their millennial generation employees engaged, fostering company loyalty and increasing retention. Continue reading

Why Rewards and Recognition Feels so Good (and Why Employee Incentive Programs Work!)


“Good job!”

There, that felt good to hear, didn’t it?

Wired for Reward

We are wired for rewards. Literally. In fact, when people receive a positive recognition or reward, it creates a shot of dopamine, sparked by the neurotransmitters in our brains. According to Kevan Lee in his article on the The Science of Motivation: Your Brain on Dopamine, “The brain can be trained to feed off of bursts of dopamine sparked by rewarding experiences.”
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