employee motivation

Give Thanks to Your Employees This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving provides businesses the perfect opportunity to show their gratitude for the hard work their employees put in each day. Conveying how thankful you are for your team is important and it can be done in so many ways. Here are our top five tips for saying “thank you” to your workforce this Thanksgiving. 1. [...]

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How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Lori Schmidt, CEO of Go Productivity, on How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity When you think about productivity and what it means to your business, what do you think of first? If you are like many business leaders in Canada today, the first [...]

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Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend [INFOGRAPHIC]

Humourist Dave Barry once quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Talk to your java-inclined coworkers at 8:31 a.m. and Barry’s opinion might not be taken as a [...]

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How To Ensure Remote Workers Are Valued and Connected

Research published in a 2012 MIT Sloan Management Review article indicates that companies with remote workers usually benefit from the set-up, while the actual telecommuters often draw the proverbial short straw. Indeed, companies reduce real estate costs significantly by allowing staff to telecommute; and the diminished headcount in-house allows managers to focus on those employees [...]

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How to Manage Career Development Action Plans

Work-life balance, salary, and culture all contribute to the retention of your top employees. But at some point, as many careerists will tell you, ambition may tempt your most talented assets to search elsewhere when internal opportunities run dry. At such times, career development action plans (CDAPs) are a useful way to channel employees’ ambitions [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Different Office Designs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The office environment can have a significant impact on an employee’s motivation and therefore it is important the space is designed for productivity. Before choosing the finer details of your office such as wall colour, plants and art, you need to choose the layout of your desks and work stations. The design you opt for [...]

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The Power of Recognition [INFOGRAPHIC]

We recently wrote about employer branding and its importance when attracting employees. Another important topic closely related to this is employee recognition. Once you have managed to secure the best talent from the market you want to be sure you can keep them motivated and committed to your organization.Have you considered the cost of a disengaged employee in [...]

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Why Happiness at Work is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a society we are obsessed with happiness: finding it, keeping it, measuring it and sharing it... why? Because happiness feels good and when we are happy we have better relationships, health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Happiness also has a big impact on work place performance. The infographic from Growth Engineering below, Why Happiness [...]

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5 Movies Lessons About Teamwork

Hollywood loves a good teamwork flick, and so do we! Here are five of our favourite team-based movies and the valuable lessons they teach us about teamwork: The Avengers Trying to bring together competing egos is tough enough in a regular team environment; imagine trying to battle the egos of six A-type Superheroes! In The [...]

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Low Cost Employee Recognition Ideas

Most managers know that it’s important to recognize and reward great performance but not all companies can afford comprehensive bonus and incentive schemes. But money isn’t the only thing employees want, or even what motivates them most. Flexibility and growth opportunities are two of the most valued work benefits and they cost little to nothing. [...]

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What Employees Want

It’s not money. Well, it’s not JUST money. Beyond satisfying a basic level of financial comfort, money becomes a decreasingly important factor when choosing an employer.   As the economy pulls out of the downturn, many companies are boosting their hiring efforts in 2013. In Canada, there are large parts of the country that are [...]

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Show your employees a little lovin’

Valentine’s Day has us all feeling the love so why not spread the good vibes around your employees?   Here’s a few simple and long-lasting ways you can show your employees you love them.   Let them work on something they love Just like Google’s 20% time, giving your employees time to work on what [...]

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The Puzzle of Motivation

With the announcement this week that the hugely popular TED Conference will be moving to Vancouver, we decided to revisit one of our favourite TED talks. Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we [...]

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