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How to Motivate Your Team After a Setback

generationsMotivating a team is one thing, motivating it after a setback is another.

A reader writes into The New York Post asking about how to boost the morale of his or her team. They worked “long and hard for weeks on a project,” only to have their boss criticize the end result without any acknowledgment of the hard work.

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes that effort definitely deserves recognition. Read more

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Team Building Fails: Avoiding Paintball & Other Extreme Sports

teamSince it’s summer, chances are your office may have a work outing to a local park, beach or even someone’s home. Well, if your employer’s into team building, you may have played a game or two of tug of war. And if your employer is into extreme building, well that’s a whole other story.

According to a piece on NPR, there are certainly a few team building fouls. One former employee of a health food store recalls a donkey piñata that may have sounded good in theory. A name tag for a rival store was pinned to its chest so the team had to work together to literally destroy their competition. Read more

Survey Reveals Admins Happier Than Their Bosses

heartThis just in…according to a Staple survey, for the most part administrative professionals are happier than their bosses to the tune of 61 percent compared to 18 percent.

For the second consecutive year, most of the participants indicated admins tend to boost employee morale and become more involved on the team than the actual boss. Read more

Hey Managers, Want to Spike Productivity? Here’s a Hint: Give Team a Raise

moneyWant to put a little spring in your step while boosting the wallet of someone on your team? If you’re a manager, you may see the benefits of giving an unexpected salary increase.

As per Fortune, the average salary increase has been approximately three percent each year. How can the typical worker stay motivated to work hard when compensation isn’t exactly linked to performance?

Well, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business School, there’s a quick and effective way to boost productivity and morale. After you hire new employees, spike their pay! Read more

The True Cost of March Madness to Employers: $134 Million!

Ah, it’s that time of year again. The first day of spring and of course, March Madness!

Chances are, by now you’ve already completed your brackets and while employees compete during the tourney, it turns out the NCAA men’s basketball romp will cost U.S. employers a ton of lost wages this week.

In fact, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, outplacement firm, indicated the three week tournament will cost employers a loss of $134 million in the first two days alone!  About one to three hours are spent at work watching games and two-thirds of all employees will follow the games during work hours. Read more

How To Reward Employees (Without Spending More)

Managers may think that all an employee wants is a promotion or a raise. But did you know that non-monetary rewards can be more effective motivators? In the latest Mediabistro feature, managers and workplace experts tell how you can reward your staff without expanding your budget. “Most studies show that employees don’t actually perform better for more pay, once they have enough to live fairly comfortably,” said career strategist and former HR consultant Mark R. Gerlach. “So rewarding them in more meaningful ways can lead to higher satisfaction.” So what are some of these more meaningful ways? Here’s an idea: Read more

4 Tips for Improving Employee Happiness

Managers might think that all employees ever want is a pay raise, but did you know there are ways to improve office happiness beyond raises and promotions? In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts weigh in on the ways you can boost morale, loyalty and productivity without breaking the bank. Below, an excerpt:

1. Appreciation
When it comes to what employees want from a boss, appreciation is number one. Leadership consultant Roxana Hewertson, CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, says appreciation drives self-esteem, happiness and loyalty. “The number one difference between people who love their work and people who don’t is the degree of appreciation they receive from their boss and their peers,” said Hewertson.

But don’t just take her word for it. Get more tips in What Employees Really Want From Their Bosses (Besides a Raise). [subscription required]