8 Golden Rules for Giving Positive & Productive Feedback at Work

Learn how to give meaningful, positive and productive feedback at workplace!

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The importance of positive feedback at workplace

According to Gallup’s research, giving an effective positive feedback at workplace leads to higher employee engagement, productivity, improved retention and greater profitability. Thus, every manager should learn how to give meaningful positive feedback.

When employees are given positive feedback regularly, they feel recognized and valued and are thus more engaged. Giving a positive, stand alone feedback to employees also helps building workplace relationships. As a result, your employees are more loyal and stay with your company longer.

Thus, every manager that wants to build and lead a successful team should learn how to give effective positive feedback to employees. If you become a pro at giving a positive feedback, you have to learn the proven techniques for giving positive feedback.

Tips for giving meaningful and productive positive feedback

Most people think that giving positive feedback is simple. However, simply saying “Nice job!” isn’t enough. If you want to give a meaningful, productive feedback that will reinforce positive behavior, follow these 8 golden rules:

1. Your feedback should be genuine

Give positive feedback to your employees when you have a concrete reason. Be direct and honest.

2. Your feedback should be timely

Make sure that your feedback is timely, given in-the moment. When you see it, praise it!

3. Your feedback should be specific

Avoid giving vague praise and say exactly what your employee did that you find commendable. Your feedback should be crystal clear and to the point.

4. Your feedback should be focused on effort

Focus on your employees’ effort and behavior (what they do) rather than on their personality traits or talent (what they’re like).

5. Frame your feedback in bigger context

Frame your employees’ accomplishments in a bigger context. Explain the impact of their achievement on others and link it to your company’s bottom line.

6. Use the appropriate body language

Make sure to smile, keep an eye contact and use appropriate facial expressions and hand gestures.

7. Amplify your feedback with a gesture

Go for a walk in the nearby park, grab a coffee or a box of candies and celebrate!

8. Personalize your feedback

Tailor your positive feedback to each of your employees. Some might enjoy being in the spotlight, while others prefer private, one-on-one praise.

Learn more on delivering positive feedback at work

If you’re looking for more great tips on delivering positive feedback at work, check out: 8 Examples of Giving Positive Feedback to Employees.

 

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10 Simple and Affordable Employee Appreciation Ideas

Check out 10 creative employee appreciation ideas your employees will love.

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Appreciate your employees – if you want to keep them

Did you know that one of the top reasons why employees leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated, according to Gallup’ research?

The message here is clear: If you want to keep your employees, you have to appreciate them! Employee recognition is the key to employee satisfaction.

Of course you appreciate your employees…but how often do you show it and recognize their hard work?

Gallup’s poll has found out that 65% of employees haven’t received any form of recognition for good work in the last year!

OK, so maybe you can’t afford expensive awards…but that isn’t an excuse for not showing your employees that you appreciate them! You don’t have to spend any money to recognize your employees and show them that you appreciate their hard work. Actually, according to Officevibe’s recent study, 82% of employees think it’s better to give someone praise than a gift.

Employee appreciation ideas

Here is a list of 10 great, inexpensive employee appreciation ideas your employees will love:

1. Surprise appreciation celebration

Organize a surprise party for your top performers! Include some cake, confetti and their favorite tunes.

2. Shout out on social media

Post a photo of your employees on social media and brag about their achievements. Don’t forget to tag them!

3. Newsletter

Feature you employees’ success stories in your company’s newsletter.

4. Congratulatory email

Send a company wide congratulatory email and praise your employees for a job well done.

5. Hidden praise

Hide a few notes of appreciation around your employees’ work area.

6. Handwritten note

Send your employees a handwritten note, or just leave a sticky note saying “Thank you” on their desk.

7. Thank you meeting

Call an employee to your office just to say thank you. Don’t discuss any other issue!

8. Ambassador opportunity

Offer your employees to represent your company at an event they typically would not attend.

9. Ask for their help or opinion

Show your employees how much you value their opinion and input.

10. Invitation to an executive meeting

Invite your top performer to join your executive team meeting.

 

Company culture: Lessons from Apple, Virgin and Airbnb

Learn valuable lessons on creating positive company culture from leading companies such as Apple, Virgin and Airbnb!

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Great company culture: The key to business success and growth

Great company culture is the secret behind the growth and success of the most successful companies in the world. Company culture is an incredibly important ingredient of the ‘successful business’ recipe.

Take companies such as Apple, Airbnb and Virgin for example. All of these companies are well aware of the importance of fostering a positive, encouraging company culture. They know that having a great company culture can help them attract and retain top talent and foster innovation which gives them a competitive advantage.

This is why they work hard to build and promote a winning company culture. What can we learn from these crazy successful companies and how they view and foster company culture?

Company culture lessons from Apple, Airbnb and Virgin

Here are some valuable lessons on fostering a positive, encouraging company culture from the successful companies such as Apple, Airbnb and Virgin:

Lesson #1: Why is a company culture so important?

“Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur.”

–  David Cummings, Co-Founder of Pardot

Lesson #2: How to build a great company culture?

“There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.”

– Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Lesson #3: Company culture spreads from the top

“There is tremendous teamwork at the top of the company which filters down the teamwork through out of the company.”

– Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple

Lesson #4: Company culture is the key to innovation

“A company’s culture is the foundation for future innovation.”

– Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb

Lesson #5: Make sure you company culture is authentic

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”

Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

Lesson #6: Hire for cultural fit

“Shaping your culture is more than half done when you hire your team.”

– Jessica Herrin, Founder, Stella & Dot

Lesson #7: Never underestimate the power of company culture

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

– Peter Drucker, Management Guru

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Teamwork: Lessons from Apple, Yahoo and LinkedIn

Learn valuable lessons on teamwork from leading companies such as Apple, Yahoo and LinkedIn!

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Effective teamwork: The key to success and growth

Effective teamwork is the secret behind the growth and success of the most successful companies in the world. Teamwork is an incredibly important ingredient of the ‘successful business’ recipe.

Take companies such as Apple, Yahoo and LinkedIn for example. All of these companies are well aware of the importance of teamwork. They work hard to promote teamwork and encourage collaboration among their employees.

What can we learn from these crazy successful companies and how they view and foster teamwork?

Lessons on teamwork from Apple, Yahoo and LinkedIn

Here are some valuable lessons on teamwork from Apple, Yahoo and LinkedIn:

Lesson #1: Highlight the importance of teamwork

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”

– Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple

“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

– Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and former executive chairman of LinkedIn

Key takeaway: Make teamwork one of your key companies values and continually work on promoting it.

Lesson #2: Teamwork starts at the top

“There is tremendous teamwork at the top of the company which filters down the teamwork through out of the company.”

– Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple

Key takeaway: Teamwork starts at the top and filters down through every layer of your company. If you want your employees to foster team collaboration, model it form top.

Lesson #3: Trust is the key

“Teamwork is dependent on trusting the other folks to come through with their part without watching them all the time.”

– Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple

Key takeaway: Hire the best people and trust them to do their job. Team members will hold each other accountable.

Lesson #4: Teamwork leads to innovation

“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.”

– Marissa Mayer, Former president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!

Key takeaway: If you want to find a new, creative solution for a certain problem, bring (different) people together. Diversity leads to innovation.

Lesson #5: Teamwork is a process

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

– Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

Key takeaway: Teamwork is a continuous process. Team members must learn how to successfully communicate and work together.  

➡️ If you’re looking for more great tips on managing employees, check out our Short Leaderships Tips for Managers!

 

Top 5 Online Candidate Assessment Platforms

Choose the best candidate quickly and effectively by using one of these top 5 online candidate assessment platforms!

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Why do companies use candidate assessment platforms?

82% of companies use some form of candidate assessment testing, according to the recent Talent Board’s Candidate Experience Research report.

Testing candidates help companies ensure that their job candidates really have the required skills to successfully perform their jobs, as they claim in their resume or in a job interview. Without testing your candidates, you’ll end up choosing the best interviewee, not the best person for the job!

Luckily, due to the scientific and technological advancement of candidate assessment tools, these platforms are now available online. This also makes them more affordable than ever, which is very convenient for employers.

Why should companies use online candidate assessment platforms?

The main reason why so many employers use online assessment platforms to test their candidates these days is that they guarantee a great candidate experience.

By accessing an online assessment platform, candidates can solve these assessment tests online from anywhere in the world, at the time that suits them the best. This method saves time and money both for candidates and employers, making a more convenient and timely option.

Top 5 candidate assessment platforms

There are many different candidate assessment platforms on the market. We did thorough research and created a list of the best skill assessment tools, measured by reviews, services offered and ease of use.

All of the platforms we included in our list offer candidate assessment tests which can be administered quickly and easily through well-designed software.

1. eSkill

eSkill is an online skills assessment solution which helps organizations deploy the most accurate, valid tests for pre-employment and skills gap assessments. You can choose from over 600 standard tests, 5000 combinable topics or create your own content for any job and industry.

2. Devskiller

Devskiller offers developer screening and online interviews in one platform. They offer a possibility to test programming languages, frameworks and libraries. With their Test Wizard, you can generate a coding test based on your job description in order to verify the coding skills you are looking for.

3. Interview Mocha

With Interview Mocha, you can verify your candidate’s job fit with our 1000+ skill tests, aptitude tests, enterprise-ready assessment platform. You can choose from a vast library of pre-built skill tests, customize one yourself or order a custom-made test specially designed for you.

4. The Hire Talent

The Hire Talent offers different pre-employment test solutions, including people (EQ) & logic (IQ) assessments, work personality assessments, skills assessments and sales aptitude and skills assessments.

5. Mercer Mettl

Mercer Mettl is an online talent assessments platform which can help you measure your candidates’ skills, personality and ability. You can choose from their test library of different psychometric, cognitive and technical test or get custom test built for your specific needs.

 

These 5 Statistics Reveal the Real Truth About Employee Recognition

Employee recognition is a very effective method for improving employee motivation, engagement, productivity and job satisfaction. It’s a fact.

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The truth about employee recognition

In a time of war for talent, employees have the power to choose their employer. Losing your top talent to your competitors can be detrimental for your business.

This is why many employers invest a lot of time, money and effort to improve their employee experience. They are doing their best to keep their employees happy and satisfied. For example, most companies these days try to provide fancy perks and benefits, implement an employee wellness program, etc.

But the question is how effective are all of their efforts? What do employees really care about?

Is it really true that a simple act of saying praise to your employees can improve your company’s bottom line by keeping your best employees?

I won’t say a word. The following statistics speak for themselves.

Top 5 employee recognition statistics

Statistic #1: Half of the U.S. employees are unsatisfied with their job

The Conference Board’s latest survey on job satisfaction has found that only 51% of employees feel overall satisfied with their job. This survey gauged approximately 1,500 employed individuals, who together comprise a snapshot of the U.S. workforce.

Statistic #2: Half of the U.S. employees are considering a new job

Half of U.S. employees are watching the job market or actively looking for a job, based on findings from a new Gallup Workforce Panel study. Results are based on a Gallup Panel Web study completed by 13,008 U.S. adults who are demographically representative of the U.S. adult population.

Statistic #3: The main reason why employees leave their jobs is a lack of recognition

The main reasons why employees leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated, according to Gallup’ research.

Statistic #4: Employees aren’t recognized (enough) for their work

According to Gallup’s analysis, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days.

Even more, Gallup Poll shows that 65% of employees haven’t received any form of recognition for good work in the last year!

Statistic #5: Employees want praise, not money

According to Officevibe’s recent study, 82% of employees think it’s better to give someone praise than a gift.

In a recent Gallup workplace survey, employees were asked what types of recognition were the most memorable for them. Respondents emphasized 5 methods in particular – and money isn’t the only (or the top) form of recognition employees prefer. Most employees prefer employee recognition in the form of:

  1. Public recognition or acknowledgment via an award or a certificate
  2. Private recognition from a boss, peer or customer
  3. Receiving or obtaining a high level of achievement through evaluations or reviews
  4. Promotion or increase in the scope of work or responsibility to show trust
  5. Monetary awards such as a trip, prize or pay increase

Bonus statistic: High cost of turnover

Total costs associated with a turnover range from 90% to 200% of an employee’s annual salary, according to a report from the Center for American Progress.

Top 5 Skill Assessment Testing Statistics You Should Know

Discover the top 5 data-backed reasons to use skills assessment tests in your hiring process.

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Are you using skill assessment tests in your hiring process?

According to Career Builder research, 74% of employers admit they’ve hired the wrong person for a position.

Luckily, there is a simple way to avoid making a bad hire.

Using a skills assessment test helps companies to ensure that their job candidates really have the required skills to successfully perform their jobs.

There are many advantages of using skill assessment tests along with the traditional selection methods such as reviewing resumes and conducting job interviews.

Skills assessment tests help employers check if their perfect candidates are really a great fit for the job and the company culture as they claim to be. As a result, making a bad hire is much less common among employers who use skill assessment tests.

Here is why you should be using skill assessment tests

Using a skill assessment test has proven benefits.

Here are the top 5 skill assessment statistics which explain why you should be using them in our hiring process:

Statistic #1: Candidates lie about their skills

According to Criteria Pre-Employment Testing, up to 78% of resumes are misleading and up to 46% contain actual lies! 😲

Skill assessment test help employers check the truthfulness of candidates’ resumes. By applying skill assessments test, employers can verify is their candidates really possess the skills they claim to have.

Statistic #2: Skills gaps in job candidates

Using skills assessment tests is an effective method to address the serious problem of skills gaps among job candidates.

Recent research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management has found that 75% of HR professionals who reported difficulty recruiting in the past 12 months say there are skills gaps in job candidates.  

Skill assessment test can provide valuable insights into the ability of candidates to learn new things and upgrade their existing skills.

Statistic #3: Skill assessment tests help reduce turnover

Research conducted by the Aberdeen Group has found that companies who use pre-hire assessment tests report a 39% lower turnover rate.

Statistic #4: Skill assessment tests ensure higher hiring managers satisfaction

Hiring managers who utilize pre-employment assessments report 36% more satisfaction with their final decision than those who don’t, according to Aberdeen Group study

Statistic #5: Skill assessment test ensure high employee performance

Aberdeen Group study has found that organizations who use pre-hire assessments are 24% more likely to have employees who exceed performance goals.

Top 5 Reasons to Start an Employee Wellness Program

Not sure if you should start an employee wellness program? Here are the top 5 reasons why employee wellness programs are becoming more and more popular!

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Employee wellness programs benefits

There are some obvious benefits of employee wellness programs. Helping your employees stay healthy is great – for them. But how about your company? Is it just a waste of your time and resources? Or are there some tangible benefits for your company as well?

Let’s dig into the research and found out!

Top 5 reasons to have an employee wellness program

Here are the top reasons why you should start an employee wellness program at your company:

1. To save money

Implementing a workplace wellness program can help your company save money.

The most comprehensive review ever completed on the financial impact of worksite wellness programs has reported some incredible findings.

Among the 22 different studies that looked at wellness programs and healthcare costs, the average return on investment was 3.27. This means that for every dollar that was spent on the program the company saved $3.27 because of reduced healthcare costs!

2. To improve employee productivity

Research has found that employee wellness programs have a positive effect on employee productivity.

Research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found that employees who take part in employee wellness programs are more productive than those who don’t.

3. To improve the retention rate

Companies who implemented employee wellness programs report higher retention rates.

Research conducted by an American Psychological Association has found that fewer (only 25%) employees in companies with employee wellness programs intend to leave their job in the next year. In companies without employee wellness programs, twice as more employees (51%) said they intend to leave their job in the following year.

4. To attract top talent

Research has found that implementing an employee wellness program improves your employer brand and helps you attract great candidates:

  • The Virgin HealthMiles and Workforce survey found that 87% of employees said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer.

5. To improve your company culture

  • A survey by Virgin HealthMiles Inc. and Workforce Management Magazine found that an overwhelming 77% of employees think that employee wellness programs positively impact the company culture.

Conclusion

Research is clear: Keeping your employees healthy is not just good for your employees, it’s also good for your company’s bottom line!

5 Workplace Wellness Statistics You Should Know About

Workplace wellness programs: Yay or nay? Discover the data-based answer!

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Workplace wellness programs: A growing workplace trend

Workplace wellness programs are getting more and more popular. This new workplace trend has gained a lot of attention recently and stirred quite a debate.

Some argue that companies should not be burdened by taking care of their employees’ health. On the other hand, there are voices arguing that in today’s modern world, these programs are becoming a necessity.

Above all, there are questions about the effectiveness and ROI of these programs. To answer these questions, we dug deep into research.

Top 5 workplace wellness statistics

Workplace wellness statistic #1

According to research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 75% of employers indicated that their companies offered some type of a wellness program, resource or service to employees.

Workplace wellness statistic #2

A comprehensive review of the literature has found that the average return on investment of workplace wellness programs is 3.27. This means that for every dollar that was spent on the program the company saved $3.27 because of reduced healthcare costs.

Workplace wellness statistic #3

A new survey by Virgin HealthMiles Inc. and Workforce Management Magazine found that an overwhelming 77% of employees think that employee wellness programs positively impact the company culture.

Workplace wellness statistic #4

Research suggests that employers save on average $5.82 in lower absenteeism costs for every dollar spent on employee wellness programs.

Workplace wellness statistic #5

The Virgin HealthMiles/Workforce survey found that about 87% of employees said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer.

Conclusion

Research has shown that workplace wellness programs have proven benefits, both for employers and employees. Employee wellness programs can do much more than just keep your employees healthy.

These programs can help you improve your company culture, reduce absenteeism, attract talent and even save money!

 

How to Interview Candidates Effectively: 3 Simple Ways

How to make your job interviews more effective at predicting job performance? Here are 3 simple ways!

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Do we need a more effective way to interview candidates?

Here are 2 interesting statistics:

  • Recent research has found that nearly three in four employers (74 percent) say they’ve hired the wrong person for a position.
  • According to Career Builder, a single bad hire can cost a company upwards of $50,000.

I rest my case.

How to make your job interview more effective?

Here are 3 easy ways to make your job interview more effective at predicting job performance:

1. Conduct a structured interview

Structured job interviews are more efficient than semi-structured or structured interviews when it comes to predicting job performance. Meta-analysis research shows that structured interviews are up to twice as effective at predicting job performance than unstructured ones!

Take action now:  Prepare interview questions before the interview and ask each of your candidates the same questions in the same order.

2. Conduct a behavioral interview

Research shows that behavioral interviews are more valid and accurate for making hiring decisions. Behavioral interviews are based on the evaluation of candidates’ past behaviors. In other words, in a behavioral interview, an interviewer asks candidates about their past work experience and performance.

Take action now: Check out the best examples of behavioral interview questions!

3. Do a job simulation

According to LinkedIn’s report, only 32% of respondents use this technique, even though 84% say it is effective. In a job simulation, you ask your candidates to complete the type of tasks they would work on if hired.

Take action now:  Think of a great job simulation exercise for your currently open job position. Depending on the role you are looking to fill, it could be a task to write a short copy, outline a presentation, solve a certain problem, brainstorm a few ideas, solve a certain problem, etc.

Conclusion

Stop relying on your gut feeling when hiring and start using data backed techniques. Implementing any of these 3 tips are guaranteed to make your job interview more predictive of your candidates’ job performance.