50 Employee Recognition Ideas

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50 Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognizing employees regularly not only increases employee engagement, motivation, and job satisfaction, but also makes your workers feel valued and appreciated in the workplace and is a great and easy way to make a positive difference and impact.

Below are 50 employee recognition ideas.
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99 Ways to Give Back to the Community

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99 Ways to Give Back to the Community

Many great workplaces believe that employees and businesses have a responsibility to give back, that is participate in civic and charitable activities which help enrich the lives of others in their communities. In turn, these organizations frequently provide opportunities for employees to get involved with charitable causes and organizations, and provide volunteer support to others.

Here are 99 ways to give back to the community.
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15 Employee Termination Tips for Firing Compliantly

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15 Employee Termination Tips for Firing Compliantly

Firing an employee is one of the most unpleasant tasks you face, not to mention legally risky, and should be navigated with much caution, preparation, and deliberation. Here are 15 tips for effective, compliant, and professional terminations.

1. Terminate in-person

Always conduct the termination meeting in person and have the decision-maker and another management official present in the meeting as a witness. The decision-maker regarding the termination is usually a manager or executive in the organization.
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5 Surprising Employee Benefits Found in Non-Profits

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Thanksgiving Day of is just around the corner, which means your organization is probably gearing up for a food drive, adopting a family in need for the holidays, or volunteering at a soup kitchen (or maybe you work for the social service organization that is providing these volunteer opportunities). There are certainly plenty of non-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio to choose from and we’ve all heard hundreds, if not thousands of stories of the good deeds these organizations strive to achieve. But what about the employees that run these organizations day-to-day? What do their non-profit sector employers offer to them as employees?

Below, Figure 1 further unpacks this question, specifically in terms of non-profit employee benefits, comparing the frequency of 5 unique (and somewhat surprising) employee benefits between a non-profit only survey sample and a mixed industry survey sample.

Figure 1: Percentage of organizations offering each of the following employee benefits

  2013 ERC Non-Profit Benefits Survey 2013-2014 ERC Policies & Benefits Survey
Domestic Partner Benefits 58% 24%
Flex-time Arrangement 55% 30%
Tuition Reimbursement 48% 58%
PTO (Paid-Time-Off) Bank 38% 24%
Paternity Leave 28% 25%


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Keys to Setting Up a Training & Development Process

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Keys to Setting Up a Training & Development Process

Many organizations have a training and development function of their business nowadays, whether it is one or a few staff members devoted to training and development, or an entire department. Developing a training function not only helps centralize employee training and development, but also supports an organization's commitment to employee development. Increasingly, organizations that invest in and structure their approach to training and development have a 'leg up" on the competition.

Here are the keys to setting up a training and development process.
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6 Tips for Benefits Open Enrollment in 2014

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With the changing health insurance and benefits landscape, there is a great deal of confusion occurring in the workforce, and the upcoming open enrollment season will be different than others in the past. Employers will be faced with the need to communicate and educate employees on health care reform and the benefits options available to them. In addition, organizations may be forced to identify alternative health care options or modify existing ones to cope with rising costs.

Here are six (6) tips for benefits open enrollment in 2014.

1. Review and modify your coverage.

Carefully review your health insurance policy changes each year and compare your current benefits package to your new one. Be sure to review all costs for health care services, spousal and dependent coverage options, as well as your premium costs. Consult health insurance related benchmark information from surveys as well as your broker on different options and modify accordingly. Perhaps even gather feedback from your employees on what they like and dislike about different health care/benefits options you are considering.
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6 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reforms Taking Effect in 2014

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Although the employer mandate required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) doesn't take effect until 2015, several reforms become effective in 2014. Here are the key reforms that you need to know.

1. Minimum Essential Coverage

Beginning in 2014, the ACA requires that health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured plans provide "minimum essential coverage" and report health coverage information to the IRS. This information will likely be used to verify data related to the ACA's individual and employer mandate.
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3 Health Care Cost Benchmarks

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With some organizations and individuals encountering significant changes to their health insurance costs and plans in 2014, the following metrics provide benchmarks on how organizations in Northeast Ohio have structured their health insurance plans and how much these plans are costing both employers and employees.

Although the needs of each organization vary, understanding how these benefits are being delivered to employees and at what price can help organizations gauge how competitive their benefits offerings are compared to other organizations in the region.

Plan Type

As the figure below illustrates, the most common type of health insurance plans offered are Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). In terms of controlling and sharing costs, HSAs have been experiencing the strongest growth in popularity. Many organizations have turned to HSAs as a way to better fit the financial and health related needs of certain employee groups. Although the numbers vary somewhat from those reported in the table below, according to ERC’s 2013 Workplace Practices survey, the number of organizations offering HSAs has jumped by nearly 30% over the past 10 years.
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Q&A: Holistic Wellness in the Workplace

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Holistic wellness approaches are gradually becoming more common in the workplace, with more organizations realizing that truly enhancing well-being requires a broader view of wellness. ERC continually sees employers gradually incorporating holistic approaches into their wellness and health care options, and citing very positive results.

Wellness is now recognized as much more complex than just physical well-being. Employees are "whole people" comprised of many aspects (physical, emotional, mental, etc.), and when one aspect is off-balance, the body and its health can be negatively impacted.
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20 Subtle Signs of Bullying at Work

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20 Subtle Signs of Workplace Bullying signs of bullying at work

If you think workplace bullying doesn’t affect some of your employees, you're mistaken. One in four employees is affected by it. There is a misconception that bullying is overt. Rather, it’s often subtle, slow, and insidious mistreatment that passes over the radar screen.

Rarely can bullying be identified based on one action, but rather a pattern of actions over a long period of time. This is why it so often goes undetected in the workplace, and your employees could be suffering because of it.
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