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Keep Your Staff Motivated with Incentive and Recognition Programs

September 4, 2018 • digitalmedia • Business AdviceComments Off on Keep Your Staff Motivated with Incentive and Recognition Programs

Employee incentives don’t always need to come in the form of cash—nor should they. Financial rewards can easily become an end in themselves, removing attention from the longer term rewards of a fulfilling vocation, and sometimes creating friction between co-workers.

The right employee incentive and recognition programs are more creative. They focus on the long game and know how to implement non-monetary rewards to encourage achievement and healthy competition, while not clouding the inherent value of good work and a positive environment.

Here’s how the best strategic incentive programs work. (more…)

Signs It Is Time to Update Your Employee Training Materials

August 28, 2018 • digitalmedia • Business AdviceComments Off on Signs It Is Time to Update Your Employee Training Materials

Are you able to tell when your training materials have lost effectiveness?

As excellent as your training materials may have been at their inception, many factors can lead to decreased quality and clarity. Time, brand development, staff or leadership changes, industry evolution, or shifts in technology may all leave you with training materials that not only look dated but also are not producing top-notch, on-brand training outcomes.

A slouching training packet or online program can be difficult to detect. Long-term use, for example, can lead you to take your materials’ effectiveness for granted. In these situations, it is easy to simply “plug and play,” sending the same materials to employees over the years and always focusing on the results rather than the process. Training materials that have lost their effectiveness frequently slip right under the radar.

You want your employees to be met with the right kinds of challenges and opportunities that lead to growth and further training. Whether you depend on print, online resources, or both, these important signs may indicate it’s time to update your training materials. (more…)