The Importance of Employee Recognition

Your employees are the most important asset of your business and deserve recognition. When employees feel they are recognized, they are engaged, they work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. An engaged team is a successful team.

A recent survey found that Employee recognition has larger impact on engagement, productivity than salary.

The survey, which polled more than 4,200 employees and more than 1,600 human resources leaders, also found 64 per cent of employees would prefer to receive more meaningful recognition as opposed to more frequent recognition. The top three components of meaningful recognition are something specific an employee did, something they valued and the way they made a difference to the person who sent the recognition.

Half (53 per cent) of employees who believe their work isn’t authentically recognized by their employer are actively looking for a new job, compared to 27 per cent who believe their employer’s recognition is authentic, according to a survey by Gallup Inc. for software company Workhuman.

10 employee rewards and recognition ideas 

Not sure how to best show your staff members that you value them? Here are 10 time-tested employee rewards and recognition ideas – whether you’re remote or in the office.  

  1. Celebrate important milestones. Hold a virtual celebration to recognize achievements. Arrange for festive treats to be delivered. 
  2. Put it in writing. Acknowledge employees’ great work in an email or certificate. Copy key executives for more exposure. 
  3. Host regular check-in meetings. Schedule videoconferences or in-person meetings to encourage face-to-face communication and foster connections. 
  4. Highlight successes formally. Cite specific accomplishments during performance reviews, including reinforcing the type of work you want to see. 
  5. Support professional development. Offer tuition assistance for professional courses or certifications. Provide reimbursement for industry association memberships, conferences and publications. 
  6. Give them a call. Reach out to employees regularly to ask how they are doing and to acknowledge their contributions. 
  7. Reward them. Recommend individuals for external and internal accolades and encourage peer nominations. Feature top performers in the company newsletter. 
  8. Give the gift of time. Consult with your HR and legal departments for this one, but given the okay, encourage team members to log off early on Friday and offer additional time off or extra vacation days for jobs well done. 
  9. Develop new leaders. Ask employees to mentor others. Promote from within when possible, and make sure team members know about career growth opportunities in the company. 
  10. Introduce them to management. Invite company executives to join a team meeting or conference call. Arrange for team members to present project results. 

What companies are doing to help retain employees

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Typing Tips!

Most, if not all, careers involve some computer-based work and require strong typing skills. Accuracy is equally as important as speed. Some schools have stopped teaching typing altogether, assuming students already possess the skills necessary to be successful in the modern workplace. However, without proper training and practice, many individuals resort to hunt-and-peck typing, or looking down at the keyboard to select the right keys one-by-one. 

The preferred typing method is known as touch-type, or typing without looking at the keyboard. This is much more efficient than hunt-and-peck; the average person types at an average of 40 words per minute, but a person who relies on the touch-type method can exceed 75 words per minute, allowing them to complete their work much more quickly and with minimal errors.

Here are some pointers to improve your own typing skills:

1.) Use the correct starting position

When practicing your typing skills, it’s important to use proper hand placement. To start, keep your fingers positioned over the home row keys (left hand over the A, S, D, and F keys, and the right hand over the J, K, L, and ; keys), with your thumbs hovering over the space bar. From here, you can move your fingers slightly to reach neighboring keys. Your hands should always return this starting position.

2.) Don’t look down your hands

Instead of looking down at your hands, focus on your screen. This can be difficult at first, especially if you have not yet mastered the exact placement of the keys. Looking at the screen will help improve your accuracy because you will be able to catch your typos as they occur. You’ll also begin to memorize the placement of the keys, so you’ll be able to type more quickly as you practice.

3.) Maintain good posture

Sitting in an upright position is going to make it easier to type faster. If you are used to slouching in your chair or working from the couch, try moving to a straight-backed chair or working at your desk.

4.) Find a comfortable position for your hands

The wrong hand placement can make it uncomfortable to type for extended periods of time. The space bar of your keyboard should be centered with your body, so that you are not reading your screen or typing from an angle. As you type, rest your elbows on the table and keep your wrists slightly elevated. You should never bend or angle your wrists dramatically.

5.) Practice!

Nothing is mastered overnight, and in order to really improve your typing accuracy and speed, you need to practice every day. There are many websites that offer free typing skills tests and practice, such as Typing AcademyTypingClub and How To Type. Trust that your speed will improve naturally as you become more familiar with the keyboard.

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How to choose the right planner for you

Choosing the right planner or calendar

Using a paper planner in this digital age can have some unique advantages. Using a planner that works for you, can help to keep you more organized and productive, which in turn enables you to complete tasks more efficiently. A planner can also help you to declutter your task list and keep on top of appointments and this in turn helps to manage your stress and mental health! Sometimes writing everything down, planning your day, and staying organized can actually help to boost motivation as well. And what feels better than checking everything off of your To Do list by the end of the day!

For such a seemingly small purchase, a planner is a big commitment. It’s your personal assistant for one full year, so it’s important to choose correctly so you don’t miss out on the most important things in your life. But there are so many options. How do you know which planner is right for you? We’ve broken down some important pieces of choosing a planner below!

First – think about how you like to plan – some things to think of:
Do you plan out every minute or do you just need to know when certain appointments fall?
Do you depend on lists?
Do you set goals? Do you want to start setting them?
Do you have a routine? If not, do you want to create one?
What isn’t working with your current planner, if you use one?
How portable would you like it to be?

Think about how you want it bound.
Do you want to be able to move things around? Do you like the idea of a bound, journal like book or does a spiral bound planner appeal to you?

How do you want it to look?
Remember, it’s what you’ll be looking at for a whole year or longer. So consider the style. Think about color, texture, picture or graphic. Do you want to be able to change the cover easily or not?

Some Types of planners:

Daily vs. Weekly

If you want an hour-by-hour view of your day, a daily planner is right for you. It will keep all of your appointments in one easy-to-find place. But if you’d rather take a quick scan to see what’s on for today without breaking it down hour-by-hour, a weekly planner is what you need.

Bullet Planner

Whether you need to get a better handle on your to-do list or want an outlet to help you relax, a bullet journal can help. Think of it as a next-level diary for not only writing but also drawing. Instead of blank, lined pages, or dated pages, a bullet journal contains sections to log daily to-dos, keep a monthly or weekly calendar, jot down notes, track both physiological and mental health, and record both short- and long-term goals.

Some features to think about:


Need to flip ahead and see what’s coming up in October? Or do you want to keep your business and personal separate? Look for a planner with tabs. With a glance and a flip, you will quickly find the section you need.


For the person with print-outs, receipts and business cards in every jacket, purse or wallet, a planner with pockets is right for you. It will keep all of your important documents in one place.

Note Fields

It’s the all-purpose planner. If you cringe at carrying an armful of notebooks, calendars and planners to the meeting, look for a planner with lots of note space.


Want to journal, stay organized and keep contacts in one place? Go for a large planner. It may seem hefty to lug around, but when you consider all of the items you won’t need anymore — like a date book and note pad — it’s actually a concise way to go. If you want something that can fit into your clutch, forgo the extra features and look for a simple daily or weekly planner.