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August 7, 2017

Employee appreciation is important. It comes in many different forms. And it is potentially the cheapest ways to increase employee engagement, productivity, and decrease turn-over rate. 

Recognition is cyclical: the appreciation improves job performance, and in turn, the improved job performance prompts supervisors to give more positive. Unfortunately, it’s an underused tool.  99.4% of employees expect to be recognized when they do good work; however, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the...

May 16, 2017

An Arab proverb says, “People resemble their times more than they resemble their parents.” 

There is some truth to this. 

This final look at multigenerational workplaces will point out the priorities, approach, workstyle, and communication of each generation, as well as give tips to those managers who are faced with the multigenerational challenge. 

Remember the Traditionalists? This generation prioritizes homeownership, their learning style is the traditional classroom, and they are often techno-ch...

March 28, 2017

My previous blog introduced a new, challenging reality of the workplace:  multigenerational differences (and the subsequent responsibility of employers to bridge them).

In this post I want to further explore each of the generations more in depth in order to understand their respective points of view. 

Let’s start with the values, attitudes, behaviors, and expectations of the five generations currently occupying today’s workforce...

The Pre-Baby Boomers, or Traditionalists, were born in or before 1945...

February 14, 2017

More now than ever, there exists a great diversity in the workplace. 

More retirement-age people are continuing to work, which means the workplace demographic is now spanning up to five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y (or Millennials), and a modicum of Generation Z.  This means that a 20-year-old new hire could find him/herself working next to an individual who is fifty plus years older. 

How has this changed the workplace dynamics? 

These workplace transfo...

December 12, 2016

Goal setting for your business doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some universal goals by Nikki Penn consulting that all businesses need to achieve, for profit's sake, and for employee satisfaction (and how to do that).

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