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Contactzilla Guest Post: 4 Management Mistakes That Will Cost Your Employees’ Happiness

Contactzilla Guest Post: 4 Management Mistakes That Will Cost Your Employees’ Happiness

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​Our friends at Contactzilla know a thing or two about keeping a workplace connected, and their Co-Founder, Mark Panay, has written a special guest post so you Kudos Lovers can benefit from his Employee Happiness wisdom. Thanks Mark!

You pay your team well, take them out for dinner, let them play pool and don’t mind when they update their Facebook status at work. But does all this really make them happy?

How Successful Were Summer Vacations in Your Office?

How Successful Were Summer Vacations in Your Office?

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​Keeping your employees engaged can be a fine art. Every organization has its own dynamic team with differing wants, needs and goals. Above providing your team with engaging work that they feel good about doing, it is also important to give them time to check out and recharge their batteries.

Lights, Camera, ALS #IceBucketChallenge!

Lights, Camera, ALS #IceBucketChallenge!

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​The #IceBucketChallenge is an amazing phenomenon that all of us at Kudos have been marveling at. Earlier this week our pals over at Vovia Marketing nominated us to take the challenge via Twitter, and we got on it right away!

SaaS Your Boss and Be a Hero: Five Intriguing Ways to Save the Day

SaaS Your Boss and Be a Hero: Five Intriguing Ways to Save the Day

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Normally, sass won’t get you anywhere with the boss, but luckily there’s a new form of SaaS in town. Software as a Service (SaaS) is gaining popularity in virtually every industry, making it clear there are serious benefits to this new approach. Reason number one for 99% of companies is the huge cost savings of paying per user rather than having to buy millions of dollars of software upfront – not to mention the fact that said software will become obsolete sooner rather than later. The cost benefit of SaaS is closely seconded by the benefit of quick deployment with zero additional infrastructure or support costs.

If you can make a case for switching to SaaS applications at your organization, you’ll be a hero. We’re here to offer a little help with five lesser known, but highly important, benefits of going SaaS:

Onboarding: You Found Talent. We Are the Secret to Keeping It.

Onboarding: You Found Talent. We Are the Secret to Keeping It.

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It’s been a few years – OK way too many years – but I can still clearly remember how I felt on the first day of school after summer vacation. There were always butterflies in my stomach as I walked up to school wondering: who’s my new teacher? Will he or she be nice? Will the other kids like me? Will I make lots of new friends?

Nacho Average Cinco de Mayo Office Party

Nacho Average Cinco de Mayo Office Party

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Celebrating holidays and events tells your team that you value not only their wellbeing, but camaraderie as well. Cinco de Mayo parties are full of energy, and there are lots of fun and tasty traditions you can bring into the workplace. For Cinco de Mayo to be a success, be sure to mark this event in your Kudos Calendar ahead of time, and make an Announcement when the details are confirmed.

Strong Suits Only: The New Dress Code of Employee Engagement

Strong Suits Only: The New Dress Code of Employee Engagement

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​You've read the stats. Spent late nights pouring over countless articles. Administered survey after employee engagement survey, only to find that everything echoes what perhaps cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay said best: “There are two things people want more than sex and money: recognition and praise.”

The votes are in. A big thank you means more to employees than big bucks.

But, in spite of all your toil, you're probably still searching for just what exactly your individual employees crave recognition and praise for? What recognized action or attribute really makes them tick? Decades of human behavioral research at Gallup have finally pinpointed a factor that's strong enough to turn all of your employee disengagement frowns upside down!

We’re Getting Fresh with You: Kudos Has a New Look & Improved Functionality

We’re Getting Fresh with You: Kudos Has a New Look & Improved Functionality

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When you’re changing the world one thank you at time™, there’s no time to rest, which pairs well with our team’s inability to sit still. We’re always tweaking, testing and listening to your feedback to make giving Kudos a fun, engaging experience. After six months in the making, we’re proud to launch this new version of Kudos to our users around the globe. We’re even more proud to say that this release is just the beginning; we’ve got big plans in the works this year.

Four Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Office

Four Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Office

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We here at Kudos love celebrating every holiday to reinforce our corporate culture and engage our team. Saint Patrick’s Day is one of our favorites because it’s free-spirited and you can get really creative with the theme! I did a little research to find ideas that would work with our culture, and found so many that I thought it would be selfish not to pass them on. Listed below are four main ways to bring some Saint Patty’s Day fun to your team. Don’t forget that you can use your Kudos Announcements feature and/or a Custom Page to inform your team about the event!

ReCOGnition: Now That’s Engaging!

ReCOGnition: Now That’s Engaging!

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We’re always curious to know how our clients use Kudos to increase employee engagement in their organization. Kudos is a simple yet comprehensive recognition platform that allows users to create their own programs to engage and reward their colleagues. We encourage all our clients to get creative and Thank Different!

A great way to get employees excited about Kudos, is to start off the program with a bang! Organize a fun team activity to explain the purpose of the program, and any rewards associated with it. This will get the team excited and help them understand how sending kudos helps build a culture or appreciation. Kicking it off with the right foot is key to a successful recognition program! Columbia Orthopaedic Group did just that! They implemented the Kudos program in their organization with a fun activity that involved all their employees!

How One Box of Chocolates Can Go a Long Way

How One Box of Chocolates Can Go a Long Way

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"I never met a chocolate I didn't like." - Deanna Troi

First Impressions

On the first day of a new job, both employer and employee have to be on top of their game. If you’ve hired a good fit, they’ll be doing their best to make a positive impression on you. But good impressions should go both ways. If you want your newbie to stick around, it’s important that your company culture is a good fit for them as well.

 

Making a good impression on a new hire might be easier than you’d expect. Who knew that something as simple as a box of chocolates could affect employee engagement?

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