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Kudos en Español!

Kudos en Español!

| Kudos Superstars

We here at Kudos Inc. are proud to announce that our program is now available in Spanish!

As we look to expand our business internationally, it has become vital that users have the ability to use Kudos in other languages besides English. As of April 3rd 2012, Kudos accounts can be set to either English or Spanish. Don't worry French Canadians, Germans, Scandinavians... we will be adding more languages as we go along and demands arise!

Why Spanish and how exactly do I switch my Kudos to Spanish? You can do this in one of two ways: 1) As an Admin, you can change the default language for your entire company, and 2) you can set the language for your individual account, regardless of what the company's default is.

Employee Motivation is Essential for Success

Employee Motivation is Essential for Success

| Tom Short

 Employee motivation is the elusive Holy Grail for most businesses. The truth of the matter is most organizations and leaders do not know how to motivate their teams in a consistent fashion. They try to ply people with rewards if they achieve goals, they offer sage advice to try and inspire team members and they try to lead by example. They may see short burst of productivity only to have the team fall right back into their normal routines and level of efforts.

We all think we want to create employee motivation but what we are really talking about is the desire to create employee engagement. You motivate people to excel in short bursts, to overcome challenges or to reach a specific goal but we engage to create a culture that transcends extrinsic motivations. When you nurture and develop trust and passion for the company’s vision and goals, you engage team members based on their intrinsic motivation.

Why I Hate Rewards

Why I Hate Rewards

| Dr. Paul Marciano

Rewards may be effective in motivating the neighborhood kids to find your missing dog but when it comes to motivating you workforce they fail miserably. In fact, most traditional reward and recognition lead to an overall decrease in employee motivation with “Employee of the Month” programs serving as the poster child. Why? Because the research on which traditional reward and recognition programs are built – operant conditioning – is based on rats running in mazes and we aren’t rats – although we certainly may feel at times as though we are running in a maze!

How To Win in the “Thank You” Economy

How To Win in the “Thank You” Economy

| Kudos Superstars

We at Kudos have been thinking about this question quite a lot in the past year as we worked to develop the recognition and engagement programs on kudosnow.com - so I was interested to listen to Gary Vaynerchuk’s perspective during his recent Webinar given via GoTo Meeting Corporate on “How to Win in the Thank You Economy?”

Talent Drives Performance

Talent Drives Performance

| Kudos Superstars

On July 13th, TALEO hosted a Webinar led by Allan Schweyer (Principal Partner, Centre for Human Capital Innovation), on Performance Management and the demise of the Performance Review. We at Kudos are interested in Talent Management, so the synergies between our program of meaningful engagement and recognition, with performance management, were made even more evident throughout this Webinar.

First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently

First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently

| Tom Short

One of the books that has fundamentally inspired the Kudos team is First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently [1999, Simon & Schuster], by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman from the Gallup Organization. The authors conducted an in-depth research study involving +80K managers across NA in various industries, trying to determine how the best managers find, keep and nurture the best talent? They also wanted to formulate a measure for employee satisfaction/engagement – and they began with this question:

“Wouldn’t it be great, if at work at least, we didn’t have to confront our insecurities on a daily basis?”

The Kudos Happiness Project

The Kudos Happiness Project

| Kudos Superstars

I’m not sure if everyone is aware how much the idea (and the pursuit) of happiness is most definitely in the air as part of the zeitgeist of the moment, and how exactly Kudos fits so seamlessly into this narrative:

Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (book review)

Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (book review)

| Tom Short

Drive is a great read that promotes a fresh perspective on how to practice business in this new Millennium that is more humanistic, while remaining profitable. The Drive philosophy is grounded in Motivation Theory, and moves beyond the dated robotic focus on Rewards & Recognition, i.e. the “carrots & sticks” approach to human motivation, which Mr. Pink refers to as Motivation 2.0.

Before delving deeper into M2.0, Mr. Pink takes time to outline the basic survival core that drove human evolution for many millennia, i.e. Motivation 1.0. The basics, of course, were and remain: food, shelter & procreation. These are the fundamental security concerns of every human being. These are our biological drives, but once they are secured, human nature begins to yearn for things beyond the basics.

Kudos 2 You – Employee Engagement starts with Recognition

Kudos 2 You – Employee Engagement starts with Recognition

| Tom Short

Kudos is a simple & cost effective peer-to-peer recognition and communication system that can be employed by any size organization as a foundation and holistic approach to Employee Engagement.

I have run many companies over the years and the one common thing between them all was the need to engage the team to maximize performance and as a result the bottom-line. In each company we worked hard to articulate the vision and objectives so the team understood the big picture and what their role was in achieving our common goals. It did not matter if it was a manufacturing operation or a consulting company – the team members were looking to the leadership for purpose and direction.

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